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5 Fun Facts About October 16 In New Hampshire History

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1. In 1863, the first issue of "The Granite Monthly," a magazine focused on literature, history, and politics in New Hampshire, was published.

2. Exactly 50 years later, in 1913, the New Hampshire State Grange was organized in Manchester. The Grange is a fraternal organization for farmers and others involved in agriculture, and it advocates for agricultural interests at the local, state, and national levels.

3. On October 16, 1958, the first section of the New Hampshire Turnpike (I-95) was opened to traffic between Portsmouth and Hampton. The Turnpike became a critical transportation artery, linking Maine and New Hampshire with Boston and points south.

4. In 1996, a controversial monument was unveiled in Plymouth to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of English settlers in New Hampshire. The monument, which featured a European settler towering over a Native American figure, sparked protests and boycotts from the state's Indigenous communities.

5. Finally, in 2008, the New Hampshire Presidential Primary was held on October 16. The primary is the first in the nation, and it plays a crucial role in winnowing the field of presidential candidates. That year, Barack Obama won the Democratic primary, while John McCain won the Republican race.
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