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5 Fun Facts About July 11 In Rhode Island History

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1. 1975: The Newport Bridge Officially Opens

The Newport Bridge stretches over two miles long and has become an iconic feature of the Rhode Island skyline. It took nearly a decade to build and officially opened on July 11, 1975, connecting Newport to Jamestown.

2. 1778: The Battle of Wyoming

On July 11, 1778, during the Revolutionary War, a band of Loyalist forces led by British Captain John Butler attacked the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. Many of the settlers were killed or taken prisoner, while others were forced to flee the region.

3. 1822: The Birth of Rhode Island's First African American Physician

Dr. James Caleb Jackson was born on July 11, 1822, in Providence, Rhode Island. He went on to become the state's first African American physician and a prominent abolitionist.

4. 1842: The Dorr Rebellion

On July 9, 1842, a group of men led by Thomas Dorr attempted to overthrow the state government in order to expand voting rights to more white men. Although ultimately unsuccessful, the rebellion resulted in a new state constitution that expanded suffrage to more white men and paved the way for future civil rights struggles.

5. 1986: The Providence Bruins are Established

On July 11, 1986, the American Hockey League's Providence Bruins were established. The team has since become a beloved part of the state's sports culture, winning several championships and producing many NHL stars.
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