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5 Fun Facts About April 22 In Rhode Island History

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1. In 1775, Rhode Island became the first of the original 13 colonies to declare its independence from Great Britain. The declaration was signed on April 22nd by the Rhode Island General Assembly.

2. The Narragansett Park racetrack opened in Pawtucket on April 22, 1934. It quickly became a popular destination for horse racing enthusiasts from around the country, and remained in operation until 1978.

3. On April 22nd, 1960, the Newport Jazz Festival announced the lineup for its upcoming event, which included performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Dave Brubeck. The festival has become one of the most iconic jazz events in the world.

4. In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated across the United States, including in Rhode Island. The day was designed to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote efforts to protect the planet.

5. On April 22nd, 2013, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. Rhode Island became the 10th state in the nation to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.
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