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 In Just for Fun

In celebration of National Trivia Day, we’ve had fun compiling some fun Maryland facts and learning a thing or two (or 25) about our home state!

  1. George Calvert founded Maryland in the early 17th century and became the first Lord of Baltimore. Cecil Calvert, the second Lord of Baltimore, is who Baltimore City is named after.
  2. Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, but Annapolis is the state capital.
  3. The Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, was written in Baltimore during the Battle of Baltimore against the British in 1814 by Francis Scott Key.
  4. Famous Marylanders include Edgar Allen Poe, Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Banneker, Connie Chung, Tom Clancy, Zora Neale Hurston, Nora Roberts, Tori Amos, Toni Braxton, JC Chasez, Ginuwine, Lisa Loeb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Ira Glass, David Hasselhoff, Goldie Hawn, Spike Jonze, Martin Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Parker Posey, Ben Stein, Mike Rowe, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Wanda Sykes, John Wilkes Booth, Billie Holiday, Johns Hopkins, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Scott Key, Upton Sinclair, Cal Ripken, Billy Ripken, Brady Anderson, Bill Belichick, Riddick Bowe, Dominique Dawes, Kevin Durant, Katie Ledecky, Kimmie Meissner, and Frank Zappa.
  5. Oprah Winfrey was once an anchor on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV evening news.
  6. Assateague Island is home to famed wild Every July, the horses are captured and swim across the water to Chincoteague Island in Virginia and sold.  The book Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry was written about these horses.
  7. Baltimore has more statues and monuments per capita than any other US city.
  8. The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, founded in 1840, was the world’s first dental college. Baltimore is now home to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
  9. The Shot Tower (formally the Phoenix Shot Tower) was built in 1828 and is just shy of 235 feet tall.
  10. The USS Torsk, now docked in the Inner Harbor, is one of two Tench-class submarines in the United States today. The USS Torsk battled in World War II and sunk 3
  11. Colt 45 beer hails from Charm City and, contrary to popular rumor, is not named after the weapon but Baltimore Colt Jerry Hill, whose number was 45.
  12. Famed Baltimore Oriole, Cal Ripken, holds the record for the most consecutive professional baseball games played with 2,632 games played. This broke Lou Gehrig’s prior record of 2,131.
  13. The Baltimore Ravens moved to Baltimore in 1996. The Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore after Art Modell had a long dispute with Cleveland over new stadiums.  This brought professional football back to Baltimore after the Baltimore Colts left in 1983 to Indianapolis.
  14. Owings Mills, MD is home to the Baltimore Ravens training camp and headquarters.
  15. Maryland has many nicknames including The Free State, the Old Line State, and the Chesapeake Bay State.
  16. Each May, Baltimore is host to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Track. The Preakness Stakes are one of the three races in the Triple Crown series.
  17. Trash Wheel, a permanent trash collector stationed at the Jones Falls River, is the first of its kind in the world. You can follow Mr. Trash Wheel on Twitter at @MrTrashWheel.
  18. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge was completed in 1952, linking the Eastern Shore & Central Maryland. Each November, the Bay Bridge Walk & Run takes place and allows pedestrian traffic to cross the bridge.
  19. Under Armour, one of Maryland’s most well-known companies, was founded by Kevin Plank when he was 23 years old and captain of the University of Maryland football team. The company is currently stationed in the Tide Point neighborhood of Baltimore.
  20. The town of Joppatowne in Harford County was once a major seaport in colonial America mainly dealing in the tobacco trade, and was actually once three different towns: Gunpowder, Foster’s Neck, and Joppa. From 1712-1769, Joppa served as the County Seat for Baltimore County until Harford County seceded from Baltimore County in 1773. Bel Air is now the county seat for Harford County.
  21. The Town of Bel Air, founded in 1780 by Aquilla Scott, was actually once called Scott’s Old Fields. It was renamed in 1784 to Belle Aire, was then shortened to Bell Aire, and is now known as Bel Air.
  22. Melvin Mora of the Baltimore Orioles is from Bel Air, MD.
  23. It is not known who Frederick, MD was named for. Candidates for the town’s namesake include Frederick Calvert (6th Lord of Baltimore), Frederick Louis (Prince of Wales), or Frederick of Prussia.
  24. The Frederick Keys are named for Francis Scott Key, a native of Frederick County.
  25. Waldorf, MD was ranked #18 in the 50 best cities to live by USA Today in 2017.
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