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Benedict Arnold's hometown to mark his 278th birthday

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut hometown of the man whose name has become synonymous with treason is marking his 278th birthday.

The Norwich Historical Society on Monday plans to commemorate Benedict Arnold's birthday by turning off the Christmas lights at City Hall for the season.

Society consultant Regan Miner tells the Norwich Bulletin "turning out the lights" is a somber acknowledgment of Arnold's Jan. 14, 1741 birthday.

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Guest speakers will comment on Arnold's ties to Norwich and his significance to history.

Arnold, a major general in the Continental Army, is most infamous for his failed 1780 plot to deliver West Point into British hands and his subsequent defection.

The historical society says Arnold's history is much more complex, and he was a "fierce patriot" as an American officer.

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