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5 Fun Facts About February 1 In New Hampshire History

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1. In 1934, the New Hampshire State House opened its doors to the public. The newly constructed building was designed by architect Stuart James Park and replaced the old State House, which had been destroyed in a fire in 1892. The new building is now a popular tourist attraction, offering guided tours of its impressive architecture and historical significance.

2. On February 1, 1905, the first automobile race was held in New Hampshire. The event took place on the frozen surface of Lake Winnipesaukee, with cars from all over the Northeast competing in a variety of races and demonstrations. The event was a huge success, drawing crowds of thousands and signaling the beginning of automobile racing in the state.

3. In 1960, New Hampshire became the first state in the nation to hold a presidential primary election. The primary has since become an important tradition in American politics, with the small state of New Hampshire playing a major role in the selection of presidential nominees.

4. February 1, 1700, saw the establishment of the town of Newport, New Hampshire. Located in the southwestern part of the state, Newport became an important center for trade and industry in the 19th century, with its thriving textile mills and its proximity to the railroad.

5. On February 1, 2003, tragedy struck as the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry, killing all seven crew members on board. Although the accident did not directly affect New Hampshire, the state mourned alongside the rest of the nation, and the tragedy remains a significant event in American history.
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