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5 Fun Facts About August 5 In Massachusetts History

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1. The First Thanksgiving in America was hosted on August 5, 1621 between the Wampanoag tribe and English settlers at Plymouth.

2. On August 5, 1774, the First Continental Congress was held in Philadelphia. The congress was formed by delegates from 12 of the 13 North American British colonies to coordinate their resistance against the British Parliament.

3. The Great Esquimaux Village fire took place on August 5, 1938, in Northwest River, Labrador. The fire destroyed the entire Inuit village and killed nine people.

4. On August 5, 1930, the world's largest radio station, W1XOJ, began broadcasting from the Westinghouse plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. The station operated on a frequency of 74 megahertz and had a power output of 500 watts.

5. The opening ceremony of the 1998 Goodwill Games was held on August 5, 1998, in Uniondale, New York. The games were an international sports event created by Ted Turner to promote peace and cooperation among nations. The event featured over 3,000 athletes from 60 countries competing in 15 different sports.
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