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5 Fun Facts About July 30 In Rhode Island History

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1. In 1900, the first automobile race was held at the Narragansett Trotting Park in Cranston. The race was won by Charles Powers in a steam-powered car named "Locomobile."

2. In 1937, the famed jazz musician Louis Armstrong performed at the Rhode Island Auditorium in Providence. The concert was part of a nationwide tour and was well received by both fans and critics.

3. On July 30, 1974, the Newport Folk Festival returned to Rhode Island after a four-year hiatus. The festival featured performances by artists such as Joan Baez, The Band, and Arlo Guthrie.

4. In 2003, the USS Providence, a nuclear-powered submarine, was commissioned in Groton, Connecticut. The submarine was named after the city of Providence, Rhode Island, and served in the US Navy until its retirement in 2020.

5. The Providence Bruins, a minor league hockey team, was founded on July 30, 1992. The team is affiliated with the Boston Bruins and has been a popular fixture in the Rhode Island sports scene for nearly three decades.
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