Providence, Rhode Island, USA
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Providence is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, and one of the first cities established in the United States. Located in Providence County, it is the estimated third-largest city in the New England region. Despite having an estimated population of 175,255 as of 2006, it anchors the 36th largest metropolitan population in the country, with an estimated MSA population of 1,612,989, exceeding that of Rhode Island by about 60% due to its reaching into southern Massachusetts. Situated at the mouth of the Providence River, on Narragansett Bay, the city's small footprint is crisscrossed by seemingly erratic streets and a rapidly changing demographic using them.
Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for his finding such a haven to settle. After being one of the first cities in the country to industrialize, Providence became noted for its jewelry and silverware industry. Today, Providence city proper alone is home to eight hospitals and seven institutions of higher learning, which has shifted the city's economy into service industries, though it still retains significant manufacturing work. The city was once nicknamed the "Beehive of Industry", while today "The Renaissance City" is more common, though as of 2000 census, its poverty rate was still among the ten highest for cities over 100,000.wikipedia
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1636 - ROGER WILLIAMS was banished from the colony of Massachusetts due to his outspoken views of religious inequality, fled to the head of Narraganset Bay, and there, with a few followers, planted the seed of the commonwealth of Rhode Island in 1636
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1647 - Three settlements united with Providence, formed single government
Anne Hutchinson and her followers founded Portsmouth in 1638, while others of the same group established Newport. In 1643, several dissidents from Providence founded Warwick. The four settlements were given a charter by England in 1644, and they merged in 1647.
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1662 - January 27 - 1st American lime kiln begins operation (Providence RI)historyorb.com
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1663 - King Charles II granted charter for Rhode Island, Providence PlantationsTHE CHARTER, GRANTED BY KING CHARLES II., July 8, 1663, and in force until the adoption of the Constitution, May, 1843.
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In 1663, The Royal Charter of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations – the document that outlined the roles of...Read MORE...
1764 - Brown University in Providence is the state's oldest institution of higher education and one of the oldest in the nation. It was chartered in 1764 as Rhode Island College.
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1772 - 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, RIhistoryorb.com
June 9, 1772
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In 1791, Providence Bank was established with capital of $400,000.
The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
Author Sir David Brewster
Publisher J. & E. Parker, 1832
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1804 - Brown university, founded in 1764, at Providence, Rhode Island, was known as Rhode Island college until 1804, when its name changed in honor of Nicolas Brown, American merchant, who had given it $100,000.
The Morning Herald
May 7, 1926
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1815 - Destructive hurricane hits New England"The Great September Gale" hit New England in September of 1815. It first made landfall on Long Island, N.Y., and then again in Connecticut. The storm flooded Providene, R.I., and caused extensive damage throughout the region.
Hurricane timeline: The 1800s
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1817 - An Elm tree is standing near Providence, R. I. which measures, 4 feet from the ground, 21 feet in circumference.There are 18 main branches, averaging 6 feet 3 inches in circumference; the circumference, of the whole outline of the branches is 378 feet!
September 16, 1817
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1842 - May 19 – Dorr Rebellion: Militiamen supporting Thomas Wilson Dorr attack the arsenal in Providence, Rhode Island, but are repulsed.www.wikipedia.org
May 19, 1842
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1848 - A man in Providence, Rhode Island, bet five dollars that he could eat a large basket of peaches in one hour.He was successful, having dispatched one hundred and fifty-two good sized peaches in fifty-two minutes.
Another man ate a basket full without betting and died in consequence - of the eating, and not the bet.genealogybank.com
September 13, 1848
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1873 - Providence, Rhode Island, has a big gasometer, and the city papers are confident its dome is the largest in the world, it being 140 feet in diameter, or one foot larger than the dome of St. Peter's in Rome. It holds, above the top of the tank, 1,540,000 cubic feet.The Indianapolis News
April 8, 1873
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1873 - Joseph Sweet, ninety-one years of age, has been elected President of the Eagle National Bank at Providence, Rhode Island.Whether Joseph will make it sweeter for himself or the bank is not definitely known.The Indianapolis News
April 24, 1873
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1877 - President Rutherford Hayes tested new telephone, call from Rocky Point to Providence, distance 8 milesThe rich and the famous also came to Rocky Point. One of its most illustrious visitors was President Rutherford B. Hayes, who visited here in 1877, the summer after becoming president in the disputed Election of 1876. Hayes made history's first presidential telephone call when he called Dr....Read MORE...
1878 - George M. Cohan was born in Providence in 1878. He wrote, "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and a wide variety of other musical entertainment.
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1882 - Six of the persons injured in yesterday's fire in the Callender building, Providence, Rhode Island, have already died, and it is expected that the injuries of others will prove fatal.The Indianapolis News
November 22, 1882
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1888 - MORE FIRES IN PROVIDENCE. THE THIRD LARGE BLAZE WITHIN FIVE DAYS.PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 19. - The third large fire during the last five days occurred this afternoon on the scene of the disastrous conflagration of September, 1877. At 4:10 o'clock a man in a broker's office on the second floor of the Daniels Building in Custom House-street, a structure which rose ...Read MORE... 1890 - THE BIG PROVIDENCE FIRE. THOUSANDS OF CURIOUS PERSONS WATCHING THE RUINS.PROVIDENCE, R. I., Dec. 14. - Thousands of spectators flocked around the scene of Saturday's half-million-dollar fire to-day. Chief of Police Child ordered the circle of the ropes contracted to within safe distance of the tottering walls in order that the crowds might better survey the ruins....Read MORE...
1894 - April 10 - Providence, RI received 9 inches of snow
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1895 - KILLED BY A BOILER EXPLOSION - The Accident Occurs Just as a Crowd of Rhode Island Ice Harvesters Begin Work on Mashapang Pond. PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 4 - A boiler exploded at the icehouses of Earl, Carpenter & Sons, at Mashapang Pond this morning. Four men were killed and sixteen other injured.
The dead are:
DARY, MICHAEL, aged twenty-one
HEHIR, JOHN, aged thirty-five; leaves a wife and three...Read MORE...
1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES......Damage Done By High Tide.
Providence, Feb. 9. - The high tide has done damage in this city almost equal to the great flood of September 1868. Basements were flooded all over the city. The Narragansett Electric Lighting company plant on Elk street was rendered completely powerless, a tidal wave...Read MORE...
1896 - Gotta De Mon' - An Italian Banker Skips From Providence, Rhode IslandProvidence, R. I., Sept. 2. - The Banca Popolare has closed its doors and today there was an excited lot of depositors in the Italian colony on Federal hill. The institution was run by Valentino and Plumbo, and the latter is missing. He departed Saturday last, leaving four children behind....Read MORE... 1896 - November 22 - AnnouncementsE.W. Theinert, of Providence, R.I., will deliver an address upon socialism in U. V. W. Hall this evening at 7:30...Worcester Daily Spy
November 22, 1896
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1898 - Providence - The Colony of Hope by William B. WeedenThe capital of Rhode Island, the second city of New England, an agricultural village in the seventeenth, a commercial port in the eighteenth, and a centre of manufacturing in the nineteenth century, lies at the head of Narragansett Bay. The mainland of the State westward to Connecticut, according...Read MORE... 1899 - Socialist Labor Party. E. W. Theinert of Providence Was the Orator of the EveningPawtucket Times
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
March 31, 1899
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May 15, 1900: Rain and fish fell from the sky in Olneyville, Rhode Island. Most of the fish measured 2- to 4-inches long.NOTE: Olneyville is a neighborhood in Providence, Rhode IslandThe Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
May 15, 1900
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1904 - SLIPPERY SIDEWALKS - City Ordinance Does Not Appear to Be Effective.The sidewalks in the city of Providence are beginning to assume the same condition as last winter, many of them being already covered with snow and ice sufficient to make the walking quite a little dangerous.
For several days the commissioner of public works has had men on the streets with teams ...Read MORE...
1905 - $100,000 FIRE IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLANDProvidence, R. I., March 16 - Fire and water today damaged Music Hall block in the center of the city to an amount estimated at $100,000.The Piqua Daily Call
March 16, 1905
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1905 - PIRATE DRUGGED HIM. Arrested Shipmate Tells Strange Story of Sloop Dorado.Special to The New York Times.
NEWPORT, Oct. 24. - The arrest of Otto Steifel in Providence to-day proved of great importance in clearing up the mystery about the sloop Dorado and the plunder found on the two pirate boats held here. Steifel confessed to the Providence police that he had been...Read MORE...
1905 - PANIC FOLLOWS EXPLOSION. All Providence Scared Over Prediction of Christmas Disaster.Special to The New York Times.
PROVIDENCE, R. I., Dec. 22. - A slight explosion in a jewelry factory, within a short block of the shopping district caused by a panic to-day among the several hundred employes[sic] in the building, two men being painfully injured and a dozen women fainting before...Read MORE...
1906Providence, a city, port of entry, capital of the state of Rhode Island, and the county seat of Providence co., is situated at the head of navigation on Narragansett Bay, where the Seekonk (or Blackstone) River joins the narrow arm of the bay called the Providence River, 44 miles SW. of Boston,...Read MORE... 1908 - Luxury Tax on BachelorsThe Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, has issued an "irade" declaring that bachelors should be taxed. Evidently His Honor believes that single-blessedness is a luxury that should be paid for. However that may be in Providence, Rhode Island, it certainly does not hold good in Scranton.The Scranton Truth
August 24, 1908
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1912 - Cotton Mill King DeadProvidence, Rhode Island, Nov. 26. - Robert Knight, owner of more cotton mills than any other individual in the world, died today, aged eighty-six. Knight controlled twenty-two spinning, weaving and finishing establishments, employing seven thousand operatives.The Wilmington Dispatch
Wilmington, North Carolina
November 26, 1912
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1914 - Theinert Nominated by State Socialists Lincoln Man Named for Governor in State Convention of PartyPawtucket Times
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
October 12, 1914
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1927 - The Dartmouth [New Hampshire] football team, scheduled to play Brown at Providence, R. I. tomorrow, was marooned at Hanover, N. H.
Overflowing of the White River had flooded a bridge between Hanover and White River Junction, Vt., making it impossible for the team to reach White River Junction by train...
The Oelwein Daily Register
November 4, 1927
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1938 - "Long Island Express" - HURRICANE, FLOODS SWEEP NEW ENGLAND. 296 WERE KILLED IN STORM ALONG ATLANTIC COAST; PROPERTY DAMAGE ENORMOUS....Providence Struck By Tidal Wave.
Providence was one of the chief sufferers in Rhode Island, tremendous tides sweeping 1,000 feet into the city and flooding streets eight to 25 feet deep...
The staff of the Providence, R. I., Journal-Bulletin, driven from the plant, went to Boston, 50 miles...Read MORE...
1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND....In Providence the water of the Providence River was but three feet from the floor of the Point Street bridge. The river empties into Narragansett Bay which was being kicked up in sheets by the hurricane force wind.
State guardsmen were mobilized in that state and throughout...Read MORE...
1945 - March 29 - Providence, RI, hit 90 degrees to establish a March record for the New England area.The Weather Channel
March 29, 1945
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1949 - July 10 - WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcastinghistoryorb.com
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1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND....Providence, R. I., was flooded when the storm struck at high tide. Water pushed into the downtown area to within two feet of the level reached in the disastrous hurricane of 1938.
Thousands of workers were marooned in downtown Providence office buildings when the water submerged buses and...Read MORE...
1960 - October 20 - 1st fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RIhistoryorb.com
October 20, 1960
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1975 - August 2 - Temperature reached 104 degrees at Providence, RI
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