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December 6-8

*Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

December 7-8

*Christmas Open House, Tiverton

*Christmas at the Castle, Wickford, North Kingstown

*Newport Seal Tours, Newport

December 8

*Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

*Hike Through Hunts Mills, Rumford, East Providence

*An Old Fashioned Christmas, Lincoln

*Holiday Open House, Johnston

December 12

*Newport Gallery Night, Newport

December 13-14

*Holiday Lantern Tour, Newport

*More events

December 8th in Rhode Island history*

1776

*The British army, under General Henry Clinton, occupies Newport. Rhode Island Governor Nicholas Cooke writes to General Washington that "78 British ships of war and transports entered the harbor yesterday." One contingent of men is landed at Newport, but the main body of British troops lands at Coddington Cove and, after a night of pillage, splits in three directions: toward Bristol Ferry, toward Newport, and to Howland's Ferry, where the soldiers are just in time to fire a fusillade at the militiamen leaving the island.

1789

*Mass is celebrated for the first time in Providence.

1840

*Meeting Street Church is established in Providence, "occupying a house built in 1820 for the benefit of the colored population."

1921

*General Armando Diaz, Italy's war minister and one of the first alumni of Providence College, visits Newport and Providence.

1930

*Former governor (1901-'03) Charles D. Kimball dies at the age of 71.

1964

*A state constitutional convention is convened with 100 delegates at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in Providence, with former Governor Dennis J. Roberts chosen as chairman and August P. LaFrance serving as permanent secretary.

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