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5 Fun Facts About September 27 In Rhode Island History

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1. On September 27, 1781, French forces under the command of the Comte de Rochambeau arrived in Newport, Rhode Island to aid in the American Revolution. The arrival of the French forces provided much-needed support for the Continental Army, and helped to turn the tide of the war in favor of the American cause.

2. In 1843, Samuel Slater, known as the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution," died in Webster, Rhode Island. Slater was responsible for building the first successful cotton mill in the United States, and his innovations greatly contributed to the growth of industry in the early 19th century.

3. On September 27, 1872, the Newport Casino was opened to the public. The casino was originally intended as a social club for Newport's elite, but it later became known for hosting the first national championships in both tennis and squash.

4. In 1960, Rhode Island Governor Christopher Del Sesto declared the first "Rhode Island Seafood Day," in honor of the state's fishing industry. The annual event is still celebrated today, and features a variety of seafood-related activities and celebrations throughout the state.

5. On September 27, 1983, the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that the state's anti-discrimination laws applied to gays and lesbians. The decision marked a major victory for the LGBTQ+ community in Rhode Island, and helped to pave the way for greater acceptance and equality in the state.
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