Portland, ME in History

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

  • 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, American composer (Symphony No. 2 - In Spring), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1906)
  • 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)

Francis FordFrancis Ford (1881-1953)

1881-08-14 American actor (The Quiet Man), born in Portland, Maine

  • 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 (Rep (D) Maine 1997-2009), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1947-01-15 Andrea Martin, American comedienne (SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Portland, Maine

Stephen KingStephen King (75 years old)

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

  • 1957-09-06 Joe Smyth, American country singer ("Betty's Bein' Bad"), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1959-11-28 Judd Nelson, American actor (Breakfast Club, Jack-Suddenly Susan), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1960-05-10 Victoria Rowell, American actress (The Young & The Restless - "Drucilla"), 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

Ellen G. White

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

John Thompson

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