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5 Fun Facts About February 4 In Maryland History

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1. In 1783, the Maryland Gazette published a report on the desecration of Jewish graves in Baltimore, which was one of the earliest reports of anti-Semitic activity in the United States.

2. On February 4, 1826, Samuel Mudd was born in Charles County, Maryland. He would go on to become a physician, but is best known for his association with John Wilkes Booth and his involvement in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

3. In 1896, Maryland became the first state in the United States to establish a state song when the General Assembly adopted "Maryland, My Maryland" as the official state song.

4. On February 4, 1960, four African American students from Maryland's Morgan State College staged a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Baltimore, sparking a larger civil rights movement in the state.

5. In 2013, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, making Maryland the eighth U.S. state to do so. The law took effect on January 1, 2013.
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