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5 Fun Facts About January 30 In Maine History

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1. On January 30, 1835, the first issue of the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier was published. The newspaper, which is still in circulation today, has a rich history and has won numerous awards for journalistic excellence.

2. In 1892, the last known sighting of the eastern cougar in Maine occurred on January 30th. The species was declared extinct in the state in 2018, but its legacy lives on in the many place names and stories that reference the elusive creature.

3. On January 30, 1854, the Portland Company was chartered in Maine. The company became one of the largest manufacturers of locomotives and steam engines in the country, and played a key role in helping to build America's railroads.

4. In 1924, Maine's state flag was officially adopted on January 30th. The design incorporates the state seal, which features a pine tree and moose, as well as the star from the flag of the United States.

5. On January 30, 1961, poet Edwin Arlington Robinson passed away in Maine. Robinson, who had won the Pulitzer Prize for his poetry, was a lifelong resident of the state and is remembered for his insightful and introspective works.
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