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  Abenaki Indians named Mount Monadnock, meaning "island mountain."
 (SFC, 6/17/00, p.C3)
  New Hampshire is called the Granite State and in 2004 was the only state with neither an income tax nor a sales tax.
 (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.D6)

1632        John Tuttle arrived from England to a settlement near the Maine-New Hampshire border, using a small land grant from King Charles I to start a farm. In 2010 the 134-acre Tuttle Farm went on the market for $3.35 million.
    (AP, 8/1/10)

1679        Jul 10, The British crown claimed New Hampshire as a royal colony.
    (HN, 7/10/98)

1679        Sep 18, New Hampshire became a county Massachusetts Bay Colony.
    (MC, 9/18/01)

1719        In New Hampshire the first potato in America was planted in Londonderry Common Field.
    (SFC, 1/29/00, p.E3)

1725        Feb 20, New Hampshire militiamen partook in the first recorded scalping of Indians by whites in North America. 10 sleeping Indians were scalped by whites for scalp bounty.
    (HN, 2/20/99)(MC, 2/20/02)

1754        Jun 19, The Albany Congress opened. New York colonial Gov. George Clinton called for the meeting to discuss better relations with Indian tribes and common defensive measures against the French. The attendees included Indians and representatives from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Benjamin Franklin attended and presented his Plan of Union, which was adopted by the conference. The meeting ended on July 11.
    (AH, 2/06, p.45)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany_Congress)

1761        The town of Killington was chartered in New Hampshire.
    (ST, 3/2/04, p.A1)

1769        Dec 13, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, received its charter.
    (AP, 12/13/97)(SFC, 2/11/99, p.A3)

1774        Dec 13, Some 400 colonists attacked Ft. William & Mary, NH.
    (MC, 12/13/01)

1775-1782    New Hampshire was the only one of the original 13 colonies not invaded by the British during the Revolutionary War.
    (HNQ, 7/31/99)

1776        Jan 5, Assembly of New Hampshire adopted its 1st state constitution.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1779        Nov 12, A group of 20 slaves who had fought in the war submitted a petition to the New Hampshire General Assembly, while the war was still being fought. Lawmakers decided the time was not right. 6 of the slaves were later freed. In 2013 a state Senate committee recommended that the state posthumously emancipate 14 of the slaves who died in bondage. On June 7, 2013, they were granted posthumous emancipation when Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a largely symbolic bill that supporters hope will encourage future generations to pursue social justice.
    (SFC, 3/7/13, p.A5)(AP, 6/7/13)

1782        Jan 18, Daniel Webster (1782-1852, aka Black Dan) American political leader, Senator and orator, lawyer, statesman, administrator and diplomat, was born in Salisbury, N.H. In 1830 he proclaimed "Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!"
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(AHD, p.1452)(WSJ, 9/30/97, p.A20)(AP, 1/18/98)

1791        Mar 21, Captain Hopley Yeaton (1740-1812) of New Hampshire became the first commissioned officer of the US Revenue Cutter Service.
    (www.uscg.mil/history/WEBCUTTERS/Scammel_1791.html)(http://tinyurl.com/goke5)

1791        A New Hampshire law called for convicted adulterers to be paraded on the gallows for an hour and then be publicly whipped no exceeding 39 stripes before being sent to prison and fined £100. By 2014 the penalty had been reduced to a fine of $1,200 as legislators proposed a repeal of the law.
    (Econ, 4/19/14, p.24)

1804        Mar 12, Judge John Pickering, a federal district judge in New Hampshire, was the first American official impeached and then found guilty by the Senate. Pickering, a Federalist, was impeached as unfit based on charges related to his habitual drunkenness and bizarre handling of cases. He was adjudged guilty and removed from office in spite of evidence establishing that he was insane and hence not culpable of high crimes or misdemeanors. Impeached during the same period, Chief Justice Samuel Chase was acquitted by the Senate on March 1, 1805, ending the Republican campaign against the Federalist bench and discouraging subsequent administrations from using impeachment to remove politically obnoxious judges.
    (HNQ, 1/21/99)

1804        Nov 23, The 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was born in Hillsboro, N.H.
    (AP, 11/23/97)

1818        Nov 5, Benjamin Butler (d.1893), later Union Civil War general, was born in New Hampshire.
    (http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Butler_Benjamin_F_1818-1893)

1830        Sarah Josepha Hale of Newport, N.H., published a collection of poems "Poems for Our Children," that included "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
    (SFC, 8/24/98, p.B6)

1831        Joseph Foster began building reed organs and melodeons. In 1845 he moved from Winchester to Keene and was joined by his brother Ephraim. The firm became known as "J&E Foster." They worked together until Joseph died in 1875.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, Z1 p.3)

1833        Apr 9,    The nation's first tax-supported public library was founded in Peterborough, N.H.
    (AP, 4/9/97)

1835        Aug 10, Mob of whites and oxen pulled a black school to a swamp outside of Canaan, NH.
    (MC, 8/10/02)

1846        Nov 4, Benjamin F. Palmer of Meredith N.H. received a patent on an artificial human leg.
    (SFEC, 3/29/98, Z1 p.8)

1847        The North Conway railroad depot was established.
    (SFEC,11/16/97, p.T7)

1850        Apr 20, Daniel Chester French (d.1931), sculptor of the Concord Minuteman, was born at Exeter, New Hampshire. He had his estate in Stockbridge, Mass. His work also included the Lincoln Memorial. His Chesterwood estate became a museum with an annual 6-month summer season. [Ph. 413-298-3579]
    (HN, 4/20/98)(WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A20)

1852        It took 49 ballots to nominate Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire, for the presidency.
    (WSJ, 2/11/03, p.A10)

1853-1857    Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the US, acquired land from Mexico and supported the nation’s 1st trade agreement with Japan. Jefferson Davis served as his secretary of war.
    (A&IP, ESM, p.96b, photo)(WSJ, 2/11/03, p.A10)

1856        St. Paul’s prep school was founded in Concord, New Hampshire. In 2003 headmaster Bishop Craig Anderson was paid an annual salary of $524,000.
    (WSJ, 8/25/03, p.A1)

1864        May 19, Nathaniel Hawthorne (b.1804), US writer (Scarlet Letter), died in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
    (MC, 5/19/02)(http://www.gradesaver.com/)

1869        Oct 8, Franklin Pierce (64), the 14th president (1853-1857) of the United States, died in Concord, N.H.
    (AP, 10/8/97)(MC, 10/8/01)

1874        Jun 21, The Schooner America, designed by George Steers, was sold at auction for $5000 to former Union Gen. Benjamin Butler, who transferred it from Annapolis to Portsmouth, NH, where he sailed it till he died. By 1942 the hull of the schooner became unsalvageable and it was burned. The rudder was saved and put on display at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.
    (AH, 2/03, p.29,31)

1872        Oct 11, Harlan Fiske Stone, Supreme Court (1925-41) Chief Justice (41-46), was born in New Hampshire.
    (MC, 10/11/01)

1872        In New Hampshire workers digging fence post hole, for businessman and naturalist Seneca Ladd (d.1892), discovered a lump of clay that contained a 4x2½-inch egg-shaped stone with a variety of carved features. It came to be known as the “Mystery Stone." Ladd’s daughter donated the stone to the New Hampshire Historical Society in 1927.
    (SFC, 7/24/06, p.E3)

1875        Oct 4, Josie Langmaid (17) disappeared while walking to Pembroke Academy, the local Pembroke high school. Her body was found that night and her head was found the next day. Joseph LaPage, an itinerant woodcutter, was eventually convicted of the crime and executed.
    (WSJ, 5/22/01, p.A8)

1893        Jan 11, Benjamin Butler (b.1818), former Union general, lawyer and governor of Massachusetts (1883-1884), died in New Hampshire.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin_Butler_%28politician%29)

1902        Mar 30, Roberta Brooke Russell (d.2007) was born in Portsmouth, NH. In 1953 she married millionaire Vincent Astor (d.1959) and became a major philanthropist following his death.
    (SFC, 8/14/07, p.B5)

1902        In New Hampshire the Mount Washington Resort was built. This was the site of the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference that created the Intl’ Monetary Fund. In 2009 Omni Resorts took over management of the historical landmark.
    (SSFC, 1/29/12, p.N5)

1902        In Buffalo, NY, the U.S. Hame Co. was formed as the result of a consolidation of two 19th century hame and saddlery manufacturers, the United Hame Co. of Buffalo, NY, and the Consolidated Hame Co. of Andover, New Hampshire. In 1917 it changed its name to USHCO and started making chassis for Ford and Chevrolet trucks.
    (www.coachbuilt.com/bui/u/us_body/us_body.htm)(SFC, 8/15/07, p.G7)

1905        Jul 1, John Hay (b.1838), American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, died in New Hampshire. He served as Lincoln's secretary from 1861 until 1864. In 2013 John Taliaferro authored “All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt."
    (Econ, 6/1/13, p.81)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hay)

1905        Sep. 5, The Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese War, was signed in New Hampshire.
    (AP, 9/5/97)

1907        The MacDowell Colony was founded in Peterborough, New Hampshire, to nurture the arts by providing creative individuals with an inspiring environment. It was founded in honor of composer Edward MacDowell (d.1908).
    (WSJ, 3/20/06, p.B1)(www.macdowellcolony.org/history.html)

1911        Jul 4, 106º F (41º C) at Nashua, New Hampshire (state record).
    (Maggio, 98)

1923        Nov 18, Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space, was born in East Derry, NH.
    (HN, 11/18/98)(MC, 11/18/01)

1934        Apr 12, In New Hampshire a weather station on Mount Washington recorded a record wind gust of 231 mph before the anemometer broke.
    (SSFC, 4/12/09, p.C10)

1938        Mar 3, A world record for the indoor mile run was set at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH this day. Glenn Cunningham made the distance in 4 minutes, 4.4 seconds.
    (HC, Internet, 3/3/98)

1939        Jul 13, Howard Long was hanged at the New Hampshire State Prison for the sex-killing of 10-year-old Mark Neville Jensen of Alton.
    (http://venus.soci.niu.edu/~archives/ABOLISH/aug97/0184.html)

1941        Jul 29, David Warner, actor (Star Trek VI, Time Bandits), was born in Manchester, NH.
    (MC, 7/29/02)

1942        John Irving, author, was born in Exeter. In 1978 he authored his novel "The World According to Garp," which was made into a 1982 film.
    (SSFC, 7/8/01, DB p.66)

1943        Jul 12, The US submarine Pampanito was christened in New Hampshire. In 1982 the sub opened to the public at Pier 45 in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 9/24/03, p.A23)

1944        Jul 1, Delegates from 44 countries began meeting at Bretton Woods, N.H., where they agreed to establish the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The US hosted an international conference at Bretton Woods, N.H., to deal with international monetary and financial problems. The talks resulted in the creation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in 1945. The agreement was a gold exchange standard and only the US was required to convert its currency into gold at a fixed rate, and only foreign central banks were allowed the privilege of redemption. In 1983 Michael Moffitt authored “The World’s Money: Int’l. Banking from Bretton Woods to the Brink of Insolvency." In 1997 Catherine Caufield wrote "Masters of Illusion: The World Bank and the Poverty of Nations."
    (SFC, 1/13/98, p.A4)(WSJ, 10/15/98, p.A22)(AP, 7/1/04)(WM, 1983, p.13)

1945        May 16, The Nazi submarine U-234 surrendered to US forces at Portsmouth, NH. It had been bound for Tokyo with 10 containers of uranium oxide. The atomic material ended up in the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    (SFC, 9/1/03, p.B4)(www.uboat.net/)

1946        Blair Clark (d.2000 at 82) founded the New Hampshire Sunday News. In 1968 he served as campaign manager for presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy.
    (SFC, 6/9/00, p.D5)

1946-1977    PCBs were released into the Hudson River by 2 General Electric plants and were buried in sediment along 197 miles that was later declared a Superfund site. The EPA expected GE to dredge some 35 miles at a cost of some $1 billion. GE fought the cleanup law and was also involved in Superfund sites at Hoboken NJ and Milford NH. Cleanup of the Hudson River began in 2009 at an estimated cost of $750 million, to be paid by GE. The sludge was scheduled to be buried in West Texas.
    (SFC, 11/29/00, p.A10)(SFC, 5/16/09, p.A5)(SFC, 6/22/09, p.A9)

1950        Cedar Waters Village, a Christian nudist resort in Nottingham, N.H., was founded.
    (WSJ, 8/11/97, p.A1)

1952        Republican Dwight Eisenhower won the New Hampshire primary over Robert Taft 50.2 to 38.6%. Democrat Estes Kefauver won over Harry Truman 54.6 to 43.9%.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)

1953-1955    Hugh Gregg (d.2003 at 85), moderate Republican, served as New Hampshire governor.
    (SFC, 9/25/03, p.A23)

1956        Democrat Estes Kefauver won the New Hampshire primary over Adlai Stevenson 84.6 to 14.8%.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)
1956        John McCarthy (1927-2011), computer science pioneer, led the first conference on “artificial intelligence" at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. He coined the term to attract funding for the conference.  
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McCarthy_%28computer_scientist%29)(Econ, 11/5/11, p.114)

1960        Republican Richard Nixon won the New Hampshire primary over Nelson Rockefeller 89.3 to 3.8%. Democrat John Kennedy won over Paul Fisher 85.2 to 13.5%.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)

1961        Sep 19-20, Betty (d.2004) and Bernard Hill returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from a trip in Canada and seemed to have lost memory of 2 hours of the drive. Under hypnosis 3 years later they recounted being kidnapped and examined by aliens. Their story led to the 1966 book “Interrupted Journey" by John G. Fuller.
    (SFC, 10/19/04, p.B6)(www.nicap.dabsol.co.uk/hill.htm)

1962        Sep 3, Edward E. Cummings, aka E.E. Cummings (b.1894), US poet, died in New Hampshire. In 1958 Charles Norman authored “E.E. Cummings: The Magic Maker." In 1980 Richard S. Kennedy authored a biography of Cummings “Dreams in the Mirror." In 2014 Susan Cheever authored “E.E. Cumming: A Life."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._E._Cummings)(SSFC, 3/9/14, p.F7)

1964        May 1, The 1st BASIC program ran on a computer at Dartmouth.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1964        Republican Henry Lodge won the New Hampshire primary over Barry Goldwater 35.5 to 22.3%. Nelson Rockefeller took 21% and Richard Nixon took 16.8%.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)

1968        Mar 12, President Lyndon Johnson won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, but a strong second-place showing by anti-war Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota played a role in Johnson's decision not to seek re-election. Johnson won over Eugene McCarthy 49.6 to 41.9%. Republican Richard Nixon won the New Hampshire primary over Nelson Rockefeller 77.6 to 10.8%.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)(AP, 3/12/08)

1969        In Fremont Austin Wiggin led his 3 daughters, named The Shaggs, to record "Philosophy of the World." The recording became an underground legend and in 1999 RCA Victor released a CD version. Writer Irwin Chusid devoted a chapter to the group in his 1999 book "Songs in the Key of Z."
    (WSJ, 3/2/99, p.A17)

1972        Mar 7, Republican Richard Nixon won the New Hampshire primary over Paul McCloskey 67.6 to 19.8%. Democrat Edmund Muskie won over George McGovern 46.4 to 37.1%.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)(http://tinyurl.com/5dndxk)

1972        J.D. Salinger (53) began a months-long courtship of Joyce Maynard (18) that culminated in her leaving Yale Univ. and moving to his farm in New Hampshire. In 1998 Maynard published "At Home in the World," that included an account of her relationship with Salinger.
    (SFEC, 9/6/98, BR p.5)

1972        Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, chartered in 1769, began admitting women.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A3)(http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Dartmouth+College)

1973-1979    Meldrim Thomson (d.2001 at 89), Republican, served as governor.
    (SFC, 4/20/01, p.D5)

1976        Feb 24, Republican Gerald Ford won the New Hampshire primary over Ronald Reagan 50.1 to 48.6%. Democrat Jimmie Carter won over Mo Udall and Birch Bayh 28.7 to 23 to 15.3%.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_primary)

1976        Massachusetts moved its primary from late April to early March. New Hampshire reacted by moving the due date to February and then to late January.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.D6)

1977        Apr 20, The US Supreme Court, in Wooley v. Maynard, said car owners could refuse to display state mottoes on license plates. The Court ruled that "Live Free or Die" may be covered on NH license plates.
    (AP, 4/20/07)

1978        Hugh Gallen, Democrat, defeated Gov. Meldrim Thomson.
    (SFC, 4/20/01, p.D5)

1980        Feb 26, Republican Ronald Reagan won the New Hampshire primary over George H.W. Bush and Howard Baker 49.8 to 22.8 to 12.9%. Democrat Jimmie Carter won over Ted Kennedy, Jerry Brown and Birch Bayh 47.2 to 37.4 to 9.6%.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)(www.politicallibrary.org/TallState/1980rep.html)

1981        Sep 13, William Loeb (b.1905), publisher of Manchester Union Leader, NH, died at 75.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Loeb)

1984        Feb 28, New Hampshire held its presidential primary. Ronald Reagan won with 86.1% of the total vote. Gary Hart won the Democratic tally over Walter Mondale and John Glenn.
    (www.politicallibrary.org/TallState/1984rep.html)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)

1985        Dec 7, Retired Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart died in Hanover, N.H., at age 70.
    (AP, 12/7/97)

1988        Jan 28, Public Service of New Hampshire filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This was the first American utility since the Depression to go bankrupt, mostly because of unexpected costs of a nuclear plant.
    (www.nu.com/aboutnu/psnh.asp)(Econ, 6/2/07, SR p.22)

1988        Feb 16, Vice President George Bush and Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis scored big victories in the New Hampshire Republican and Democratic presidential primaries. Bush won the New Hampshire primary over Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, Pete du Pont and Pat Robertson 37.7 to 28.5 to 12.8 to 10.1 to 9.4%. Dukakis won over Dick Gephardt and Paul Simon 35.9 to 19.9 to 17.2%.
    (AP, 2/16/98)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)

1988        Nov 17, President-elect Bush announced his choice of New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu to be White House chief of staff. Sununu had earlier said "In Iowa they grow corn, in New Hampshire, we grow presidents."
    (AP, 11/17/98)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.D1)

1990        Mar 1, The controversial Seabrook, N.H. nuclear power plant won federal permission to go on line after two decades of protests and legal struggles.
    (AP, 3/1/00)

1990        May 1, In Hampton, NH, William Flynn (16) and a friend shot and killed Gregory Smart (b.1965), the husband of Pamela Smart (23) with whom Flynn was having an affair. Flynn was sentenced 28 years to life. Smart had enlisted Flynn to kill her husband and was sentenced to life in prison. On June 4, 2015 Flynn was released from prison. Patrick Randall, who had held a knife to Gregg Smart’s throat, was also released on parole.
    (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7090228)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A11)

1991        Mar 22, High school instructor Pamela Smart, accused of manipulating her student-lover into killing her husband, was convicted in Exeter, New Hampshire, of murder-conspiracy. She was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 3/22/01)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A10)

1992        Feb 18, Republican Pres. George H.W. Bush won the New Hampshire primary over Pat Buchanon, 58.6 to 41.4%. Democrat Paul Tsongas won over Bill Clinton, Bob Kerrey, Tom Harkin and Jerry Brown 38 to 28.3 to 12.7 to 11.6 to 9.3%.
    (SFEM,11/2/97, p.12)(AP, 2/18/02)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)

1994        Robert H. Bates (1911-2007, mountaineer and former teacher at New Hampshire’s Phillips Exeter Academy (1939-1976), authored his autobiography “The Love of Mountains Is Best."
    (WSJ, 9/29/07, p.A6)

1994        In Hudson a raid on an armored car left 2 men dead. Five men were caught after an 18 month search and in 1997 were convicted of 55 crimes in 4 states.
    (SFC,12/23/97, p.A3)

1996        Feb 20, Republican Pat Buchanon won the New Hampshire primary over Bob Dole, Lamar Alexander and Steve Forbes 30.8 to 29.7 to 25.6 to 13.8%.
    (AP, 2/20/01)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)

1997        Jun 30, In Canterbury Center a 21 year-old man was beaten to death with a baseball bat in a fight that sent 8 to the hospital.
    (SFC,11/3/97, p.A3)

1997        Aug 19, A New Hampshire man, Carl Drega (67) of Colebrook, killed 2 state troopers, Scott Philips (32) and Les Lord (45), a local judge and a newspaper editor in Colebrook. The shooting spree ended with his death near the Canadian border in Vermont. The issue was believed to be a grudge over a tax case.
    (WSJ, 8/20/97, p.A1)(SFC,11/3/97, p.A3)(AP, 8/19/98)(SFEC, 10/18/98, Par p.9)

1997        Aug 24, Officer Jeremy Charron, 24, was shot and killed Gordon Perry (22) and Kevin Paul (18) in Epsom, New Hampshire. Both captured suspects were on probation. Paul later received a 16- to 50-year prison sentence. Perry was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (SFC, 8/25/97, p.A8)(www.odmp.org/officer/14959-patrolman-jeremy-t.-charron)

1997        Aug 31, In Manchester a young father was shot and killed at a traffic light by a 29-year-old man who had argued with him earlier.
    (SFC,11/3/97, p.A3)

1997        Sep 13, In Salem 3 young men on crystal Methedrine beat up and fatally stabbed 2 teenage girls.
    (SFC,11/3/97, p.A3)

1997        The state high court ruled that school funding relied unfairly on local property taxes.
    (SFC, 10/16/99, p.A6)

1998        Jan 8-9, The US Northeast and Canada were hit with a severe ice storm and at least 16 people were reported killed. Millions of people were left without power in upper New York, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.
    (SFC, 1/9/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/10/98, p.A8)

1998        Apr 5, Ray Piecuch, a cowboy poet from New Hampshire, completed his yearlong 3,500 mile ride across country on his horse, Bo, with a champagne celebration at Baker Beach.
    (SFC, 4/6/98, p.A26)

1998        Sep 18-20, In Lincoln, the 23rd annual New Hampshire Highland Games and Scottish Heritage Week occurred.
    (WSJ, 9/28/98, p.A26)

1999        Apr 29, The Legislature approved and the Gov. signed a statewide property tax to support a $825 million school spending plan.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.A3)

1999        Jun 7, Gov. Jeanne Shaheen signed a bill honoring Martin Luther King. New Hampshire was the last state to put King's name on the January holiday celebrated as Civil Rights Day.
    (SFC, 6/8/99, p.A3)

1999        Oct 15, A new property tax to fund schools was ruled unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 10/16/99, p.A6)

1999        Oct 15, In Nashua Liam Youens shot and killed Amy Boyer and then himself. He had tracked Boyer using Internet sources.
    (SFC, 11/30/99, p.A12)

2000        Feb 1, Republican John McCain won the New Hampshire primary over George W. Bush, Steve Forbes and Alan Keyes 49.5 to 31 to 12.9 to 6.5%. Democrat Al Gore won over Bill Bradley 52.1 to 47.8%.
    (SFC, 2/2/00, p.A1,19)(AP, 2/1/01)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)   

2000        May 18, The state senate approved a bill to ban capital punishment. The last state execution was in 1939. Gov. Jeanne Shaheen vetoed the bill the next day.
    (SFC, 5/19/00, p.A3)

2000        Jul 12, The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to impeach Chief Justice David A. Brock for perpetuating misconduct and a culture of secrecy. It the first such action against an official in the state since 1790. He was later acquitted in a state Senate trial.
    (SFC, 7/13/00, p.A3)(AP, 7/12/01)

2000        Oct 10, The New Hampshire Senate found Chief Justice David Brock not guilty on 4 charges and sent him, chastened but unbowed, back to his bench.
    (SFC, 10/11/00, p.A3)

2000        Nov 7, George Bush won New Hampshire by 1.27%.
    (Econ, 7/3/04, p.27)

2001        Jan 8, Rookie Republican legislator Tom Alciere resigned after posting a message on the Internet: "There is nothing wrong with slaughtering a cop. Just throw the carcass into the Dumpster with the rest of the garbage."
    (SSFC, 12/30/01, p.D2)

2001        Jan 27, In New Hampshire 2 Dartmouth professors, Half and Susanne Zantop, were found slain. James Parker 16) and Robert Tulloch (17), suspects in the murder, were arrested in Indiana Feb 19. Parker pleaded guilty in 2001 and agreed to testify against Tulloch. Parker pleaded guilty to being an accomplice to second-degree murder and is serving a sentence of 25 years to life. Tuloch pleaded guilty in 2002 to murder and conspiracy and is serving a sentence of life without parole.
    (SFC, 2/20/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A7)(SFC, 4/2/02, p.A4)(AP, 1/27/06)

2002        Feb 15, The bishop of the Diocese of Dorchester, NH, named 14 priests implicated in the sexual abuse of children from 1963-1987.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A7)

2002        Mar 5, Joyce and Pete Cottrell of New Hampshire began to walk the trans-continental American Discovery Trail. They left the Atlantic coast at Cape Henlopen, Del., and arrived at the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes, Ca., Aug 19, 2003.
    (SFC, 8/20/03, p.A2)

2002        Mar 29, The Trust for Public Land purchased 171,500 acres from Int’l. Paper and sold 25,000 to the Nature Conservancy. The rest was to be resold to Lyme Timber for sustainable logging.
    (SFC, 4/2/02, p.A4)

2002        Apr 4, Two teen-agers were sentenced to long prison terms in the stabbing deaths of Dartmouth College professors Half and Susanne Zantop. Robert Tulloch pleaded guilty to murder and received the mandatory sentence of life without parole; James Parker was sentenced to 25 years to life as an accomplice to murder.
    (AP, 4/4/03)

2002        Sep 2, In New Hampshire 7 people were killed when their small plane crashed near Swanzey.
    (SFC, 9/3/02, p.A10)

2002        Nov 5, Chuck McGee, director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, jammed Democratic phone banks on election day as Rep. John Sununu beat Dem. Gov. Jeanne Shaheen. McGee pleaded guilty in 2004. In 2007 an appeals judge reversed McGee’s conviction.
    (SFC, 7/29/04, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/22/07, p.A1)

2003        May 3, The New Hampshire granite symbol called the "Old Man of the Mountain," 1,200 feet above I-93 (65 miles north of Concord), collapsed overnight into rubble.
    (SSFC, 5/4/03, p.A4)

2003        Jun 7, In a national first, New Hampshire Episcopalians elected the Reverend V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, as their next bishop.
    (AP, 6/7/04)

2003        Jul 4, Manuel Gehring (44) shot and killed his 2 children, Philip (11) and Sarah (14), following a dispute with his wife in Concord, NH. He was later arrested in Gilroy, Ca. He confessed to police that he shot and killed his 2 children in New Hampshire and buried them in the Midwest. In 2005 authorities found the bodies of the 2 children buried off I-80 in Ohio. Gehring committed suicide in his jail cell on February 19, 2004 at the Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, New Hampshire.
    (SFC, 8/1/03, p.A3)(SSFC, 12/4/05, p.A22)(http://tinyurl.com/62dfka)

2003        Aug 5, US Episcopal leaders approved New Hampshire bishop-elect Rev. Gene Robinson as the church's first openly gay bishop.
    (SFC, 8/6/03, p.A1)

2003        Nov 7, The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that a lesbian affair did not constitute adultery under state law.
    (SFC, 11/8/03, p.A2)

2004        Feb 4, New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson (49) began serving on a jury in a child-assault case in Brentwood.
    (USAT, 2/4/04, p.13A)

2004        Mar 2, Residents of Killington, Vermont, voted to join New Hampshire due to a dispute over property taxes.
    (ST, 3/2/04, p.A5)(AP, 3/2/04)

2004        Mar 7, An investiture ceremony was held in Concord, N.H., for V. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop.
    (AP, 3/7/05)

2004        Nov 2, John Lynch (D) was elected governor of New Hampshire.
    (SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)

2005        Jun 23, In Kelo vs. London a divided US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development. In 2006 a group petitioned for signatures in Weare, New Hampshire, to seize the home of Justice David Souter in order to build an inn called the Lost Liberty Hotel. In 2009 Jeff Benedict authored “Little Pink House," the story of Susette Kelo’s battle in New London, Connecticut, against eminent domain.
    (AP, 6/23/05)(WSJ, 6/24/05, p.A1)(Econ, 8/20/05, p.21)(SSFC, 1/22/06, p.A6)(WSJ, 1/26/08, p.A13)

2006        Jan 18, The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a lower court was wrong to strike down New Hampshire abortion restrictions, but steered clear of a major ruling on the volatile issue.
    (AP, 1/18/06)

2006        May 14, Maine's governor declared a state of emergency in the southern most county, and the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire also declared states of emergency  as a 3-day deluge turned streets into rivers across New England, flooding homes up to their door knobs, forcing dozens of schools to close because the buses couldn't get through, and threatening dams and communities as rivers rise.
    (AP, 5/15/06)

2006        Jun, A fax informed Donald Hall (77), former poet laureate of New Hampshire, that he would be the next poet laureate of the US.
    (AP, 6/14/06)

2006        Oct 29, In the northeast US thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity as a storm system blasted the region with winds gusting to more than 50 mph, knocking over trees and a construction crane. The storm was blamed for at least two deaths.
    (AP, 10/29/06)

2007        Mar 14, John Sununu, US senator from New Hampshire, became the 1st Republican to say that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign over the firing of 8 US attorneys.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.31)

2007        May 31, New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch signed  a bill allowing civil unions for gays couples effective next year.
    (AP, 5/31/07)

2007        Jul 2, Michael Woodbury (31), released May 4 from the Maine State Prison after serving five years for robbery and theft, killed three men during a botched robbery in Conway, NH. In August he pleaded guilty and was given a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
    (AP, 8/17/07)

2007        Oct 4, US marshals posing as supporters arrested convicted tax-evaders Ed and Elaine Brown at their rural, fortress-like home in New Hampshire. They had engaged in a 9-month standoff with authorities. They were convicted in January of scheming to avoid federal income taxes by hiding $1.9 million of income between 1996 and 2003 and were sentenced in April. In 2010 Brown (67) was sentenced 37 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/5/07)(SFC, 1/12/10, p.A4)

2007        Nov 21, New Hampshire set its presidential primary to Jan 8, claiming its traditional spot as the nation’s first primary.
    (SFC, 11/22/07, p.A4)

2007        Nov 30, Leeland Eisenberg (46) of Somersworth, NH, carrying what appeared to be a bomb, took hostages at a Clinton campaign office in Rochester, NH, before surrendering after a 6-hour standoff. Eisenberg, one of over 500 recipients of payments in a 2003 settlement over clergy sexual abuse, said he wanted help getting psychiatric care.
    (WSJ, 12/1/07, p.A1)(SSFC, 12/2/07, p.A21)

2008        Jan 1, In New Hampshire Dozens of gay and lesbian couples entered into civil unions in the early moments of New Year's Day as a new state law legalized the partnerships.
    (AP, 1/1/08)

2008        Jan 8, In New Hampshire Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (39%) led Barack Obama (36%) and John McCain (37%) led Mit Romney (32%), reviving their sagging campaigns.
    (AP, 1/9/08)

2008        Jul 18, New Hampshire decided to accept an offer from Venezuela of free heating oil for the state’s poor.
    (WSJ, 7/19/08, p.A2)

2008        Dec 13, In New Hampshire 370,000 customers still had no electricity following a huge ice storm. Utility crews worked through a night of hand-numbing cold in the Northeast but they still had a long way to go before restoring power to all of the more than 1 million homes and businesses blacked out by the storm. Most of the outages were in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York.
    (AP, 12/13/08)

2009        Apr 12, In New Hampshire a massive fire destroyed or damaged about 40 summer cottages at the 146-year-old Alton Bay Christian Conference Center.
    (AP, 4/13/09)

2009        Jun 3, New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage in a move that reflects the state's changing demographics from reliably Republican and conservative to younger and more liberal.
    (AP, 6/3/09)

2009        Oct 4, In New Hampshire Kimberly Cates (42) was killed and her daughter, Jaimie (11) was gravely wounded following a machete attack by Steven Spader during a home invasion by 4 teenagers. Steven Spader (17) and Christopher Gribble (19) both of Brookline, N.H., were charged with first-degree murder. In 2010 Spader was found guilty of murder and other charges and sentenced to life in prison.
    (www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20013067-504083.html)(SFC, 11/10/10, p.A6)

2010        Jan 1, About 15 New Hampshire gay couples braved the cold to exchange vows outside the Statehouse in Concord, as the state joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont in allowing gay marriage.
    (SFC, 1/1/10, p.A5)

2010        Jan 27, J.D. Salinger (b.1919), author of “Cather in the Rye" (1951), died at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire. In 2013 David Shields and Shane Salerno authored “Salinger," a biography.
    (SFC, 1/29/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 9/8/13, p.F1)

2010        Feb 26, An unceasing winter storm unleashed multiple dangers across the Northeast, blasting the coast with hurricane-force winds that fanned a New Hampshire hotel fire, flooding parts of Maine, dropping 2 feet of snow on parts of New York, and cutting power to more than a million homes and businesses.
    (AP, 2/26/10)

2010        New Hampshire boasted the highest beer sales per person in the US with an average of 32.7 gallons of beer sold per legal-age drinking person. Cross-border sales contributed.
    (SFC, 6/25/11, p.D2)

2011        Jul 25, In New Hampshire Celina Cass (11) disappeared from her house in West Stewartstown, a mile from the Canadian border. Divers found her body on August 1 near a hydroelectric dam that spans the Connecticut River between Stewartstown and and Canaan, Vt.
    (AP, 7/27/11)(AP, 8/1/11)

2011        Nov 4, Texas mother Julianne McCrery (42) pleaded guilty to killing her 6-year-old son in New Hampshire and disposing of his body in rural Maine. A prosecutor said the woman smothered her son with motel room pillows and the child struggled against her for "about three minutes" before he died. On Jan 13, 2012, McCrery was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
    (AP, 11/4/11)(AP, 1/13/12)

2012        Jan 10, Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary claiming 39.4% of the vote. Ron Paul took a strong second with 22.8%. Jon Huntsman, Obama's former ambassador to China, came in third with 16.8%. Newt Gingrich finished fourth with 9.4% and Rick Santorum fifth with 9.3%.
    (AP, 1/11/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_primary)

2012        Feb 10, In New Hampshire Hunter Mack (14) shot himself in the face at the Walpole Elementary School cafeteria filled with dozens of students eating lunch. Mack, was hospitalized after the shooting. A relationship issue was suspected.
    (AP, 2/10/12)

2012        Mar 15, In New Hampshire a federal judge declared a mistrial in the case of Beatrice Munyenyezi, a Rwanda woman who became a citizen in 2003. She was accused of lying to obtain her citizenship by denying her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
    (SFC, 3/16/12, p.A8)

2012        Apr 16, Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American physician and head of Dartmouth College, NH, was appointed to head the World Bank. Challenger and Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala congratulated Kim, but called for changes to the US-dominated selection process.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)(Econ, 4/21/12, p.87)

2012        Oct 9, In New Hampshire Seth Mazzaglia raped and murdered college student Elizabeth Marriott (19) of Westborough, Mass. Kathryn McDonough, his girlfriend, had lured Marriott to their apartment as a sexual offering to her boyfriend. The couple packed Marriott’s body into a suitcase, drove to Portsmouth, and threw it into the Piscataqua River. Her body has never been found.
    (http://tinyurl.com/n5yy7v6)

2012        Nov 19, Warren Rudman (1930), former Republican senator from New Hampshire (1980-1992), died in Washington, DC.
    (SFC, 11/21/12, p.A8)

2012        Nov 28, In New Hampshire David Kwiatkowski, a traveling medical technician, was indicted on 14 new charges. He is believed to have infected at least 39 people with hepatitis C through his use of stolen hospital drugs and syringes.
    (SFC, 11/30/12, p.A8)

2013        Jan 28, In New Hampshire Catherine Houghton (70) of Novato, Ca., was stabbed to death in the lobby of the Hampton Inn in Littleton. Rodney Hill (37) was later charged with 2nd degree murder. He said he attacked her because he thought she was the devil.
    (SFC, 5/30/13, p.D3)

2013        Jul 15,  In New Hampshire Beatrice Munyenyezi (43), a Rwanda woman who became a citizen in 2003, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. She was convicted of lying to obtain US citizenship by denying her role as a roadblock commander in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
    (SFC, 7/16/13, p.A4)

2013        Aug 11, In New Hampshire software engineer Muni Savyon (54) shot and killed his son Joshua (9) and then killed himself with a handgun during a supervised visitation at a YWCA office in Manchester.
    (SFC, 8/12/13, p.A4)

2013        Aug 14, In New Hampshire David Kwiatkowski, a traveling hospital technician, pleaded guilty to 14 charges of drug theft and tampering, along with two similar counts in Kansas. He was accused of infecting patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes. On Dec 2 he was sentenced to 39 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/15/13, p.A6)(SFC, 12/3/13, p.A8)

2014        Jun 29, In Lancaster, New Hampshire, the Porcupine Freedom Festival came to an end. It was organized by the Free State project which aims to bring some 20,000 freedom-loving libertarians and anarchists to the state.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.27)

2014        Jul 28, Nathaniel Kibby (34) of  New Hampshire was arrested and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail "Abby" Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway.
    (AP, 7/29/14)

2014        Aug 14, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency in response to 44 reported overdoses linked to people smoking or ingesting "Smacked," a synthetic marijuana-like product sold in convenience stores as potpourri.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)

2014        Aug 14, In New Hampshire Seth Mazzaglia (31) was sentenced to life in prison for the Oct 9, 2012, rape and murder of college student Elizabeth Marriott (19) of Westborough, Mass. Kathryn McDonough, his former girlfriend and key witness, had testified that she had lured Marriott to their apartment as a sexual offering to her then boyfriend.
    (SFC, 8/15/14, p.A6)

2014        Oct 19, In New Hampshire Keene State College students cleaned up from a chaotic weekend after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to property damage and dozens of arrests.
    (SFC, 10/20/14, p.A5)

2014        Dec 6, Ralph Baer, video game pioneer, died at his home in Manchester, New Hampshire. He created both the precursor to "Pong" and the electronic memory game "Simon" and had led the team that developed the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game console.
    (AP, 12/8/14)

2014        Dec 22, In New Hampshire, Jesus Gonzalo Palazuelos Soto, a member of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was sentenced to nine years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine.
    (AP, 12/23/14)

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