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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In New Hampshire History

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1. Groundhog Day: February 2 is celebrated as Groundhog Day across the country. Punxsutawney Phil, a famous groundhog in Pennsylvania, predicts the arrival of spring on this day. In New Hampshire, some towns also celebrate the day with their own groundhogs, including Hampton Beach's "Mrs. G" and Merrimack's "Weather Moose."

2. Birthplace of Daniel Webster: On February 2, 1782, Daniel Webster, a famous American statesman and orator, was born in Salisbury, New Hampshire. Webster is known for his speeches defending the Constitution and his role in the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which settled a boundary dispute between the US and Canada.

3. First Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Game: On February 2, 1885, the first intercollegiate ice hockey game was played between Harvard and Yale at the St. Nicholas Rink in New York City. The game ended in a tie, 0-0. Ice hockey is now a popular sport in New Hampshire, and the state has produced many successful hockey players, including Olympians.

4. Women's Suffrage: On February 2, 1917, New Hampshire became the 23rd state to ratify the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. This amendment was later ratified by the required number of states and added to the US Constitution in 1920.

5. Blizzard of 1978: On February 2-3, 1978, a massive blizzard hit New England, causing significant damage and disruption. In New Hampshire, the storm dumped up to 27 inches of snow, knocked out power for thousands of residents, and disrupted transportation for days. The blizzard remains one of the most significant weather events in the state's history.
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