Rhode Island July 09, 2016
Some People Don’t Know That Rhode Island Was The First To Do These 11 Things
Being the smallest state in the nation often means Rhode Island tends to get overlooked by the rest of the country. Little does everyone else know, the Ocean State has paved the way for so many great things! Here are 11 things Rhode Island was the first to do that might surprise you.
1. Rhode Island was the first state to introduce the sideburn thanks to former Governor Ambrose Burnside's impeccable style.
2. Coffee Milk was first served in Little Rhody and remains the official state drink.
3. Rhode Island held the first ever National Lawn Tennis Championship in 1899 and is home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
4. The first circus in the country was held in Newport in 1774.
5. Little Rhody is home to the first ever discount department store in the U.S. known as Ann & Hope.
6. The first polo match held in the U.S. occurred in Rhode Island in 1876.
7. The first diner was established in 1872, forever ensuring access to comfort food nationwide.
8. Rhode Island was also the first to hold an open golf tournament in 1895.
9. The clam cake was first served in the state, and Rhode Islanders are still obsessed with this tasty food.
10. Rhode Island was also the first state to have a baptist church and it dates all the way back to 1638.
11. The nation's smallest state was the first to renounce allegiance to the British Crown in 1776.
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