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5 Fun Facts About January 13 In Rhode Island History

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1. On January 13, 1775, Rhode Island became the first American colony to join in the Continental Association, a program of economic sanctions against Great Britain. This move demonstrated Rhode Island's commitment to the cause of American independence.

2. In 1913, the Rhode Island State House was completed and officially opened to the public on January 13. The building, which features a dome made of copper, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the state.

3. On January 13, 1979, the Providence Civic Center (now known as the Dunkin' Donuts Center) opened. The arena has hosted numerous sporting events, concerts, and other entertainment events over the years, and has been a key part of the city's cultural landscape.

4. On January 13, 1991, Rhode Island saw a major snowstorm that dumped over 20 inches of snow on the state. The storm caused widespread power outages and transportation disruptions, and is remembered as one of the worst storms in Rhode Island history.

5. In 2010, the Rhode Island Foundation announced on January 13 that it would launch a new initiative aimed at improving public education in the state. The initiative, called "Make It Happen RI," sought to engage community members and business leaders in efforts to improve schools and student outcomes.
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