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July 20

*Northern Bay Lighthouse Tour, Providence

*WaterFire, Providence

*Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

July 21

*Ford Model A Day, Lincoln

*Pirate Ship Day and Open House Tours, Smithfield

July 22

*Creative Survival: African Artisans in Newport, Newport

July 24

*Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

*A History of the Newport Folk Festival, Newport

July 25

*Concert Under the Elms, Providence

*Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

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July 20th in Rhode Island history*

1591

*Ann Marbury Hutchinson, a midwife and founder of the town of Pocasset (Portsmouth) is born in Alford, Lincolnshire, England.

1769

*The British sloop Liberty is burned. Governor Wanton issues a proclamation calling for the apprehension of those responsible. Despite an offered reward from His Majesty's Commissioners of 200 pounds for each offender, no one comes forward.

1775

*The frigate Rose threatens to bombard Newport if rebel activists are not thrown out of the city.

1776

*On the steps of the Colony House in Newport, Major John Handy reads aloud the Declaration of Independence.

1811

*Governor (1857-'59) Elisha Dyer, Sr., is born in Providence.

1853

*Governor (1851-'53) Philip Allen resigns to take up the post of United State Senator.

1865

*American National Bank (formerly the American Bank of Providence) organized and granted federal charter #1472.

1906

*Old National Bank of Providence (Charter #1151) is absorbed by the Industrial Trust Company.

1940

*Grand Circuit Harness Racing returns to Rhode Island after a lapse of 33 years.

1953

*Climaxing litigation begun almost six years ago, the Superior Court gives Providence permission to sell the antiquated Dexter Asylum.

1976

*The repaired statue of the Independent Man is returned to the top of the State House dome—via helicopter.

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