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5 Fun Facts About April 14 In Maine History

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1. In 1791, the Massachusetts legislature confirmed the separation of Maine from Massachusetts and declared it to be a separate state.

2. On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. John Wilkes Booth, a famous American actor, shot the president while he was attending a play.

3. On this day in 1939, a major fire swept through the city of Bangor. The fire destroyed many buildings and homes, and caused extensive damage to the city's infrastructure. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

4. In 1965, Maine's first successful kidney transplant was performed by Dr. J.W. Watkins, Dr. C.H. Cook and Dr. F.W. Corthell. The operation lasted six hours and was performed at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

5. In 1983, Maine became the second state to pass a bottle bill. The bill required a five-cent deposit on all beverage containers sold in the state, which could be redeemed for cash when returned to a redemption center. The bottle bill aimed to reduce litter and encourage recycling.
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