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5 Fun Facts About July 25 In Maryland History

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1. In 1634, the Ark and the Dove arrived in Maryland, carrying the first English Catholic settlers to the colony.

2. On July 25, 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early launched an attack on Fort Stevens in Washington D.C. in an attempt to capture the capital. President Abraham Lincoln visited the fort during the battle and was almost hit by enemy fire.

3. In 1905, the first Catholic mass was celebrated in Annapolis at St. Mary's Church. The mass was celebrated by Rev. E.A. McGurk and attended by over 1,500 people.

4. On July 25, 1947, the State of Maryland ended segregation in public transportation. This was done after a Supreme Court ruling declared that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional.

5. In 1987, the Inner Harbor in Baltimore hosted the first International Festival of Fireworks, attracting over 1 million visitors to the city. The festival featured fireworks displays from countries around the world and has since become an annual event.
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