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5 Fun Facts About October 20 In Rhode Island History

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1. On October 20, 1978, the Rhode Island Rams football team defeated the New Hampshire Wildcats by a score of 36-6. This was one of the team's most impressive victories of the season and helped them finish with a record of 6-5.

2. In 1923, the Rhode Island State House was completed after three years of construction. Designed by the renowned architect McKim, Mead & White, the building features a distinctive dome that is visible from miles away.

3. On October 20, 1950, the USS Tarawa was commissioned at the Naval Station Newport. This aircraft carrier served in the Vietnam War and was decommissioned in 1993.

4. In 1968, the Providence Bruins, a minor league hockey team, were established as an affiliate of the Boston Bruins. The team has been a fixture in Rhode Island sports ever since, and has won multiple championships over the years.

5. On October 20, 2001, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra performed a concert at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. The program included works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Sibelius, among others, and was conducted by noted maestro Larry Rachleff.
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