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Rhode Island Declares Independence – May 4, 1776

May 4

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 4 of May, repeating indefinitely

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On May 4, 1776, the General Assembly of the Colony of Rhode Island declared its absolute independence from Great Britain. The members voted nearly unanimously, thus making Rhode Island the first independent sovereign state in the western world.

(More via The New England Historical Society)

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