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5 Fun Facts About April 21 In Maryland History

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1. On April 21, 1783, Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the Treaty of Paris that officially ended the American Revolutionary War. The treaty recognized the independence of the United States and set its boundaries.

2. Baltimore native, Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, was born on April 21, 1857. Baden-Powell developed the concept of Boy Scouts while serving in the British army, and it quickly spread to become an international youth organization.

3. On April 21, 1861, the first bloodshed of the Civil War occurred in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Maryland. Confederate troops seized control of the town and the federal arsenal, beginning a violent conflict that would last for four years.

4. Baltimore's historic Druid Hill Park officially opened to the public on April 21, 1860. The park was designed by celebrated landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and features a variety of recreational and cultural attractions, including the Maryland Zoo and the Maryland Conservatory of Music.

5. On April 21, 2012, the Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis became the 21st player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a single game. Davis helped lead the Orioles to a 9-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, cementing his place in baseball history.
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