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February 21

*Pokanokets and Pilgrims: Conflict and Compromise in the Seventeenth Century, Warren

February 22

*Flicks and Fare on Washington Square, Newport

February 22-23

*100 Years of Romance, Warwick

February 23

*Rhode Island Postcard Club Meeting, North Providence

*Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

*The Rhode Island Bear Story: From Colonial Persecution to Backyard Pest, Narragansett

*Valley Talk: French Settlers, Woonsocket

February 26

*African-American Travel: Listings from The Negro Motorist's Green Book in Newport, Newport

February 27

*"Shall We Shanty?" A Night of Revelry and Song, Cranston

February 29

*Newport Seal Tours/Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours, Newport

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February 20th in Rhode Island history*

1726

*The Rhode Island-Connecticut border is settled by royal decree, ending the dispute over King's Province in Rhode Island's favor.

1731

*An act is passed "for erecting and incorporating the outlands of the town of Providence into three towns," Scituate, Smithfield, and Glocester. Scituate is named for Scituate, Massachusetts. Glocester is said to be named for Frederick Lewis, Duke of Glocester, and son of King George II.

1738

*The Colony House [Old State House] at Newport is ordered built.

1902

*Wickford National Bank (Charter #1592) is absorbed by the Industrial Trust Company.

1922

*Pawtuxet Valley textile workers go on strike and martial law is declared.

1939

*Twenty-four people are indicted on charges of fraud in the 1938 general election.

1976

*With 5,900 more Rhode Islanders out of work the previous month, the state's unemployment rate leaps to 14.2 percent.

1994

*A Tridentine Rite mass is said at the Holy Name Church in Providence. It was the first time a Latin mass had been celebrated publicly in Rhode Island in 25 years.

1995

*Fleet Financial Group, founded in Providence 204 years ago, announces that it is buying Shawmut National Corporation and moving its headquarters to Boston, Massachusetts.

2003

*At the beginning of a set by '80s rock band Great White, pyrotechnic effects ignite a blaze at the Station nightclub in West Warwick. Within three minutes the building is fully engulfed, resulting in 100 deaths from burns, smoke inhalation, and asphyxiation. It is the deadliest fire in Rhode Island history.

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