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December 19-21

*Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Woonsocket

December 27

*Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking Workshop, Bristol

*UnDecked Halls: A Glimpse Behind the Shutters at Rough Point, Newport

December 27-28

*Post Christmas Guided Candlelight Tours, Lincoln

January 1

*Frozen Clam Plunge, Warwick

*4th Annual Jamestown First Day Plunge, Jamestown

January 6

*WaterFire—Partial Lighting, Providence

January 24

*Re-envisioning Newport: Preserving Four Landmarks for Public and Private Use, Newport

January 28

*Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

January 29

*Rhode Island's Firsts, Bests and Uniques, Greene, Coventry

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December 21st in Rhode Island history


*Cleric Roger Williams, the state's founder, is born in London, England.


*Samuel Slater establishes the first successful American cotton mill in Pawtucket, marking the beginning of the end of British control over colonial textile imports.


*Former governor (1880-1883) Alfred H. Littlefield dies at the age of 64.


*The Providence Journal Company acquires the insolvent Star Tribune through the purchase of assets sold by order of the Superior Court. The Providence Publishing Company is formed to continue the publishing of a new paper.


*Newport socialite Martha "Sunny" von Bulow is discovered comatose on the bathroom floor of her Newport home, Clarendon Court. [Her husband, Claus von Bulow, is found guilty of attempted murder, but on appeal, he is acquitted of all charges.]

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