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5 Fun Facts About June 8 In New Hampshire History

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1. The New Hampshire State Flag was Adopted on June 8, 1909
On June 8, 1909, New Hampshire officially adopted its state flag. The blue field represents the sky and the sea, while the state seal in the center displays a ship sailing near a granite rock formation, with the state motto, "Live Free or Die" above it.

2. New Hampshire's Oldest State Park Opened on June 8, 1928
On June 8, 1928, Monadnock State Park opened to the public. Located in Jaffrey, NH, it is the oldest continuously operated state park in New Hampshire. Visitors can climb to the top of Mount Monadnock, known for its stunning views and challenging trails.

3. The First North American Women's Marathon Was Held on June 8, 1974, in Wolfeboro
On June 8, 1974, the first North American women's marathon was held in Wolfeboro, NH. 126 women participated in the 26.2-mile race, which was won by Nina Kuscsik of Huntington, NY.

4. The USS Albacore Submarine Was Launched on June 8, 1953, in Portsmouth
On June 8, 1953, the USS Albacore, an experimental submarine designed for high underwater speed and maneuverability, was launched in Portsmouth, NH. The Albacore served as a testbed for submarine design and technology until it was decommissioned in 1972.

5. The First Bloodless Cockfighting Law Was Passed on June 8, 2010, in New Hampshire
On June 8, 2010, New Hampshire became the first state to pass a law prohibiting bloodless cockfighting. This form of cockfighting involves attaching razors to the roosters' legs but removing them before any physical harm is inflicted. The law makes it a misdemeanor to participate in or attend a bloodless cockfight in the state.
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