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    (April 28, 1788- )
    7th state to join
    Founded by the second Lord Baltimore (1634)
    Named for king's wife, Queen Henrietta Maria
    Nickname: Old Line State
    Capital: Annapolis
    Size: 10,577 square miles (ranks 42nd)
    Motto: Manly Deeds, Womanly Words
    Bird: Baltimore Oriole
    Flower: Black-Eyed Susan
    Tree: White Oak
    Song: Maryland, My Maryland
    They passed first the anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage (September 20, 1664).
    Along with Delaware, they were slave states that did not secede from the United States
    Temperature ranges from -40ºF (-40ºC) (January 13, 1912) to 109ºF (43ºC) (July 10, 1936).
    The National Bureau of Standards and radio time signal WWV moved from Greenbelt, Maryland to Boulder Colorado (November 30, 1966).
    Spiro Agnew took bribes while a government employee and it caused him to resign as Vice President.
    They had a NBA basketball team named the Baltimore Bullets (1963-73), originally the Chicago Zephyrs and currently the Washington Wizards.
    They had a NFL football team named the Baltimore Colts (1953-83), who won a Super Bowl (1970) and moved to Indianapolis.
    The Baltimore Orioles (1901-02) moved to New York in 1903 to become the Yankees.
    Jousting is Maryland's official state sport.
    It was originally founded as a refuge for persecuted Catholics (1634).
    Being the fourth British colony, they learned from the experience of the earlier colonies and prospered.
    The Toleration Act of 1649 guaranteed toleration to all Christians.
    The first US President under Articles of Confederation was John Hanson of Maryland.
    Maryland allowed divorce if the wife displeased the clergyman/preacher (September 28, 1704).
    It issued currency depicting George III trampling the Magna Carta (July 25, 1775).
    Annapolis was the US capital (November 23, 1783-June 1784).
    Maryland's House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union (April 29, 1861).
    Harriet Tubman led Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves (June 2, 1863).
    Maryland voters adopted a new constitution, including abolition of slavery (October 13, 1864).
    The US Air Arena opened in Landover (December 2, 1973).
    Maryland stopped the sale of cheap pistols on January 1, 1990.
    Dashiell Hammett, 'Mama' Cass Elliot and Divine were born in Maryland.
    The Preakness Stakes, held in mid May, is the middle race in horse racing's triple crown.
    The first Jewish doctor in the US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrived in Maryland (January 24, 1656).
    Baltimore was one of the first cities to have gas lit streets (1817).
    The oldest still standing American Church was located in Dorchester (1675).
    The TV series 'True Colors,' 'Flesh 'n' Blood,' 'Men,' 'Roc' and 'Homicide' were set in Maryland.
    The NHL hockey Washington Capitals (1974-97) played in Landover, MD.
    The American League Baltimore Orioles (1954- ), won 3 World Series (1966, 70, 83); they were originally the St. Louis Browns.
    The NFL football Washington Redskins (1937- ) plays in Maryland (1997- ).
    They have an NFL football team named the Baltimore Ravens (1996- ), who won the Super Bowl (2000).
    Cal Ripkin of the Baltimore Orioles played the most consecutive games in baseball.
    Marie Boyd scores 156 points in a Maryland High School basketball game (163-3) (February 25, 1924).
    Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner when Fort McHenry was burning (1912).
    The Naval Academy is located in Annapolis.
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