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5 Fun Facts About February 4 In Rhode Island History

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1. Rhode Island's First Baptist Church was founded on February 4, 1638, making it one of the oldest Baptist congregations in the world.
2. On February 4, 1776, Rhode Island became the first of the 13 colonies to renounce allegiance to the British Crown and declared its independence.
3. On February 4, 1822, the U.S. Congress authorized the construction of a lighthouse on the southern tip of Conanicut Island, now known as Beavertail Lighthouse.
4. February 4, 1899, saw the official opening of the Rhode Island State House in Providence, which has since become a notable landmark in the state's capital city.
5. On February 4, 1938, the Rhode Island State Police was established, becoming the oldest state police agency in the United States.
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