Press Releases in Newport, RI

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bulletNewport was the first city to pass a traffic ordinance (1687).
bulletNewport has the oldest synagogue in the US (Touro built in 1759).
bulletNewport operated the first ferry service (1657).
bulletNewport has the oldest tavern building in continuous use in the US (White Horse Tavern built in 1673).
bulletNewport has the first gas illuminated streetlights (1803).
bulletNewport has the oldest newspaper in continuous operation in the US (the Newport Mercury started in 1758).
bulletNewport is the home to the oldest US Naval War College.
bulletNewport hosted the first Open Golf Tournament (1895).
bulletNewport was home to the first International Polo Match (1886).
bulletNewport was home to the first National Lawn Tennis Championships (1899).
bulletNewport was home of the first woman telephone operator.
bulletNewport was the site of the first land grant for schools.
bulletNewport has the oldest circulating library in continuous use in the US (Redwood Library-established 1745).
bulletNewport was home of the first woman newspaper editor.
bulletNewport was the site of the first public roller skating rink in the US.
bulletNewport hosted the first systematic advertised public lectures on anatomy and surgery given in America (1752).
bulletNewport was the site of the first automobile arrest in the country (1904 when the offender was charged with driving 15 miles per hour).
bulletNewport was home to the first educated dental surgeon.
bulletNewport (colonial capital of RI) was the first of the thirteen colonies to declare its independence from England (May 4, 1776).
bulletNewport has the oldest military unit in continuous service under its original charter in 1741.
bulletNewport was the site of the first airplane passenger line in the US (between Newport and New York).
bulletNewport was home to the first admiral of the American navy.
bulletNewport held the first notable celebration of George Washington’s birthday (1781 hosted by Count De Rochambeau).
bulletNewport had the first photograph taken by electric light (1866).
bulletNewport was home to the first auto race (1895).
bulletNewport was home to the first duplex house (located on 57 Farewell Street).
bulletNewport is home to the oldest typewriter in America (held by the Newport Historical Society).
bulletNewport was home to the first female lighthouse keeper.
bulletNewport was the site of the first church steeple in the US.