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5 Fun Facts About August 6 In New Hampshire History

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1. On August 6, 1787, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the United States Constitution. The state's ratification paved the way for the federal government and established the foundation for the US Republic.

2. August 6, 1822, saw the dedication of the Bridges House in Concord as the official residence of the governor of New Hampshire. Since then, many governors have called the Bridges House home, including the current governor, Chris Sununu.

3. In 1880, the State Normal School at Plymouth, now Plymouth State University, opened its doors for the first time. Over the years, the school expanded its offerings and added graduate-level programs, becoming a regional comprehensive university.

4. On August 6, 1923, the Boston and Maine Railroad inaugurated the Flying Yankee, a diesel-electric passenger train that operated between Boston and Maine. The train was considered highly advanced for its time and was equipped with a host of modern amenities.

5. August 6, 1945, is a day that will forever be etched in world history. On that fateful day, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing tens of thousands of people instantly and marking the beginning of the nuclear age. While not directly related to New Hampshire history, the event had significant global repercussions and is a reminder of the destructive power of technology.
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