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5 Fun Facts About November 15 In Rhode Island History

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1. Rhode Island was a major player in the American Revolution, and on November 15, 1775, the General Assembly of Rhode Island passed a resolution to raise two regiments for the Continental Army. These regiments would play a crucial role in the war effort, fighting in several key battles and campaigns.

2. On November 15, 1790, Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution. The state had initially rejected the document in 1787, citing concerns about the power of the federal government and the lack of protection for individual rights. It took several years of intense debate before Rhode Island finally agreed to join the new United States.

3. In 1866, the first national convention of the Women's Suffrage Association was held in Providence, Rhode Island. The convention brought together suffragists from around the country to discuss strategies for achieving voting rights for women. Rhode Island would not grant women the right to vote until 1917.

4. On November 15, 1939, the Pell Bridge was officially opened to traffic. The bridge spans the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, connecting Newport and Jamestown. At the time of its construction, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Today, it is an iconic landmark and an essential transportation link in the region.

5. November 15, 2012 was a historic day for Rhode Island's LGBTQ community. On that day, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order recognizing same-sex marriages performed out-of-state. This made Rhode Island the eighth state in the nation to provide some form of legal recognition to same-sex couples, paving the way for full marriage equality just a few months later.
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