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5 Fun Facts About October 2 In New Hampshire History

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1. In 1879, the first electric streetcar in New Hampshire began operating in Manchester. This advancement in transportation helped to connect the city and surrounding areas and was a major technological breakthrough of the time.

2. On October 2, 1938, a devastating hurricane hit New Hampshire and the surrounding region, causing widespread damage and claiming the lives of more than 500 people. The storm, known as the Great New England Hurricane, was one of the most destructive natural disasters in the history of the region.

3. In 1964, New Hampshire became the first state to have a presidential primary election that was held before any other state. The state's primary has become a major event in the presidential election cycle and has often been cited as a key factor in determining the eventual nominee of both major political parties.

4. On October 2, 1940, the New Hampshire State Supreme Court ruled that the state's white primary law was unconstitutional, overturning decades of discriminatory voting practices in the state. The ruling helped pave the way for greater civil rights and equality in New Hampshire and beyond.

5. In 2005, the first commercial-scale wind turbine in New Hampshire was installed in Lempster. The turbine, which stands at 238 feet tall, produces enough electricity to power more than 250 homes and has helped to boost the state's renewable energy industry.
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