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5 Fun Facts About March 3 In New Hampshire History

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1. First Public Library: On March 3, 1792, the town of Peterborough became the first in New Hampshire to establish a public library. The library, which still exists today, was founded with a collection of 100 books that were donated by local residents.

2. Statehood: March 3, 1820, was a historic day for New Hampshire as it was admitted to the Union as the ninth state. This followed the ratification of the U.S. Constitution by the New Hampshire Convention in 1788 and nearly 32 years after New Hampshire's original declaration of independence from Great Britain.

3. First Female Mayor: On March 3, 1908, the small town of Enfield made history when it elected Mary E. Keene as its mayor. Keene became the first female mayor in New Hampshire and one of the first female mayors in the United States.

4. New Hampshire State Motto: March 3, 1945, was the day when New Hampshire officially adopted its state motto, "Live Free or Die." The motto, which was coined by General John Stark during the American Revolution, reflects the state's independent spirit and determination to preserve its freedoms.

5. Blizzard of 1978: March 3-4, 1978, was a time of extreme weather in New Hampshire when a severe blizzard swept across the state, affecting more than 380,000 people. The storm dumped over two feet of snow in some areas, causing widespread power outages and creating hazards on the roads. The blizzard was one of the worst in New Hampshire's history and led to a state of emergency being declared.
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