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5 Fun Facts About November 7 In Maine History

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1. On November 7, 1989, Maine voters rejected a proposal to ban the display of the Confederate flag on public property in the state. The proposal was introduced in response to concerns about the flag's association with racism and hate groups.

2. November 7, 2012, was a milestone day for same-sex marriage in Maine. Voters approved a ballot initiative that legalized same-sex marriage in the state, making it the first state to do so through a popular vote.

3. On November 7, 1916, Maine held its first presidential election with women voters. Maine was one of the early adopters of women's suffrage, granting women the right to vote in state and local elections in 1917, three years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

4. The deadliest shipwreck in Maine history occurred on November 7, 1898, when the passenger steamer Portland sank off the coast of Cape Cod during a fierce storm. All 192 people on board perished in the tragedy, which remains one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history.

5. On November 7, 1775, Benedict Arnold and his revolutionary troops captured Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York, providing a crucial boost to the American cause in the early stages of the Revolutionary War. Although Maine was not directly involved in the battle, it was a significant event in the region's history and helped pave the way for American independence.
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