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5 Fun Facts About December 24 In Maryland History

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1. On December 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces landed near Benedict, Maryland, and burned the town, causing extensive damage to the surrounding areas. The attack was part of a larger campaign aimed at capturing the city of Baltimore.

2. December 24, 1849, marks the date of the opening of the first railroad in Maryland, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, which connected Baltimore to Ellicott Mills. The railroad played a crucial role in the development of Maryland's economy and helped transform Baltimore into a major transportation hub.

3. In 1851, on December 24, the Maryland General Assembly chartered the Maryland Agricultural College (now known as the University of Maryland), making it the first land-grant institution in the United States.

4. On December 24, 1864, Union forces led by General William W. Averell engaged Confederate troops near Salem, Virginia, in what would become known as the Battle of Middlebrook. The battle was part of a larger campaign aimed at destroying the Confederate infrastructure and weakening their ability to fight.

5. December 24, 1933, marks the date of the first commercial flight from Baltimore's Friendship Airport (now known as Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport). The flight was operated by Pennsylvania-Central Airlines and marked the beginning of commercial air travel in Maryland.
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