Maryland in History

Historical Events

  • 1633-06-20 Charter for Maryland is given to Lord Cecil Baltimore
  • 1634-03-25 Under charter granted to Lord Baltimore and led by his brother Leonard Calvert first settlers found Catholic colony of Maryland
  • 1648-01-24 Lord Baltimore's representative Margaret Brent ejected from the Maryland Council after requesting right to vote
  • 1649-04-21 Maryland Toleration Act passed in the American colony, allowing freedom of worship for Christians but sentencing to death anyone who rejected the divinity of Jesus
  • 1656-01-24 1st Jewish doctor in North American colonies, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
  • 1656-09-22 All female jury hears case of Judith Catchpole, accused of killing her child (acquit her) in Patuxent County, Maryland
  • 1657-09-24 1st autopsy and coroner's jury verdict is recorded in Maryland
  • 1664-09-20 Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women & black men
  • 1701-09-28 Divorce legalized in Maryland
  • 1738-05-25 A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
  • 1750-12-01 First school in America to offer manual training courses opens in Maryland
  • 1763-11-15 Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania & Maryland
  • 1765-11-23 People of Frederick County, Maryland, refuse to pay British Stamp tax
  • 1767-10-18 Mason Dixon line, the boundary between Maryland & Pennsylvania agreed upon
  • 1773-10-14 American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom's East India Company tea ships' cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland.

Historic PublicationMagna Carta

1775-07-25 Maryland issues currency depicting George III trampling Magna Carta
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The Magna Carta, written in iron gall ink on parchment in medieval Latin
The Magna Carta, written in iron gall ink on parchment in medieval Latin

USAArticles of Confederation

1781-03-01 Continental Congress officially adopts the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States of America after ratification by the 13th state, Maryland
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The Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States of America
The Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States of America
  • 1783-11-23 Annapolis Maryland, becomes US capital (until June 1784)
  • 1784-11-01 Maryland grants citizenship to Lafayette & his descendents

USAConstitution of the United States

1788-04-28 Maryland becomes 7th state to ratify US constitution
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Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
  • 1788-12-23 Maryland votes to cede a 10 square mile area for District of Columbia
  • 1830-05-24 1st passenger rail service in US (Baltimore & Elliots Mill, Maryland)
  • 1847-02-04 1st US telegraph company established in Maryland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1849-09-17 Harriet Tubman 1st escapes slavery in Maryland with two of her brothers

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1849-10-03 American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death.

  • 1849-12-06 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland for the 2nd and final time
  • 1861-04-29 Maryland's House of Delegates votes against seceding from Union (US Civil War)
  • 1862-05-09 US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis Maryland to Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1862-06-02 Raid at Early's: Maryland towards Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1862-09-04 General Lee invades the North with 50,000 Confederate troops during Maryland Campaign (US Civil war)

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1862-09-06 Stonewall Jackson occupies Frederick, Maryland

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1862-10-12 Skirmish at Monocacy, Maryland
  • 1863-06-02 Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves
  • 1863-06-06 Battle of Milliken's Bend, Louisiana and Williamsport, Maryland

  • 1863-06-29 Battle at Westminster, Maryland: Federal assault
  • 1863-07-14 Battle of Falling Waters, Maryland (Beaver Creek)
  • 1864-07-09 Battle of Monocacy, Maryland, confederate forces led by Lieutenant General Jubal Early
  • 1864-10-11 Slavery abolished in Maryland
  • 1864-10-13 Maryland voters adopt new constitution, including abolition of slavery
  • 1873-05-23 1st Preakness Stakes: G. Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43 at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1895-10-22 David Belasco's "Heart of Maryland" premieres in NYC
  • 1897-07-26 37.5 cm rainfall at Jewell, Maryland (state record)
  • 1897-07-27 14.75" (37.5 cm) of rainfall, Jewell, Maryland (state 24-hr record)
  • 1912-01-13 -40°F (-40°C), Oakland, Maryland (state record)
  • 1924-02-25 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)
  • 1927-09-12 Sigmund Romberg's musical "My Maryland," premieres in NYC
  • 1935-11-05 Maryland Court of Appeals orders University of Maryland to admit Donald Murray, a black man
  • 1936-07-10 109°F (43°C) Cumberland & Frederick, Maryland (state record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940-11-05 Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Washington Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

Film release premierFilm Release

1944-07-03 "Double Indemnity" film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released in Baltimore, Maryland

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • 1946-06-13 1st transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland
  • 1948-11-12 The first mobile betatron (particle accelerator) begins operation at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak, Maryland
  • 1955-08-15 Hurricane Connie dissipates after killing 43 in NC, SC, Virginia & Maryland
  • 1956-07-04 US most intense rain fall (1.23" in 1 minute) at Unionville Maryland
  • 1961-06-19 US Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God
  • 1963-09-19 Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. is founded at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1963-12-08 Pan Am Flight 214 crashes outside Elkton, Maryland with 81 killed
  • 1966-11-30 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland
  • 1966-12-01 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland to Boulder, Colorado
  • 1967-07-24 Race riots in Cambridge, Maryland
  • 1968-03-08 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Maryland)

MurderAssassination Attempt

1972-05-15 Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland

Governor of Alabama and Segregationist George Wallace
Governor of Alabama and Segregationist
George Wallace

AgreementContract of Interest

1973-08-08 US Vice President Spiro Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are "damned lies" from government contracts in Maryland. Vowed not to resign.

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • 1973-12-02 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) opens in Landover Maryland; NBA's Washington Bullets beat Seattle SuperSonics, 98-96 in opening game; arena demolished 2002

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1980-02-03 30th NBA All-Star Game, Capital Centre, Landover, Md: East beats West, 144-136 (OT); MVP: George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs, SF

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • 1988-05-23 Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990
  • 1991-04-21 NFL Draft: University of Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • 1993-08-02 Maryland investors led by Baltimore attorney Peter Angelos buy the Baltimore Orioles at auction in New York for $173m, nearly $50m more than ever paid for a baseball team
  • 1994-12-31 1st snowless December in Baltimore Maryland
  • 1995-06-28 NBA draft: Maryland power forward Joe Smith first pick by Golden State Warriors
  • 1996-05-06 The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.
  • 2002-04-01 64th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Indiana, 64-52; Terrapins' first title in first title game
  • 2006-04-04 25th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Duke, 78-75 OT; Terrapins' first national title; Laura Harper MOP
  • 2012-06-30 Mid-Atlantic storms in the United States kill 13 and leave millions without power in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • 2012-11-07 Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approve measures for same-sex marriage
  • 2015-08-16 'Batman' samaritan Lenny B. Robinson is killed in a car accident in Maryland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016-02-03 US President Barack Obama visits his first US mosque - the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Maryland

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2018-03-26 US soldier receives world's first penis and scrotum transplant at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2018-06-28 Lone gunman attacks offices of Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, killing nine
  • 2018-09-20 Woman shoots seven people, killing three and herself at a Rite Aid distribution center near Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2019-05-02 Drone delivers a kidney for transplant surgery in Baltimore, Maryland, for the first time
  • 2019-07-13 After Atlantic League-MLB partnership rule changes, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs' outfielder Tony Thomas becomes first player in professional baseball history to steal first base in 7-2 win v Lancaster Barnstormers

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1605-08-08 Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, British colonial Governor of Maryland (d. 1675)
  • 1637-08-27 Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, Governor of the Province of Maryland, born in Salisbury, England (d. 1715)
  • 1715-04-03 John Hanson, Continental Congressman, 1st US President under Articles of Confederation, born in Maryland (d.1783)

Person of interestBenjamin Banneker

1731-11-09 Benjamin Banneker, African American mathematician and surveyor of Washington, D.C., born in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland (d. 1806

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker

Person of interestJohn Dickinson

1732-11-13 John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, born in Talbot County, Maryland (d. 1808)

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • 1733-09-18 George Read, American judge and signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Cecil County, Maryland (d. 1798)
  • 1737-09-19 Charles Carroll, Wealthy Maryland planter who was the last signer of the Declaration of Independence to pass away, born in Annapolis, Province of Maryland, British America (d. 1832)
  • 1740-10-31 William Paca, American judge and signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Abingdon, Maryland (d. 1799)
  • 1741-04-15 Charles Willson Peale, American painter remembered for his portraits of leading figures of the American Revolution (George Washington), born in Chester, Province of Maryland (d. 1827)
  • 1741-04-17 Samuel Chase, American judge (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Somerset County, Maryland (d. 1811)
  • 1741-05-05 John Archer, American Congressman who received the 1st medical diploma issued on US continent (1768), born near Churchville, Maryland (d. 1810)
  • 1745-03-10 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (d. 1807)
  • 1752-07-27 Samuel Smith, American politician, Senator and Representative from Maryland, born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (d. 1839)
  • 1752-12-06 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1811-35), born in Marietta, Maryland (d. 1844)
  • 1754-09-19 John Ross Key, American lawyer, commissioned officer in the Continental Army and the father of Francis Scott Key, born in Redland, Frederick County, Maryland (d. 1821)
  • 1779-01-05 Stephen Decatur, American naval hero (War of 1812), born in Sinepuxent, Maryland (d. 1820)
  • 1779-08-01 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star-Spangled Banner", born in Carroll County, Maryland (d. 1843)
  • 1786-10-11 Stevenson Archer, American judge and Congressmen from Maryland, born in Churchville, Maryland (d. 1848)
  • 1788-09-21 Margaret Taylor, wife of Zachary Taylor and 1st lady of the United States (1849-50), born in Calvert County, Maryland (d. 1852)
  • 1798-03-04 John Joseph Abercrombie, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1877)
  • 1800-09-17 Franklin Buchanan, American first superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1874)
  • 1802-08-20 Cadwalader Ringgold, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Washington County, Maryland (d. 1867)
  • 1809-09-27 Raphael Semmes, American Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), born in Charles County, Maryland (d. 1877)
  • 1810-05-08 James Cooper, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Frederick County, Maryland (d. 1863)
  • 1811-03-01 Robert Christie Buchanan, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1878)
  • 1811-09-07 William Hemsley Emory, American Major General (Union Army), born in Queen Anne's County, Maryland (d. 1887)
  • 1813-01-20 Jacon Gartner Lauman, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Taneytown, Maryland (d. 1867)
  • 1813-12-20 Samuel Jordan Kirkwood, American politician (Gov-Iowa)/US Sect of Interior (1881-82), born in Harford Country, Maryland (d. 1894)
  • 1815-01-13 William Henry French, American Major General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1881)
  • 1815-03-09 David Davis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Cecil County, Maryland (d. 1886)
  • 1815-08-29 Anna Ella Carroll, American politician and civil war writer (Reconstruction), born in Pocomoke City, Maryland (d. 1894)
  • 1815-12-23 Henry Highland Garnet, Maryland, minister/abolitionist/diplomat
  • 1817-08-16 Henry Winter Davis, American politician and unionist, born in Annapolis, Maryland (d. 1865)
  • 1817-10-17 Samuel Ringgold Ward, Maryland, minister/abolitionist (Fugitive Negro)
  • 1818-01-11 John Reese Kenly, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1891)

Person of interestFrederick Douglass

1818-02-14 Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist, lecturer and editor who was also an escaped slave (exact birth year unknown), born in Talbot County, Maryland (d. 1895)

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass
  • 1818-10-18 Edward Otho Cresap Ord, American engineer and Major General (Union Army), born in Cumberland, Maryland (d. 1883)
  • 1821-06-12 Henry Moses Judah, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Snow Hill, Maryland (d. 1866)
  • 1822-08-22 Virginia Clemm Poe, American wife of writer Edgar Allan Poe, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1847)
  • 1825-09-24 Frances Harper, African-American abolinist, suffragist and writer (Iola Leroy), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1911)
  • 1828-08-24 George Hume "Maryland" Steuart, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1903)
  • 1828-08-28 William Alexander Hammond, American military physician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Annapolis, Maryland (d. 1900)
  • 1830-12-14 Allen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Howard County, Maryland (d. 1907)
  • 1832-09-21 Samuel S. Carroll, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 1893)

Person of interestEdwin Booth

1833-11-13 Edwin Booth, American Shakespearean actor (Hamlet), born in Bel Air, Maryland (d. 1893)

  • 1833-12-20 Samuel Mudd, American physician (imprisoned for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth), born in Charles Country, Maryland (d. 1833)
  • 1834-07-23 James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1921)
  • 1837-01-23 Amanda Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist, born in Long Green, Maryland (d. 1915)

Person of interestJohn Wilkes Booth

1838-05-10 John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln, born in Bel Air, Maryland (d. 1865)

  • 1845-12-12 Bruce Price, American architect, born in Cumberland, Maryland (d. 1903)
  • 1850-07-11 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1938)
  • 1857-01-02 Martha Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist, linguist and second President of Bryn Mawr College, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1935)
  • 1860-08-15 Henrietta Vinton Davis, African-American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1941)
  • 1860-12-21 Henrietta Szold, U.S. Jewish Zionist leader & founder of Hadassah, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1945)
  • 1862-06-10 Mrs. Leslie Carter, American actress and writer (Rocky Mountain Mystery, The Heart of Maryland), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1937)
  • 1867-06-06 David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1931)
  • 1867-08-14 Cupid Childs, American baseball player, born in Calvert County, Maryland (d. 1912)
  • 1869-10-03 Clara Noyes, American nurse (head of the American Red Cross WW1), born in Port Deposit, Maryland (d. 1936)
  • 1872-08-28 Alfred Baldwin Sloan, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1925)
  • 1872-10-27 Emily Post, American authority on social behaviour and writer (Etiquette), born in Baltimore, Maryland [or Oct 3rd, 1873] (d. 1960)
  • 1873-10-02 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Savage, Maryland (d. 1938)
  • 1874-11-25 Joe Gans, American boxer (world lightweight champion), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1910)

Person of interestUpton Sinclair

1878-09-20 Upton Beall Sinclair, American writer (Jungle), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1968)

  • 1880-06-15 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Honky Tonk, High School Girl, Mississippi), born at Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1960)

Person of interestH. L. Mencken

1880-09-12 Henry Louis Mencken, American newspaperman and critic (Prejudices), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • 1883-01-10 Francis X. Bushman, American silent film actor (Sabrina, Ben-Hur), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1883-07-12 Joseph Crehan, American actor (The Roaring Twenties, Meeting at Midnight), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1886-03-13 Home Run Baker [John Franklin Baker], American baseball player, hall of famer (hit 2 HR in 1911 world series), born in Trappe, Maryland (d. 1963)
  • 1886-07-03 Raymond A Spruance, U.S. Navy admiral (Battle of Midway), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1969)
  • 1887-02-07 [James Hubert] Eubie Blake, American ragtime composer and pianist (Memories of You, I'm Just Wild About Harry), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1983)
  • 1887-03-14 Sylvia Beach, American publisher and bookseller (Shakespeare and Company), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1962)
  • 1889-10-14 Clarence Muse, American actor, screenwriter and director (Casablanca, Black Stallion), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1979)
  • 1891-09-12 Adolph Weiss, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1971)
  • 1892-03-27 Thorne Smith, American sci-fi author (Topper, Rain in the Doorway, Stray Lamb), born in Annapolis, Maryland (d. 1934)
  • 1892-05-28 Minna Gombell, American actress (Bad Girl, Thin Man, Hello Sister), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1973)
  • 1894-05-27 Dashiell Hammett, American detective novelist (Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon), born in St. Mary's County, Maryland (d. 1961)
  • 1895-02-06 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • 1896-11-07 Herbert O'Connor, 51st Governor of Maryland and TV narrator (Crime Syndicate), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1960)
  • 1899-07-30 John Woods Duke, American composer, born in Cumberland, Maryland (d. 1984)
  • 1900-01-25 Mildred Dunnock, American actress (Baby Doll, Nun's Story), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1991)
  • 1901-11-02 Paul Ford, American actor (Phil Silvers Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1976)
  • 1902-01-23 Benny Waters, American jazz saxophonist & clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • 1903-05-30 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ & Other Poems), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1903-07-24 Robert Mills Delaney, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)
  • 1904-12-24 Herbert D. Riley, US Navy vice-admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal, Okinawa), born in Maryland, United States (d. 1973)
  • 1905-01-12 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist, born in Atchison, Kansas (d. 1997)
  • 1905-06-19 Mildred Natwick, American actress (Barefoot in the Park, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1994)
  • 1906-04-06 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • 1907-08-02 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1984)
  • 1907-09-14 A. Cecil Snyder, American lawyer and Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1959)
  • 1907-10-22 Jimmie Foxx, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (9-time MLB All Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1932, 33, 38; Triple Crown 1933), born in Sudlersville, Maryland (d. 1967)
  • 1908-06-20 Billy Werber, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Berwyn Heights, Maryland (d. 2009)

Person of interestThurgood Marshall

1908-07-02 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1909-07-07 Eddie Mayehoff, American actor (Hour Glass, That's My Boy, How to Murder Your Wife), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1992)
  • 1910-06-18 Avon Long, American actor (Roots: Next Generation, The Sting, Harry and Tonto), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1984)
  • 1910-11-20 Pauli Murray, African American poet and civil rights activist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1985)
  • 1911-02-11 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), born in Fairfield, Iowa (d. 1946)
  • 1912-06-14 E. Cuyler Hammond, American epidemiologist (first to link smoking with lung cancer), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1986)
  • 1914-04-26 James Rouse, American builder (founder of The Rouse Company), born in Easton, Maryland (d. 1996)
  • 1914-09-19 Rogers Morton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1979)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1959-05-28 Muppeteer Jim Henson (22) weds Jane Nebel (24) in Salisbury, Maryland

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Muppeteer
Jim Henson

LoveWedding of Interest

1987-11-13 MLB baseball player Cal Ripken Jr (27) weds Kelly Geer at Towson United Methodist Church in Maryland

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

LoveWedding of Interest

1989-02-09 NBA power forward Charles Barkley (26) weds legal aide Maureen Blumhardt in Elkton, Maryland

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley

LoveWedding of Interest

1997-12-31 "The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (43) weds actress Jada Pinkett (40) in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2013-10-12 Actor Ben Feldman (33) weds longtime girlfriend Michelle Mulitz at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • 2014-06-29 "Hart of Dixie" actress Brandi Burkhardt (35) weds Douglas Kazanjian in Annapolis, Maryland

Famous Deaths

  • 1632-04-15 George Calvert, English politician & coloniser, dies at 52
  • 1675-11-30 Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, colonial Governor of Maryland (b. 1605)
  • 1715-02-21 Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, Governor of the Province of Maryland, dies at 77
  • 1752-05-03 Samuel Ogle, British provincial Governor of Maryland (b. c. 1692)
  • 1768-06-19 Benjamin Tasker, Governor of Maryland (b. 1690)
  • 1807-05-17 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (b. 1745)

Person of interestElizabeth Ann Bayley Seton

1821-01-04 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st native-born American saint, dies in Maryland at 46

1st American-born Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
1st American-born Saint
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
  • 1832-11-14 Charles Carroll, Wealthy Maryland planter who was the last signer of the Declaration of Independence to pass away, dies at 95
  • 1848-06-26 Stevenson Archer, American judge and Congressmen from Maryland, dies at 61
  • 1937-11-13 Mrs. Leslie Carter, American actress and writer (Rocky Mountain Mystery, The Heart of Maryland), dies at 75
  • 1938-12-19 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), dies at 65
  • 1946-12-12 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), dies from diphtheria at 35
  • 1960-03-04 Herbert O'Conor, 51st Governor of the US State of Maryland (b. 1896)
  • 1964-11-05 Lansdale Sasscer, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 5th District (b. 1893)
  • 1979-04-19 Rogers Morton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), dies at 64
  • 2010-01-25 Charles Mathias Jr., American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), dies at 87
  • 2018-05-02 Dick Edell, American lacrosse coach (Maryland Terrapins), dies at 74 of pneumonia
  • 2019-10-17 Elijah Cummings, American politician (Rep-Maryland (D) 1996-2019), dies at 68