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5 Fun Facts About March 25 In Rhode Island History

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1. Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution, which happened on March 25, 1790. The state had concerns about the level of federal power and the lack of a Bill of Rights, so it took some time to come around.

2. The Battleship USS Rhode Island was commissioned on March 25, 1906. The ship was part of the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet and saw action in World War I before being decommissioned in 1921.

3. On March 25, 1774, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed the Gaspee Affair Resolutions, which condemned the British government's actions in enforcing trade regulations and levying taxes without colonial consent. This event is considered a precursor to the American Revolution.

4. Rhode Island's first-ever gubernatorial election was held on March 25, 1776. The winner was Nicholas Cooke, who went on to serve three terms as governor and played a key role in the state's efforts during the Revolutionary War.

5. The Providence Bruins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Boston Bruins, played their first game on March 25, 1992. They won 5-3 against the Hershey Bears and have since become an important part of the state's sports scene.
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