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5 Fun Facts About August 1 In New Hampshire History

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1. New Hampshire became a state on August 1, 1785. Prior to that, it had been a part of Massachusetts. The state was named after the county of Hampshire in southern England.

2. On August 1, 1819, the first sighting of the famous "Old Man of the Mountain" was recorded by a survey team. The natural formation, located in the White Mountains, became a popular symbol of the state and was featured on the state quarter before its collapse in 2003.

3. On August 1, 1876, the first electric light system in New Hampshire was installed in Portsmouth. The city became one of the first in the world to be illuminated by electric streetlights.

4. In August of 1911, the town of Stark experienced a devastating flood that killed 37 people and destroyed several buildings. The flood was caused by heavy rainfall and a dam failure. August 1 marks the anniversary of this tragic event.

5. On August 1, 1923, the first radio station in New Hampshire, WFEA, began broadcasting in Manchester. The station initially operated at 50 watts and was owned by the Manchester Union newspaper. Today, Manchester is home to several radio stations and other media outlets.
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