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5 Fun Facts About July 23 In Rhode Island History

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1. In 1637, Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, received a land grant for Providence from the Narragansett Indians.

2. In 1779, during the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Stony Point took place in New York. Rhode Island soldiers played a significant role in this battle, which resulted in a victory for the Continental Army.

3. In 1903, the Rhode Island State House was officially opened with a dedication ceremony. The building, which is located in Providence, is the seat of government for the state.

4. In 1977, the Newport Folk Festival made a comeback after a 7-year hiatus. The festival, which started in 1959 and became famous for introducing legendary artists such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, has continued to attract crowds from around the world.

5. In 2011, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra performed a special concert in honor of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The concert, titled "Remembrance and Hope," was held at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence and featured music by American composers.
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