February 9: Connecticut’s 1st African-American Congressman

Today in 1953, future Congressman Gary A. Franks was born in Waterbury.  The youngest of six children in a family of limited means, his parents put a high value on education. All six of their children went to college, and three obtained doctoral degrees.  Gary was an All State high school basketball player, and went…

March 31: The First Government-Sponsored Aerial State Survey

On March 31, 1935, the Hartford Courant announced the completion of the first-ever statewide government-sponsored aerial survey in the United States. The idea for such a massive undertaking was hatched years before, when Governor Wilbur L. Cross recommended an aerial survey of the entire state of Connecticut to the State Planning Board in 1933. The…