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September 22

*Validating the Afterlife, Lincoln

September 24

*Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

September 26

*11th Annual Heritage Day, Coventry

*42nd Annual Rhode Island Heritage Day Festival, Providence

September 26, 2020

*Great Road Day, Saylesville, Lincoln

September 26

*6th Annual Ocean State Oyster Festival, Providence

September 27

*Rhode Island Postcard Club Meeting, North Providence

*Great Rumford Bake Off, Rumford, East Providence

September 30

*CANCELLED—Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

October 3

*Fairlawn Neighborhood Walking Tour, Pawtucket

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September 21st in Rhode Island history*

1685

*Edward Randolph is commissioned by King James II as Secretary and Sole Register of our Governor, and counsel for the government of the Narragansett country, also called the King's Province, and the other New England Colonies.

1762

*A Grand Commission for the election of officers is ordered.

1831

*Working-class whites riot at the foot of Olney Street in Providence, an area known as "Snow Town," destroying several black residences.

1850

*Coventry Bank of Anthony Village is founded.

1938

*A hurricane and tidal waves strike the state causing damage estimated at $100 million and a death toll of 311 lives. The Charlestown-Westerly area suffers the greatest brunt of the storm with 109 lives lost when two thirty-foot tidal waves strike at 3:30pm. An official wind velocity of ninety-five miles per hour is recorded in Providence. The highest water in Providence is measured at 17.67 feet above mean low water. This hurricane is the worst disaster to strike Rhode Island in its history.

1964

*Constellation defeats British challenger Sovereign for the America's Cup, four to nothing, off Newport.

1978

*Polls show Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci and Democratic challenger Francis Darigan in a dead heat.

1980

*Thousands of people turn out to attend the third and largest Rhode Island Heritage Festival, held on the State House lawn. The cultures of nineteen ethnic groups in Rhode Island are represented by colorful costumes, intriguing dances, and tasty gourmet foods.

1996

*The new $209 million terminal at T.F. Green Airport opens for public inspection and receives rave reviews.

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