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5 Fun Facts About September 7 In Maine History

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1. On September 7, 1952, the deadliest maritime disaster in Maine history occurred when the ferry SS Sankaty collided with the tanker Esso Suez in dense fog off the coast of Cape Elizabeth. 37 people lost their lives in the tragedy.

2. September 7, 1822, marks the birth of Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of the Morse code and co-inventor of the electric telegraph. Morse was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, but spent much of his formative years in Maine, where his father was a pastor.

3. On September 7, 1916, the first commercial radio broadcast in Maine was aired from the studio of WCSH in Portland. The program featured speeches by local politicians and business leaders, as well as musical performances.

4. September 7, 1971, saw the opening of the Bangor Mall, Maine's first enclosed shopping center. The mall was praised for its modern design and wide range of stores, and quickly became a popular destination for shoppers from across the state.

5. On September 7, 1998, former Maine Senator Edmund Muskie passed away at the age of 81. Muskie, who also served as Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter, was a highly respected figure in Maine politics and played a key role in shaping environmental policy in the United States.
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