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March 11

*Newport Gallery Night, Newport

March 13

*Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

March 19

*My Life in a Lighthouse, Riverside, East Providence

March 28

*The Ospreys of Narrow River, Narragansett

April 8

*Newport Gallery Night, Newport

April 10

*Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

April 24

*Stone Walls Walk and Talk, Bristol

*Run for the Lighthouse, Riverside, East Providence

May 1

*Derby Day Party, Bristol

May 8

*Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

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March 5th in Rhode Island history*

1595

*William Blackstone, the first European settler in Rhode Island, is born in Durham County, England.

1770

*Four colonists are shot dead, and several wounded, by British soldiers during an incident at the State House in Boston, Massachusetts.

1776

*George Washington visits Providence (through March 7th).

1781

*Job Watson, long the lookout at the famous tower on Tower Hill in South Kingstown spots George Washington and his party traveling in their carriages along the Post Road. Watson spreads the news, and Rhode Islanders greet Washington along the route. The general is on his way to Newport to discuss plans for the campaign against the British in the South. Upon his arrival the French troops stand at attention on Long Wharf and both sides of the street leading to Vernon House, Rochambeau's Newport headquarters.

1932

*The Rhode Island General Assembly passes an act redistricting Rhode Island into two congressional districts (from three), in compliance with the Reapportionment Act of 1929.

1933

*All Rhode Island banks close due to a national financial panic. [Banks will able to supply currency again by March 13].

1984

*Providence mayor Buddy Cianci pleads no contest to assaulting Raymond DeLeo. Meanwhile, city and state planners announce that they want to move two rivers, tear out the widest bridge in the world (the Crawford Street Bridge), and relocate a World War I monument, in Providence.

1993

*Judge Raymond J. Pettine rules that the Narragansett Indian tribe has the authority to build a gambling casino on its land in Charlestown.

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