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5 Fun Facts About July 12 In New Hampshire History

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1. On July 12, 1776, New Hampshire became the first of the original thirteen colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain. This momentous occasion was celebrated with a parade through the streets of Portsmouth, where citizens cheered and fired muskets in celebration.

2. In 1862, Union troops under the command of General Ambrose Burnside made a daring raid on the Confederate stronghold of Wilmington, NC. The raid was successful in disrupting Confederate supply lines and causing significant damage to the city, though Burnside himself was criticized for his handling of the operation.

3. On July 12, 1892, the town of Woodstock was incorporated in New Hampshire's White Mountains region. Known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities, Woodstock is a popular destination for visitors from around the world.

4. In 1967, New Hampshire Governor John King signed a bill legalizing abortion in the state under certain circumstances, making New Hampshire one of the first states to do so. The law remained in effect until it was repealed in 1974.

5. On July 12, 1987, the USS Constitution visited Portsmouth, NH as part of its 200th anniversary tour. The ship, which is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, drew huge crowds during its visit and remains a beloved symbol of American naval history.
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