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1816: The Year Without a Summer

The year 1816 was known as ‘The Year Without a Summer’ in New England because six inches of snow fell in June and every month of the year had a hard frost.  Temperatures dropped to as low as 40 degrees ...

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Flashback Photo: The Battle of Point Judith

Just before Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allied powers, 67 men were killed in the Battle of Point Judith off the coast of Rhode Island. Casualties included 55 German submariners and 12 American merchant mariners. The Nazi  submarine, U-853,  was harassing ...

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May 4, 1776: Rhode Island Independence Day

Rhode Island independence was declared two months before the other 12 colonies got around to formally breaking ties with King George III. On May 4, 1776, the General Assembly of the Colony of Rhode Island declared its absolute independence from ...

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