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5 Fun Facts About July 13 In New Hampshire History

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1. The Battle of Hubbardton took place on July 13, 1777, during the American Revolutionary War. It was one of the northernmost battles of that war, fought in what is today Vermont but which was then claimed by the state of New Hampshire. The battle resulted in a strategic retreat for the American forces, but the Vermont and New Hampshire soldiers who fought there are considered heroes who delayed a British advance.

2. A statue of Daniel Webster, one of New Hampshire's most famous sons, was unveiled in Concord on July 13, 1892. Webster was a politician and lawyer who served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and who was known for his eloquent speeches and legal arguments. The statue still stands in front of the New Hampshire Statehouse, the same building where Webster served as a state representative.

3. On July 13, 1944, a B-24 bomber crashed into Mount Waternomee in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, killing all nine crew members aboard. The crash was due to bad weather and poor visibility, and the wreckage was not discovered until several months later, when a hiker stumbled upon it. Today, the site is considered a memorial to the fallen soldiers, and hikers pass by the wreckage on a popular trail.

4. The Converse Free Library in Lyme, New Hampshire, was opened to the public on July 13, 1886. The library was a gift from a local woman, Emily Free Converse, who wanted to honor her husband and promote education in the town. The library remains a vital community resource today and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

5. July 13, 2014, marked the 125th anniversary of the Old Home Day parade in Warner, New Hampshire. Old Home Day is a time-honored tradition in many small New England towns, and Warner's parade is one of the oldest and most beloved. The parade features everything from marching bands to antique cars to local politicians, and it draws crowds from all over the region.
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