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Rhode Island - Notable Historical Events

Charles IIJul 8, 1663

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Rhode Island - Historical Events
Date Event
1631-02-05

Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England

1636-07-04

City of Providence, Rhode Island form

1644-03-14

England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)

1652-05-18

Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal

1663-07-08

King Charles II of England grants a charter to Rhode Island

1664-03-24

Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island

1675-11-02

A combined attack by the Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies attacks the Great Swamp Fort, owned by the Narragansetts during King Philip's War.

1761-06-10

Puritan version of "Othello" opens in Newport Rhode Island

1774-06-13

Rhode Island becomes first colony to prohibit importation of slaves

1776-05-04

Rhode Island declares independence from Britain

1776-12-31

Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors

1778-02-28

Rhode Island General Assembly authorizes enlistment of slaves

1790-05-29

Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution

1798-12-14

David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine

1916-10-07

The German submarine U-53 arrives off Newport, Rhode Island, and sinks 9 British merchant ships in international waters

1932-09-16

30.8 cm rainfall at Westerly, Rhode Island (state record)

1942-01-11

-23°F (-31°C), Kingston, Rhode Island (state record)

1956-05-26

A fire on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, off Rhode Island, kills 103 crew

1975-08-02

104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)

1978-02-06

Snowstorm hits New England, parts of Rhode Island (54" (137cm))

1987-11-05

Iceberg twice size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic

2003-02-20

During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.

2013-05-02

Rhode Island becomes the tenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage

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Rhode Island - Notable Birthdays

George M CohanJul 3, 1878

Rhode Island - Birthdays
Date Event
1586-08-14

William Hutchinson, Rhode Island colonist (d. 1642)

1786-04-15

Walter Channing, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, American physician who was the first to use anesthesia during childbirth

1799-11-03

William Sprague III, American politician from Rhode Island (d. 1856)

1801-09-04

Cullen Whipple, Providence Rhode Island, American Inventor (pointed screw machine)

1830-09-12

William Sprague, governor of Rhode Island (1859-63)

1841-11-06

Nelson W. Aldrich, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island (d. 1915)

1878-07-03

George M Cohan, Providence Rhode Island, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway)

1890-08-20

H. P. Lovecraft, Providence, Rhode Island, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales)

1920-06-04

Russell E. Train, Jamestown, Rhode Island, environmentalist/administrator (EPA, WWF), (d. 2012)

1921-01-18

Robert Glaser, Providence, Rhode Island, educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), (d. 2012)

1922-10-22

John H Chafee, (Sen-R-Rhode Island, 1976- )

1940-07-23

Robert Azevedo, Getting Out of Rhode Island

1942-12-16

Donald Carcieri, American politician, governor of Rhode Island

1948-07-13

Ronald K Machtley, (Rep-R-Rhode Island)

1949-11-12

Jack Reed, (Rep-D-Rhode Island)

1953-03-26

Lincoln Chafee, American Senator from Rhode Island

1965-12-17

Craig Berube, Getting Out of Rhode Island

1971-11-07

Lori Sturgill, Getting Out of Rhode Island

1973-04-12

Claudia Jordan, Miss USA-Rhode Island (1997, top 10)

1975-02-04

Elana Eve Chomiszak, Providence RI, Miss America-Rhode Island (1997)

1976-02-03

Karen Bradley, Miss Rhode Island USA (1996)

1979-07-03

Lauren Alviti, Miss Rhode Island Teen USA (1997)

1980-06-24

Kelly Dutra, Miss Rhode Island Teen USA (1996)

Rhode Island - Notable Weddings

Frederic Auguste BartholdiDec 15, 1875

John D. Rockefeller JrOct 9, 1901

John F. KennedySep 12, 1953

Rhode Island - Weddings
Date Event
1875-12-15

Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (41) weds Jeanne-Emilie Baheux Puysieux in Newport, Rhode Island

1901-10-09

Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr (27) weds Abby Aldrich in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island

1953-09-12

Senator John F. Kennedy (36) weds Jacqueline Bouvier (24) in Newport, Rhode Island

2011-07-15

Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy (44) weds Amy Petitgout in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts

2013-01-19

Figure skater five-time world champion Michelle Kwan (32) weds director of strategic planning on the National Security Clay Pell at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island - Deaths
Date Event
1678-11-01

William Coddington, first Governor of Rhode Island (b. 1601)

1856-10-19

William Sprague III, American politician from Rhode Island (b. 1799)

2011-02-11

Robert Azevedo, Getting Out of Rhode Island


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