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5 Fun Facts About October 29 In Maine History

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1. In 1861, the first issue of the Maine Bugle was published in Augusta. The newspaper was founded by Col. Samuel F. Benson, and it was dedicated to promoting the Union cause during the Civil War.

2. In 1872, the shipwreck of the Annie C. Maguire occurred off the coast of Maine. The ship was carrying a load of coal from Philadelphia to Saint John, New Brunswick, when it was caught in a storm and sank. All of the crew members were lost except for one.

3. In 1901, Maine's first electric streetcars went into operation in Portland. The streetcars were powered by overhead wires, and they replaced the old horse-drawn streetcars that had been in use since the 1870s.

4. In 1914, the University of Maine football team played its first game at the new Alumni Field in Orono. The team defeated Bates College by a score of 20-0.

5. In 1943, the destroyer USS Harmon was launched at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship was named in honor of Leonard Roy Harmon, a sailor who had been posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his bravery during the Battle of Guadalcanal. The USS Harmon was the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after an African American.
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