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5 Fun Facts About June 11 In Maryland History

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1. On June 11, 1776, a committee led by Samuel Chase was appointed by the Maryland Convention to draft the Maryland Declaration of Rights. This document, which was adopted later that month, served as a model for the Declaration of Independence and other state constitutions.

2. On June 11, 1838, the first Maryland state agricultural fair was held in Baltimore. The fair featured livestock exhibits, farm machinery displays, and competitions for produce and other farm products.

3. On June 11, 1864, during the Civil War, Union troops under the command of General Lew Wallace defeated Confederate forces at the Battle of Monocacy. Although the Union soldiers were eventually forced to retreat, their efforts delayed the Confederate advance on Washington D.C.

4. On June 11, 1927, the first underwater tunnel in the United States opened to traffic between Baltimore and Sparrows Point. The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, as it came to be known, was an engineering marvel and improved transportation options between Baltimore City and the Eastern Shore.

5. On June 11, 2011, the first legal same-sex marriage ceremonies were performed in Maryland, following the passage of the state's Marriage Equality Act earlier that year. Maryland was the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage, and the law went into effect on January 1, 2013.
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