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5 Fun Facts About December 26 In Maryland History

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1. Battle of Trenton - December 26, 1776, marked the pivotal Battle of Trenton in the New Jersey campaign of the Revolutionary War. However, Maryland played a significant role in the battle; General George Washington’s Maryland troops crossed the Delaware River in the early morning hours, landing on the New Jersey side, and went on to capture the Hessian garrison at Trenton.

2. John Wilkes Booth - On December 26, 1861, John Wilkes Booth was born in Bel Air, Maryland. He would become infamous a few years later for assassinating President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.

3. Maryland Bans Polygamy - On December 26, 1668, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law prohibiting polygamy in the colony. It was one of the first recorded instances of such a law in North America.

4. Baltimore Street Car Strike - In December 1944, a streetcar operator strike paralyzed Baltimore's public transportation system carrying 70 percent of the city's passenger traffic. The strike began on December 26, and it was one of the city’s most significant labor conflicts.

5. Baltimore Colts victory - On December 26, 1965, the Baltimore Colts won the NFL Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers with a score of 16-13 in a sudden death overtime. It was one of the most spectacular games in NFL history and the first overtime game in the league’s championship history.
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