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5 Fun Facts About December 27 In Maine History

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1. In 1968, the state of Maine was hit by a severe ice storm that caused widespread power outages and damage. The storm began on December 27th and lasted for several days, leaving many Mainers without electricity or heat in the middle of winter.

2. On December 27th, 1912, the deadliest railroad accident in Maine history occurred in the town of Kenduskeag. A passenger train collided with a freight train, causing several cars to derail and killing 23 people.

3. In 2004, Maine's largest recorded earthquake occurred on December 27th. The magnitude 4.2 quake was centered in the town of Lincoln and was felt throughout much of the state.

4. On December 27th, 1827, a group of men in Portland, Maine founded the Portland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This was one of the first organizations of its kind in the United States and helped to raise awareness of the need to protect animals from abuse and neglect.

5. Maine's first governor, William King, was born on December 27th, 1768. King served as the state's governor from 1820 to 1821 and was instrumental in helping Maine achieve statehood.
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