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5 Fun Facts About May 8 In New Hampshire History

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1. The first issue of The New Hampshire Gazette, the first newspaper in the state, was published on May 8, 1756. It was printed in Portsmouth and covered news and stories from around New England.

2. On May 8, 1893, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill legalizing women's suffrage, making New Hampshire the first state to approve such a measure through its legislature rather than by popular vote.

3. On May 8, 1919, the New Hampshire State Legislature ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. New Hampshire was the 14th state to approve the amendment.

4. May 8, 1945, marked the end of World War II in Europe. New Hampshire residents celebrated with parades and celebrations, and many who had served in the war returned home to their families.

5. On May 8, 1977, the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway, reopened for the season after a 15-year hiatus. The tourist attraction, which has been in operation since 1869, allows visitors to ride to the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast.
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