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5 Fun Facts About July 22 In Rhode Island History

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1. In 1868, a group of women formed the Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association in Newport. This was one of the first organizations in Rhode Island dedicated to women's suffrage and played a key role in advocating for women's right to vote.

2. In 1975, the Newport Jazz Festival celebrated its 21st anniversary with a performance by jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. The festival continues to be a popular annual event in Rhode Island, attracting thousands of music lovers from around the world.

3. In 2004, the University of Rhode Island men's basketball team unveiled a new court at the Ryan Center named after former head coach Tom Carmody. Carmody led the Rams to five NCAA Tournament appearances during his 13-year tenure with the team, and the court is a fitting tribute to his legacy.

4. In 1887, the Providence Grays baseball team won their first game in the newly-built Messer Street Grounds. The team went on to have a successful season, finishing with a record of 84-28 and winning the National League Championship.

5. In 1960, the Newport Folk Festival saw a memorable performance by Bob Dylan, then a relatively unknown folk singer. Dylan's set included his classic song "Blowin' in the Wind," which would go on to become an anthem of the civil rights movement. The festival continues to showcase both established and up-and-coming artists in a wide range of musical genres.
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