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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In New Hampshire History

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1. On August 29, 1720, a smallpox outbreak broke out in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The epidemic ultimately killed nearly one-third of the town's population.

2. The Manchester Transit Authority, which operates the public transportation system in Manchester, New Hampshire, was established on August 29, 1973. The MTA provides bus service throughout the city and surrounding areas.

3. On August 29, 1786, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. The state played an important role in the development of the country's founding document, with several of its leaders actively participating in the Constitutional Convention.

4. On August 29, 1964, New Hampshire native Robert C. Odell, Jr. became the first American to summit Annapurna, one of the tallest peaks in the Himalayas. Odell, who grew up in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, was a renowned mountaineer and explorer.

5. The University of New Hampshire's Durham campus welcomed its first students on August 29, 1893. The school, which was originally known as the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts, eventually became part of the University System of New Hampshire and has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the region.
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