Portland, ME in History

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1842-06-26 Ellen G. White is baptized by John Hobart in Portland, Maine

Christian Pioneer Ellen G. White
Christian Pioneer
Ellen G. White
  • 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, Maine, US
  • 1953-12-01 WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-05-16 WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1996-09-27 The Julie N. tanker skip crashes into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine spilling thousands of gallons of oil.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1804-03-20 Neal Dow, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1897)
  • 1807-02-27 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (Song of Hiawatha), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1882)
  • 1839-01-09 John Knowles Paine, composer, born in Portland, Maine
  • 1839-03-18 Francis Fessenden, American lawyer, politician, and Major General (Union Army), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1906)
  • 1906-05-14 James Flavin, American actor (King Kong, In Cold Blood, Man With a Camera), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1976)
  • 1914-01-12 Edward John Gurney, American politician, US senator (1969-74), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1996)
  • 1921-11-20 Phyllis Thaxter, actress (Nora, Fort Worth), born in Portland, Maine (d. 2012)
  • 1937-10-15 Linda Lavin, actress (Alice, Barney Miller), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1947-01-15 Andrea Martin, comediene (SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Portland, Maine

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
  • 1959-11-28 Judd Nelson, actor (Breakfast Club, Jack-Suddenly Susan), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1960-05-10 Victoria Rowell, actress (Drucilla-Young & Restless), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1963-06-14 Laurel Kean, LPGA golfer (1994 JAL Big Apple-17th), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1972-11-07 Christopher Daniel Barnes, American actor (As World Turns), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1976-08-25 Sarah Nadeau, Miss America-Maine (1997), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1985-08-09 Anna Kendrick, American actress and singer (Pitch Perfect), born in Portland, Maine

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