Connecticut was admitted to the Union on January 9, 1788. This southernmost state in the so-called “New England” area of the northeastern United States has turned out two U.S. Presidents (the Bushes); numerous professional athletes, including Jackie Robinson; and many other contributors to both culture and economy within the U.S. (Charles Dow, Meryl Streep, Katherine Hepburn, Eli Whitney, etc.). While it has one of the smallest land masses in the country, it ranks middle of the road (No. 29) for most populated. The town of New Haven, Connecticut, tragically made national headlines in December 2012 for the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 27 people died including the gunman.