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5 Fun Facts About November 5 In New Hampshire History

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1. Guy Fawkes Day - November 5, 1605, is an infamous day in British history when Guy Fawkes was caught trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament. This day is celebrated annually in the UK, and New Hampshire also has a connection to this event. The town of East Kingston celebrates Guy Fawkes Night and lights a bonfire in his memory.

2. Dedication of the Balsams - On November 5, 1912, the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch was officially dedicated. This historic hotel hosted many famous guests over the years, including multiple U.S. presidents, and is known for being the site of the first votes in presidential elections.

3. The Granite State Challenge - On November 5, 1991, the Granite State Challenge aired its first episode on New Hampshire Public Television. This high school quiz show has been a popular program in the state for over 25 years and has showcased the intelligence and knowledge of New Hampshire's best and brightest high school students.

4. New England's Great Blizzard of 1962 - From November 3-10, 1962, New Hampshire (and other New England states) experienced a devastating blizzard with winds up to 170 miles per hour and snowdrifts up to 30 feet tall. This storm was one of the most severe in the state's history and caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure.

5. Hampshire Road Race - The annual New Hampshire 10 Miler road race takes place on the first Sunday in November and is hosted by the Millennium Running group. This race attracts runners from all over New England, the country, and even internationally, and provides an excellent way for athletes to enjoy the beauty of New Hampshire's fall foliage while competing.
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