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5 Fun Facts About August 10 In New Hampshire History

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1. On August 10, 1796, the town of Berlin was established in New Hampshire. The town was named after the capital of Germany and was settled by German immigrants.

2. The famous polar explorer Robert Peary was born on August 10, 1856, in Cresson, a small town in New Hampshire. Peary was the first person to reach the North Pole, which he did in 1909.

3. August 10, 1885, was the day the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts was chartered, which later became the University of New Hampshire in 1923.

4. On August 10, 1945, Grace Metalious published her controversial novel "Peyton Place" in New York. The novel, which was set in a small New England town and dealt with scandalous topics such as incest and abortion, became a bestseller and was later turned into both a movie and a television series.

5. In 2010, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed into law a bill that made August 10th "Red Sox Day" in the state. The day commemorated the 47th anniversary of the famous "Impossible Dream" season in which the Boston Red Sox won the American League pennant.
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