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April 23

*Portsmouth Historical Society Book Series, Portsmouth

April 25

*Rhode Island Towns and Villages: Post Card Views at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, Johnston

April 27-28

*Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

April 27-29

*Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

April 28

*Member Appreciation Evening, Westerly

*Great Swamp Walk, South Kingstown

*20th Annual Pawcatuck River Duck Race, Westerly

April 29

*Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

*The Townsend and Goddard Dynasties: Eighteenth-Century Cabinetmaking in Newport, Newport

*William Smith and his Victrolas, Jamestown

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April 23rd in Rhode Island history*

1907

*The General Assembly adjourns indefinitely after eighty-one ballots fail to yield a choice for United States Senator.

1952

*A law is enacted making the establishment of new race tracks in Rhode Island contingent on a referendum by voters in the community concerned.

1953

*The Rhode Island Supreme Court hands down a unanimous advisory opinion declaring unconstitutional all home rule charter provisions that assume, for the city or town involved, the authority to say how off-year municipal elections shall be conducted. The Court says the General Assembly has the authority under the Constitution to prescribe the form of general municipal elections.

1967

*Martin Luther King visits Rhode Island for the second [and last] time. In a sermon delivered before 600 people in Sayles Hall at Brown University, he speaks against poverty, racial inequality, and the Vietnam War.

1984

*Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci, having pled no contest to assaulting Raymond DeLeo, is given a five-year suspended sentence.

1993

*Joseph Mollicone, Jr., is convicted of twenty-six counts of fraud and embezzlement for his looting of Heritage Loan and Investment.

1996

*A Colorado educator, Stephen T. Hulbert, accepts the job of commissioner of higher education after the state's Unclassified Pay Plan Board agrees to give him a salary of $117,900, making him the highest paid department head in the state.

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