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.
1634 May 31, Massachusetts Bay
colony annexed the Maine colony.
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.
1691 Oct 17, Maine and Plymouth
were incorporated in Massachusetts.
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
(SFEC, 8/22/99, p.T8,9)
1775 Oct 16, Portland, Maine,
was burned by British.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
1837 The Edwards Dam on the
Kennebec River was constructed. It was broken open in 1999 to allow
(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.
1839 Feb 12, Aroostook War took
place over a boundary dispute between Maine and New Brunswick. [see
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
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.
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
(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.
1866 Jul 4, Firecracker thrown
in wood started a fire that destroyed Portland, Me.
1875 Jun 2, James A. Healy, the
1st black Roman Catholic bishop in the US, was consecrated in
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
1876 Feb 17, Sardines were 1st
canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine.
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.
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.
1897 Mar 19, Cornelia Thurza
Crosby, aka "Flyrod Crosby", was issued the very first Maine guide's
1899 Feb 27, Charles H. Best,
physiologist, co-discoverer of Insulin, was born in Maine.
1905 Jun 10, 1st forest fire
lookout tower placed in operation was at Greenville, Me.
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
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
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.
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.
1929 Jan 19, Acadia National
Park, Maine, was established.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
1983 Jul 22, Samantha Smith
(11) and her parents returned home to Manchester, Maine, after
completing a whirlwind tour of the Soviet Union.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
2005 Nov 8, Maine voted to
preserve the state's new gay-rights law.
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.
2006 Jun, Aliaksei Vasileuski
(20), a student from Belarus was stabbed to death in Maine.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2010 Aug 24, In Eastport,
Maine, the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) launched a $2.5
million prototype, tidal grid-compatible power system.
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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
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.
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."
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.
2013 Nov 5, Portland, Maine,
legalized marijuana for people over 21, joining other cities which
have done so.
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.
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
(SFC, 7/7/15, p.C2)