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2021 is Connecticut Magazine’s 50th anniversary year, so throughout we will be taking a look back through our archives from each month and remembering some of the moments that have helped shaped our state.

Notable January events from Connecticut's history with State Historian Walter Woodward

From the archives

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 “Thanks a Million" (January 1979) — Seven years after Connecticut’s state lottery began, Connecticut Magazine staff writer (and future longtime editor) Charles Monagan tracked down the game’s million-dollar winners to find out how their lives had changed. As the article put it, “although none of the million-dollar lottery winners have offered to give the money back, for some the experience wasn’t so enriching.”

Find more selected stories from Connecticut Magazine's 50-year history at connecticutmag.com/archives

Cover flashback: January 1988

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According to our January 1988 cover story, “The New Improved Man” is “sensitive, he’s attentive, he knows how to cook, and he’s finding life more satisfying than ever before.” 

Best Restaurants Hall of Fame

Every year, Connecticut Magazine recognizes excellence in the state's dining scene with our annual Best Restaurants awards (see the 2021 winners here). Between our Readers' Choice survey, which began way back in 1979, and more recently with our Experts' Picks selections, hundreds of Connecticut restaurants have been chosen over the years in their various regions and categories. But while tastes may change, there are some beloved institutions that pop up year after year after year. Our Best Restaurants Hall of Fame is a celebration of both quality and longevity, consisting of the 41 Connecticut restaurants — many still in operation, others fondly remembered from years past — that have been earned a Best Restaurants award on at least 20 separate occasions.

Notable January events from Connecticut's history with State Historian Walter Woodward

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