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Maine’s state motto is “Dirigo," Latin for I lead.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.34)

1604        Jun 26, French explorer Samuel de Champlain, Pierre Dugua and 77 others landed on the island of St. Croix and made friends with the native Passamaquoddy Indians. It later became part of Maine on the US-Canadian border.
    (PacDis, Spring/'94, p. 43)(SSFC, 6/20/04, p.D10)

1605        Jun, Pierre Dugua moved the French settlement at St. Croix, Maine, to Nova Scotia at a site named Port Royal.
    (SSFC, 6/27/04, p.A2)

1607        Aug 14, The Popham expedition reached the Sagadahoc River in the northeastern North America (Maine), and settled there.
    (HN, 8/14/98)

1634        May 31, Massachusetts Bay colony annexed the Maine colony.
    (MC, 5/31/02)

1642        Mar 1, Georgeana (York), Maine, became the first American city to incorporate.
    (HN, 3/1/98)(SC, 3/1/02)

1646        James Morton, author of the “New English Canaan," died in Maine.
    (ON, 3/00, p.12)

1677        Mar 13, Massachusetts gained title to Maine for $6,000.
    (MC, 3/13/02)

1691        Oct 17, Maine and Plymouth were incorporated in Massachusetts.
    (HN, 10/17/98)

1755        In Canada the Accadians of Nova Scotia were uprooted by an English governor and forced to leave. Some 10,000 people moved to destinations like Maine and Louisiana. The Longfellow story "Evangeline" is based on this displacement.
    (SFEC, 8/22/99, p.T8,9)

1775        Oct 16, Portland, Maine, was burned by British.
    (MC, 10/16/01)

1779         The British adopted a strategy to seize parts of Maine, especially around Penobscot Bay, and make it a new colony to be called "New Ireland." In July a British naval and military force under the command of General Francis McLean sailed into the harbor of Castine, Maine, landed troops, and took control of the village. After peace was signed in 1783, the New Ireland proposal was abandoned.

1783        The so-called Aroostook War stemmed from a boundary dispute that had loomed since 1783 between Maine and New Brunswick and was not settled by the Peace of Ghent. After Maine became a state in 1820, it disregarded British claims in making land grants to settlers along the Aroostook River.
    (HNQ, 9/30/99)

1783        Shakers settled at Sabbathday Lake. The sect originated in England in the 1770s and was known as the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearance.
    (SFC, 6/21/01, p.C2)

1785-1812    This period in the life of Martha Ballard, herbalist and mid-wife, was covered by Ballard in her diaries and later uncovered by historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and portrayed in a 1998 TV documentary for “The American Experience."
    (WSJ, 1/8/98, p.A7)

1807        Feb 27, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (d.1882), was born in Portland, Maine. He was an American poet famous for "The Children's Hour," and "Evangeline." “What is time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months, years, centuries—these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of Time, not Time itself. Time is the Life of the soul."
    (AP, 10/11/97)(AP, 2/27/98)(HN, 2/27/99)

1811        The Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, was begun as a bequest from James Bowdoin III, son of a college benefactor.
    (WSJ, 7/21/00, p.W2)

1812        Aug, Lt. Governor of Nova Scotia John Coape Sherbrooke sent a naval force and 500 British troops to conquer Maine and re-establish the colony New Ireland. The Treaty of Ghent returned this territory to the United States and the British left in April 1815.

1812        Maine separated from the state of Massachusetts.
    (WSJ, 8/6/99, p.W12)

1820        Mar 3, The Missouri Compromise was passed by Congress. It allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state and Maine to enter as a free state. [see Mar 6]
    (PCh, 1992, p.389)(SC, 3/3/02)

1820        Mar 15, Maine, a province of Massachusetts since 1647, became the 23rd state. Maine entered the Union as a free state and helped maintain the balance in the US Senate, that would have been disrupted by the entrance of Missouri Territory into the Union as a slave state.
    (AP, 3/15/97)

1825        The Miramichi fires burned some 3 million acres in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada.
    (SFC, 10/30/03, p.A15)

1827        The U.S. and Great Britain submitted the Maine and New Brunswick boundary dispute to arbitration by the King of the Netherlands in 1827, whose compromise was accepted by the British but rejected by the U.S.
    (HNQ, 9/30/99)

1830-1840    In Maine the original Great Works Dam was built as a "wing dam," parallel to the shore, to provide water for sawmills. It was partially demolished around 1887, when a new dam was installed by the Penobscot Chemical Fibre Co., the first pulp mill on the river.
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1837        Nov 2, In Winslow, Maine, the grave of Mr. Wood reads: In Memory of Beza Wood Departed this life Nov. 2, 1837 Aged 45 yrs. Here lies one Wood Enclosed in wood One Wood Within another. The outer wood Is very good: We cannot praise The other.
    (e-mail, Riddiough, 5/16/99)

1837          Dec 29, A threshing machine powered by a single horse treadmill was patented in Winthrop, Maine, by twins Hiram A. and John A. Pitts.
    (DM, 8/5/03)

1837        The Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River was constructed. It was broken open in 1999 to allow fish upstream.
    (SFC,11/26/97, p.A7)(SFC, 7/2/99, p.A3)

1838        Canadian lumberjacks entered the disputed Maine and New Brunswick territory in 1838 and began lumbering operations. The arrest by Canadians of a Maine-appointed agent sent into the area to force out the Canadians marked the beginning of the undeclared conflict called the Aroostook War, which saw the Nova Scotia legislature make war appropriations and the U.S. Congress authorize a force of 50,000 men and $10 million. General Winfield Scott brokered a truce between Maine and New Brunswick which averted a real war.
    (HNQ, 9/30/99)

1839        Feb 12, Aroostook War took place over a boundary dispute between Maine and New Brunswick. [see 1838]
    (MC, 2/12/02)

1840        Feb 5, Hiram Stevens Maxim (d.1916), inventor of the automatic single-barrel rifle, was born in Sangerville, Maine. He invented the hair-curling iron, and patented such items as a mousetrap, a locomotive headlight, a method of manufacturing carbon filaments for lamps, and an automatic sprinkling system.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.267)(MC, 2/5/02)

1842        Aug 9, The United States and Canada signed the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, resolving a border dispute between Maine and Canada's New Brunswick.
    (AP, 8/9/97)(HN, 8/9/98)(HNQ, 9/30/99)

1848        John Curtis produced the first commercial chewing gum in his home kitchen in Maine. In 1850 he established the world’s first chewing gum factory in Portland.
    (Econ, 10/29/11, p.100)

1851        Jun 2, Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
    (AP, 6/2/97)

1861        Henry Morton founded the Paris Manufacturing Co. in South Paris, Maine. The company made various toys and then desks from the late 1800s. In 1978 it became Paricon Inc.
    (SFC, 1/23/08, p.G5)

1863        Ellen White of Maine, founder of the 7th Day Adventists, testified against tobacco, spirituous liquors, snuff, tea, coffee, flesh-meats, butter, spices, rich cakes, mince pies, large amounts of salt and all exciting substances used as articles of food.
    (SFC, 9/29/00, p.W17)

1864        Henry David Thoreau authored “The Maine Woods" (1864), based on 3 previous visits to Maine in 1846, 1853 and 1857.
    (SSFC, 7/29/07, p.G8)(http://thoreau.eserver.org/mewoods.html)

1866        Jul 4, Firecracker thrown in wood started a fire that destroyed Portland, Me.
    (Maggio, 98)

1875        Jun 2, James A. Healy, the 1st black Roman Catholic bishop in the US, was consecrated in Portland, Maine.

1875        The first US sardine cannery opened in Maine, when a New York businessman set up the Eagle Preserved Fish Co. in Eastport. In 2010 the Stinson Seafood plant in eastern Maine, shut down after a century in operation. It was the last sardine cannery not just in Maine, but in the United States.
    (AP, 4/14/10)

1876        Feb 17, Sardines were 1st canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine.
    (MC, 2/17/02)

1878        In Belfast, Maine, the local Masonic Temple was completed.
    (SSFC, 9/4/11, p.H4)

1881        The Ocean Park learning institution, an offshoot of the Chautauqua movement, was established at Old Orchard Beach 15 miles south of Portland.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, p.T2)

1883        Winslow Homer, painter, moved to the family compound at Prout’s Neck, Maine.
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.A18)

1887        Mar 13, Chester Greenwood of Maine patented earmuffs.
    (MC, 3/13/02)

1887        In Maine the town of Grand Lake Stream incorporated.
    (SSFC, 8/6/06, p.G7)

1892        Feb 22, Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet, writer, feminist, was born in Rockland, Maine.
    (HN, 2/22/01)

1897        Mar 19, Cornelia Thurza Crosby, aka "Flyrod Crosby", was issued the very first Maine guide's license.

1899        Feb 27, Charles H. Best, physiologist, co-discoverer of Insulin, was born in Maine.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1905        Jun 10, 1st forest fire lookout tower placed in operation was at Greenville, Me.
    (MC, 6/10/02)

1908        Jul 8, Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, businessman and philanthropist, was born in Bar Harbor, Maine. The liberal Republican served as governor of New York and then as vice president of the United States under Pres. Gerald Ford (1974-77).
    (AP, 7/8/08)

1910        Mar 17, The Camp Fire Girls organization was formed in Lake Sebago, Maine. It was formally presented to the public exactly two years later.
    (AP, 3/17/97)(HN, 3/17/01)

1911        Nov 6, Maine became a dry state.
    (HN, 11/6/98)

1913-1940    A 44-mile network of carriage roads was constructed under John D. Rockefeller Jr. and later donated to Acadia National Park.
    (SFEC, 8/1/99, p.T10)

1916        Frederick J. Waugh, a noted marine painter, authored "The Clan of Munes," a children's book about troll-like figures set in the Cathedral Woods of Monhegan Island, Maine. The book was later thought to have inspired a tradition of building fairy houses in the Cathedral Woods.
    (WSJ, 1/18/00, p.A1,8)

1919        Feb 26, Acadia National Park was established as Lafayette National Park in Maine.
    (SC, 2/26/02)

1921-1924    Percival Baxter (1876-1969) served as governor of Maine.
    (LP, Spring 2006, p.57)

1924        The phorid fly was first described in Maine. It became known to parasitize bumblebees and paper wasps. In 2011 it was found to parasitize honey bees.
    (SSFC, 3/25/12, p.N4)

1928        Dec 20, 1st international dogsled mail left Minot, Maine, for Montreal.
    (MC, 12/20/01)

1929        Jan 19, Acadia National Park, Maine, was established.
    (MC, 1/19/02)

1930        The film “From Stump to Ship" was a documentary on logging in Maine. In 2002 it was added to the National Film Registry.
    (SFC, 12/19/02, p.E12)

1933        The state of Maine named the area around Mt. Katahdin Baxter State Park, after former Gov. Percival Baxter (1921-1924) who personally donated the land for permanent preservation. Over 32 years Baxter donated 201,018 acres to the state.

1938        E.B. White, writer, moved to Brooklin from New York. Brooklin was a center for the building of wooden boats. In 1999 Douglas Whynott published "A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time," his observations on boat building in Brooklin.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, BR p.8)

1940        Jun 3, In a special Maine election Margaret Chase Smith was elected to serve out the unexpired term of her late husband, Clyde Smith. At the next regular election, held 3 months later, Smith was voted to a full term in the House. She was elected to the Senate in 1948.

1942        Nov 2, An amphibious PBY-5A aircraft foundered in rough weather, in the waters surrounding what is now the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve in the eastern Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The plane was based at Presqu'Ile, Maine, in the US, and serviced an airfield in the village of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Quebec. Four of the crew escaped the flooding plane and were rescued by local fishermen rowing out from shore in open boats in rough seas. Five others perished, trapped inside. In 1941 and 1942, the US had constructed a series of airfields in Eastern Canada to ferry aircraft to Allied air forces in Northern Europe, as part of the so-called "Crimson Route." Wreckage of the downed plane was found in 2009. In 2012 remains of the other crew members were recovered.
    (AFP, 8/7/09)(SFC, 7/31/12, p.A2)

1944        Nov 29, Mary Forni (1915-2006) reported 2 unusual men on the side of a rural road near Bar Harbor, Maine. They turned out to be Erich Gimpel, a German spy, and William Colepaugh, an American defector, who had slipped ashore as spies from a German U-boat. Both men were later captured, tried and sentenced to death. Pres. Truman later pardoned them.
    (SSFC, 12/24/06, p.D7)

1945-1980    Moose hunting during this period was banned in Maine due to their scarce numbers.
    (Econ, 9/30/06, p.41)

1947        Sep 21, Stephen King, author, was born in Portland, Maine. He is best known for supernatural and horror tales including Carrie (1974), Shining (1977) and Kujo (1981).
    (HN, 9/21/00)(SSFC, 7/2/06, Par p.16)

1948        Sep 13, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
    (AP, 9/13/97)

1948        Andrew Wyeth painted “Christina’s World" in Maine.
    (WSJ, 6/16/00, p.W12)

1957        Dec 11, The movie "Peyton Place," based on the novel by Grace Metalious, starred Lana Turner and had its world premiere in Camden, Maine, where most of it had been filmed.
    (AP, 12/11/07)(SFC, 8/13/14, p.E8)

1959        Beatrix Farrand (b.1872), landscape architect, died in Bar Harbor, Maine.
    (WSJ, 7/22/04, p.D10)

1962        Jul 11, The Telstar I satellite carried the first transatlantic TV transmission. It picked up broadcast signals from France and bounced them down to an antenna in Maine, delivering the first live television picture from Europe to America
    (PGA, 12/9/98)(MC, 7/11/02)

1963        Jan 24, In Maine a B-52 bomber encountered turbulence strong enough to snap off the vertical stabilizer, causing it to crash onto the side of Elephant Mountain. Seven crew members died. Gerald Adler survived along with the pilot, Lt. Col. Dan Bulli, after spending 20 hours on the mountainside.
    (AP, 5/25/13)

1964        In Maine Richard Paine built his Seal Cove Auto Museum.
    (SFC, 9/13/07, p.E3)

1968        Aug 29, Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie was chosen to be the Democratic nominee for vice president at the party's convention in Chicago.
    (AP, 8/29/08)

1969        In Maine the “Uncle Henry" weekly advertising magazine began to be published.
    (WSJ, 7/7/97, p.A1)
1969        The 62-foot-tall Skowhegan Indian statue was built in Skowhegan, Maine.
    (NW, 8/26/02, p.51)

1970        Tom and Kate Chappell began producing a phosphate-free laundry detergent called Clearlake. Tom’s of Maine expanded to produce a natural toothpaste and in 2006 sold an 84% stake to Colgate-Palmolive for $100 million in cash.
    (SFC, 3/22/06, p.C3)

1972        Jan 24, Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie (1914-1996) won the Iowa caucus but later lost the Democratic nomination to George McGovern.

1975        Sep 18, Fairfield Porter (b.1907), American artist, died. Much of his work was done along the Maine coastline.
    (WSJ, 9/4/03, p.D8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfield_Porter)

1976        Sep 4, George W. Bush (30), candidate for US president in 2000, was arrested and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in Kennebunkport.
    (SFC, 11/3/00, p.A1)

1982        Maine Indian tribes laid claim to 60% of the state lands and settled for $81.5 million.
    (SFC, 12/13/02, p.J7)

1983        Jun 6, Maine resident Kitty Wardwell (29) was reportedly last seen by her boyfriend, Francis Julian. A friend reported her missing on July 11. Julian (80) died in 2011 and a storage unit rented in his name was found to contain Wardwell’s body.
    (http://officialcoldcaseinvestigations.com/showthread.php?t=11358)(SFC, 12/3/11, p.A5)

1983        Jul 7, Samantha Smith (11) of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov.
    (AP, 7/7/97)

1983        Jul 22, Samantha Smith (11) and her parents returned home to Manchester, Maine, after completing a whirlwind tour of the Soviet Union.
    (AP, 7/22/03)

1983        Oct 11, The last hand cranked telephones in the US went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct dial.

1984        Sep 20, In Maine a fire killed an adult and 4 children in Hartland.

1985        Aug 25, Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, was killed with her father in an airplane crash in Maine.
    (AP, 8/25/97)

1987        Nov 12, Heavy snow closed schools from DC to Maine.

1988        Jun 2, Horace A. Hildreth (b.1901), former governor of Maine (1945-49), died.

1988        Nov 29, US Senate Democrats elected George Mitchell of Maine to be majority leader, the post vacated by Robert Byrd of West Virginia.
    (AP, 11/29/98)

1995        Jan 5, Angus King (b.1944) began serving as governor of Maine. He continued in office as an independent for two terms until Jan 8, 2003.

1996        Jan 27, A man invaded a convent in Waterville, Maine, stabbing and beating four nuns, killing two of them with two others injured, including one left in a coma. Mark Bechard was later found not criminally responsible because of mental illness. Bechard, a mentally ill man who dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest burst through the doors of the chapel of Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, went on a rampage, stabbing and stomping elderly nuns.
    (AP, 1/27/01)(AP, 1/26/06)

1996        Gov. King proclaimed Barbara Cooney (1917-2000), artist and writer, a Living Treasure of the State of Maine. Her 110 children's books included the trilogy "Rumphius," "Island Boy" and "Hattie and the Wild Waves." Her illustrations included paintings for Donald Hall's "Ox-Cart Man."
    (SFC, 3/16/00, p.A27)

1996        Maine passed a referendum that required the state to pay for the campaign of each candidate who forswears traditional fundraising. It became effective in 2000.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.34)(www.newrules.org/gov/cleanME.html)

1997        Feb 12, Philip Berrigan was arrested at an anti-nuclear protest. He was one of 6 activists later convicted for vandalizing a Navy guided missile destroyer at the Bath Iron Works.
    (SFC,10/28/97, p.A10)

1997        Nov 25, The FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) ordered the dismantling of the 160-year-old Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River. The commission refused to reissue a license to Edwards Manufacturing Co. and ordered Edwards to pay the estimated $6.4 million cost of removing its dam.
    (SFC,11/26/97, p.A7)

1998        Jan 8-9, The US Northeast and Canada were hit with a severe ice storm and at least 16 people were reported killed. Millions of people were left without power in upper New York, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.
    (SFC, 1/9/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/10/98, p.A8)

1998        Jan 23, A new storm hit and knocked out power to some 12,000 people in Central Maine.
    (SFC, 1/26/98, p.A7)

1998        Feb 10, Voters in Maine repealed a gay rights law. Gov. Angus King called it unfortunate.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.A2)

1998        May 26, Gov. King announced that Edwards Manuf. would transfer ownership of its dam to Maine on Jan 1, 1999, and make a grant of $100,000 to Augusta for redevelopment adjacent to the dam and others things. The agreement relieved Edwards of liability for the removal of the dam. Removal was to be financed by the Kennebec Hydro Developers Group.
    (WSJ, 5/26/98, p.B9)

1998        Sep 4, In Yarmouth Harbor, New Brunswick, the new Incat 046 catamaran collided with a fishing dragger and killed Captain Clifford Hood (33). The new ferry carried up to 900 passengers and 240 cars from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Yarmouth across the Bay of Fundy at 50 mph. Travel time was cut in half from 6.5 hours for the 105 mile run.
    (SFEC, 10/5/98, p.A3,5)

1998        Oct 16, It was reported that a growing number of lobsters in Maine were being found sick and dying from undetermined causes.
    (SFC, 10/17/98, p.C1)

1998        Dec 3, A scientific report from the Multispecies Monitoring Committee said that the cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine has collapsed due to overfishing.
    (SFC, 12/4/98, p.A3)

1999        Mar 3, The New England Forestry Foundation announced a conservation deal that banned development on over 754,673 acres of prime Maine woods owned by the Pingree family. Gov. Angus King said the $28 million agreement would allow managed logging while preserving the wilderness character of the forestland.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/4/99, p.A1)

1999        Apr 17, The US launched the 505-foot Navy destroyer Winston S. Churchill at the Bath Iron Works in Maine.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A2)

1999        Jul 1, The 162 year-old Edwards Dam was broken open by government order to allow fish to move upstream.
    (SFC, 7/2/99, p.A3)

1999        Nov 2, Voters approved legalizing marijuana for some medicinal purposes.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.A17)

2000        Mar 2, Gov. Angus King announced that he would like to give every 7th grader in Maine (17,000 students) a laptop computer, regardless of whether they have a computer at home.
    (SFC, 3/3/00, p.A2)

2000        May 11, Gov. Angus King signed a bill that made Maine the 1st state to threaten the pharmaceutical industry with price controls.
    (SFC, 5/12/00, p.A9)

2001        Mar 20, The Pingree family closed a $28 million deal with the New England Forestry foundation to give up development rights to 762,192 acres of Maine forest.
    (SFC, 3/21/01, p.A7)

2001        Oct 27, Brian Robinson (40) of San Jose became the 1st person to hike the 3 major National Scenic Trails, 7,400 miles in 22 states, in a calendar year when he reached the northern terminus of the 2,168 mile Appalachian Trail atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin. He had already hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, 2,645 miles, and the Continental Divide Trail, 2,588 miles.
    (SSFC, 10/28/01, p.A19)

2001        Richard Russo of Camden, Maine, authored his novel “Empire Falls." He won a Pulitzer prize for the work in 2002.
    (SFC, 6/28/02, p.D18)

2002        Jul, The new $ 1 billion Navy destroyer McCampbell was completed at the Bath Iron Works. It was commissioned in SF Aug 17.
    (SSFC, 8/18/02, p.A2)

2002        Sep 12, In Maine 14 guest workers from Honduras and Guatemala were drowned when their van fell off a bridge into the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
    (SFC, 9/13/02, p.A3)

2003        Some 3,951 bears were killed by hunters in Maine. 92% of them were bagged by the use of bait or dogs.
    (WSJ, 10/28/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 4, Maine Gov. John Baldacci (49) broke a rib when his SUV went off I-295 near Portland.
    (USAT, 2/4/04, p.3A)

2004        Feb 8, John Kerry won the Maine caucasus.
    (SFC, 2/9/04, p.A1)

2004        May 10, Gov. Baldacci of Maine signed legislation increasing the minimum wage. The current $6.25 and hour rate would be increased 25 cents in each of two phases.
    (USAT, 5/11/04, p.10A)

2005        Aug 24, A federal commission voted against closing the New London submarine base in Groton, Conn., and the Portsmouth shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
    (AP, 8/24/06)

2005        Nov 8, Maine voted to preserve the state's new gay-rights law.
    (AP, 11/9/05)

2006        Apr 6, Maine’s Gov. John Baldacci signed legislation to allow stiffer penalties for those convicted of attacks on homeless people.
    (SFC, 4/7/06, p.A3)

2006        May 14, Maine's governor declared a state of emergency in the southern most county, and the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire also declared states of emergency as a 3-day deluge turned streets into rivers across New England, flooding homes up to their door knobs, forcing dozens of schools to close because the buses couldn't get through, and threatening dams and communities as rivers rise.
    (AP, 5/15/06)

2006        Jun, Aliaksei Vasileuski (20), a student from Belarus was stabbed to death in Maine.
    (AP, 9/15/06)

2006        Sep 5, A cook was charged with shooting and dismembering the owner of a Maine bed-and-breakfast and three other people in a Labor Day weekend killing rampage. Christian Nielsen has since pleaded not guilty to murder by reason of insanity.
    (AP, 9/5/07)

2006        Oct 29, In the northeast US thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity as a storm system blasted the region with winds gusting to more than 50 mph, knocking over trees and a construction crane. The storm was blamed for at least two deaths.
    (AP, 10/29/06)

2006        Maine’s population in this year was about 1.3 million.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.34)

2007        Jan 17, A US snow and ice storm was blamed for at least 64 deaths in nine states. These included 20 deaths in Oklahoma, 9 in Missouri, 8 in Iowa, 4 in New York, 5 in Texas, 4 in Michigan, 3 in Arkansas, and 1 each in Maine and Indiana.
    (AP, 1/17/07)(SFC, 1/18/07, p.A3)

2007        Jan 26, The Maine Legislature overwhelmingly passed a resolution objecting to the Real ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases. Within a week of Maine's action, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington state also balked at Real ID. Idaho approved a similar bill on March 8.
    (AP, 2/4/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.36)

2007        Jul 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Kennebunkport, Maine, for an overnight visit at the Bush family estate and talks with President Bush.
    (AP, 7/2/07)

2007        Jul 23, In Maine a nonprofit group unveiled the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail. Thoreau had used Wabanaki Indians as guides during visits to Maine, which led to his book “The Maine Woods" (1864).
    (SSFC, 7/29/07, p.G8)

2007        Dec 16, Dan Fogelberg (56), the singer and songwriter, died at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. His hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era.
    (AP, 12/17/07)

2008        Feb 10, Barack Obama added the Maine Democratic presidential caucus to the three contests he swept a day earlier against rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    (AP, 2/11/08)

2008        Dec 13, In New Hampshire 370,000 customers still had no electricity following a huge ice storm. Utility crews worked through a night of hand-numbing cold in the Northeast but they still had a long way to go before restoring power to all of the more than 1 million homes and businesses blacked out by the storm. Most of the outages were in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York.
    (AP, 12/13/08)

2009        Feb 23, In Vassalboro, Maine, the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop began operations with a staff of 3 topless waitresses and one bare-chested waiter.

2009        Apr 17, In Maine Laureen Rugen (50) was sentenced to 7 months in jail for stabbing her husband (61) over 25 times. She had suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse over two decades and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
    (SFC, 4/18/09, p.A4)

2009        May 6, Maine's Gov. John Baldacci signed a freshly passed bill approving gay marriage, making it the fifth state to approve the practice and moving New England closer to allowing it throughout the region.
    (AP, 5/6/09)

2009        Nov 3, Voters in Maine repealed a state law that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed. Gay marriage has now lost in all 31 states in which it has been put to a popular vote.
    (AP, 11/4/09)

2010        Feb 26, An unceasing winter storm unleashed multiple dangers across the Northeast, blasting the coast with hurricane-force winds that fanned a New Hampshire hotel fire, flooding parts of Maine, dropping 2 feet of snow on parts of New York, and cutting power to more than a million homes and businesses.
    (AP, 2/26/10)

2010        Mar 25, Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed into law America’s first blanket “extended producer responsibility" (EPR) framework law. It ordered manufacturers to assume the cost of disposing their products following consumer use. Maine’s EPR law for electronic waste went into effect in 2004.
    (Econ, 4/3/10, p.67)(http://tinyurl.com/y5ew8vk)

2010        Apr 3, In Portland, Maine, about two dozen women drew a crowd of onlookers when they shed their shirts and marched downtown to promote what they call equal-opportunity public toplessness.
    (AP, 4/5/10)

2010        Aug 24, In Eastport, Maine, the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) launched a $2.5 million prototype, tidal grid-compatible power system.
    (Econ, 10/9/10, p.48)(www.oceanrenewablepower.com/home.htm)

2010        Oct 15, Mike Ehredt (49) a US Army veteran of Hope, Iowa, completed a coast to coast jog in Rockland, Maine. He had placed a flag in the ground every mile to honor military personnel killed in Iraq. He averaged about 29 miles a day with 4 days off.
    (SFC, 10/16/10, p.A4)

2010        Nov 2, Iowa (Terry Branstad), Kansas (Sam Brownback), Maine (Paul LePage), Michigan (Rick Snyder), New Mexico (Susana Martinez), Ohio (John Kasich), Oklahoma (Mary Fallin), Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett), Tennessee (Bill Haslam), Wisconsin (Scott Walker), Wyoming (Matt Mead) all replaced the Democratic governors with Republicans. Snyder (R) defeated Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) by bragging about his managerial skills.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.45)

2010        Maine’s candidate for governor Paul LePage said that if he was elected he would tell Pres. Barack Obama “to go to Hell." LePage won with 38% of the vote.
    (Econ, 8/31/13, p.26)

2011        Mar 26, In Maine a whoopee pie maker created a massive 1,067 pound whoopee pie. State Reps. Paul Davis and Emily Cain, sponsors of a bill to make the whoopee pie Maine’s official “treat," were on hand.
    (SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A10)

2011        Mar, Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage, called for the removal an 11-panel mural, depicting the history of the state’s labor movement, from the headquarters of the State Dept. of Labor. In April a group of artists filed a lawsuit challenging his decision as a violation of the first amendment. LePage narrowly won a 3-way race last November.
    (Econ, 4/9/11, p.34)

2011        Jul 11, In Maine an Amtrak train smashed into a tractor-trailer killing the truck driver and injuring several others. 200 feet of skid marks were left on the road to the tracks.
    (SFC, 7/12/11, p.A5)

2011        Nov 4, Texas mother Julianne McCrery (42) pleaded guilty to killing her 6-year-old son in New Hampshire and disposing of his body in rural Maine. A prosecutor said the woman smothered her son with motel room pillows and the child struggled against her for "about three minutes" before he died. On Jan 13, 2012, McCrery was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
    (AP, 11/4/11)(AP, 1/13/12)

2012        Feb 11, Mitt Romney scored a narrow low turnout victory, 39% to 36%, over Ron Paul in Maine's Republican presidential caucuses. Rick Santorum finished third with 18%. Newt Gingrich finished fourth, with 6%. Maine's 24 delegates are not allocated by the results of the caucuses.
    (SSFC, 2/12/12, p.A16)

2012         May 23, In Maine shipyard employee Casey Fury set fire to rags aboard the USS Miami nuclear submarine as it underwent overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. The fire caused $450 million in damages. On March 15, 2013, Fury was sentenced to 17 years in prison. On March 28, 2014, the US Navy deactivated the submarine after estimated repairs grew substantially over the $450 million estimate.
    (SFC, 3/16/13, p.A6)(SFC, 3/29/14, p.A8)

2012        Oct 9, In Portland, Maine, Alexis Wright (29) pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution, violation of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly providing sex for money at her Zumba fitness studio and a nearby one-room office she rented in Kennebunk. The man police say was her business partner, 57-year-old Mark Strong Sr., pleaded not guilty to 59 counts of promotion of prostitution and violation of privacy. On May 31, 2013, Alexis Wright was sentenced to 10 months in jail in a plea agreement.
    (AP, 10/10/12)(SFC, 6/1/13, p.A4)

2012        Nov 6, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same sex marriage by popular vote.
    (SFC, 11/7/12, p.A10)

2012        Dec 29, Maine’s same-sex marriage law went into effect.
    (SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A9)
2012        Dec 29, In Maine James Pak (74) was arrested in the shooting deaths of two tenants inside an apartment he rented out at his home in Biddefrod, possibly over a dispute about where they parked their cars during a snowstorm.
    (AP, 12/30/12)

2013        Jan 3, Officials said a smuggling ring brought narwhal tusks from the Canadian Arctic into Maine in a trailer with a secret compartment and then illegally sold them to American buyers. In 2015 Andrew Zarauskas (61) was sentenced to nearly three years for buying more than 30 tusks over six years from two Canadians.
    (SFC, 1/4/13, p.A6)(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A6)

2013        Feb 9, A record-breaking blizzard packing hurricane-force winds hammered the northeastern United States, cutting power to 700,000 homes and businesses, shutting down travel and leaving at least five people dead. The storm centered its fury on Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 38 inches fell in Milford, Connecticut. 29.3 inches fell on Portland, Maine, breaking a 1979 record.
    (Reuters, 2/9/13)

2013        Apr 9, In Maine Christopher Knight (47), who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other staples, was caught in a surveillance trap at a camp for people with special needs, which he treated as a "Walmart."
    (AP, 4/11/13)

2013        May 12, Kyle Dube (20) of Orono, Maine, used a phony Facebook account created in the name of a student from another school to lure Nichole Cable (15) outside her Glenburn home. He abducted and killed her. Her body was found more than a week later in a wooded area of Old Town, north of Bangor.
    (AP, 5/30/13)

2013        Nov 5, Portland, Maine, legalized marijuana for people over 21, joining other cities which have done so.
    (AFP, 11/5/13)

2013        Dec 23, Over 390,000 homes and businesses were without power in Michigan, New York and northern New England. In Maine over 78,000 people were without power. The weekend storm left at least 11 people dead.
    (SFC, 12/24/13, p.A5)

2014        Oct 31, A Maine court restricted movements of nurse Kaci Hickox who defied voluntary Ebola quarantine by taking a bike ride. The temporary order allowed her to engage in what the judge called "non-congregate public activities" like walking or jogging in the park but instructs her to maintain a 3-foot (1 meter) distance from other people.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)

2014        Nov 1, In Maine a fire swept through an apartment at 20 Noyes St. in Portland killing 5 people following a Halloween party the night before.

2014        Nov 5, US federal regulators shut down the commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine for a 2nd straight year citing concerns about declining population and warmer ocean temperatures.
    (SFC, 11/6/14, p.A5)

2015        Jul 5, Burt Shavitz (80), co-founder of Burt’s Bees, died in Bangor, Maine. He and Roxanne Quimby had launched Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in 1991. In 2004 Quimby sold the company to AEA Investors for a reported $173 million. Clorox acquired the company in 2007 for a sum put at more than $900 million.
    (SFC, 7/7/15, p.C2)

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