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5 Fun Facts About May 8 In Maryland History

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1. On May 8, 1884, the Baltimore Orioles played their first game as a Major League Baseball franchise. They won against the Chicago White Stockings (now known as the Cubs) with a score of 7-5.

2. On May 8, 1945, Maryland Governor Herbert O'Conor declared Victory in Europe Day (VE-Day) a state holiday. VE-Day marked the end of World War II in Europe, and the holiday was celebrated across the United States.

3. On May 8, 1960, the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland, hosted the first Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. The festival has since become an annual tradition and draws thousands of visitors to the region each year.

4. On May 8, 1970, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) was established by an act of the Maryland General Assembly. Today, UMBC is known for its strong programs in the natural sciences, engineering, and information technology.

5. On May 8, 2015, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state. Maryland was the 18th state in the US to abolish capital punishment, and the decision was widely praised by human rights organizations.
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