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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In New Hampshire History

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1. On February 7, 1787, the New Hampshire General Court granted a charter to Dartmouth College. The college was originally founded in 1769 by Reverend Eleazar Wheelock as a school for Native Americans, and the charter secured its status as a private institution of higher learning.

2. February 7, 1931, marked the first official broadcast from radio station WFEA in Manchester, New Hampshire. The station was owned by the Union Leader newspaper and played a significant role in the development of broadcasting in the state.

3. On February 7, 1943, the USS Dorchester was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Newfoundland, with over 600 men on board. Among the passengers were four chaplains, including New Hampshire native George Fox, who gave up their life jackets to others and went down with the ship.

4. In 1974, New Hampshire's first female elected governor, Meldrim Thompson Jr., was inaugurated on February 7. Thompson served three non-consecutive terms as governor from 1973-1979 and 1983-1985.

5. February 7, 1999, saw an ice storm hit New Hampshire and other parts of New England, causing widespread power outages and damage. The storm led to a state of emergency being declared in New Hampshire and southern Maine, with thousands of residents without power for days.
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