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5 Fun Facts About May 7 In Maryland History

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1. In 1763, the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the French and Indian War, and marking the end of French colonial influence in Maryland and the rest of North America.

2. In 1937, the Hindenburg disaster occurred in New Jersey, killing 36 people, including one Maryland resident. Despite being miles away from the disaster site, the explosion was visible from Maryland's Eastern Shore.

3. In 1968, Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew was selected as Richard Nixon's running mate in the presidential election. Agnew had previously served as Governor of Maryland from 1967 to 1969.

4. In 2002, Maryland became the first state in the United States to ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving. The law went into effect on October 1, 2003.

5. In 2015, riots broke out in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who died while in police custody. The riots lasted for several days and resulted in extensive damage to businesses and property in many parts of the city.
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