Maine in History

Historical Events

  • 1622-08-10 John Mason and Ferdinando Gorges receive a land patent of the Province of Maine.
  • 1634-05-31 The colony of Massachusetts Bay annexes Maine colony
  • 1642-03-01 Georgeana (York) Maine became the 1st incorporated American city
  • 1677-03-13 Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000
  • 1691-10-17 New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth
  • 1722-07-25 The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border.
  • 1775-10-16 Portland, Maine burned by British
  • 1794-06-24 Bowdoin College is founded in Maine, USA
  • 1805-11-18 30 women meet at Mrs Silas Lee's home in Wiscasset, Maine, organizes Female Charitable Society, first woman's club in America
  • 1820-03-15 Maine admitted as 23rd state of the Union
  • 1834-06-14 Hardhat diving suit patented by Leonard Norcross, Dixfield, Maine
  • 1837-12-29 Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine
  • 1839-02-12 Aroostoock (or "Pork & Beans) War: Boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick
  • 1843-03-07 1st Catholic governor in US, Edward Kavanagh of Maine, takes office
  • 1851-06-02 1st US alcohol prohibition law enacted (Maine)
  • 1853-07-18 Completion of Grand Trunk Line, trains begin running over 1st North American railroad between Portland, Maine & Montreal
  • 1855-06-02 The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine.
  • 1866-07-04 Firecracker thrown in wood starts fire destroying half of Portland, Mainee, US
  • 1876-02-17 Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine
  • 1887-03-13 Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs
  • 1890-07-20 Snow & hail in Calais, Maine
  • 1894-02-03 1st US steel sailing vessel, Dirigo, launched at Bath, Maine
  • 1898-02-15 USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown, 258 sailors die
  • 1911-07-10 105°F (41°C) at North Bridgton, Maine (state record)
  • 1912-07-10 Hannes Kolehmainen runs world record 5000m (14:36.6)
  • 1912-10-20 Hannes Kolehmainen runs world record marathon (2:29:39.2)
  • 1913-07-03 Common tern banded in Maine; found dead in 1919 in Africa (1st bird known to have crossed the Atlantic)
  • 1919-02-26 Acadia National Park forms (as Lafayette N P), Maine
  • 1925-01-19 -48°F (-44°C), Van Buren, Maine (state record)
  • 1928-12-20 1st international dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Quebec
  • 1929-01-19 Acadia National Park, Maine established
  • 1939-05-23 Submarine USS Squalus sinks in the Gulf of Maine, drowning 26, 33 remaining crew rescued from a depth of 243 ft (74 m) by divers using newly developed heliox air systems (divers later awarded the Medal of Honor)
  • 1946-09-29 Al Couture knockouts Ralph Walton in Lewiston Maine in 10 secs
  • 1947-12-13 Maine Turnpike opens to traffic
  • 1954-09-11 20.4 cm rainfall at Brunswick, Maine (state record)
  • 1964-01-27 Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican Pres bid
  • 1975-06-02 James A Healy, 1st black Roman Catholic bishop, consecrated (Maine)
  • 1983-07-05 NJ Devils purchase AHL Maine Mariners as their farm team
  • 1983-07-07 11 year old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, leaves for USSR
  • 1983-10-11 Last hand-cranked telephones US went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial
  • 1987-04-23 NJ Devils farm team Maine Mariners (AHL) move to Utica (Devils) NY
  • 1987-11-12 Heavy snow closes schools from DC to Maine
  • 1996-09-27 The Julie N. tanker skip crashes into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine spilling thousands of gallons of oil.
  • 1998-02-10 Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon that law.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999-06-19 At about 4:30 pm, Stephen King is hit by a car on the shoulder of Route 5, in Lovell, Maine. He would suffer numerous injuries, including a collapsed right lung, multiple fractures of his right leg, scalp laceration and a broken hip

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King
  • 2012-11-07 Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approve measures for same-sex marriage

Famous Birthdays

  • 1807-02-27 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Portland Maine, poet (Hiawatha)
  • 1808-12-07 Hugh McCulloch, US Treasury Secretary (1884-85, 85-69), born in Kennebunk, Maine (d. 1895)

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1827-11-26 Ellen G. White, American religious leader (Seventh-day Adventist Church), born in Gorham, Maine

Christian Pioneer Ellen G. White
Christian Pioneer
Ellen G. White
  • 1839-01-09 John Knowles Paine, Portland Maine, composer
  • 1849-09-03 Sarah Orne Jewett, Maine, author (Country of the Pointed Firs)
  • 1892-02-22 Edna St Vincent Millay, poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1950)
  • 1894-01-20 Walter Hamor Piston, Rockland Maine, composer (Incredible Flutis)

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1895-02-01 John Ford, Maine, director (Stagecoach, Air Mail, Quiet Man)

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • 1895-08-22 Paul White, Bangor Maine, composer (Adante & Rondo for Cello)
  • 1897-08-11 Louise Bogan, Maine, writer (Sleeping Fury)
  • 1897-12-14 Margaret Chase Smith, (Rep/Sen-R-Maine)
  • 1898-10-16 William O Douglas, Maine, 81st Supreme Court justice (1939-75)
  • 1899-02-27 Charles Herbert Best, Washington County, Maine, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin)
  • 1902-12-02 Horace A Hildreth, (Gov-Maine, 1945-49)
  • 1904-09-13 Gladys George, Patten Maine, actress (Roaring Twenties)
  • 1912-09-13 Reta Shaw, South Paris Maine, actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir)
  • 1914-01-12 Edward John Gurney, American politician, US senator (1969-74), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1996)
  • 1914-03-28 Edmund Muskie, American politician (Sen-D-Me) and US Secretary of State (1980-81), born in Rumford, Maine (d. 1996)
  • 1921-07-10 Jeff Donnell, South Windham Maine, actor (Gidget Goes to Rome)
  • 1921-11-20 Phyllis Thaxter, Portland Maine, actress (Nora, Fort Worth), (d. 2012)
  • 1922-02-18 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, born in Green Forest, Arkansas, (d. 2012)
  • 1924-10-09 Robert A Rushworth, Madison Maine, test pilot (X-15)
  • 1937-10-15 Linda Lavin, Portland Maine, actress (Alice, Barney Miller)
  • 1940-08-28 William S Cohen, (Sen-R Maine, 1979- )
  • 1941-02-20 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)
  • 1944-06-07 Clarence White, guitarist (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!), born in Lewiston, Maine (d. 1973)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947-09-21 Stephen King, American sci-fi and horror author (Carrie, Shining, Kujo), born in Portland, Maine

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King
  • 1948-05-20 John R McKernan Jr, (Rep-R-ME, 1983-86/Gov-Maine)
  • 1952-12-07 Susan Collins, American politician, junior senator from Maine
  • 1953-03-22 Thomas H Andrews, (Rep-D-Maine)
  • 1955-11-04 Peter Boynton, Danaiscotta Maine, actor (Tonio-As the World Turns)
  • 1956-09-15 Tawny Elaine Godin Schneider, Maine, Miss America (76)/(Eye on Hollywood)
  • 1964-01-22 Ann Rowe, Auburn Maine, Miss Maine-America (1991)
  • 1965-12-03 Tammy Jacques, Auburn Maine, cyclist (Olympics-96)

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1966-01-13 Patrick Dempsey, American actor (Grey's Anatomy),born in Lewiston Maine

  • 1967-11-08 Mark Zollitsch, Orono Maine, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1969-05-19 Cecile Ulbrich Tucker, Warren Maine, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1972-08-10 Julann Vadnais, Miss Maine USA (1996)
  • 1972-08-27 Chris Imes, South Paris Maine, US hockey defenseman (Olympics-1994)
  • 1974-04-09 Sharon Pelletier, Madawaska Maine, Miss America-Maine (1996)
  • 1976-08-25 Sarah Nadeau, Portland Maine, Miss America-Maine (1997)
  • 1976-08-29 Stephanie Worcester, Miss USA-Maine (1997)
  • 1979-12-29 Laura Larson, Miss Maine Teen USA (1996)
  • 1980-04-17 Crystal Carlson, Miss Maine Teen USA (1997)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1846-08-30 Author and Christian pioneer Ellen G. White (18) weds preacher James Springer White (25) in Portland, Maine

Christian Pioneer Ellen G. White
Christian Pioneer
Ellen G. White

HeartWedding of Interest

1870-07-05 Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson (24) weds Annie E. Affleck (25) in Portland, Maine

4th Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson
4th Prime Minister of Canada
John Thompson
  • 1996-02-14 Secretary of Defense and former US Senator William Cohen of Maine (56) weds Black Entertainment Television host Janet Langhart (54) at United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • 2006-02-03 Academy Award-winning actress Glenn Close (58) weds David Evans Shaw in Maine
  • 2009-08-01 "Heroes" actress Ali Larter (33) weds stand-up comedian and actor Hayes MacArthur (32) in Kennebunkport, Maine

Famous Deaths

  • 1961-12-25 Owen Brewster, U.S. Senator from Maine (b. 1888)
  • 1966-01-11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1889)
  • 1988-06-02 Horace A Hildreth, (Gov-Maine, 1945-49), dies at 85
  • 1996-03-26 Edmund Muskie, American politician (Sen-D-Me) and US Secretary of State (1980-81), dies at 81