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October 30

*Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

November 1

*Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

November 5

*CANCELLED—Christmas Ornament Workshop, Smithfield

November 7

*CANCELLED—Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

*Who Done It? An Evening of Clues, Warwick

November 8

*CANCELLED—Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

November 11

*Veteran's Day Ceremony, Tiverton

November 12

*Newport Gallery Night, Newport

November 15

*Open House Tours, Smithfield

November 19

*Providence Gallery Night, Providence

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October 29th in Rhode Island history*

1673

*The General Assembly orders a jury, half Indian and half white, to try an Indian case.

1684

*The General Assembly decides to meet in three colonial capitals—Newport in May, and alternately in Providence and Warwick in the fall.

1774

*The Kentish Guards are chartered by the Colonial Assembly as an "elite militia."

1781

*In celebration of the American victory at Yorktown, the name of King's County is changed to Washington County.

1806

*Burrillville, named for Rhode Island Attorney General James Burrill, Jr., is taken from Glocester and incorporated as a town.

1857

*A boiler explodes at Nathan Howard's India Rubber Works in Providence, launching the boiler through the wall of the factory and through the side of a nearby house, finally coming to rest about 300 feet down the street. The Hope Iron Foundry, situated next to the works, on Eddy Street, catches fire, and is only saved by the greatest efforts of the firemen. A number of people are injured, but no fatalities are reported.

1942

*The Rhode Island National Guard activates an artillery battery at Camp Varnum in Narragansett this week.

1974

*Secretary of State Robert F. Burns announces the completion of the mailing of 532,392 Rhode Island Voter Information Pamphlets, to all registered voters. It's the first time that Rhode Island has informed the voters of questions to appear on the ballot before election day.

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