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5 Fun Facts About January 26 In Maryland History

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1. On January 26, 1781, British forces led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton raided the town of Petersburg, Maryland, during the American Revolutionary War. The raid left the town in ruins and was considered a major blow to the American cause in the region.

2. In 1845, the Maryland legislature approved the annexation of the District of Columbia, a move that ultimately failed due to opposition in both Maryland and the district itself.

3. On January 26, 1904, the Baltimore Federation of Labor joined with other organizations to call for a general strike in the city, demanding better working conditions and higher wages. The strike lasted for several weeks and led to increased unionization in the area.

4. In 1912, the Maryland School for the Deaf, the state's oldest public school for the deaf, moved to its current location in Frederick. The school has served thousands of deaf and hard-of-hearing students over the years.

5. January 26, 1920, marked the beginning of the Prohibition era in the United States, as the 18th Amendment to the Constitution went into effect. The amendment banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol and led to the rise of speakeasies and bootlegging in Maryland and across the country.
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