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New Hampshire Trivia

On January 5, 1776 at Exeter, the Provincial Congress of New Hampshire ratified the first independent constitution in the Americas, free of British rule.

On June 12, 1800, Fernald’s Island in the Piscataqua River became the first government-sanctioned US Navy shipyard.

Started in 1822, Dublin’s Juvenile Library was the first free public library.

In 1828, the first women’s strike in the nation took place at Dover’s Cocheco Mills.

Founded in 1833, the Peterborough Town Library was the first public library, supported with public funds, in the world.

On August 3, 1852, New Hampshire was the site of the first intercollegiate athletic event. Harvard defeated Yale in a 2-mile (3.2 km) rowing race on Lake Winnipesaukee, the first meeting in a rivalry that continues to this day.

Finished on June 27, 1874, the first trans-Atlantic telecommunications cable between Europe and America stretched from Balinskelligs Bay, Ireland, to RyeBeach.

On February 6, 1901, a group of nine conservationists founded the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the first forest-conservation advocacy group in the US.

In 1908, Monsignor Pierre Hevey organized the nation’s first credit union, in Manchester, to help mill workers save and borrow money.

In 1933 the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen held the first crafts fair in the nation.

In July 1944, the Bretton Woods Agreement, the first fully negotiated system intended to govern monetary relations among independent nation-states, was signed at the Mount Washington Hotel.

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard of Derry rode a Mercury spacecraft and became the first American in space.

In 1963, New Hampshire’s legislature approved the nation’s first modern state lottery, which began play in 1964.

In 1966, Ralph Baer of Sanders Associates, Inc., Nashua, recruited engineers to develop the first home video game.

Christa McAuliffe of Concord became the first private citizen selected to venture into space. She perished with her six space shuttle Challenger crewmates on January 28, 1986.

On May 17, 1996 New Hampshire became the first state in the country to install a green LED traffic light. New Hampshire was selected because it was the first state to install the red and yellow variety statewide.

On May 31, 2007, New Hampshire became “…the first state to recognize same-sex unions without a court order or the threat of one.”

 

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