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5 Fun Facts About March 2 In Maine History

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1. Maine celebrates "Read Across America Day" on March 2, which is also the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

2. On March 2, 1820, Maine became the 23rd state to join the United States, separating from Massachusetts as part of the Missouri Compromise.

3. The first lobster caught and cooked in the United States was recorded on March 2, 1820, in Phippsburg, Maine.

4. On March 2, 1877, John Ford, a famous Hollywood film director known for Western and John Wayne films, was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

5. Maine's first commercial hydroelectric power plant was inaugurated on March 2, 1891, in Grand Falls. The plant was built by the Kennebec Water Power Company to provide electricity to the mills in the area.
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