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New Hampshire

New Hampshire is filled with history and many firsts. Here is an impressive list to learn before you relocate to the granite state.

Paul Revere’s first ride was here in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire is the only state where seatbelts are not mandatory.

It was in Newport, NH that resident Sarah Josepha Hale wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

As a transplant to New Hampshire, it would be impressive if you knew about these three things that were invented in New Hampshire: the modern kitchen stove, the drip coffee pot, the first American alarm clock.

And here are some firsts for this 9th state:

Until the 1992 elections, no candidate had ever won the Presidency without first winning in New Hampshire.

In 1775, New Hampshire became the first state to declare its independence from England.

The first American in space, Alan Shepard, was born in Derry, New Hampshire. His historic flight was made in 1961.

The first private citizen in the history of space flight was Christa McAuliffe, a Concord school teacher. After her death in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster, a planetarium was built in her honor in Concord.

Here are New Hampshire’s Funny Laws?

(1) It is illegal to pick up seaweed from the beach.

(2) Any cattle that cross state roads must be fitted with a device to gather its feces.

(3) You cannot sell the clothes you are wearing to pay a gambling debt.

(4) In New Hampshire, is illegal to show a movie before 2 p.m.

(5) On Sundays, citizens in New Hampshire may not pee while looking up.