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5 Fun Facts About November 21 In Rhode Island History

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1. On November 21, 1783, the first manned hot air balloon flight in America took place in Rhode Island. French aeronauts Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries flew from Newport to South Kingstown, marking a significant milestone in aviation history.

2. The Newport Casino, a National Historic Landmark and former social club, was opened on November 21, 1880. Today, it is home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and hosts a variety of cultural events.

3. On November 21, 1905, the nation's first state police force was established in Rhode Island. Known as the Rhode Island State Police, the organization still exists today and is responsible for enforcing state laws and protecting the public.

4. The Providence Bruins, an American Hockey League team affiliated with the NHL's Boston Bruins, played their first game on November 21, 1992. Since then, they have won two Calder Cup championships and have become a beloved sports team in Rhode Island.

5. Rhode Island native and actor Viola Davis was born on November 21, 1965. Davis has won numerous awards for her performances, including an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award, making her one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation.
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