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5 Fun Facts About February 18 In New Hampshire History

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1. In 1783, the New Hampshire General Court passed a law to abolish slavery, becoming the first state in the nation to take such action.

2. In 1853, John L. Sullivan, the "Boston Strong Boy," was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Sullivan went on to become a famous boxer, winning the heavyweight championship of the world in 1882. He also had strong ties to New Hampshire, as he spent much of his later life living in Abbot Village, near Conway.

3. In 1930, the first ski tow in America was installed in Woodstock, New Hampshire. The tow was invented by Wallingford Gilbert, a local machinist who wanted to make skiing more accessible to the average person.

4. In 1991, the film "Thelma & Louise" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie, which was directed by New Hampshire native Ridley Scott, went on to become a cultural classic, especially among feminists and advocates for women's rights.

5. In 2020, the town of Goffstown celebrated its 271st birthday. Goffstown, which was originally known as Narragansett No. 4, was one of the earliest towns to be settled in New Hampshire. It was incorporated as a town in 1749.
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