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5 Fun Facts About June 1 In Rhode Island History

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1. On June 1, 1772, a British revenue schooner named the Gaspee was burned and sunk in Narragansett Bay by a group of colonists. This event, known as the Gaspee Affair, was one of the first acts of rebellion against British rule in America.

2. On June 1, 2002, Rhode Island became the first state in the United States to pass a law allowing civil unions for same-sex couples. However, it wasn't until 2013 that the state legalized same-sex marriage.

3. On June 1, 1961, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Providence Civic Center, which would later be renamed the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The arena has hosted hundreds of events over the years, including concerts, sporting events, and political conventions.

4. On June 1, 1790, Rhode Island finally ratified the United States Constitution, becoming the last of the original thirteen colonies to do so. The state had initially rejected the Constitution, fearing that it would give too much power to the federal government.

5. On June 1, 1954, Hurricane Carol made landfall in Rhode Island, causing significant damage along the coast and leaving 13 people dead. The storm was one of the most powerful to hit New England in the 20th century, with winds of up to 115 miles per hour.
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