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5 Fun Facts About June 7 In Maine History

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1. On June 7, 1776, the first American naval battle of the Revolutionary War took place off the coast of Maine. The British ship HMS Margaretta was confronted and captured by the American privateer Captain Jeremiah O'Brien and his crew.

2. In 1836, the city of Portland, Maine was devastated by a massive fire that destroyed over 1,500 buildings and left thousands homeless. The fire started in a bakery on Fore Street and quickly spread through the wooden buildings of the city.

3. On June 7, 1915, the SS Eastland capsized in the Chicago River, killing more than 800 people. Many of the passengers were employees of the Western Electric Company, who were on their way to a company picnic. The ship had been overloaded with passengers and was top-heavy, leading to the tragedy.

4. In 1984, the town of Allagash, Maine gained national attention for a reported UFO sighting. Four men who were on a camping trip in the wilderness claimed to have seen a strange craft with pulsating lights hovering above them. The incident has become known as the Allagash Abduction.

5. On June 7, 2006, the Maine State House passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. However, the legislation was later vetoed by Governor John Baldacci. It wasn't until 2012 that same-sex marriage was finally legalized in Maine.
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