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September 30

*CANCELLED—Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

October 2-4

*35th Annual Cranston Greek Festival, Cranston

October 3

*Fairlawn Neighborhood Walking Tour, Pawtucket

*CANCELLED—Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

*56th Annual Yankee Steam-Up, East Greenwich

October 3-4

*46th Annual Harvest Fair, Middletown

October 4

*Origin of Westerly Street Names, Westerly

*25th Anniversary Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour, Newport

October 6

*An Evening with Ray Wolf, Wickford, North Kingstown

October 8

*Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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September 29th in Rhode Island history*

1780

*General Nathanael Greene is appointed President of the Board to try Major John André, Benedict Arnold's confederate.

1883

*The Woonsocket hotel, owned by Cook, Mason and Company, is damaged to the amount of $10,000 by fire from a defective flue this morning. No guests are injured.

1890

*Celebration of the Cotton Centenary (the one hundred-year anniversary of the establishment of Slater Mill) begins in Pawtucket.

1948

*41,711 Democratic electors cast votes in Rhode Island's first primary.

1961

*Industrial National Bank of Providence changes its name to Industrial National Bank of Rhode Island.

1966

*Melvin Berry, Max Sugarman, and Joseph Paolino Sr. buy Crescent Park Amusement Park for $750,000.

1970

*Governor Licht calls the General Assembly into a special one-day session to enact a bill providing extra weeks of benefits to unemployed Rhode Island workers who have exhausted regular jobless compensation.

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