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5 Fun Facts About September 13 In Maine History

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1. In 1977, the Great Fire of Portland devastated the city's downtown area, destroying 1,800 buildings and causing over $25 million in damages.

2. On September 13, 1847, Maine became the first state to enact a prohibition law, prohibiting the sale and manufacture of alcoholic beverages.

3. On September 13, 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt visited Portland, Maine, and delivered a speech in which he famously stated, "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

4. In 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces captured and burned down the city of Belfast, Maine, causing significant damage to buildings and infrastructure.

5. On September 13, 1919, a devastating hurricane struck Maine, causing widespread destruction and claiming over 60 lives. The hurricane is still remembered as one of the deadliest natural disasters in Maine's history.
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