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5 Fun Facts About August 17 In Rhode Island History

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1. In 1822, Rhode Island Governor William C. Gibbs signed a law prohibiting the teaching of African American students in the state's schools.

2. On August 17, 1927, the Narragansett Pier Casino in Narragansett, Rhode Island, was destroyed by fire. The landmark structure had been a major attraction in the area for decades, and its loss was deeply felt by the community.

3. In 1983, the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled in favor of a group of parents who had sued the state over its school funding system. The ruling led to widespread reforms aimed at ensuring that all students in Rhode Island received the same quality of education.

4. On August 17, 1999, Hurricane Floyd made landfall in Rhode Island, causing widespread damage and flooding throughout the state. The storm was particularly devastating for the town of Westerly, where homes and buildings along the coast were destroyed.

5. In 2013, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. The law went into effect on August 17 of that year, making Rhode Island the 10th state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.
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