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5 Fun Facts About April 13 In New Hampshire History

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1. On April 13, 1947, the town of Exeter, NH was the site of a mysterious UFO sighting. Witnesses reported seeing a large object hover and move erratically in the sky before eventually taking off at high speeds.

2. In 1970, the state of New Hampshire abolished the death penalty, making it the first state in the US to do so since the 19th century. The decision followed years of debate over the effectiveness and morality of capital punishment.

3. On April 13, 1865, a day after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, New Hampshire Governor Frederick Smyth ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff for thirty days in mourning.

4. The New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon opened on April 13, 1990. The speedway hosts several major races each year, including the NASCAR Cup Series.

5. In 1904, New Hampshire governor John McLane signed a bill prohibiting the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the state. The law remained in effect for just two years before it was ultimately repealed.
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