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Connecticut (About this sound /kəˈnɛtɪkət/ ) is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States, nicknamed the "Constitution State" or the "Nutmeg state". The state borders Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and New York as well to the south because various islands of New York span Connecticut's entire coast. Southwestern Connecticut is part of the New York metropolitan area, and three of Connecticut's eight counties are in the New York City combined statistical area, commonly referred to as the Tri-State Region, including the majority of the state's population. The center of population of the state is in Cheshire, New Haven County.

Connecticut is the 29th most populous state with 3.4 million residents, and is ranked 48th in size by area, making it the 4th most densely populated state. The state has a long history dating from early colonial times and was influential in the development of the federal government. It was also the 5th U.S state to ratify the United States constitution. Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch and established a small, short-lived settlement in Hartford at the confluence of the Park and Connecticut Rivers called Huys de Goede Hoop. Initially, half of Connecticut was a part of the Dutch colony New Netherland, which included much of the land between the Connecticut and Delaware Rivers. (more...)

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Route 361 is a state highway in the northwestern section of the U.S. state of Connecticut, running from the town center of Sharon to the New York state line in Salisbury. The route was a former alignment of Route 4 from what is now Route 41 to the New York state line, where it continued as New York State Route 361. Route 361 in Connecticut was assigned when Route 4 was truncated in 1966. In 1980, New York decommissioned the continuation of Route 361 and reassigned it as Dutchess County Route 62. Route 361 begins in the town center of Sharon, at an intersection with Route 41 (Gay Street) near Hillside Cemetery. It proceeds west on West Main Street then turns north on New Street, which later becomes Millerton Road. Millerton Road heads north and northwest through woodlands to the south of Mudge Pond. After intersecting with Mudge Pond Road, a local road running along the western shore of Mudge Pond, Route 361 turns west until it intersects Sharon Valley Road. At this intersection, Route 361 turns north, still following Millerton Road.

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  • Total area: 5,543 mi2
    • Land: 4,845 mi2
    • Water: 698 mi2
  • Highest elevation: 2,379 ft (Mount Frissell)
  • Population 3,576,452 (2015 est)
  • Admission to the Union: January 9, 1788 (5th)

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David Wooster (March 13, 1711 [O.S. March 2, 1710] – May 2, 1777) was an American general who served in the French and Indian War and in the American Revolutionary War. He died of wounds sustained during the Battle of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Cities, schools, and public places are named after him. He has been called "a largely forgotten hero of the Revolution." David Wooster was born in Stratford, Connecticut. He entered Yale College in 1735, and graduated in 1738. In 1739, following the outbreak of war between Britain and Spain, he joined the provincial militia as a lieutenant, but apparently saw no action. In 1741 he was named lieutenant of a ship of the provincial guarda-costa, or coast guard, which the colony had established to protect against potential Spanish attack. On March 6, 1745, Wooster married Marie Clapp, the daughter of Yale's president, Thomas Clapp

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  • March 13: Pixar Studios animator Bud Luckey, designer of Toy Story's Woody, dies aged 83
  • September 16: Subway sandwich empire co-founder Fred DeLuca dies
  • February 3: Connecticut ex-death row inmate Robert Courchesne dies
  • November 25: Gunman alleged loose on Yale campus

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