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October 17

*Providence Gallery Night, Providence

*Food Truck Night, Warwick

October 18-19

*15th Annual Fortress of Nightmares, Newport

October 19

*22nd Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night, Misquamicut, Westerly

*Harvest Festival: Dairy Days!, Wickford, North Kingstown

*History and Herb Hike, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

*Central Falls Walking Tour, Central Falls

*Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

*Blackstone Valley Fall Foliage and Shopping Rail Excursion, Woonsocket

*Rhode Island Off the Beaten Track Tour, Westerly

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October 16th in Rhode Island history*

1779

*During their evacuation of Newport, the British burn Beavertail Lighthouse on Jamestown.

1875

*The second and third of three recent arson attempts occur early this morning in Woonsocket. At about 1am an attempt is made to burn the mansion of George C. Bolton, but the fire is quickly discovered and extinguished. An hour later an incendiary fire breaks out in the Woonsocket High-school house, which is entirely destroyed, together with valuable chemical and philosophical apparatus, books, three pianos, etc. The Woonsocket Town Council offers a reward of $500 for the detection of the incendiaries.

1877

*A monument to Roger Williams is dedicated in Roger Williams Park.

1932

*Hillsgrove State Airport holds an “air pageant,” with appearances by famous pilots Jimmy Wedell, Russell Boardman, and Captain Fred Williams.

1937

*Governor Robert E. Quinn issues a proclamation declaring a state of insurrection around Narragansett Race Track.

1986

*The Outlet Company building, a Providence landmark for 96 years, goes up in flames, sending billows of smoke that can be seen as far away as Newport.

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