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 and 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)
  • 1879-06-10 Benjamin Lambord, American composer, born in Portland, Maine (d. 1915)
  • 1881-08-14 Francis Ford, American actor (The Quiet Man), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1953)
  • 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, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), born in Portland, Maine (d. 2012)
  • 1937-10-15 Linda Lavin, American actress (Alice, Barney Miller), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1945-04-16 Tom Allen, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1947-01-15 Andrea Martin, American comedienne (SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Portland, Maine

Person of interestStephen King

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
  • 1957-09-06 Joe Smyth, American country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad), born in Portland, Maine
  • 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
  • 1961-02-16 Brett Brown, American basketball head coach (Philadelphia 76ers 2013-19; Australian men's national team), born in South Portland, Maine
  • 1972-11-07 Christopher Daniel Barnes, American actor (As World Turns), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1985-08-09 Anna Kendrick, American actress and singer (Pitch Perfect), born in Portland, Maine

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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