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5 Fun Facts About November 8 In Rhode Island History

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1. Rhode Island was the last state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on November 8, 1790. Despite being one of the original thirteen colonies, Rhode Island initially opposed the ratification of the Constitution due to concerns about state sovereignty and individual rights.

2. On November 8, 1900, the first radio station in Rhode Island, 1XE (now known as WGI), began broadcasting. The station was located at the Providence Journal newspaper and initially broadcasted news and music programs.

3. The 1938 New England Hurricane, one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history, struck Rhode Island on November 8. The storm caused extensive damage to buildings, roads, and infrastructure, and resulted in over 600 deaths in the region.

4. On November 8, 1935, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum was officially opened to the public. The museum is known for its extensive collection of art and design, and is considered one of the leading art museums in the country.

5. Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo was re-elected to a second term on November 8, 2018. Raimondo, a Democrat, has focused on improving the state's economy and investing in education and infrastructure during her time in office.
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