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5 Fun Facts About October 15 In Rhode Island History

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1. In 1664, the Town of Warwick was incorporated, becoming the first town in Rhode Island to receive such a designation. Today, Warwick is the second largest city in the state, known for its beaches, airport, and historic Gaspee Days celebration.

2. On October 15, 1772, the infamous British revenue schooner Gaspee was burned and sunk in Narragansett Bay by a group of Rhode Island colonists, led by Captain Abraham Whipple. This act of rebellion, known as the Gaspee Affair, helped fuel anti-British sentiment leading up to the American Revolution.

3. In 1892, philanthropist Walter E. Ranger donated $100,000 to establish the Mary E. Gatchell Free Kindergarten in Providence. The school served as a model for early childhood education in Rhode Island and beyond, and is still in operation today as the Gatchell Early Childhood Center.

4. The Rhode Island State House, a neoclassical masterpiece designed by architect McKim, Mead, and White, was dedicated on October 20, 1904. However, the cornerstone was laid on October 15, 1896, marking the start of construction on Rhode Island's most iconic building.

5. The Newport Country Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious golf courses in the country, officially opened on October 15, 1894. The club's founder, William H. Vanderbilt, Jr., had a vision for a world-class golf course situated on the scenic shores of Newport, and the course soon became a favorite among wealthy and influential players. Today, the Newport Country Club is still considered one of the finest courses in the world.
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