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5 Fun Facts About July 6 In New Hampshire History

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1. On July 6, 1779, the Continental Army, under the command of General John Sullivan, began their campaign against British loyalists and the Iroquois in upstate New York. This campaign, known as the Sullivan Expedition, was a major turning point in the American Revolution and helped secure New Hampshire's place in the new nation.

2. The town of Hanover, home to Dartmouth College, was incorporated on July 6, 1761. Dartmouth College, founded in 1769, is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the United States.

3. On July 6, 1887, the Manchester Street Railway, the city's first electric streetcar company, opened for business. The streetcars revolutionized transportation in Manchester, making it easier and more efficient for people to get around town.

4. In 1944, on July 6, the USS Cusk, a submarine based in Portsmouth, sank the Japanese merchant ship Eifuku Maru off the coast of Japan. This was one of many successful missions carried out by the USS Cusk during World War II.

5. On July 6, 1996, the new Portsmouth Memorial Bridge was dedicated in a ceremony attended by New Hampshire Governor Steve Merrill, Maine Governor Angus King, and other dignitaries. The bridge, which spans the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine, replaced an older bridge that had been in service since 1923.
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