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May 15

*Recreation and Leisure in the Eighteenth Century, Newport

*Frostbite Bash: Defrosted, Bristol

May 15-16

*Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

May 22

*Gaspee Days Proclamation Ceremony and Walking Tour, Pawtuxet, Warwick

May 22-23

*Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

*Newport Oyster and Chowder Festival, Newport

May 25

*Lecture on the Lawn, Wickford, North Kingstown

May 29-30

*Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

June 5

*Gaspee Days Fireworks Extravaganza, Pawtuxet, Warwick

June 8

*Lecture on the Lawn, Wickford, North Kingstown

*More events

May 15th in Rhode Island history*

1776

*The sloop Providence, under command of Captain John Paul Jones, leaves Providence for New York City, carrying about 100 Continental soldiers.

1865

*Old National Bank (formerly a state bank in Providence named simply, the National Bank) is organized and granted federal charter #1151.

1900

*At 4pm, fish (specifically pout and perch) fall out of the skies over Olneyville. They were probably deposited there by a passing tornado.

1942

*Gasoline rationing starts, with each unit worth four gallons.

*Gasoline rationing begins in seventeen states (of which Rhode Island is one) and the District of Columbia. Ration cards have seven squares, each representing one "unit" (four gallons) of gasoline, which may be redeemed before July 1.

1975

*The Rhode Island General Assembly adjourns on the seventy-first legislative day, the Senate at 5:55pm and the House at 6:29pm, in one of the most orderly adjournments in years. A record 2,697 bills were introduced during the session.

1981

*The Rhode Island General Assembly adjourns on the sixty-fifth legislative day; the Senate adjourns at 7:19pm after passing the State Budget of $803,379,510.

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