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5 Fun Facts About March 4 In Rhode Island History

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1. March 4, 1790: Rhode Island becomes the last of the 13 original states to ratify the United States Constitution, more than two years after it was first ratified by the other states.

2. March 4, 1924: The Rhode Island State House, located in Providence, is officially dedicated. The building, which features a dome made of 4,000 pounds of gold leaf, is a symbol of Rhode Island's commitment to government and democracy.

3. March 4, 1933: The famous "Bank Holiday" takes effect nationwide, including in Rhode Island. This was an emergency measure taken by newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who closed all banks to prevent further bank runs and stabilize the US banking system during the Great Depression.

4. March 4, 1965: The Providence Civic Center, now known as the Dunkin' Donuts Center, opens its doors for the first time. The arena has hosted numerous concerts, sporting events, and other major gatherings over the years, making it an important cultural landmark in Rhode Island.

5. March 4, 2002: The Rhode Island Supreme Court rules that same-sex partners who have been together for at least three years are entitled to many of the same legal rights and benefits as married couples. This decision was a landmark moment in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and equality in Rhode Island.
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