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5 Fun Facts About July 24 In Rhode Island History

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1. In 1923, the Rhode Island State House was opened to the public for the first time. The State House is a historic building that serves as the seat of Rhode Island's state government.

2. On July 24, 1967, a fire broke out in the Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. The fire destroyed much of the building, but fortunately no one was injured.

3. In 1976, the Tall Ships Race came to Newport, Rhode Island. The race featured some of the world's largest and most historic sailing ships, and drew thousands of visitors to the city.

4. On July 24, 1997, a lightning strike caused a fire that destroyed the historic Stone House Inn in Little Compton, Rhode Island. The inn had been in operation since the 19th century, and was a popular destination for tourists.

5. In 2013, the Rhode Island Red chicken was designated as the official state bird of Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Red is a breed of domestic chicken that was first developed in Rhode Island in the late 19th century. The breed is known for its large size, hardiness, and egg-laying ability.
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