On Jan. 9, 1788, after more than five days of debate and discussion, Connecticut ratified the constitution and became the fifth state in the union. The Courant published a letter from Gov. Samuel Huntington to President George Washington that said, in part: "This is a new event in the history of mankind. Heretofore, most governments have been formed by tyrants and imposed on mankind by force. Never before did a people, in time of peace and tranquility, meet together by their representatives and, with calm deliberation, frame for themselves a system of government. This noble attempt does honor to our country." Click here to see a full-page PDF of the Courant coverage.