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5 Fun Facts About June 6 In Rhode Island History

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1) In 1756, the French and Indian War began, which had significant impacts on Rhode Island as it was a major seafaring and trade hub during the conflict. Many Rhode Island sailors and privateers became involved in the war effort.

2) On June 6, 1800, former Rhode Island Governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Stephen Hopkins, passed away. Hopkins was a prominent political figure during the early years of American independence, playing key roles in the Continental Congress and Rhode Island’s state government.

3) In 1861, Rhode Island Governor William Sprague IV authorized the formation of the First Rhode Island Infantry, also known as the “Black Regiment” due to its large number of African American soldiers. This regiment fought in several key battles during the Civil War.

4) On June 6, 1934, the Rhode Island State House was officially dedicated. This iconic building, which is the center of Rhode Island politics and government, was designed by architect McKim, Mead, and White and features a large marble dome and impressive interior rotunda.

5) In 1968, Rhode Island Senator John O. Pastore became the first Italian American to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. Pastore’s speech, which emphasized the importance of social justice and civil rights, was well received and helped to boost his political profile.
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