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5 Fun Facts About July 8 In Maine History

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1. In 1812, the town of Castine was captured by British forces during the War of 1812. The town would be held by the British for three years.
2. In 1903, the town of Rangeley suffered a devastating fire that destroyed over 100 buildings and left many homeless. The small community came together to rebuild and recover from the disaster.
3. In 1911, the first automobile race was held in Maine, taking place in Old Orchard Beach. The race covered a distance of 20 miles and was won by a local driver named Richard Davenport.
4. In 1947, a UFO sighting was reported in the town of Lubec. Witnesses described a bright light in the sky that moved erratically before disappearing. The incident remains unexplained.
5. In 1980, a major flood struck the town of Skowhegan, causing significant damage to homes and businesses. The flooding was caused by heavy rains that had fallen over several days, with some areas receiving over 10 inches of rain.
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