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5 Fun Facts About December 22 In New Hampshire History

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1. On December 22, 1769, Josiah Bartlett, a prominent physician and patriot, was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He later served as the state's governor and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

2. In 1808, the first recorded performance of Handel's "Messiah" in New Hampshire took place on December 22nd in Portsmouth.

3. On December 22, 1877, the first electric street lighting system in New Hampshire was installed in Concord, with the first light located at the intersection of Main and School Streets.

4. The New Hampshire Historical Society, founded in 1823, celebrates its annual meeting on December 22nd.

5. One of the most devastating fires in New Hampshire history occurred on December 22, 1933, when the historic Belknap Mill in Laconia was destroyed. The mill, which had been in operation since 1823, was a major economic force in the region and its loss was felt deeply by the community.
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