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5 Fun Facts About August 8 In Massachusetts History

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1. Massachusetts was admitted as the sixth state of the United States on August 8, 1787. It was the first state to join the Union after the original 13 colonies.

2. Famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass gave a speech in Lynn, Massachusetts on August 8, 1857. In the speech, he discussed the importance of education for African Americans and the need to continue fighting for their rights.

3. On August 8, 1911, the first ever navy seaplane took off from the waters of Marblehead, Massachusetts. The seaplane, called the A-1 Triad, was designed by aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss.

4. The Great Hurricane of 1938 struck Massachusetts on August 8 of that year. The Category 3 storm caused widespread damage and claimed over 600 lives in the Northeastern United States.

5. On August 8, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States. His resignation came after months of controversy surrounding the Watergate scandal, and he became the first U.S. President to ever resign from office.
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