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December 8

*Newport Gallery Night, Newport

*The Launch of Rhode Island's Revolutionary Artillery , Newport

December 10

*UnDecked Halls: A Glimpse Behind the Shutters at Rough Point, Newport

*Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

*An Old Fashioned Christmas, Lincoln

*Keeping Christmas with the Whitehornes, Newport

*Savoring Federal Hill: An Insider's Culinary Tour, Providence

*Tour the 'Superman Building', Providence

*Christmas at Spell Hall, Coventry

*Westerly Seal Cruises, Westerly

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December 8th in Rhode Island history*

1776

*The British army, under General Henry Clinton, occupies Newport. Rhode Island Governor Nicholas Cooke writes to General Washington that "78 British ships of war and transports entered the harbor yesterday." One contingent of men is landed at Newport, but the main body of British troops lands at Coddington Cove and, after a night of pillage, splits in three directions: toward Bristol Ferry, toward Newport, and to Howland's Ferry, where the soldiers are just in time to fire a fusillade at the militiamen leaving the island.

1789

*Mass is celebrated for the first time in Providence.

1921

*General Armando Diaz, Italy's war minister and one of the first alumni of Providence College, visits Newport and Providence.

1930

*Former governor (1901-'03) Charles D. Kimball dies at the age of 71.

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