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5 Fun Facts About February 9 In New Hampshire History

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1. In 1821, the state of New Hampshire chose Concord as its permanent capital. Concord had previously served as the temporary capital and beat out other cities such as Exeter and Portsmouth.

2. On February 9, 1910, the town of Franconia experienced a devastating fire that destroyed many buildings including several hotels, stores, and a church. The cause of the fire remains unknown to this day.

3. The first-ever women's ski jumping competition in the United States was held at the Harris Hill Ski Jump in Brattleboro, Vermont, just over the border from New Hampshire on February 9, 1924. Women's ski jumping was not included in the Winter Olympics until 2014.

4. On February 9, 1961, New Hampshire senator and lawyer, Styles Bridges passed away. Bridges served as a U.S. senator for New Hampshire from 1937 until his death and played a key role in shaping conservative politics in the Congress during his time in office.

5. In 1971, the New Hampshire Lottery was officially launched, making it one of the first states in the country to legalize a state lottery. Today, the lottery generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the state each year.
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