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5 Fun Facts About April 11 In New Hampshire History

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1. On April 11, 1864, the state of New Hampshire gave Abraham Lincoln its electoral votes for his reelection bid. Lincoln won New Hampshire by a comfortable margin of over 9,000 votes.

2. The first-ever Easter egg hunt in New Hampshire was held on April 11, 1914, in the city of Manchester. The event was organized by the Women's Club of Manchester, and over 1,000 children participated in the hunt.

3. On April 11, 1938, New Hampshire experienced the worst flood in its history. Heavy rainfall combined with snowmelt caused most of the state's rivers to overflow, resulting in widespread damage, evacuations, and 24 deaths.

4. Dartmouth College, one of the Ivy League schools, was founded on April 11, 1769, in Hanover, New Hampshire. The school was named after William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, who was a benefactor.

5. On April 11, 1945, the USS Benevolence, a hospital ship stationed in Okinawa, Japan, was hit by a kamikaze plane. The ship suffered heavy damage and 23 crew members were killed. The Benevolence was eventually repaired and returned to service.
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