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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Maryland History

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1. Maryland becomes a state - On November 23, 1787, Maryland became the 7th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, officially joining the Union.

2. The Severn River Bridge opens - On November 23, 1990, the Severn River Bridge opened to traffic. The bridge spans the Severn River and connects Annapolis, Maryland, to the Eastern Shore.

3. Maryland passes same-sex marriage law - On November 23, 2012, Maryland passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage, becoming the eighth state in the nation to do so.

4. USS Maryland commissioned - On November 23, 1921, the USS Maryland was commissioned. The vessel was a battleship that served in both World War I and World War II and was later decommissioned in 1947.

5. John Wilkes Booth's body returned to Maryland - On November 23, 1865, the body of John Wilkes Booth, the infamous assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was returned to Maryland and buried in the family plot in Baltimore.
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