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5 Fun Facts About May 14 In New Hampshire History

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1. In 1947, the Ammonoosuc River Flood caused extensive damage to the towns of Woodsville and Haverhill, resulting in the loss of homes, businesses, and livestock.

2. On May 14, 1819, the state of New Hampshire passed an act to establish Dartmouth College as a university, thereby paving the way for the institution to become one of the best-known Ivy League schools in the nation.

3. In 1912, the RMS Titanic disaster claimed the life of Charles Melville Hays, a prominent businessman who had lived in New Hampshire for many years.

4. On this day in 1875, New Hampshire's first state capitol building was opened to the public. The building had been constructed over a six-year period and was home to the state's legislative and executive branches of government.

5. In 1943, the town of Manchester, New Hampshire gained national attention when it played host to the "Queen of the Hop" dance contest, which drew thousands of young women from across the country to compete for the title of America's most popular dancer.
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