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5 Fun Facts About October 1 In Rhode Island History

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1. On October 1, 1772, Rhode Island became the first colony to declare its independence from Great Britain.

2. On October 1, 1800, President John Adams signed a bill establishing the United States Navy Yard in Newport, Rhode Island.

3. On October 1, 1904, the first electric railway in Rhode Island began operation between Providence and Bristol.

4. On October 1, 1910, the Providence Grays won the International League Championship, becoming the first Rhode Island team to win a professional baseball championship.

5. On October 1, 1971, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor was officially designated a National Heritage Area, recognizing the region's importance to the Industrial Revolution and its historical significance.
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