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September 26

*11th Annual Heritage Day, Coventry

*42nd Annual Rhode Island Heritage Day Festival, Providence

September 26, 2020

*Great Road Day, Saylesville, Lincoln

September 26

*6th Annual Ocean State Oyster Festival, Providence

September 27

*Rhode Island Postcard Club Meeting, North Providence

*Great Rumford Bake Off, Rumford, East Providence

September 30

*CANCELLED—Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

October 2-4

*35th Annual Cranston Greek Festival, Cranston

October 3

*Fairlawn Neighborhood Walking Tour, Pawtucket

*CANCELLED—Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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September 26th in Rhode Island history*

1733

*Abraham Whipple, Commodore in the Continental Navy, is born in Providence.

1745

*The colony sloop Tartar, carrying 400 soldiers, takes part in action against Isle Saint-Jean (Prince Edward Island), Canada, which surrenders.

1945

*Providence National Bank (Charter #1302) and Blackstone Canal National Bank (Charter #1328) agree to a merger, effective October 10, 1945.

1957

*Brown University buys Dexter Asylum from the City of Providence. The Superior Court permitted the sale after ten years of litigation.

1958

*Columbia successfully defends the America's Cup in the seventeenth series against Sceptre off Newport.

1961

*President John F. Kennedy, with his family, begins his first vacation as President in Newport.

1971

*The City of Pawtucket begins a celebration of its Tricentennial with numerous civic and social events, highlighted by the appearance of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

1983

*The Australians win the America's Cup in Newport with the yacht Australia II, defeating the United States yacht Liberty, four to three. This brings to an end the longest winning streak in sports history; the United States held the cup for 132 years.

1996

*The Providence Journal Company says it will sell its newspaper and TV business to the A.H. Belo Company of Dallas for $1.5 billion.

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