July 23: Abby Smith and Her Cows Go Viral –– in 1874

  Today in 1879, Abigail “Abby” Hadassah Smith, — who achieved instant national fame at  age 76 because of the way she responded to the man who took her cows —  passed away at her home in Glastonbury. Born into a prominent activist Glastonbury family, Smith and her four sisters were educated from birth to…

April 4: Angry Riots Rip Hartford After MLK Assassination

Today in 1968, the streets of Hartford, Connecticut exploded with anger following the assassination of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. Dozens of residents in Hartford’s North End took to the streets — most of them young, black men — expressing their frustration and anger by breaking storefront windows, overturning…