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5 Fun Facts About January 16 In New Hampshire History

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1. In 1846, the New Hampshire State Capitol building in Concord was destroyed by fire. The fire was reportedly caused by a careless worker who left hot coals in a bucket, which sparked a blaze that quickly engulfed the wooden structure.

2. In 1963, New Hampshire Governor John W. King declared a state of emergency due to a severe winter storm that blanketed the state with over 2 feet of snow. The storm, which began on January 15 and lasted for over 36 hours, caused widespread power outages and transportation disruptions.

3. On January 16, 1867, the town of Jackson, New Hampshire was officially incorporated. Known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities, Jackson is a popular destination for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts.

4. In 1994, a landmark decision was handed down by the New Hampshire Supreme Court in the case of State v. Ball. The court ruled that the state's use of the death penalty was unconstitutional, making New Hampshire the first state to abolish capital punishment through judicial action.

5. On January 16, 1919, the United States Congress ratified the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages. The amendment, also known as Prohibition, went into effect one year later and remained in place until it was repealed in 1933.
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