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In the early days of the Maryland colony, John Dandy, the only gunsmith in town, got away with murder for years. This is his story.

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After moving to New York in 1890, the Preakness Stakes made its triumphant return to Pimlico in 1909.

In 1840, William Gilmor held a tournament, replete with jousting, a quintain, and gusts clad in Medieval garb, at his Vineyard estate in Baltimore.

"The Maestro"

May 3, 2018

In May, 1891, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky visited Baltimore to give a concert at the Lyceum on Charles Street.

"The Aviator"

Apr 26, 2018

At the beginning of the 20th century, young aviators like Hubert Latham awed spectators with their high-flying antics, including a thrilling Baltimore flyover on November 7, 1910.

In 1907, Ernest Wardwell wrote his account of the Pratt Street Riot, and how he , though not yet 16 years old, joined the ranks of the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia and went off to war.

Titanic

Apr 5, 2018

William and Lucy Carter were just two of the passengers on the ill-fated, maiden voyage of the "unsinkable" Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912. Traveling first class, they survived the disaster, though their marriage did not.

"She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." - This is the text of a Gestapo transmission regarding OSS agent Virginia Hall, a Baltimore native who fought with the Resistance in France during World War II. This is her remarkable story.

While he was imprisoned at Point Lookout in Southern Maryland during the Civil War, poet, musician, and Confederate soldier Sidney Lanier soothed himself and his fellow soldiers with music played on a flute he managed to slip past the guards.

"Moses"

Mar 15, 2018

Between 1851 and 1860, Harriet Tubman freed a reported thousand slaves from the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

"Ten Bears"

Mar 8, 2018

In 1975, The Morgan State University Lacrosse team defeated Washington " Lee in the biggest upset in NCAA Lacrosse history.

"Jacob Gruber"

Mar 1, 2018

In 1818, Jacob Gruber, a minister from Pennsylvania, was charged with inciting a slave revolt in Maryland when he preached about abolition in Hagerstown.

The Dover Eight

Feb 21, 2018

In March, 1857, a group of slaves from Dorchester County made their way to Dover, Delaware on the Underground Railroad. There, after being betrayed, they narrowly escaped from the Dover jail and continued on to freedom.

Before he made a name for himself in the vaudeville scene in New York, Eubie “Mouse” Blake got his start playing honkytonk music in the pool halls, saloons, and brothels of East Baltimore.

After working together for 22 years, Matthew Henson and Robert E. Peary located the North Pole in April, 1909. History, however,  would record only Peary's name as having made the discovery.

Dashiell Hammett, born on Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1894, worked for the Pinkerton Detective Agency before turning to writing, creating such memorable characters as Sam Spade and The Thin Man.

During the Revolutionary War, Charles Wilson Peale served with, and painted portraits of, many great leaders fighting for independence from England, including George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. 

"Diamond Jim"

Dec 7, 2017

In the early years of the 20th century, "Diamond Jim" Brady was a man of enormous appetites, for food, entertainment, and, of course, diamonds. 

 

"The Orator"

Nov 16, 2017

Though one of America's greatest orators of the time, Edward Everett, gave a grand speech at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, it was Abraham Lincoln's brief address, consisting of only 272 words, that will forever be remembered. 

"The Last Man"

Nov 8, 2017

On November 11, 1918, Henry Gunther, a young soldier from East Baltimore with German heritage, was the last man to die in "The War to End All Wars." 

"War Admiral"

Nov 3, 2017

In 1938, an eager crowd at Pimlico Race Course witnessed an epic race between War Admiral, the 1937 Triple Crown Winner, and a little upstart horse named Sea Biscuit. 

Accusations of witchcraft arrive in the Maryland colony along with English settlers. 

Accusations of witchcraft arrive in the Maryland colony along with English settlers. 

"Joe Gans"

Oct 18, 2017

In 1902, Joe Gans, a black boxer from Baltimore, became Lightweight Champion of the World. 

"Hound Dog"

Oct 12, 2017

The story behind the hit song and its tie to Baltimore. 

Abolitionist "Captain" John Brown made quite an impression on Frederick Douglass when they met, but, while bound by the same passion, 

the two men went on to fight to end slavery by very different means. 

"Christiana"

Sep 21, 2017

In 1851, Maryland farmer Edward Gorsuch formed a posse and tried to retrieve some runaway slaves that had fled over the Pennsylvania border. It did not end well. 

"The Defenders"

Sep 14, 2017

In September, 1814, Baltimore and Fort McHenry withstand bombardment from the British. 

On August 24, 1814, Joshua Barney and his troops fought the British at Bladensburg as they made their way to sack and burn Washington. 

In late summer, 1897, using "unorthodox methods" and "inside baseball," the scrappy Baltimore Orioles battled the more refined Boston Bean Eaters for the National League pennant. 

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