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5 Fun Facts About January 29 In Maine History

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1. In 1836, the Maine Senate resolved to preserve the state's history by collecting and publishing all of the existing historical materials. This resolution laid the foundation for the Maine Historical Society, which continues to document and share the history of Maine.

2. On January 29, 1844, the Maine Legislature passed a bill which required all school teachers in the state to be certified. This was one of the earliest measures in the nation to improve the quality of education by ensuring that teachers received proper training.

3. On January 29, 1861, Maine senator William Pitt Fessenden resigned his seat to become Secretary of the Treasury under President Lincoln. Fessenden was a key figure in securing the Union's financial stability during the Civil War, and his tenure as Treasury Secretary is often regarded as one of the most successful in American history.

4. In 1884, the St. John Valley Times, a newspaper from Fort Kent, Maine, reported that the previous day had been the coldest January 28th on record, with temperatures reaching as low as 50 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. This extreme cold caused widespread hardship and suffering in Maine's rural communities.

5. On January 29, 1987, the Maine Supreme Court ruled that the state's child protection laws could be applied to the unborn children of drug-addicted mothers. This decision set a precedent for similar cases around the country, and sparked a national debate about the rights of fetuses and the responsibilities of mothers.
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