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    August 10, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Aug. 10

    Aug. 10, 1674: A Dutch force commanded by naval Capt. Jurriaen Aernouts, aboard the frigate Flying Horse, overruns the 30 lightly armed French soldiers at Fort Pentagouet during the Franco-Dutch war of 1672-78. The Dutch also seize the French military headquarters there. Pentagouet, located on the Bagaduce River at the current site of the town […]

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    August 9, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Aug. 9

    Aug. 9, 1842: The U.S. signs the Treaty of Washington, or Webster-Ashburton Treaty, with the United Kingdom, establishing what is now the boundary between the United States and Canada, including the boundary in northern and eastern Maine. The treaty resolves a dispute known as the “Aroostook War,” a disagreement that led to deployment of militia […]

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    August 8, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Aug. 8

    Aug. 8, 1901: Chansonetta Stanley Emmons (1858-1937) opens a two-day exhibit of her photography in Farmington. Emmons is the sister of the Stanley brothers, who invented and marketed the Stanley Steamer car. The brothers turned to transportation technology after becoming wealthy through pioneering work in manufacturing and marketing dry-plate photography equipment, but their sister stuck […]

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    August 7, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Aug. 7

    Aug. 7, 1823: Maine’s first recorded meteorite falls between 4 and 5 p.m. in Nobleboro, startling a nearby flock of sheep when it hits the ground. Mr. A. Dinsmore, who looks for the rock after hearing what he later says sounded like musket fire, digs down about 6 inches and recovers 5 or 6 pounds […]

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    August 6, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Aug. 6

    Aug. 6, 1899: At least 20 people drown and more than 50 are injured at Hancock Point when a movable slip leading to a steamship collapses, dropping about 200 boarding passengers 15 feet into the ocean. The people in the water are hemmed in on three sides by dock pilings and on the fourth by […]

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    August 5, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Aug. 5

    Aug. 5, 1789: Congress passes the Coasting Act, which requires that ships trading along the Atlantic coast enter and clear at a custom house both coming and going in every state except the ones contiguous to the ship’s state of departure. This provides a disincentive for Maine to separate from Massachusetts, because Massachusetts is contiguous […]

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    August 4, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Aug. 4

    Aug. 4, 1914: The ocean liner SS Kronprinzessin Cecilie, headed from New York to Plymouth, England, diverts to Bar Harbor when the captain learns that World War I has begun. The ship arrives at 6 a.m. in a town that usually saw nothing but small coastal ships. The captain wanted to avoid having the German […]

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    August 3, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Aug. 3

    Aug. 3, 1924: A fire caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette butt consumes the Hillcrest, a summer hotel on Chebeague Island, and nearby buildings, killing three guests and injuring others. The fire also burns up a neighboring dance hall and two residences, one of which was being used as a hotel annex, as well as […]

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    August 2, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: August 2

    Aug. 2, 1909: Edwin A. Grozier, publisher of the Boston Post newspaper, sends a gold-headed ebony cane to the Board of Selectmen in each of 700 towns in New England, asking each board to present the cane to the oldest living male resident of that town. Upon that man’s death, the cane is to be […]

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    August 1, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Aug. 1

    Aug. 1, 1931: The first commercial air passenger service at Stroudwater Airport – now Portland International Jetport – begins with a Boston-Maine Airways flight from Boston. Boston-Maine is one of two carriers to start serving Maine that day. Its flights leave Boston and land in succession in Portland, Rockland and Bangor. The company operates two […]

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