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5 Fun Facts About August 13 In Maine History

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1. Maine Statehood Day: August 13 marks the anniversary of Maine's admission as the 23rd state to the Union in 1820. After a long fight for statehood, Maine separated from Massachusetts and became an independent state.

2. Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse: On August 13, 1827, the Cape Elizabeth lighthouse was first lit off the coast of Portland, Maine. The lighthouse is still in use and is a popular tourist attraction.

3. The Great Fire of 1947: On August 13, 1947, a devastating forest fire broke out in Maine, known as the great fire of 1947. The blaze burned over 200,000 acres of land and destroyed multiple towns and villages in the state.

4. New England's Deadliest Hurricane: August 13, 1955, marks the day when New England's deadliest hurricane, Hurricane Diane, hit Maine causing widespread destruction and flooding. The hurricane caused over $1 billion in damages.

5. Record High Temperature: On August 13, 1975, Portland, Maine, recorded its highest temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot and humid weather lasted for several days, causing health hazards and power outages throughout the state.
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