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5 Fun Facts About January 5 In New Hampshire History

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1. On January 5, 1765, the town of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire was incorporated by Governor Benning Wentworth. The town was named in honor of William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Shelburne, who was a friend of the governor.

2. In 1888, on January 5, the New Hampshire state house in Concord was destroyed by a fire. The building, which had been completed just 14 years earlier, suffered extensive damage and had to be rebuilt.

3. January 5, 1918 marked the opening of the Grand Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire. The hotel was one of the most luxurious in the state and quickly became a popular destination for travelers.

4. On January 5, 1925, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was established in Kittery, Maine, just across the border from New Hampshire. The shipyard has played a critical role in the defense of the United States in numerous conflicts, including World War II and the Gulf War.

5. The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission was established on January 5, 1934. The commission was created in response to the repeal of prohibition, and was tasked with regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages in the state. Today, the commission operates numerous liquor stores throughout New Hampshire and generates millions of dollars in revenue for the state every year.
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