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Vermont (/vərˈmɒnt, vɜːr-/ (About this soundlisten)) is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders the U.S. states of Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Vermont is the second-smallest by population and the sixth-smallest by area of the 50 U.S. states. The state capital is Montpelier, the least populous state capital in the United States. The most populous city, Burlington, is the least populous city to be the most populous city in a state. As of 2015, Vermont was the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States. It was ranked as the safest state in the country in 2016.

For thousands of years indigenous peoples, including the Mohawk and the Algonquian-speaking Abenaki, occupied much of the territory that is now Vermont and was later claimed by France's colony of New France. France ceded the territory to Great Britain after being defeated in 1763 in the Seven Years' War. Thereafter, the nearby colonies, especially the provinces of New Hampshire and New York, disputed the extent of the area called the New Hampshire Grants to the west of the Connecticut River, encompassing present-day Vermont. The provincial government of New York sold land grants to settlers in the region, which conflicted with earlier grants from the government of New Hampshire. The Green Mountain Boys militia protected the interests of the established New Hampshire land grant settlers against the newly arrived settlers with land titles granted by New York.

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Phish was an American rock band started in the University of Vermont, running from 1983 to 2004. They were noted for their extended jam sessions and musical improvisation. It featured Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman from the start, and Page McConnell joining in 1985.Former members include Jeff Holdsworth (1983–1986) and Marc Daubert (1984–1985). The group performed a wide variety of genres, including rock, jazz, bluegrass, and funk.

Their first gig was a Halloween dance in the basement of the ROTC dormitory at UVM, but they performed as "Blackwood Convention". The first time they were billed under the name "Phish" was their second gig, a few days later in the basement of Slade Hall. For a senior project at Goddard College, Anastasio penned The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, a nine-song concept album. Since then, the band has been very earnest, sometimes locking themselves into rooms for hours playing. The band steadily increased in popularity, eventually starting to headline in amphitheaters by 1993. In 2000, the band took a hiatus, surprising people with no Halloween shows, nor a summer festival. Two years later, they started playing again, until their last concert on August 15, 2004 in Coventry, Vermont. (more)

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Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President of the United States, from 1923 to 1929. He was born in Plymouth, Vermont on July 4, 1872. He went to St. Johnsbury Academy for a year before attending Amherst College. After graduating, he followed the footsteps of a local law firm, and became active in politics. He worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state. He got placed into the national spotlight after the Boston Police Strike in 1919, and was elected Vice President shortly after. Upon the death of Warren G. Harding, Coolidge became president. He was then reelected in 1924. On January 5, 1933, he died of a heart attack in his home. (more)

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  • January 22, 2018: Vermont governor Phil Scott signed H. 511, legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and the growing of two marijuana plants. This makes Vermont the first state in the country to legalize marijuana through the state legislature as opposed to through ballot initiatives. (Washington Post)
  • "'January 6, 2011 Peter Shumlin is elected governor.

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