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5 Fun Facts About July 9 In Maine History

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1. On July 9, 1910, the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Maine was set in North Bridgton, with a scorching 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In 1959, on July 9, the historic Fort McClary in Kittery was officially designated as a National Historic Site, preserving its importance as a military outpost during the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

3. In 1783, on July 9, the first scheduled balloon ascent in the United States took place in Portland when James Tyrell flew his balloon over the city, marking the beginning of a new era of aviation.

4. The 9th of July marks the anniversary of the Portland Rum Riot, one of the most violent incidents in Maine history that occurred in 1855, when a crowd stormed a customs house to protest against the seizure of a ship's cargo of alcohol.

5. In 1980, on July 9, Saint Andre Home in Biddeford, the oldest children's home in the United States, celebrated its 150th anniversary, highlighting its vital role in assisting children in need since its founding in 1830.
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