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5 Fun Facts About June 10 In Rhode Island History

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1. In 1654, the town of Portsmouth was settled on June 10 by a group of religious dissenters led by Anne Hutchinson, who had been exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for her religious beliefs.

2. On June 10, 1772, the British sloop HMS Gaspee ran aground in Narragansett Bay near Providence while pursuing a suspected smuggler. Local colonists staged an armed attack on the ship, burned it to the waterline, and forced the crew to flee ashore.

3. The first American Baptist church was established in Providence on June 10, 1638 by Roger Williams, a religious reformer and advocate of religious freedom who was banished from Massachusetts for his beliefs.

4. On June 10, 1968, the Providence Grays played their last game at the old Fenway Park in Boston, marking the end of the era of minor league baseball in Rhode Island. The team was a farm club of the New York Yankees and had played in Rhode Island since 1923.

5. The Providence Performing Arts Center, a landmark theater in downtown Providence, celebrated its 90th anniversary on June 10, 2018. The Art Deco building was originally opened as the Loew's State movie palace in 1928 and has since hosted countless concerts, musicals, and stage productions.
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