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5 Fun Facts About October 18 In New Hampshire History

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October 18 is an important day in New Hampshire history. Here are five interesting facts about this day:

1. On October 18, 1777, British General Burgoyne surrendered to American forces at Saratoga, NY, which was a turning point in the American Revolution. The victory at Saratoga helped secure foreign support for the American cause, including from France.

2. In 1779, the state's first constitution was adopted on October 18th. The New Hampshire Constitution is still in use today and is one of the oldest in the country.

3. On October 18, 1817, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was established. The shipyard has played an important role in the state's economy and its national defense efforts.

4. In 1864, the Battle of Cedar Creek took place in Virginia during the Civil War. Many New Hampshire soldiers played a key role in the Union victory. Over 60 soldiers from the state were killed in the battle.

5. On October 18, 1954, the state's first television station, WMUR-TV, began broadcasting. Today, it is still the only commercial television station in the state, providing news, weather, and entertainment to viewers throughout New Hampshire.
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