1632 Jun 20, Britain granted
2nd Lord Baltimore rights to Chesapeake Bay area.
1634 Mar 25, English colonists
sent by Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, arrived in
present-day Maryland. Maryland was founded as a Catholic colony.
(HN, 3/24/98)(AP, 3/25/08)(AH, 4/07, p.30)
1645 Feb 14, Robert Ingle,
commissioned by the English Parliament and captain of the tobacco
ship Reformation, sailed to St. Mary’s (Maryland) and seized a Dutch
trading ship. This marked the beginning of what came to known as
“The Plundering Time."
(Arch, 1/05, p.48)
1647 Jun 24, Margaret Brent
(d.1671), a niece of Lord Baltimore, was ejected from the Maryland
Assembly after demanding a place and vote in the body. Brent, acted
as attorney for Lord Baltimore, and saved the colony from mutinous
soldiers and from a Protestant revolt against the Catholic
1648 Jan 21, In Maryland, the
first woman lawyer in the colonies, Margaret Brent, was denied a
vote in the Maryland Assembly. [see Jun 24, 1647]
1649 Apr 21, The Maryland
Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all
Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.
(AP, 4/21/97)(HN, 4/21/98)
1655 Mar 25, Puritans jailed
Governor Stone after a military victory over Catholic forces in the
colony of Maryland.
1656 Jan 24, Jacob Lumbrozo,
1st Jewish doctor in US, arrived in Maryland.
1657 Sep 24, The 1st autopsy
and coroner's jury verdict was recorded in the state of Maryland.
1656 Sep 22, The General
Provincial Court in session at Patuxent, Maryland, impaneled the
first all-woman jury in the Colonies to hear evidence against Judith
Catchpole, who was accused of murdering her child. The jury
acquitted her after hearing her defense of never having been
(HFA, '96, p.38)(AP, 9/22/98)(HN, 9/22/98)
1661 Cecil Calvert sent his son
Charles Calvert (1637-1715), the 3rd Lord Baltimore, to Maryland.
Charles replaced Philip Calvert as governor and remained the
colonial governor until his father’s death in 1675.
1664 Sep 20, Maryland passed
the 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women
and black men.
1680 Maryland colonists ran out
of supplies and survived starvation by eating oysters.
(SFC, 9/18/99, p.B3)
1689 Jul, Maryland colonist
known as the Protestant Associators marched on St. Mary’s City and
seized the State House while Lord Baltimore was in England. They
went on to take over his plantation at Mattapany.
(Arch, 1/05, p.49)
1691 King William III sent a
royal governor to Maryland.
(Arch, 1/05, p.50)
1704 Sep 28, Maryland allowed
divorce if a wife displeased the clergyman or preacher.
1721 Apr 13, John Hanson, first
U.S. President under the Articles of Confederation, was born in
(HN, 4/13/98)(MC, 4/13/02)
1729 Jul 29, The city of
Baltimore was founded.
1730 In Maryland William Fell,
a Quaker ship’s carpenter, purchased a swampy promontory that became
known as Baltimore’s Fell’s Point.
(WSJ, 12/1/07, p.W11)
1731 Nov 9, Benjamin Banneker
was born in Maryland and grew up a free black man. From his farm
near Baltimore, Banneker spent much of his time studying the stars.
Although he lacked much of a formal education, he taught himself
with borrowed books and became a noted mathematician, astronomer and
inventor. Carving its gears with a pocket knife, he built a wooden
clock in 1770 that was believed to have been the first built in
America. Banneker began publishing scientific almanacs in 1791 after
accurately predicting a solar eclipse. President George Washington
appointed him to the District of Columbia Commission in 1789 to help
survey the new capital city of Washington, D.C. Banneker, who died
in 1806, also corresponded with Thomas Jefferson about his views
1737 Sep 19, Charles Carroll
(d.1832), American patriot and legislator, was born. He was the only
Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration and his signature read
Charles Carroll of Carrollton. He lived in Maryland where, as a
Roman Catholic he was forbidden from voting and holding public
office. However, the wealthy Carrolls moved in the highest social
circle and entertained George Washington and the Marquis de
Lafayette at their estate.
(HNQ, 1/14/99)(MC, 9/19/01)
1754 Jun 19, The Albany
Congress opened. New York colonial Gov. George Clinton called for
the meeting to discuss better relations with Indian tribes and
common defensive measures against the French. The attendees included
Indians and representatives from Connecticut, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode
Island. Benjamin Franklin attended and presented his Plan of Union,
which was adopted by the conference. The meeting ended on July 11.
1763 Nov 15, Charles Mason and
Jeremiah Dixon began surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania
and Maryland. They surveyed 233 miles by 1767 when Indians of the
Six nations told them they could not proceed any further west.
(MC, 11/15/01)(ON, 2/04, p.10)
1765 Nov 23, Frederick County,
Md., became the first colonial entity to repudiate the British Stamp
1767 Oct 9, The survey party of
Mason and Dixon came to a halt after 233 miles when Indians of the
Six Nations said they had reached the end of their commission. [see
(ON, 2/04, p.10)
1767 Oct 18, The boundary
between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, was agreed
upon. It was first surveyed in 1763 to 1767 by two British
astronomers, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, in order to settle a
dispute between the Calvert and Penn families, the owners at that
time of the two states in question. The survey, begun in 1763 and
completed four years later, done by English surveyors Charles Mason
and Jeremiah Dixon to resolve a land-grant boundary dispute between
the families of Lord Baltimore and William Penn, resulted in the
Mason-Dixon Line. The line, extended in 1784, came to be known as
the dividing line between free-soil states and slave states.
(AP, 10/18/97)(HNQ, 9/8/99)
1772 In Maryland Ellicott City
was founded as a mill town.
(SFC, 8/1/16, p.A5)
1773 Oct 14, Britain's East
India Company tea ships' cargo was burned at Annapolis, Md.
1775 Apr 13, Lord North
extended the New England Restraining Act to South Carolina,
Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The act forbade
trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland.
1775 Jul 25, Maryland issued
currency depicting George III trampling the Magna Carta.
1781 Mar 1, The Continental
Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, following
ratification by Maryland.
1781 Nov 5, John Hanson
(1721-1783), a merchant and public official from Maryland during the
era of the American Revolution, was elected as first President of
the Confederation Congress (sometimes styled President of the United
States in Congress assembled), following ratification of the
articles. Hanson continued to serve as president until November 4,
1783 Nov 23, Annapolis, Md.,
became the US capital until June 1784. [see Nov 26, 1783]
1783 Nov 26, The city of
Annapolis, Maryland, was the first peacetime U.S. capital. The U.S.
Congress met at Annapolis November 26, 1783-June 3, 1784, following
the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783, formally
ending hostilities between Great Britain and her former colony. New
York was the capital from 1785 until 1790, followed by Philadelphia
until 1800 and then Washington, D.C.
1784 Jun 9, John Carroll was
appointed supervisor of US Catholic Missions.
1784 Jun 24, In a tethered
flight from Baltimore, Maryland, Edward Warren (13) became the 1st
to fly in a balloon on US soil.
(NPub, 2002, p.3)
1784 Nov 1, Maryland granted
citizenship to Lafayette and his descendents.
1788 Apr 28, Maryland became
the seventh state to ratify the US constitution, but on condition
that a Bill of Rights be added.
(AP, 4/28/07)(WSJ, 9/20/08, p.A21)
1788 Dec 23, Maryland voted to
cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government;
about two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.
1790 Aug 2, The enumeration for
the first US census began. It showed that 3,929,326 people were
living in the US of which 697,681 were slaves, and that the largest
cities were New York City with 33,000 inhabitants; Philadelphia,
with 28,000; Boston, with 18,000; Charleston, South Carolina, with
16,000; and Baltimore, with 13,000. Census records for Delaware,
Georgia, New Jersey, and Virginia were lost sometime between 1790
1794 George Washington
established the first national armory at Springfield, Mass. He also
authorized the arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Md. (WVa), where the
Shenandoah flows into the Potomac.
(WSJ, 9/12/97, p.A20)(SFEC, 4/25/99, p.T7)
1796 Dec 18, The Baltimore
Monitor appeared as the 1st US Sunday newspaper.
1806 In Baltimore, Maryland,
ground was broken for a cathedral designed by Benjamin Henry
Latrobe. Bungles and war delayed dedication until 1821. In 1937 Pope
Pius XI elevated the cathedral to a basilica.
(WSJ, 11/2/06, p.D8)
1809 Nov 22, Peregrine
Williamson of Baltimore patented a steel pen.
1812 Jun 22, A pro-war mob
destroyed Hanson‘s newspaper office, four days after America’s
declaration of war against Great Britain. Revered American
Revolutionary cavalry hero Henry “Light-Horse Harry" Lee was nearly
beaten to death by a mob in Baltimore. Lee came to the aide of an
anti-war newspaper publisher in Baltimore, Alexander Contee Hanson,
defending his right to freedom of speech. When Hanson returned to
Baltimore five weeks later to resume publication, his office was
again besieged by vigilantes. After a tense standoff through the
night of July 27, Hanson and his supporters, including Lee, were
taken to a local jail. Later the mob stormed the jail, severely
beating those being held. Lee, father of Robert E. Lee, never fully
recovered from injuries sustained in the beating and died in 1818.
1813 Aug 9, After reports that
British naval vessels were nearing St. Michaels, Md., to attack the
shipbuilding town that night, the county militia placed lanterns on
the tops of the tallest trees and on the masts of vessels in the
harbor; and had all other lights extinguished. When the British
attacked, they directed their fire too high and overshot the town.
1813 Aug 10, A number of
British barges manned by marines shelled the town of St. Michaels,
Md., on the Chesapeake Bay. Residents had hoisted lanterns to
treetops and masts and caused the British canons to overshoot their
mark. One house was hit by a cannonball on the roof and the ball
rolled across the attic and down the staircase frightening Mrs.
Merchant as she carried her infant daughter downstairs.
1814 Aug 14, British marines
landed near the mouth of the Patuxent River in Maryland and began
marching overland to attack Washington, DC.
(ON, 6/08, p.1)
1814 Aug 24, 5,000 British
troops under the command of General Robert Ross marched into
Washington, D.C., after defeating an American force at Bladensburg,
Maryland. It was in retaliation for the American burning of the
parliament building in York (Toronto), the capital of Upper Canada.
Meeting no resistance from the disorganized American forces, the
British burned the White House, the Capitol and almost every public
building in the city before a downpour extinguished the fires.
President James Madison and his wife fled from the advancing enemy,
but not before Dolly Madison saved the famous Gilbert Stuart
portrait of George Washington. This wood engraving of Washington in
flames was printed in London weeks after the event to celebrate the
1814 Sep 12, A British fleet
under Sir Alexander Cochrane began the bombardment of Fort McHenry,
the last American defense before Baltimore. Lawyer Francis Scott Key
had approached the British attackers seeking the release of a friend
who was being held for unfriendly acts toward the British. Key
himself was detained overnight on September 13 and witnessed the
bombardment of Fort McHenry from a guarded American boat.
1814 Sep 12, The Battle of
North Point was fought near Baltimore during War of 1812. British
General Ross was killed by a sniper’s bullet in a skirmish just
prior to the main battle. The battle proved to be strategic American
victory, but since they left the field in the hands of the British,
tactically it was a defeat for the Americans.
1814 Sep 13, British ships
bombarded Ft. McHenry under the command of General Armistead.
Francis Scott Key detained on a British ship watched the bombing.
The British used red glaring Congreve rockets and air bursting bombs
during the war.
(NG, Sept. 1939, p.392)(SFC, 6/22/96, p.E4)
1814 Sep 14, In the dawn light
Francis Scott Key saw that the American flag still waved over Fort
McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812. He looked on from the
deck of a boat on the Patasco River nine miles away and wrote “The
Star Spangled Banner." The lyrics were alter adopted to the British
tune "To Anacreon in Heaven," which had also served as Irish
drinking song and a number of other songs. "The Star-Spangled
Banner" was officially recognized as the national anthem in 1931.
The seldom sung third verse says: “No refuge could save the hireling
and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave." The
40 feet long flag had been made by Baltimore widow Mary Young
Pickersgill and her 13-year-old daughter just a month before the
attack. In 1907 the flag was donated to the Smithsonian.
7/4/97, p.A2)(AP, 9/14/97) (WSJ, 7/3/02, p.B1)(SFC, 9/15/17 p.A5)
1816 Jul 11(Jun 11), Gas Light
Co. of Baltimore was founded.
1817 Feb 14, Frederick Douglass
(d.1895), "The Great Emancipator," was born in Maryland as Frederick
Augustus Washington Bailey. He was the son of a slave and a white
father who bought his own freedom and published “The Narrative Life
of Frederick Douglass" (1845) a memoir of his life as a slave. "The
life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest,
truthful, and virtuous."
(AHD, 1971, p.394)(HN, 2/14/99)(AP, 2/20/99)(ON,
1817 Feb 17, A street in
Baltimore became the first to be lighted with gas from America's
first gas company.
1819 Mar 6, The US Supreme
Court ruled in McCulloch v. Maryland that the state could not impose
a tax on the notes of banks not chartered in the state. Luther
Martin represented Maryland in the landmark case.
1821 Jan 4, The first
native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg,
1826 Jul 8, Luther Martin
(b.1748), Maryland lawyer and former delegate to the Constitutional
Convention, died in NYC. In 2008 Bill Kaufman authored “Forgotten
Founder, Drunken Prophet: The Life of Luther Martin."
1827 Feb 28, The first U.S.
railroad chartered to carry passengers and freight, the Baltimore
and Ohio Railroad Co., was incorporated.
1827 Roger Brooke Taney became
attorney general of Maryland.
(WSJ, 11/21/06, p.D8)
1828 Jul 4, Ground-breaking
ceremonies were held in Baltimore for construction of the Baltimore
and Ohio Railroad. Charles Carroll, last surviving signer of the
Declaration of Independence, turned the spade in Baltimore. At the
groundbreaking, Carroll said, “I consider this among the most
important acts of my life, second only to that of signing the
Declaration of Independence, if even it be second to that." On the
same day, in nearby Georgetown, President John Quincy Adams, with
great fanfare, lifted the first shovel of dirt to begin construction
of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal that would link Washington,
Baltimore and Pittsburgh by water. The railroad went on to become
one of the nation's longest rail lines, reaching St. Louis,
Missouri, in 1857. The 185-mile canal, though it had many years of
use, was quickly eclipsed as a transportation medium by the superior
technology of the railroad.
(IB, Internet, 12/7/98)(SFEC, 4/25/99, p.T6)(HNQ,
1829 Dec 21, The 1st stone arch
railroad bridge in US was dedicated in Baltimore.
1829 Dec 22, The Baltimore
& Ohio Railroad opened the first passenger railway line.
1830 Jan 7, 1st US Railroad
Station opened in Baltimore.
1830 May 20, The 1st railroad
timetable was published in the newspaper Baltimore American.
1830 May 24, The first
passenger railroad in the United States began service between
Baltimore and Elliott's Mills, Md.
1830 Aug 25, The “Tom Thumb"
steam locomotive, designed by Peter Cooper, ran its famous race with
a horse-drawn car. The horse won because the engine, which had been
ahead, broke down. [see Sep 18]
(HN, 8/25/98)(ON, 1/01, p.12)
1830 Aug 28, “Tom Thumb," the
1st locomotive in US, ran from Baltimore to Ellicotts Mill.
1830 Sep 18, Tom Thumb" the
first locomotive built in the United States, lost a nine-mile race
in Maryland to a horse. [see Aug 25]
1832 A cholera epidemic hit
Baltimore and at least 853 people were killed. Fundamentalist
Christians blamed the deaths on the "judgement of God."
(SFEC, 3/5/00, Z1 p.4)
1834 Jan 29, President Jackson
ordered the 1st use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute.
Jackson ordered the War Department to put down a "riotous assembly"
near Willamsport, Maryland, among Irish laborers constructing the
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
(HNQ, 1/23/99)(MC, 1/29/02)
1837 The B&O Railroad and
the C&O Canal both reached Harper's Ferry. At this point the
B&O built a bridge across the Potomac and began an inland route
up the mountains to Martinsburg.
(SFEC, 4/25/99, p.T7)
1838 May 10, John Wilkes Booth
(d.1865), assassin of Abraham Lincoln, was born near Bel Air,
1838 Maryland’s Jesuits sold
272 slaves to pay off debts for Georgetown Univ. located in
Washington DC. In 2016 the school introduced a set of measures that
included an initiative offering preferential admission status to
descendants of those held in slavery by the university.
1838 Frederick Augustus
Washington Bailey escaped from slavery in Maryland and traveled to
new England where he changed his name to Frederick Douglass.
(AHD, 1971, p.394)(ON, 7/02, p.6)
1839 Jacob D. Green (b.1813), a
slave in Queen Anne’s County, Md., escaped from the plantation of
Judge Charles Earle after his wife and 2 children were sold in his
absence. In 1842 he was caught and returned to Judge Earle, who sold
him to a new master in Tennessee. Green escaped and was captured a
few more times before he finally reached Canada. In 1851 he
emigrated to England and in 1964 published a 43-page account of his
(ON, 7/05, p.11)
1839 William Knabe opened his
own piano company in Baltimore. It later became part of Samick
(SFC, 10/29/08, p.G2)
1840 A US no-bail-out policy
forced some state into default. Several US states had loaded up on
unsustainable debt following an extended period of easy credit.
These states consequently found payments on their existing bonds
increasingly unaffordable. Between 1841 and 1843 Arkansas, Illinois,
Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania
and one territory – a proto-state called Florida – defaulted.
(Econ, 2/11/12, p.57)(http://tinyurl.com/6pgf4wq)
1843 Jan 11, Francis Scott Key
(63), poet of "The Star-Spangled Banner," died in Baltimore.
(HN, 1/11/99)(MC, 1/11/02)
1844 May 1, Samuel Morse
(1791-1872) sent the 1st telegraphic message as a demonstration
between Washington, DC, and Baltimore [see Jan 6, 1838]. The line
officially opened on May 24, 1844.
1844 May 24, Samuel F.B. Morse,
before a crowd of dignitaries in the chambers of the Supreme Court,
tapped out the message, "What hath God wrought?" to his partner in
Baltimore, Alfred Vail. Congress had appropriated $30,000 for the
experimental line built by Ezra Cornell between Washington and
Baltimore. American portrait artist Samuel F.B. Morse developed the
technology for electrical telegraphy in the 1830s, the first
instantaneous form of communication. Using a key to hold open an
electrical circuit for longer or shorter periods, an operator would
tap out a message in a code composed of dots and dashes. Public
demonstrations of the equipment were made in February 1838, but it
was necessary for Morse to secure financial backing to build the
first telegraph line to carry the signal over distance. In 1843,
Congress appropriated the funds for a 37-mile line between Baltimore
and Washington, D.C. After underground telegraph wires proved
unsuccessful, Morse switched to pole wires.
(AP, 5/24/97)(HN, 5/24/98)(HNPD, 2/6/99)(HNQ,
1844 May 25, The first
telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore,
appeared in the Baltimore "Patriot."
1845 Oct 10, The U.S. Naval
Academy opened in Annapolis, Md., with fifty midshipmen students and
(AP, 10/10/97)(HN, 10/10/98)(MC, 10/10/01)
1849 Oct 7, Author Edgar Allan
Poe died in Baltimore, Md., at age 40. Never able to overcome his
drinking habits, he was found in a delirious condition outside a
saloon that was used as a voting place. The artist James Carling
later illustrated his poem “The Raven." In 1996 a case was made in
the Sept. issue of the Maryland Med. Journal that his symptoms
indicated that he died of encephalitic rabies.
(FB, 9/12/96, p.A7)(SFEC, 1/12/97,
p.T5)(AP, 10/7/97)(HN, 10/7/98)
1849 Dec 6, Harriet Tubman
(~1822-1913), born as Araminta Ross, escaped from her Maryland owner
to Pennsylvania and soon undertook a series of rescues ushering
slaves to freedom as a “conductor" of the Underground Railroad.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Tubman)(Econ, 4/16/15, p.23)
1851 Jun 15, Jacob Fussell,
Baltimore dairyman, set up the 1st ice-cream factory.
1854 Jun 10, The U.S. Naval
Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, held its first graduation.
1854 Oct 17, James Simpson, a
Baltimore inventor, received a patent for a multiwalled ice pitcher.
(SFC, 12/30/98, Z1 p.2)
1861 Jan 6, Governor of
Maryland sends a message to the people of Maryland, strongly
opposing Maryland’s secession from the Union.
1861 Feb 23, President-elect
Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office after a
suspected assassination plot was foiled in Baltimore. Allan
Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, may have saved
Abraham Lincoln’s life by suspecting a plot to assassinate the
president-elect in Baltimore, Md. At the detective’s suggestion,
Lincoln avoided the threat by secretly slipping through the city at
night. A few months later, Pinkerton joined Maj. Gen. George B.
McClellan’s staff as chief intelligence officer. Using the name
"Major Allen," the private detective remained with McClellan until
late 1862, catching southern spies and running an espionage network
in Confederate territory.
1861 Apr 19, Baltimore riots
resulted in four Union soldiers, 9 civilians killed. The 6th
Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, the first Union troops to pass
through pro-secessionist Baltimore, Md., entered Baltimore expecting
trouble. As they marched through the streets on their way to the
defense of Washington, D.C., the troops were attacked by
rock-throwing rioters bearing Confederate flags. Four soldiers and
nine civilians were killed in the daylong melee.
(HN, 4/19/97)(HNPD, 4/23/99)
1861 Apr 29, The Maryland House
of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.
(AP, 4/29/98)(HN, 4/29/98)
1862 May 9, US Naval Academy
was relocated from Annapolis MD to Newport, RI.
1862 Sep 4, Robert E. Lee's
Confederate army invaded Maryland, starting the Antietam Campaign.
New York Tribune reporter George Smalley scooped the world with his
vivid account of the Battle of Antietam.
1862 Sep 6, Stonewall Jackson
occupied Frederick, Maryland.
1862 Sep 13, Union troops in
Frederick, Maryland, discovered General Robert E. Lee's attack plans
for the invasion of Maryland wrapped around a pack of cigars. They
gave the plans to General George B. McClellan who did nothing with
them for the next 14 hours.
1862 Sep 14, At the battles of
South Mountain and Crampton’s Gap, Maryland Union troops smashed
into the Confederates as they closed in on what would become the
Antietam battleground. Confederates delayed McClellan’s advance
(HN, 9/14/98)(AM, 11/04, p.28)
1862 Sep 14, A contingent of
Federal troops escaped from the beleaguered Harper's Ferry.
1862 Sep 15, Confederates
captured the Union weapon arsenal at Harpers Ferry, WV, securing the
rear of Robert E. Lee's forces in Maryland.
(HN, 9/15/99)(MC, 9/15/01)
1862 Sep 17, The Battle of
Antietam at Sharpsburg, Maryland, the bloodiest day in US history,
commenced. Fighting in the corn field, Bloody Lane and Burnside’s
Bridge raged all day as the Union and Confederate armies suffered a
combined 26,293 (23,585) casualties. New York Tribune reporter
George Smalley scooped the world with his vivid account of the
Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg. During
the battle an entire Union corps spent most of the bloodiest single
day of the Civil War waiting to cross the creek over that bridge,
opposed by a contingent of Georgia riflemen. Late in the day
Gen. Ambrose Burnside sent his Union troops across the bridge in a
major disaster. The rest of the Union IX Corps followed, but by
day’s end, a Confederate flank attack sent the corps back across the
river. Over 23,000 [23,110] men, both Union and Confederate, were
killed or wounded. The battle resulted in about 10,000 Confederate
and 12,000 Union casualties. The next day, Robert E. Lee began his
retreat back across the Potomac River. 2,108 Union troops and 1,512
Confederates died. In 2002 James M. McPherson authored "Crossroads
of Freedom: Antietam: The Battle that changed the Course of the
(HN, 9/17/98)(HNPD, 9/17/98)(SFC, 7/7/96, T6)(AP,
9/17/97)(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/12/02, p.D8)(WSJ, 9/17/02, p.D8)
1862 Sep 18, After waiting all
day for a Union attack which never came at Antietam, Confederate
General Robert E. Lee began a retreat out of Maryland and back to
Virginia. At Antietam, George McClellan and his 'bodyguard' dawdled
throughout a long 'Fatal Thursday.'
1862 Oct 12, There was a
skirmish at Monocacy, Maryland.
1862 Frederick August Otto
Schwartz (FAO Schwartz) opened up a toy shop in Baltimore 6 years
after arriving in America from Germany. In 1870 he moved to New
York. In 1880 he moved to larger quarters on Union Square.
(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.F3)(WSJ, 11/21/03, p.B1)
1863 Jun 3, Gen. Lee, with
75,000 Confederates, launched a second invasion of the North. On
June 3rd, Lee led his troops into Maryland and then Pennsylvania, to
meet the Army of the Potomac again, this time around a small town
called Gettysburg. Learn more about the reenactment of
Chancellorsville this weekend.
1863 Jun 17, On the way to
Gettysburg, Union and Confederate forces skirmished at Point of
1863 Jun 29, Battle at
Westminster, Maryland: Federal assault.
1863 Jul 7, Confederate General
Robert E. Lee, in Hagerstown, Maryland, reported his defeat at
Gettysburg to President Jefferson Davis.
1864 Feb 21, The 1st US
Catholic parish church for blacks was dedicated in Baltimore.
1864 Jun 8, Abraham Lincoln was
nominated for another term as president during the National Union
(Republican) Party's convention in Baltimore.
1864 Jul 9, An informal force
of Union troops was defeated by Jubal Early at Monocacy, Maryland.
Gen’l. Lew Wallace was able to detain Confederate Lt. Gen’l. Jubal
from an early advance on Washington. Federal casualties numbered
1959 vs. 400 Confederate.
(HT, 3/97, p.66)(AP, 7/11/97)(HN, 7/9/98)(MC,
1864 Jul 11, Confederate
General Jubal Early's army arrived in Silver Spring, Maryland, on
the outskirts of Washington, D.C., and began to probe the Union
line. Confederate forces led by Gen. Jubal Early began an invasion
of Washington, D.C., turning back the next day.
(HT, 3/97, p.66)(AP, 7/11/97)(HN, 7/11/98)
1864 Oct 11, Slavery was
abolished in Maryland. [see Oct 13]
1864 Oct 13, Maryland voters
adopted a new constitution, including abolition of slavery. [see Oct
1866 Aug 8, African-American
Matthew Alexander Henson was born in Maryland. He and four Inuits
accompanied U.S. Naval Commander Robert E. Peary when he planted the
U.S. flag at the North Pole on April 6, 1909. Henson became an
Arctic expert during Peary's first two failed expeditions. By the
third attempt, which began in July 1908, Henson's strength,
knowledge of the Eskimo language and dog driving skills made him an
essential member of the team. Whether Peary's party actually reached
the North Pole or missed it by as much as 60 miles due to a
navigational miscalculation remains controversial to this day.
1870 Oct 25, The Pimlico Race
Course in Baltimore, Md., opened and a horse named Preakness won the
first stakes race on the program. 3 years later Pimlico honored that
horse by naming a race for him.
1872 Sep 21, John Henry Conyers
of SC became the 1st black student at Annapolis.
1873 May 27, The first
Preakness [horserace] was held at Pimlico. It later became part of
the Triple Crown. Edward R. Bradley’s Kalitan was the 1st winner.
(HFA, ‘96, p.30)(SFEC, 5/30/99, Z1 p.8)(WSJ,
1873 Oct 27, Emily Post
(d.1960), authority on social behavior and writer, was born into
high society in Baltimore. Md.
(WSJ, 10/16/08, p.A13)
1876 Johns Hopkins University
was founded in Maryland. It handed out the first US graduate Pd.D.’s
(SFEC, 7/16/00, Z1 p.2)
1877 Jul 21-1877 Jul 22, Pres.
Rutherford Hayes sent federal troops and Marines to Baltimore to
restore order against striking railroad workers. President Hayes
then sent federal troops from city to city. They suppressed strike
after strike until the strike ended in September, approximately 45
days after it had started.
1880 Sep 12, H.L. Mencken
(Henry Louis Mencken, d.1956), American author, social satirist, was
born in Baltimore, Md. He worked for the "Baltimore Sun" and later
edited the "Smart Set" magazine with George Jean Nathan. He wrote a
philological work entitled "The American Language." Nietzschean
iconoclast H.L. Mencken referred to "Boobus Americanus" and was
cynical about American democracy. Mencken won fame as a journalist
with the Baltimore Morning Herald and Baltimore Sun, editor of The
American Mercury magazine and as a literary critic. Mencken's
criticism was often directed at the American middle class and
members of what he called...the "boobeoisie (BOOB-WA-ZEE)." Very
popular in the post-WWI period, Mencken’s literary criticism was
instrumental in bringing writers such as D.H. Lawrence, Ford Madox
Ford and Sherwood Anderson to the fore.
(AP, 9/12/97)(HNQ, 6/20/98)(HN,
1884 The B&O's
passenger-car roundhouse was built in Baltimore. It was the largest
circular industrial building in the world. It was later turned into
(SFEC, 4/25/99, p.T6)(WSJ, 11/23/04, p.D11)
1885 Aug 10, Leo Daft opened
America's first commercially operated electric streetcar, in
1890 The Wallville School, a
one-room shack in Calvert County, was built. In 1999 it was the
oldest existing black school in the county.
(SFC, 1/11/99, p.A3)
1892 Feb 2, Bottle cap with
cork seal was patented by William Painter in Baltimore.
1892 Jul 1, James M. Cain
(d.1977), fiction writer, was born in Annapolis, Maryland. His work
included “The Postman Always Rings Twice" and “Mildred Pierce." As a
member of the “hard-boiled" school of crime fiction of the 1930s and
1940s he is often associated with the equally popular writers
Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
(HN, 7/1/98)(iUniv. 7/1/00)
1892 Aug 13, The first issue of
the “Afro American" newspaper was published in Baltimore, Maryland.
1894 American writer Dashiell
Hammett, creator of the hardboiled school of detective fiction, was
born in Maryland in 1894, was a Pinkerton detective for eight years
and served in the Ambulance Corps in World War I before he began his
writing career. Author of The Maltese Falcon (1930) and The Thin Man
(1932), Hammett became heavily involved in left-wing political
activity in 1934. He was later a trustee of the Civil Rights
Congress. Hammett died in 1961.
1894 The first Maryland Hunt
Cup steeplechase was run.
(SFC, 6/6/06, p.B5)
1895 Feb 6, George Herman
"Babe" Ruth, baseball's most dominant player, was born in Baltimore.
He played with the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the
Boston Braves and was the first player to hit 60 home runs in one
(USAT, 1/29/97, p.1D)(AP, 2/6/97)(HN, 2/6/99)
1895 Oct 22, David Belasco's
"Heart of Maryland," premiered in NYC.
1901 Jan 28, Byron Bancroft
Johnson announced that the American League would play the 1901
baseball season as a major league and would not renew its membership
in the National Agreement. The new league would include Baltimore
and Washington, DC, recently abandoned by the National League. The
league would also invade 4 cities where National League teams
existed: Boston, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia. The 8 charter
teams included: the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Americans, Chicago
White Stockings, Cleveland Blues, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers,
Philadelphia Athletics, and Washington Senators.
1901 Nov 2, Paul Ford, actor
(Phil Silvers Show), was born in Baltimore, Md.
1902 In Baltimore Babe Ruth
entered St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys at age 7. He was
already smoking and drinking but was guided to adulthood by Brother
(WSJ, 8/21/98, p.W13)
1902 The Baltimore Orioles
baseball team was sold at the end of the season to former police
chief Bill Devery and casino operator Frank Farrell of New York, and
moved to NYC to play as the New York Highlanders.
(ON, 6/09, p.12)
1904 Feb 7, A fire in Baltimore
raged for about 30 hours and destroyed more than 1,500 buildings
over 80 blocks. The fired caused an estimated $80 million in
(AP, 2/7/97)(SFC, 9/27/99, p.A23)(MC, 2/7/02)
1908 Mar 19, Maryland banned
Christian Scientists from practicing medicine unless they had a
1911 A monument to Francis
Scott Key was erected in Baltimore. It depicted Key in a rowboat
handing his manuscript to Columbia, symbolizing the nation.
(SFC, 7/14/98, p.A4)
1912 Jan 13, A temp. of 40F
(-40C), Oakland, Maryland, set a state record.
1912 Apr 12, Clara Barton
(b.1821), the founder of the American Red Cross, died at her home in
Glen Echo, Maryland at age 90.
(ON, 8/12, p.12)(
1916 Feb 11, Baltimore Symphony
Orchestra presented its 1st concert.
1917 Apr 1, In Baltimore some
4,000 pro-war demonstrators stormed a meeting of the American League
Against Militarism and threatened to hang the participants that
included Stanford Univ. Chancellor David Starr Jordan.
(Ind, 4/12/03, 5A)
1920 May 18, In the 46th
Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War won in 1:51.6.
1920 Arthur Perdue began a
backyard egg business in Maryland. His son Frank (1920-2005) later
turned it into one of the nation's largest poultry processors.
(AP, 4/1/05)(SFC, 4/2/05, p.B5)
1929 Nov, Harvey S. Ladew
(1887-1976) purchased Pleasant Valley Farm in Maryland for his
personal fox hunting estate. He converted 22 acres of the grounds to
the most outstanding topiary garden in the US.
1935 Nov 5, Maryland Court of
Appeals ordered the Univ. of Maryland to admit (black) Donald
1937 Nov 30, Paul Stookey,
singer (Peter, Paul & Mary), was born in Baltimore, Md.
1937 Wickliffe Preston Draper
(d.1972), heir to a Massachusetts manufacturing fortune, helped
found the Pioneer Fund, a private, tax-exempt foundation in
Maryland, devoted to supporting eugenics. The initial charter
directed support for research aimed at race betterment. In 1985 the
charter was amended to support programs aimed at "human race
betterment." John Marshall Harlan II, appointed to the US Supreme
Court in 1957, was one of the original fund directors.
(WSJ, 6/11/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 8/17/99, p.A1)(AP,
1940 Dec 21, Frank Zappa,
rocker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), was born in
1943-1965 Members of the Special Operations
Division from Maryland’s Fort Detrick biological weapons program
conducted over 200 tests during this period on the effectiveness of
aerially dispersed pathogens. At least 4 men died during the years
of the project. Some 658,039 animals were killed, including sheep,
ferrets, cats, pigs, white mice and guinea pigs.
(SFEC, 1/11/98, p.A11)(AH, 6/03, p.46)
1943-1986 Building E5625, the “Pilot Plant," at
the US Army Aberdeen Proving Ground was built and used for
experiments and production of agents in chemical and biological
warfare. In 1977 public knowledge of the pathogen experiments caused
(SFEC, 1/11/98, p.A11)
1944 Jun, Members of the
Special Operations Division from Maryland’s Fort Detrick biological
weapons program conducted tests at Granite Peak, a 250-square-mile
area near the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.
(AH, 6/03, p.49)
1944 Nov 29, Johns Hopkins
hospital performed the 1st open heart surgery. A surgical fix for a
fetal heart defect, tetralogy of Fallot or blue baby syndrome, was
first performed at Johns Hopkins by surgeon Alfred Blalock and
Vivien Thomas, a black assistant who perfected the procedure. Thomas
authored an autobiography in 1985.
(BS, 5/12/01, p.1A)(MC, 11/29/01)
1945 Oct 19, Divine, [Harris
Glenn Milstead], cross-dressing actor-actress (Pink Flamingo), was
born in Baltimore, Md.
1947 May, Thomas D’Alesandro
Jr. began the 1st of three 4-year terms as mayor of Baltimore.
Congressman Tommy D'Alesandro Jr., elected as mayor of Baltimore,
was the city's 1st Italian-American and Catholic mayor and served
for 12 years. In 2002 his daughter Nancy Pelosi became the 1st woman
to lead a party in the US Congress after Democrats voted 177-29 in
support of the liberal from SF. In 2006 Nancy Pelosi was named
speaker for the 110th Congress.
p.A1)(SFC, 1/2/07, p.A6)
1947 John Trumpey moved to
Annapolis, Md., and purchased the Annapolis Yacht Yard in Eastport
with his sons. They manufactured the custom Trumpey houseboats and
(BS, 5/3/98, p.4B)
1948 The Hearst Corp. acquired
WBAL-TV, Baltimore, one of the country's first television stations.
(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A9)
1949 Jun 3, Wesley Anthony
Brown became the 1st negro to graduate from US Naval Academy.
1950-1985 Property taxes in Baltimore, Maryland,
were increased 21 times over this period. By 2008 some 30,000
housing units were abandoned and waited for demolition.
(WSJ, 7/5/08, p.A9)
1951 Oct 4, Henrietta Lacks, a
black woman, died of cancer in Baltimore. Cells from her body,
later known as HeLa cells, were cultivated for research. In 1974 Dr.
Nelson-Rees (d.2009 at 80), a UC Berkeley geneticist, reported that
the HeLa cells had contaminated other cell cultures in laboratories
around the world. In 1986 Michael Gold authored “A Conspiracy of
Cells," a chronicle of the Nelson-Rees study. In 2010 Rebecca Skloot
authored “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."
(SFC, 1/28/09, p.B10)(SSFC, 2/14/10,
1952 Jul 11, The Republican
National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D.
Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.
Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin (1900-1974), the governor of Maryland
(1951-1959), gave the nominating speech.
(AP, 7/11/97)(Econ, 10/10/09,
1954 Sep 7-8, Integration of
public schools began in Washington DC and Baltimore, Md.
1955 Nov 20, The Maryland
National Guard was ordered desegregated.
1956 Jul 4, US most intense
rain fall (1.23" in 1 minute) at Unionville Maryland.
1956 Brice and Shirley Phillips
opened a crab shack in ocean City, Md. By 2006 Phillips Foods took
in $160 million in revenue from food sales.
(WSJ, 1/21/07, p.A4)
1957 May 18, In the 83rd
Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold Ruler won in 1:56.2.
1957 Jul 17, Leona Gage
(1939-2010) of Maryland won the Miss USA title as part of the Miss
Universe Pageant in Long Beach, Ca. Officials soon stripped her of
the title after learning that she was a mother of two and had lied
about her age.
1958 Dec 28, At Yankee Stadium
the Baltimore Colts beat the NY Giants in the NFL championship game
23-17, after the game went into overtime for the first time. In 2008
Mark Bowden authored “The Best Game Ever: The Birth of the Modern
1958 Avalon Hill in
Maryland published its war strategy game titled Tactics.
1961 Jun 19, The U.S. Supreme
Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring
state officeholders to profess a belief in the existence of God.
(DT internet 6/19/97)
1962 The B&O Railroad
merged with the Chesapeake & Ohio and disappeared completely in
(SFEC, 4/25/99, p.T6)
1963 May 18, In the 89th
Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots won in 1:56.2.
1963 Dec 8, Three fuel tanks
exploded when a jetliner, struck by lightning, crashed near Elkton,
Maryland. 81 people died. This was the only case of a lightning
1963 Dr. Jesse Coggins died at
age 88 and left a valuable estate to the Baltimore Keswick nursing
home in a will that specified use by white patients only. Keswick
erected an $11 million Coggins building and then faced a judgement
in 1999 that the will could not be honored due to the whites only
clause and that the estate go to the Maryland Medical Center.
(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A3)
1964 Apr 15, Chesapeake Bay
Bridge opened as the world's longest bridge.
1967 Jul 24, Race riots took
place in Cambridge, Maryland.
1967 Oct 27, 4 people from
Baltimore poured blood on selective service records.
1967 In Maryland developer
James W. Rouse started the town of Columbia, an experiment in urban
(WSJ, 4/5/08, p.A1)
1968 Mar 29, Students seized a
building at Maryland’s Bowie State College.
1968 May 17, In Maryland the
Catonsville Nine, including Catholic priests Daniel (1921-2016) and
Phillip Berrigan (1921-2002), took hundreds of files from the draft
board at the Knights of Columbus building and set them on fire with
gasoline and soap chips. On November 9 all nine were sentenced to
two years in prison.
12/7/02, p.A3)(SFC, 5/2/16, p.C4)
1968 May 18, In Maryland’s 94th
Preakness Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass won in 1:56.8.
1968 Aug 8, Richard M. Nixon
was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in
Miami Beach. Later that day, Nixon chose Maryland Gov. Spiro T.
Agnew to be his running mate.
1969 Jan 12, The New York Jets
defeated the Baltimore Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III at the Orange
Bowl in Miami.
1969 Donald I. Fine (d.1997)
founded Arbor House publishing company in Maryland with a $5000
loan. It sold to the Hearst Corp. in 1978 for 1.5 million.
1972 May 15, George Wallace was
shot by Arthur Bremer while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland, for the
Democratic presidential primary. He was left paralyzed.
(HFA, '96, p.30)(SFC, 8/16/96, p.D11)(AP,
1972 Aug 4, Arthur Bremer
(b.1950) was sentenced to 63 years for shooting Alabama Gov.
Wallace and 3 bystanders on May 15, 1972, in Laurel, Maryland. An
appeal reduced the sentence to 53 years. After 35 years of
incarceration, Bremer was released from prison on parole on November
9, 2007. He remains on probation until 2025 and resides in a halfway
house in Cumberland, Maryland.
1972 Nov, Maryland ratified the
Equal Rights Amendment.
(SFC, 9/19/07, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/5bflsq)
1973 Jul 1, Maryland declared
that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid in the
(SFC, 9/19/07, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/5ygqvd)
1973 Aug 8, Vice President
Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken
kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland and vowed not to
resign. He eventually did resign.
1974 Feb 22, Samuel Joseph Byck
(1930–1974), an unemployed former tire salesman, attempted to hijack
a plane flying out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport. He
intended to crash into the White House in hopes of killing US
President Richard M. Nixon. Byck killed pilot Fred Jones and a
aviation officer George Neal Ramsburg before he was shot and wounded
by gunfire through the door of a Delta DC-9 airplane. Byck then shot
himself in the head.
1974 May 2, Former Vice
President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of
Appeals, effectively preventing him from practicing law anywhere in
the United States.
1975 Mar 25, In Maryland
sisters Sheila (12) and Katharine Lyon (10) vanished from the
Wheaton Plaza Mall. On July 15, 2015, authorities announced an
indictment on first-degree felony murder charges in the
disappearances. Lloyd Michael Welch Jr. (58) said he was with the
girls when they were abducted but denied any role in their deaths.
Welch told investigators that he left the mall with the two girls
and that he saw his uncle sexually assaulting one of them at his
home the next day. On Sep 12, 2017, Lloyd Michael Welch Jr. was
sentenced to 48 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts
of first-degree felony murder. On September 21 Welch pleaded guilty
to sexually assaulting two girls in 1996.
p.A5)(SFC, 9/13/17 p.A8)(SFC, 9/21/17 p.A5)
1976 Jul 6, US Naval Academy
admitted women for the first time in its history with the induction
of 81 female midshipmen.
1977 Oct 27, James M. Cain
(b.1892), member of the "hard-boiled" school of crime fiction of the
1930s and 1940s, died in Maryland. Three of his novels, “The Postman
Always Rings Twice" (1934), “Double Indemnity" (1936), and Mildred
Pierce" (1941), were made into classics of the American screen.
1978 Sep 17, US Pres. Carter,
Menachem Begin of Israel and Anwar Sadat of Egypt signed agreements
at Camp David, Md. Israel promised to withdraw gradually from Sinai
and to establish some form of autonomous Palestinian territory on
the West Bank. Sadat’s astrologer, Hasan al-Tuhami, was the only
person Sadat trusted. In the Camp David Accord “Israel was the
winner and Egypt the Loser." Thus wrote Boutros Boutros-Ghali in his
1997 book: “Egypt’s Road to Jerusalem: A Diplomat’s Story of the
Struggle for Peace in the Middle East."
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)(TL, 1988, p.119)(SFC, 6/2/97,
p.D5)(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A17)
1980 Feb, The first implantable
cardioconverter defibrillator (ICD) was implanted at John Hopkins
Hospital by Dr. Levi Watkins.
(Econ, 3/7/09, TQ
1980 Jul 22, In Maryland David
Theodore Belfield, a convert to Islam (Daoud Salahuddin), murdered
Ali Akbar Tabatabai, a former Iranian official and critic of the
government of Ayatollah Khomeini. Belfield escaped to Canada and
then to Iran. In 2001 Belfield appeared in the movie "Kandahar" made
in Afghanistan as an actor named Hassan Tantai.
1980 Sep 8, Lena Buckman (82)
was stabbed 28 times at her daughter’s home in Pikeville. Eugene
Colvin-El (35) was later convicted in the murder and sentenced to
death. His execution was commuted in 2000.
(SFC, 6/8/00, p.C4)
1981 May 25, Rosa Ponselle
(b.1897), Metropolitan Opera diva, died in Maryland.
1982 Jul 1, Cal Ripken
(b.1960), drafted as a pitcher in 1981, began playing his shortstop
position for the Baltimore Orioles. By Sep 20, 1998 he had played a
record 2,632 consecutive games.
(http://tinyurl.com/2um6o6)(SFC, 9/21/98, p.A1)
1982 Jul, Bernard Webster (18)
was identified as a rapist in Towson, Md. He denied the charges but
was convicted in March, 2003. Webster was freed in 2002 following
DNA tests that proved him innocent. He became the first person to be
exonerated under Maryland's postconviction DNA statute.
1983 Oct 16, Kelso, Horse of
the Year for 5 years straight (1960-1964), died and was buried in
Maryland. In 2007 Linda Kennedy authored “Kelso: The Horse of Gold."
(WSJ, 6/2/07, p.P8)
1983 Nov, DeWitt Duckett (14)
was shot in the neck inside Harlem Park Junior High in Baltimore.
Authorities later said he was killed over his Georgetown University
Starter jacket. Police soon arrested 16-year-olds Alfred Chestnut,
Ransom Watkins, and Andrew Stewart, charging them with murder.
Witnesses later recanted and it emerged that police withheld
exculpatory evidence, including that several other students
identified another man as Duckett's killer. He died in 2002. In 2019
the three men convicted of the murder were exonerated.
(The Week, 11/26/19)
1984 Mar 29, The NFL Baltimore
Colts moved to Indianapolis.
1985 May 18, In the 111th
Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank's Prospect won in 1:53.4.
1985 In Baltimore Flint Gregory
Hunt murdered policeman Vincent Adolfo after he was stopped in a
stolen car. He first chose the gas chamber for his execution, but as
it approached in 1997 he changed his mind to lethal injection.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A2)
1986 Jun 5, A federal jury in
Baltimore convicted Ronald W. Pelton of selling secrets to the
Soviet Union. Pelton was sentenced to three life prison terms plus
1986 Jun 19, University of
Maryland basketball star Len Bias, the first draft pick of the
Boston Celtics, suffered a fatal cocaine-induced seizure.
1986 Aug 2, US attorney Roy M.
Cohn died at Bethesda Naval Hospital of cardiac arrest and
complications from AIDS. He was an American lawyer best known for
being Senator Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel during the
Army–McCarthy hearings in 1954, for assisting with McCarthy's
investigations of suspected communists, as a top political fixer,
and for being Donald Trump's personal lawyer.
1986 William Schaefer, mayor of
Baltimore, was elected governor. Clarence Du Burns was appointed to
fill out Schaefer’s term as mayor.
(SFC, 1/15/03, p.A18)
1986 Billy McComiskey of
Baltimore, Maryland, won the all-Ireland, senior category,
championship of the button accordion. He soon teamed with Liz
Carroll, the 1991 All-Ireland senior fiddle champion and
singer-guitarist Daithi Sproule to produce the self-titled album
“Trian" in 1992 and “Trian II" in 1995. In 1985 McComiskey and his
Baltimore band, Irish Tradition, recorded the album “The Times We’ve
(WSJ, 3/13/07, p.D5)
1987 Jan 4, An Amtrak train
bound from Washington to Boston collided with Conrail engines
approaching from a side track in Chase, Md., and 16 people were
1987 May 16, Kentucky Derby
winner Alysheba captured the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Alysheba
fell short in the Belmont Stakes, failing to become the first Triple
Crown champion since Affirmed.
1987 Sep 6, Doctors at Johns
Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore succeeded in separating 7-month-old
Benjamin and Patrick Binder, twin brothers from Ulm, West Germany,
who were joined at the head, after 22 hours of surgery.
1987 Sep 14, Cal Ripken
(b.1960), baseball star for the Baltimore Orioles, ended his streak
of 8,243 consecutive innings (908 games).
1987 Dec 8, Kurt Schmoke became
the first African-American mayor of Maryland when he was elected the
mayor of Baltimore. He was a Rhodes scholar and Harvard Law School
graduate. He served 3 terms and decided to run for the Senate. He
decided to step down in 1999.
(SFC, 12/4/98, p.A12)(HN, 12/8/98)
1987 Former Baltimore mayor
William Donald Schaefer, who held the post for 15 years, began
serving as governor.
(SFC, 4/26/99, p.A10)
1987 In South Baltimore the
Cherry Hill Elementary School became the first public school in the
country to adopt a school uniform.
(WSJ, 9/11/98, p.W9)
1988 May 21, Risen Star won the
1990 May 19, Summer Squall won
the Preakness Stakes.
1991 Apr, Integrated Health
Services (HIS), founded by Dr. Robert Elkins, went public. The
federal Medicare reimbursement program changed in 1998 and in 2000
the company was forced into bankruptcy.
(WSJ, 5/24/02, p.A1)
1992 Apr 6, Oriole Park at
Camden Yards opened and Baltimore beat Cleveland 2-0.
1993 Jan 24, Thurgood Marshall
(b.1908) died in Bethesda, Md., at age 84. He served on the US
Supreme from 1967-1991. As a civil rights lawyer in the 1950s he had
maintained a confidential relationship with the FBI. In 1997 Mark V.
Tushnet published the book: "Making constitutional Law: Thurgood
Marshall and the Supreme Court."
(SFC, 12/3/96, p.A3)(WSJ, 7/24/97, p.A16)(AP,
1993 May 15, Prairie Bayou won
1993 Mildred Horn and nurse
Janice Saunders were shot and killed in Silver Spring, Md. Trevor
(8), Horn's quadriplegic son, died after his breathing tube was
disconnected. Lawrence T. Horn, Trevor's father and Mildred's
ex-husband, was sentenced to life in prison for hiring James Edward
Perry of Detroit to commit the slayings. At Perry's trial
prosecutors argued that he followed tips outlined in the book "Hit
Man: A Technical Manual for the Independent Contractor." In 1999
Paladin Press agreed to settle a multimillion federal civil suit, to
make contributions to 2 charities chosen by the plaintiffs and to
turn over 700 remaining copies of the book.
(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A3)
1995 May 20, Timber Country won
the Preakness at Pimlico.
1995 Sep 6, Baltimore Orioles
shortstop Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record by playing his
2,131st consecutive game.
1995 Oct 8, On the final day of
his fourth US pilgrimage, Pope John Paul the Second celebrated Mass
at Oriole Park in Baltimore.
1995 Nov 24, The American
Visionary Art Museum opened in Baltimore. It was founded by
development consultant Rebecca Hoffberger (43), who succeeded in
raising most of the $7.5 mil for the museum.
1995 In Ohio Larry Wayne Harris
was arrested in Lancaster for possession of bubonic plague bacteria.
He ordered the bacteria with fake letterhead from the American Type
Culture Collection (ATCC) in Rockville, Md. A search of his home
found certificates identifying him as a member of the Aryan Nations
Church. Richard Girnt Butler, founder and leader of the Aryan
Nations, said that Harris had been a member since the early 1990s.
The case led Congress to adopt a law in 1996 requiring that disease
causing organisms be registered with the CDC when being shipped and
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A8,9)(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A5)
1996 Feb 8, NFL and Cleveland
allowed Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Baltimore but he had
to leave the Browns' name behind.
1996 Apr 27, William Egan Colby
(76), CIA Director, disappeared while canoeing near his waterfront
home in southern Maryland. His body was found 8 days later. In 2003
John Prados authored "Lost Crusador," a biography of Colby.
1996 May 5, The body of former
CIA director William E. Colby was found on a riverbank near his
southern Maryland vacation home, eight days after he'd disappeared.
1996 May 18, Louis Quatorze won
1996 Sep 17, Spiro Agnew (b.
Nov 9, 1918), former governor of Maryland and US vice president
(1969-1973), died in Berlin, Md., at age 77.
(SFC, 9/18/96, p.A1)(AP, 9/17/97)
1996 David Rusk wrote
"Baltimore Unbound," in which he advocated a regional government.
(WSJ, 4/7/99, p.A20)
1997 Apr 29, Staff Sgt. Delmar
Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland,
was convicted of raping six female trainees. He was sentenced to 25
years in prison and dishonorably discharged.
1997 May 17, Silver Charm won
the Preakness, two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby. However,
he failed to win the Belmont Stakes.
1997 Sep 19, Alfredo Enrique
Tello Jr. (19) was found charred and dismembered in an Aspen Hill,
Md., garage. One suspected killer, Samuel Sheinbein (17), fled to
Israel. A 2nd suspect, Aaron B. Needle (17), was held in jail. In
Oct. the attorney general decided to return Sheinbein to the US. The
two young men were indicted on murder and conspiracy charges. Needle
committed suicide by hanging in 1998. In 1999 the Israeli Supreme
Court held that Sheinbein could not be extradited. Sheinbein agreed
to plead guilty to murder and received a prison sentence of 24 years
with possible parole after 16.
(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A3)(SFC,10/20/97,
p.A1)(SFC,10/31/97, p.A3)(SFEC, 4/19/98, p.A18)(SFC, 2/25/99,
p.A12)(SFC, 8/25/99, p.A14)(SFC, 10/25/99, p.A10)
1997 Oct 8, Gueorgui
Makharadze, a diplomat from the Republic of Georgia, pleaded guilty
in Washington to charges stemming from a car crash that killed
Maryland teen-ager Jovianne Waltrick. Makharadze was sentenced to
seven years in prison; he initially served his term in a US prison,
but was later transferred to Georgia, where he was paroled in 2002.
1998 May 16, "Real Quiet" won
the Preakness, two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby. Real
Quiet later failed to capture the Triple Crown, losing the Belmont
Stakes to Victory Gallop by a nose.
1998 May, Tyson foods agreed to
pay $6 million to the federal government to settle environmental
violations from 1993-1997 at its 105-acre chicken processing plant
in Berlin, 8 miles west of Ocean City. The plant was then owned by
(SFEC, 6/21/98, p.A5)
1998 Aug 31, In Gaithersburg,
Md., boxer Mike Tyson assaulted 2 motorists following a minor
chain-reaction collision. In 1999 he was convicted of assault and
sentenced to one year in jail.
(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A1)
1998 Oct 15, Pres. Clinton
opened the Mideast summit talks in Maryland between Arafat and
Netanyahu in Washington that resulted in the Wye River
(WSJ, 10/16/98, p.A1)(AP, 10/15/99)
1998 Oct 26, Nutrient pollution
known as eutrophication, the overabundance of nitrogen and
phosphorus, was noted on the Chesapeake Bay and estuaries around the
world. A 7,000 sq. mile dead zone was reported to spread every
summer across the Gulf of Mexico from the mouth of the Mississippi.
In 2007 Louisiana crabbers complained of buckets of dead crabs and
the condition in the Gulf of Mexico was expected to get worse due to
rising demand for ethanol and increased corn production in Corn Belt
states, which called for more nitrogen use.
(SFC, 10/25/98, p.A3)(SFC, 12/20/07, p.A26)
1998 Nov 20, In Baltimore Toni
Bullock (16) was stabbed and died during a robbery. A few weeks
later Malcolm Jabbar Bryant was soon arrested and in August, 1999,
was convicted of stabbing Bullock and sentenced to life in prison.
In 2016 Bryant (42) was released from prison after new DNA evidence
showed that blood on the victim’s T-shirt did not match his.
(SFC, 5/12/16, p.A5)
1998 At Fort Meade in Anne
Arundel County a new $30 million building was constructed for the
Defense Information School. The Pentagon now sends 3,500 military
journalists there each year for training following consolidation of
military journalism schools in Colorado, Indiana and Florida.
(SFC, 10/31/98, p.A7)
1999 Mar 28, In Cuba the
Baltimore Orioles beat a Cuban baseball all-star team 3:2 in 11
innings. A rematch in Baltimore was scheduled for May 3.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A1)
1999 May 3, In Baltimore the
Cuban baseball team beat the Baltimore Orioles 12-6. 7 members
missed the departure the next day and one coach, Rigoberto
Betancourt Herrera, was reported to have defected, as the others
over slept. The 6 stragglers departed May 5.
(SFC, 5/5/99, p.A1,6)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A7)
1999 May 15, Charismatic won
the Preakness, finishing 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Menifee.
1999 Jul 1, Some 20,000 fish
turned up dead in the tributaries of the Magothy and Patapsco
Rivers. Drought conditions and the build up of phosphorus and
nitrogen was suspected.
(SFC, 7/24/99, p.A8)
1999 Jul 22, Some 300,000
menhaden fish turned up dead at the mouth of the Pocomoke River in
the Chesapeake Bay. Depleted oxygen in the water due to drought
conditions was suspected. Nearly one million fish died in the
tributaries of the Pocomoke.
(SFC, 7/24/99, p.A8)(SFC, 7/31/99, p.A14)
1999 Jul 30, In Maryland Linda
Tripp was indicted for secretly taping conversations with Monica
Lewinsky in 1977.
(SFC, 7/31/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 9, Richard Spicknall
II reported a carjacking near the Choptank River. He was charged the
next day and confessed in the shooting death of his 2-year-old son.
His 3-year-old daughter died the same day from her wounds.
(SFC, 9/11/99, p.A7)
1999 Dec 5, In Baltimore 5
women were found dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
(SFC, 12/6/99, p.B2)
1999 Burt Solomon published
"Where They Ain't: The Fabled Life and Untimely Death of the
Original Baltimore Orioles, the Team That Gave Birth to Modern
(WSJ, 4/2/99, p.W7)
2000 Mar 7, In Baltimore Joseph
C. Palczynski shot and killed 3 people following a breakup with a
girlfriend. The next night he killed another woman and wounded a
2-year-old boy during an attempted carjacking. On Mar 17 Palczynski
took 3 hostages and held off police for 3 days. He was fatally shot
by police on Mar 21.
(SFC, 3/10/00, p.D3)(SFC, 3/20/00, p.A3)(SFC,
2000 May 20, “Red Bullet" won
the Preakness Stakes, outpacing Kentucky Derby winner “Fusaichi
2000 Jun 5, Baltimore Ravens
linebacker Ray Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count under an
agreement that dropped murder charges in the stabbing deaths of two
men outside a Super Bowl party in Atlanta. Lewis was sentenced to a
year of probation.
2000 Jun 7, Gov. Parris
Glendening commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Eugene
(SFC, 6/8/00, p.C4)
2001 Jan 28, Super Bowl XXXV
was played in Tampa. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York
(SSFC, 12/24/00, p.T8)
2001 Apr 12, Maryland banned
farming of genetically modified fish in waters linked to other
(WSJ, 4/13/01, p.A1)
2001 May 6, An anonymous donor
pledged $100 million to Johns Hopkins Univ. to develop a vaccine and
new drugs for malaria.
(WSJ, 5/7/01, p.A1)
2001 May 19, "Point Given" won
the Preakness as Derby winner "Monarchos" finished out of the money.
2001 Jul 18, In Baltimore a
60-car CSX freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed and
caught fire in a tunnel near Camden Yards. 54 cars burned and phone
cables were melted. The last burning car was pulled out July 23.
(SFC, 7/19/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 7/20/01, p.A1)(SFC,
2001 Sep 24, In Maryland 2
college students, sisters, were killed by tornadoes at College Park.
Gov. Parris Glendening toured the area the next day.
(SFC, 9/26/01, p.C3)
2001 Oct 28, The CDC reported a
13th case of anthrax in a New Jersey postal worker. Spores were
found at the mail center in Landover, Md.
(SFC, 10/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 1, Anthrax spores were
found in 4 mailrooms in Rockville, Md., a postal facility in Kansas
City, 3 new locations in a Manhattan processing center and a 6th
postal facility in Florida.
(WSJ, 11/2/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 16, It was reported
that all the anthrax spores mailed to Capital Hill were identical to
stocks from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious
Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. (USAMRIID), maintained since 1980.
(SSFC, 12/16/01, p.A9)
2002 Feb 12, The JAMA medical
journal reported that gonorrhea was in an estimated 5.3% of the
Baltimore population and that chlamydia infected 3%.
(SFC, 2/13/02, p.A5)
2002 Apr 1, Maryland won its
first NCAA men's basketball championship with a 64-52 victory over
(SFC, 4/2/02, p.C1)(AP, 4/1/03)
2002 Apr 28, Storms hit the
Ohio and Tennessee valleys with tornadoes in Missouri and Maryland.
At least 6 people were killed.
(SFC, 4/29/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/30/02, p.A1)(AP,
2002 May 9, Gov. Parris
Glendening declared a moratorium on executions. It was the 2nd state
after Illinois to do so because of doubts over its fairness.
(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A5)
2002 May 13, In Baltimore,
Dontee Stokes shot and wounded the Rev. Maurice Blackwell, a Roman
Catholic priest. Stokes, who accused Blackwell of sexually abusing
him as a boy, was later acquitted of attempted murder, but was
convicted of gun charges and sentenced to house arrest.
2002 May 26, In Maryland Erika
(25) and Benjamin Sifrit (25) killed and dismembered Joshua Ford
(32) and Martha Crutchley (51), a tourist couple in Ocean City. Both
were found guilty in 2003. Benjamin Sifrit received a total of 35
years in prison. Erika was sentenced to life plus 20 years in
2002 Jun 2, HBO’s first season
of 'The Wire' began with a pilot episode titled “The Target." The
series concentrated on the often-futile efforts of police to
infiltrate a West Baltimore drug ring headed by Avon Barksdale and
his lieutenant, Stringer Bell.
2002 Jul 13, It was reported
that some 100 northern snakehead fish, a meat-eater native to China,
had been found in a Maryland pond.
(SFC, 7/13/02, p.A4)
2002 Sep 7, Pres. Bush met with
British PM Tony Blair at Camp David, Md., to work out a strategy for
taking action against Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.
(SSFC, 9/8/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 11, Johnny Unitas
(b.1933), Hall of Fame football quarterback, died in Baltimore. In
2006 Tom Callahan authored “Johnny U, The Life and Times of John
(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/06, p.F3)
2002 Oct 2, James Martin (55)
was shot to death by a sniper in Wheaton, Md. He was the 1st to die
at the hands of a local serial killer. The next day, five people in
the Washington D.C. area were shot dead, setting off a frantic
manhunt. John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were later arrested
for 10 killings and three woundings; Muhammad has been sentenced to
death, Malvo to life in prison.
(NW, 10/21/02, p.28)(AP, 10/2/07)
2002 Oct 3, Police hunted for a
"skilled shooter" who murdered five random victims over 16 hours
with a high-powered rifle in Montgomery County, Maryland, just a
short distance from Washington DC. A 6th victim was killed in DC.
James Buchanon (39), Premkumar Walekar (54), Sarah Ramos (34), Lori
Ann Lewis Rivera (25) and Pascal Charlot (72) became the 2nd to 6th
(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A3)(SFC, 10/5/02, p.A3)(SSFC,
10/12/02, p.A4)(NW, 10/21/02, p.28)
2002 Oct 7, In Bowie, Md., a
13-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded by a sniper at
Benjamin Tasker Middle School. The shooting was linked to 6 previous
killings and a card was found nearby that said: “I am God."
(ADN, 10/8/02, p.A6)(SFC, 10/8/02, p.A1)(SFC,
2002 Oct 9, Dean Meyers (53) of
Gaithersburg, Md., was shot to death in Manassas, Va., in a shooting
that appeared to be linked to 6 previous sniper attacks in the area.
In 2009 sniper John Allen Muhammad (48) was executed in Virginia for
the killing of Meyers.
(SFC, 10/10/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.A4)(SFC,
2002 Oct 16, In Baltimore
Angela Dawson (36) burned to death with 4 of her children after a
drug pusher, Darrell Brooks (21), set fire to her home. Carnell
Dawson Sr. (43) died from his burns Oct 23.
(SFC, 10/18/02, p.A3)(SFC, 10/24/02, p.A6)
2002 Oct 22, In Aspen Hill,
Maryland, Conrad Everton Johnson (35), a bus driver, was shot in the
chest and died during surgery. The shooting was suspected to be
related to the serial sniper who already killed nine people this
month. This was the 13th and final attack linked by authorities to
the Washington-area sniper attacks.
(AP, 10/22/02)(SFC, 10/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 24, John Allen
Muhammad (41), an Army veteran who recently converted to Islam, and
John Lee Malvo (17) were arrested near Frederick, Maryland, in
connection with the sniper shootings that left 10 dead and 3
wounded. In 2003 a judge ruled that Malvo could be tried as an
adult. Muhammad began to argue his own defense on Oct 20. On Mar 9,
2004, John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to death. In 2006 Malvo was
sentenced to life in prison for 6 murders in Maryland.
(AP, 10/24/02)(SFC, 10/25/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/16/03,
p.A5)(SFC, 10/21/03, p.A7)(SFC, 3/10/04, p.A3)(SFC, 11/9/06, p.A3)
2002 Dec 6, Philip Berrigan
(79), former Catholic priest, died in Baltimore. He helped galvanize
opposition to the Vietnam War in the late 1960s.
(SFC, 12/7/02, p.A3)
2002 Dec 16, A jury in
Baltimore acquitted former altar boy Dontee Stokes of attempted
murder in the shooting of a Roman Catholic priest he'd claimed
molested him a decade earlier.
2002 Dr. P.M. Forni, an Italian
immigrant, authored “Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of
Considerate Conduct." The book was adopted by Columbia, Maryland, a
city founded as an experiment in urban idealism.
(WSJ, 4/5/08, p.A1)
2002 The snakehead fish was
first seen in Maryland, after an 18-inch adult was caught in a local
pond. The powerful fish has no natural predators in the region and
is also a determined survivalist, surviving for up to four days on
land. It has since migrated to the nearby Potomac River and its
tributaries. In 2012 the Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Inland Fisheries (DNR) offered $200 gift cards through Bass Pro
Shops to residents who capture and kill a snakehead.
2003 Jan 22, Maryland’s new
governor, Robert Ehrlich, declared an end to a moratorium on
executions instituted by Gov. Glendening.
(WSJ, 1/23/03, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/03, p.A9)
2003 Mar 23, A Maryland nurse
died 5 days after being vaccinated for smallpox. A 2nd nurse died
(SFC, 3/26/03, p.A6)(SFC, 3/28/03, p.A7)
2003 May 17, Funny Cide ran
away from the field in the Preakness, two weeks after winning the
Kentucky Derby. However, Funny Cide came up short at the Belmont
Stakes, finishing third.
2003 May 22, Maryland Gov.
Robert Ehrlich signed a bill that reduced criminal penalties for
seriously ill people who smoke marijuana to a maximum $100 and no
(SFC, 5/23/03, p.A5)
2003 Dec 4, Federal prosecutor
Jonathan Luna was attacked after leaving his office in Baltimore
around midnight. His body was found 6 hours later, stabbed 36 times
apparently in a furious fight for his life before drowning in a
Pennsylvania creek. Luna was involved in the prosecution of rapper
Deon Lionel Smith (32) and Walter Oriley Poindexter.
(AP, 12/5/03)(SFC, 12/5/03, p.A6)
2004 Jan 13, In Maryland a
fiery explosion killed five on the northbound lanes of Interstate
95. A tanker carrying flammable material plunged off an overpass on
Interstate 895, landing in the northbound lane of I-95.
2004 Jan 31, Harold Shapinsky
(b.1925), abstract expressionist painter, died in Rockville.
(SFC, 2/9/04, p.B4)
2004 Mar 6, A water taxi
carrying about 25 passengers capsized in Baltimore's Inner Harbor,
killing one person. Three others were missing and presumed dead.
Navy reservists rescued 21 people.
(AP, 3/6/04)(SFC, 3/08/04, p.A3)
2004 May 15, Smarty Jones won
the Preakness by a record 11 1/2 lengths.
2004 May 27, In Baltimore 3
children were found dead. One was beheaded with a butcher knife and
the others were nearly decapitated. Adan Espinoza Canela, 17, and
Policarpio Espinoza, 22, were arrested on murder charges the next
2004 Jul 12, A foot or more of
rain fell in parts of the Northeast. No injuries had been reported
in the stricken areas of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
2004 Sep 22, The new $600
million Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, named after the
former Oregon Senator (1967-1997), opened in Bethesda, Md., as the
latest addition to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
(SSFC, 3/27/05, Par
2004 Nov 11, Retired Judge
Robert I.H. Hammerman (76), fearing memory loss and life in a
nursing home, committed suicide in Pikesville, Md.
(SFC, 11/13/04, p.A2)
2004 Nov 17, In Maryland the
first US small office of the Chinese Confucius Institute opened at
the Univ. of Maryland. By 2009 there were over 60 such facilities
across the country offering Chinese culture to the American public.
10/24/09, SR p.10)
2004 Dec 6, Arson fires hit a
new housing development in Charles County, Md., 25 miles south of
Washington, DC. 14 homes, priced from $400-500k, were damaged. A
security guard and 5 others were later arrested on arson charges.
Damages were estimated at $10 million. On Sep 2, 2005, Patrick Walsh
(21) was found guilty of masterminding the fires.
(SFC, 12/8/04, p.A2)(SFC, 12/17/04, p.A3)(SFC,
12/21/04, p.A3)(SFC, 9/3/05, p.A3)
2004 In Maryland the first US
small office of the Chinese Confucius Institute opened at the Univ.
of Maryland. By 2009 there were over 60 such facilities across the
country offering Chinese culture to the American public.
(Econ, 10/24/09, SR p.10)
2005 Mar 31, Frank Perdue,
businessman, died in Salisbury, Maryland. He transformed his
father’s backyard egg business into one of the nation's largest
poultry processors using the folksy slogan, "It takes a tough man to
make a tender chicken."
(AP, 4/1/05)(SFC, 4/2/05, p.B5)
2005 May 21, Afleet Alex
regained his footing and his drive after being cut off by Scrappy T
in a frightening collision and breezed home to win the Preakness
Stakes; Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo finished third.
2005 Aug 1, Rafael Palmeiro,
Baltimore Orioles star, was suspended for 10 days for use of
steroids. The action raised the possibility of a perjury probe.
(SFC, 8/2/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 3, The FBI raided the
Maryland residence of Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar as part
of a probe into whether a US congressman made or approved payments
to officials in West Africa.
2005 Dec 21, In Maryland 2
off-duty Baltimore police officers were shot to death at a suburban
townhouse in Randallstown by a state officer for the Dept. of
General Services. Eugene Victor Perry Jr. (33) surrendered shortly
after the shootings. One of the victims was his former fiancee.
(SFC, 12/23/05, p.A3)
2006 Mar 9, Claude Allen, who
stepped down last month as Bush's top domestic policy adviser, was
arrested in Maryland on charges he swindled two stores out of more
2006 Apr 4, Maryland beat Duke,
78-75, in overtime to win its first NCAA women's basketball title.
2006 Apr 23, In Maryland
Katrina Denise Powe (31) and Mystery Toma Hillian (9) were found
dead in an apartment in District Heights. A 12-year-old boy was
charged with the murders.
(SFC, 4/25/06, p.A5)
2006 May 3, A burglary at a VA
data analyst's home in Aspen Hill, Md., included loss of a laptop
with personal data for 26.5 million veterans and military personnel.
The burglary was disclosed May 22 and the VA first said the data was
for 50,000 veterans and military personnel. On June 29 federal
officials reported that the laptop was recovered.
(AP, 6/9/06)(SFC, 6/30/06, p.A1)
2006 May 20, In Maryland
Barbaro, winner of the Kentucky Derby, fractured an ankle at the
start of the Preakness; Bernardini won the race. Barbaro was
euthanized Jan 29, 2007, due to medical complications.
(SSFC, 5/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 1/29/07)
2006 May 30, John Allen
Muhammad was convicted of 6 Maryland sniper killings. He was already
condemned to death in Virginia for his 2002 murder spree. On June 1
he was sentenced to 6 consecutive life terms without parole.
(WSJ, 5/31/06, p.A1)(SFC, 6/2/06, p.A5)
2006 Jun 29, East Coast rains,
which began over the weekend, have been blamed for five deaths in
Pennsylvania, four in Maryland, one in Virginia and three in New
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 Dec 19, Maryland suspended
executions after a state appeals court ruled that lethal injection
procedures didn’t get a proper hearing.
(WSJ, 12/20/06, p.A1)
2006 Dec, Javon Thompson (19
months) was starved to death in Baltimore after adults of a cult
called 1 Mind Ministries stopped feeding him, in part because he
refused to say amen after meals. In April 2007 police found his
remains in a suitcase in Philadelphia. In 2008 his mother and 3 cult
members were charged with murder.
(SFC, 8/12/08, p.A6)
2006 In Jacksonville, Md., an
underground gasoline leak led to medical and emotional claims by
some 160 families and businesses. In 2011 a Baltimore County jury
ordered Exxon Mobil to pay over $475 million in compensation.
(SFC, 6/30/11, p.A6)
2007 Mar 26, Four children and
Pedro Rodriguez (28), their father, were found dead in the family's
home in Frederick, Maryland. The mother Deysi M. Benitez (25) was
missing. Her sister from El Salvador said she had been beaten by her
husband and wanted to separate. Police concluded he had smothered
the girls and killed the boy with a blow to the head, and then
killed himself. The body of his wife, Deysi Benitez (25), an
immigrant from El Salvador, was found Feb 29, 2008, 20 miles from
their home in Frederick.
(AP, 3/28/07)(AP, 4/17/08)
2007 Apr 17, In Maryland a wall
collapsed at the Tri-Star Mining open pit coal mine near Barton. 2
miners were killed.
(SFC, 4/21/07, p.A3)
2007 May 8, Maryland Gov.
Martin O’Malley signed the nation’s first statewide living-wage
(SFC, 5/9/07, p.A4)
2007 May 10, Thirunavukarasu
Varatharasa (37), a Sri Lankan national, pleaded guilty in a
Maryland court to charges he tried to smuggle US weapons to Tamil
Tiger rebels. He was the last of six defendants in the plot to be
convicted of trying to obtain military weapons in the 2006 scheme.
2007 May 19 Curlin nipped
Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense to win the Preakness Stakes.
2007 Jul 16, Mark Sneed (50),
president of Phillips Foods, died of a heart attack at his home in
Riva, Md. He drove the company’s expansion to Asian suppliers for
(WSJ, 1/21/07, p.A4)
2007 Jul 23, Zhenli Ye Gon was
arrested in a Maryland restaurant, four months after police
discovered $207 million at his Mexico City mansion in what US
officials have called the world's biggest seizure of drug cash.
Mexican officials had 60 days to file their legal arguments for Ye
Gon's extradition. Ye Gon has claimed that $150 million of the money
belonged to Mexico's ruling party, and that he was forced to store
it for party officials in his mansion under threat of death during
the 2006 presidential race. Ye Gon later told US prosecutors he had
sold tons of a chemical used to make methamphetamine on the black
(AP, 7/24/07)(AP, 10/23/09)
2007 Aug 28, A military
court at Fort Meade, Md., acquitted Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan
of failing to control US soldiers who abused detainees at Abu Ghraib
prison in Iraq, but found him guilty of disobeying an order not to
discuss the investigation. However, that conviction was later thrown
2007 Sep 18, Maryland’s highest
court, in a 4-3 decision, upheld a law defining marriage as a union
between a man and a woman and said the 1973 ban on gay marriage does
not discriminate on the basis of gender and does not deny any
(SFC, 9/19/07, p.A3)
2007 Nov 22, On Thanksgiving
day in Unity, Md., David Peter Brockdorff (40), shot and killed his
ex-wife, their 3 children (6-12) and then himself as the woman
prepared to hand over the children for a visit.
(SFC, 11/24/07, p.A3)
2007 Nov 27, Pres. Bush
declared that the time is right to relaunch Mideast peace talks to
create a Palestinian state because "a battle is under way for the
future" of the troubled region, in remarks prepared for the start of
the US-arranged Annapolis Mideast peace conference. Delegations from
46 countries and int’l. organizations attended the conference.
Israeli PM Olmert and Palestine’s Pres. Abbas agreed to launch
formal talks on Dec 12 and committed to negotiating a peace treaty
by the end of 2008.
(AP, 11/27/07)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A15)(WSJ,
2008 Jan 24, Researchers at the
J. Craig Venter Institute of Rockville, Md., reported that they have
built from scratch a synthetic chromosome containing all the genetic
material needed to produce the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium, the
tiniest bacteria ever found.
(SFC, 1/25/08, p.A1)(Econ, 1/26/08, p.76)
2008 Feb 1, In Cockeysville,
Md., Nicholas Waggoner Browning (15) shot and killed his father John
Browning (45) and mother Tamara (44) and his brothers Gregory (13)
and Benjamin (11). On Oct 27 Browning pleaded guilty to first-degree
murder charges and faced at least 2 decades in prison. On Jan 23,
2009, he was sentenced to 4 life terms, but could be eligible for
parole in 23 years with good behavior.
(SFC, 2/4/08, p.A4)(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A6)(AP,
2008 Feb 12, Barack Obama won
75% of the vote in Washington DC, nearly two-thirds in Virginia and
approximately 60% in Maryland. McCain's victory in Virginia was a
relatively close one, the result of an outpouring of religious
conservatives who backed Mike Huckabee.
2008 Feb 16, In Maryland a car
plowed into a crowd that had gathered to watch a drag race on a
suburban road, killing 8 people and injuring at least four.
(AP, 2/16/08)(SSFC, 2/17/08, p.A2)
2008 Apr 7, In Ohio 9 mortgage
lenders agreed to modify adjustable-rate mortgages for borrowers
facing foreclosure. In Pennsylvania mortgage companies and consumer
advocates opened talks to help cash-strapped homeowners avoid
foreclosure. Last week Maryland’s Gov. signed a measure creating a
150-day moratorium on foreclosures.
(WSJ, 4/8/08, p.A4)
2008 Apr 15, Pope Benedict
arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and was met by
President Bush and Catholic dignitaries. Benedict turned 81 the next
(AP, 4/16/08)(SFC, 4/16/08, p.A2)
2008 Jun 16, Maryland’s Gov.
Martin O’Malley unveiled the BIO 2020 Initiative, America’s largest
per-capita investment in biotech.
2008 Jul 29, US Army scientist
Bruce E. Ivins died of an apparent overdoes of Tylenol at Frederick
Memorial Hospital in Maryland. Federal prosecutors investigating the
2001 anthrax attacks were planning to indict and seek the death
penalty against Ivins in connection with anthrax mailings that
killed five people. Ivins, who was developing a vaccine against the
deadly toxin, committed suicide. On Feb 19, 2010, the FBI formally
closed his case concluding that Ivins acted alone in the 2001
(AP, 8/1/08)(AP, 2/20/10)(SFC, 2/16/11, p.A6)
2008 Jul 29, In Maryland police
raided the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo shooting to
death the couple's two dogs and seizing an unopened package
containing 32 pounds of marijuana. The couple appeared to be
innocent victims of a scheme by two men to smuggle millions of
dollars worth of marijuana by having it delivered to about a
half-dozen unsuspecting recipients.
2008 Sep 28, In Maryland a
medical helicopter crashed and killed 4 of 5 people on board.
(SFC, 9/29/08, p.A2)
2008 Dec 31, SF ended the year
with 98 homicides. In Milwaukee, Wisc., the total number of
homicides dropped 32%, from 105 in 2007 to 71 in 2008, the lowest
number since 1985. Detroit had 344 slayings, a 13% drop from the 396
in 2007; Philadelphia's 332 killings were a 15% drop from the 392 in
2007; and the 234 homicides in Baltimore were 17% less than the 392
the year before. Cleveland recorded 102 homicides in 2008, down from
a 13-year high of 134 in 2007. Homicides in New York rose 5.2%, to
522 from 496 the year before. Slayings in Los Angeles were down to
376 in 2008 compared to 400 the prior year. Preliminary data in
Chicago showed 508 homicides were reported in 2008, the first time
the city had more than 500 murders since 2003 and about 15% more
than the 442 homicides reported in 2007. Washington, D.C., ended
2008 with 186 homicides, up from 181 in 2007.
(SFC, 1/2/09, p.1)(AP, 1/3/09)
2009 Jan 9, Baltimore Mayor
Sheila Dixon (55) was indicted on charges that she accepted illegal
gifts, including travel, fur coats and gift cards intended for the
poor that she allegedly used instead for a holiday shopping spree.
Her trial began on Nov 9.
(AP, 1/10/09)(SFC, 11/10/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 30, The Republican
Party chose former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele as the first
black national chairman in its history.
2009 Jan 31, In Maryland
Goucher College President Sanford Ungar told faculty and students in
an e-mail that Professor Leopold Munyakazi (59) was removed from
teaching after officials learned he had been indicted in 2006 on
genocide charges in Rwanda.
2009 Feb 27, Two members of the
Final Exit Network appeared in a Maryland court and waived an
extradition hearing on charges they aided the suicide of a
58-year-old Georgia man who suffered for years from cancer of the
throat and mouth.
2009 Apr 16, In Middletown,
Maryland, Christopher Alan Wood (34) killed his wife (33) and 3
children, then himself, in their home, leaving a gruesome scene that
authorities said was found by the children's' grandfather on April
2009 Apr 20, In Maryland a
Loyola college student, her visiting parents and younger sister were
found dead in a hotel room near Baltimore in an apparent murder
(WSJ, 4/22/09, p.A6)
2009 Apr 27, In Maryland an
indictment named Metro Dream Homes founder Andrew Hamilton Williams
Jr. (58) of Hollywood, Fla.; financial officer Michael Anthony
Hickson (46) of Commack, N.Y.; president Isaac Jerome Smith (46) of
Spotsylvania, Va.; and vice president Alvita Karen Gunn (31) of
Hanover, Md., for defrauding over 1,000 people out of about $70
million. They were given 48 hours to turn themselves in. Investors
were told they were investing in ATM machines, television
advertising and calling card kiosks that would raise money for the
mortgage payments. Prosecutors said those businesses never made any
2009 Apr 27, Five members of
the US Congress were arrested while protesting the expulsion of aid
groups from Darfur in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington,
DC. The included Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Jim
McGovern of Massachusetts, John Lewis of Georgia, Donna Edwards of
Maryland and Lynn Woolsey of California.
2009 May 2, Jack Kemp (b.1935),
Republican politician, died of cancer at his home in Maryland. A
former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, Kemp represented
western NY for nine terms in Congress, leaving the House for an
unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988.
(AP, 5/3/09)(SSFC, 5/3/09, p.A16)
2009 May 7, Maryland’s Gov.
Martin O’Malley signed legislation extending hate crimes protection
to homeless people.
(SFC, 5/8/09, p.A11)
2009 May 16, In Maryland Rachel
Alexandra won the second leg of the Triple Crown. She joined an
impressive list when she became the first filly in 85 years to win
2009 Sep 25, In Maryland 4
bodies were found in a home in Mount Airy. Police said Charles
Dalton (38), a school janitor struggling to survive the recession,
killed his sleeping wife and 2 children before shooting himself with
a 12-guage shotgun.
(SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A8)
2009 Oct 19, American scientist
Stewart D. Nozette (52) of Chevy Chase, Md., was arrested for
attempted espionage after passing classified information to an
undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence operative. In
2011 Nozette pleaded guilty to espionage and agreed to a 13-year
(SFC, 10/21/09, p.A5)(SFC, 9/8/11, p.A8)
2009 Dec 1, A Baltimore jury
convicted Mayor Sheila Dixon of one count of embezzlement for
stealing gift cards meant for poor residents. She was acquitted of
(SFC, 12/2/09, p.A12)
2009 Dec 25, In Maryland law
enforcement found the body of Sarah H. Foxwell (11) near the
Delaware state line three days after she was last seen at her home.
Thomas J. Leggs Jr. (30), a known sex offender and former boyfriend
of the girl's aunt, was charged on Dec 23 in Sarah's kidnapping.
2010 Jan 6, Baltimore Mayor
Sheila Dixon (56) resigned as part of a deal with prosecutors
following allegations that she stole gift cards that had been
donated to the poor.
(SFC, 1/7/10, p.A4)
2010 Feb 10, Snow, wind and
slush hounded eastern commuters as blizzard warnings from Baltimore
to New York City heralded the second major storm in a region already
largely blanketed by weekend snowfall. Snow was falling from
northern Virginia to Connecticut after crawling out of the Midwest,
where the storm canceled hundreds of flights and was blamed for
three traffic deaths in Michigan.
2010 Mar 22, In Maryland Renee
Bowman (44) was sentenced to 2 consecutive life terms for killing
her two adopted daughters and storing their bodies in a freezer. She
had continued to collect subsidies paid to adoptive parents of
special needs children.
(SFC, 3/23/10, p.A7)
2010 Mar 30, A gunman sprayed
bullets from a moving vehicle into a crowd in southeastern
Washington, killing four and wounding at least five others, before
leading police on a chase into neighboring Maryland. Three people
were arrested in the drive-by shooting.
2010 May 15, In Maryland jockey
Martin Garcia rode “Lookin At Lucky" to victory in the Preakness
(SFC, 5/17/10, p.A1)
2010 Jul 9, US regulators shut
down 2 banks in Maryland, bringing to 88 the number of failed US
banks this year.
(SFC, 7/10/10, p.D3)
2010 Sep 1, In Maryland police
shot and killed James J. Lee after he took 2 employees and a
security officer hostage at the headquarters of the Discovery
Channel. Lee had demanded that the network ask “the public for
inventive solution ideas to save the planet and the remaining
wildlife on it." All 3 hostages escaped unharmed.
(SFC, 9/2/10, p.A8)
2010 Sep 16, In Maryland Paul
Warren Pardus (50), distraught by his mother’s health condition,
shot and wounded her surgeon, Dr. David Cohen, and then killed his
mother and himself at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
(SFC, 9/17/10, p.A4)
2010 Nov 19, In Maryland Corey
Ausby (16) was beaten while walking through a Baltimore
neighborhood. In 2012 a trial opened for brothers Eliyahu (24) and
Avi Werdesheim (21). Charging documents said they pulled up next to
the black teenager in a vehicle, then got out and "surrounded him."
The passenger threw the teen to the ground and the driver hit him in
the head with a hand-held radio and patted him down. On May 3
Eliyahu was convicted of false imprisonment and 2nd degree assault.
His brother was acquitted.
(AP, 4/23/12)(SFC, 5/4/12, p.A7)
2010 Dec 8, In Maryland federal
authorities arrested Antonio Martinez (21) for attempting to blow up
a military recruitment center in Catonsville, with what he thought
was a vehicle bomb. On April 6, 2012, Martinez renounced terrorism,
but was still sentenced to 25 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/9/10, p.A22)(SFC, 4/7/12, p.A4)
2011 Mar 12, In Maryland police
in Rockville found Brittany Norwood (28) tied up in a Lululemon
Athletica shop and co-worker Jayna Murray (30) dead. Norwood said
they had been attacked by 2 men. Police arrested Norwood on March 18
for murdering Murray.
(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A6)
2011 Jun 2, In Maryland Sukanya
Roy (14) of South Abington Township, Pa., won the 84th Scripps
national Spelling Bee.
(SFC, 6/3/11, p.A7)
2011 Jul 6, In Maryland the FBI
arrested Mohammad Hassan Khalid (18), a high school honors student
and legal immigrant from Pakistan, at his home near Baltimore for
helping Colleen LaRose, aka “Jihad Jane," plot to kill Swedish
artist Lars Vilks. LaRose (48) pleaded guilty this year to 4 federal
charges. On May 4, 2012, Khalid pleaded guilty to helping LaRose. On
April 17, 2014 Khalid was sentenced to five years in prison.
(SFC, 10/21/11, p.A11)(SFC, 5/4/12, p.A5)(SFC,
2011 Jul 9, In Maryland Barry
Landau’s assistant Jason Savedoff (24) was caught stealing documents
for the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. Multiple searches
of Landau's NYC West 57th Avenue apartment by the FBI turned up
thousands more documents. In 2012 Landau was sentenced to 7 years in
2011 Jul 15, Thomas Drake (54),
a former senior official for the national Security Agency (NSA), was
sentenced to a year’s probation for leaking information about the
NSA to the Baltimore Sun in 2006.
2011 Aug 2, Robyn Gardner (35),
of Frederick, Maryland, vanished after snorkeling with her companion
off the western tip of Aruba. On Aug 6 police detained her traveling
companion Gary V. Giordano (50), as he sought to fly back to the US.
Giordano had an accidental-death insurance policy on Gardner for
$1.5 million and sought to claim the money two days after reporting
(AP, 8/9/11)(AP, 8/18/11)
2011 Aug 28, Seawater surged
into the streets of Manhattan as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into
New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing furious
wind and rain. The flooding threatened Wall Street and the heart of
the global financial network. At least 16 people were reported
killed in 6 states: 5 in North Carolina, 4 in Virginia, 3 in New
Jersey, 2 in Florida and one each in Maryland and Connecticut.
(AP, 8/28/11)(SFC, 8/29/11, p.A10)
2011 Sep 8, Tropical Storm Lee
dumped heavy rain in the Northeast. The Susquehanna River and its
tributaries in New York and Pennsylvania swamped thousands of homes.
At least 15 deaths were blamed on the storm and its aftermath: 7 in
Pennsylvania, 3 in Virginia, one in Maryland and 4 others when it
came ashore on the Gulf Coast a week earlier.
(SFC, 9/10/11, p.A6)
2011 Dec 9, In Maryland former
Prince George’s County councilwoman Leslie Johnson was sentenced to
a year in prison for obstructing an investigation into her husband’s
corruption. Former County Executive Jack Johnson got over 7 years in
prison this week for extorting hundreds of thousands in bribes from
(SFC, 12/10/11, p.A6)
2011 Dec 28, Two out-of-state
doctors who traveled to Maryland to perform late-term abortions were
arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder. Dr. Steven
Brigham, of Voorhees, N.J., was taken into custody and held in the
Camden County jail. Authorities also arrested Dr. Nicola Riley in
Salt Lake City. Each was awaiting an extradition hearing.
2012 Jan 6, Nadeem Akhtar (46),
a Maryland businessman, was sentenced to over 3 years in prison for
conspiring to export to Pakistan materials that can be used in
(SFC, 1/7/12, p.A5)
2012 Jan 9, In Maryland former
US Army veteran Craig Benedict Baxam (24), who had done earlier
tours in Iraq and South Korea, faced charges that he had tried to
enlist with Somalia's al-Shabab terrorist group. Baxam, an Army vet
trained in intelligence and cryptology, was arrested Jan 6 at
Baltimore-Washington Int’l. Airport as he returned from a failed
effort to get to Somalia.
2012 Mar 1, Maryland Gov.
Martin O’Malley signed into a law a bill to legalize same-sex
(SFC, 3/2/12, p.A8)
2012 Mar 30, Lottery
ticket-holders in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland each selected the
winning numbers for the world record-breaking $640 million Mega
2012 Apr 3, Mitt Romney swept
Republican primaries in Maryland (47%), Wisconsin (42%) and
Washington, DC (70%).
(SFC, 4/4/12, p.A6)
2012 May 19, G8 leaders meeting
in Maryland made progress on addressing the two biggest threats to
their economies, the euro zone crisis and very high oil prices. G8
leaders sent a strong message to Iran that tough energy sanctions
would be firmly applied, vowing to ensure oil markets are well
supplied to prevent crude prices soaring. G8 leaders pledged to lift
millions of Africans out of poverty by promoting investments in
2012 May 19, G8 leaders meeting
in Maryland backed keeping Greece in the euro zone and vowed to take
all steps necessary to combat financial turmoil while revitalizing a
global economy increasingly threatened by Europe's debt crisis.
2012 May 25, In Maryland
Alexander Kinyua (21), a student from Kenya, allegedly killed and
ate parts of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie (37), his Ghanaian housemate.
On June 2 Kinyua was arrested after being charged with first-degree
murder and other charges.
2012 Jun 18, Rodney Hailey of
Maryland faced trial in a $9.1 million fraud case for selling
renewable fuel credits even though his company did not produce any
(SFC, 6/18/12, p.A5)
2012 Jun 30, Millions across
the mid-Atlantic region sweltered in the aftermath of violent storms
that pummeled the eastern US with high winds and downed trees,
killing 24 people and leaving 3 million without power during a heat
wave. At least six of the dead were killed in Virginia. 2 young
cousins in New Jersey were killed when a tree fell on their tent
while camping. 2 were killed in Maryland, one in Ohio, one in
Kentucky and one in Washington.
(AP, 6/30/12)(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A8)(Econ, 7/7/12,
2012 Aug 20, In Maryland a CSX
freight train derailed near midnight buried under coal and killed 2
college friends (19), who were sitting near the tracks.
(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 16, It was reported
that a 19th person has died at the National Institutes of Health
Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., from an antibiotic-resistant
strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC). The outbreak stemmed from a
single patient carrying the superbug into the hospital last summer.
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 17, Russell Train
(b.1920), renowned conservationist, died at his farm in Bozman, Md.
He was widely considered the father of the National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969 under pres. Nixon.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.C6)
2012 Nov 2, Frustration grew
for residents of Northeast states hit by superstorm Sandy as the
death toll reached 102, millions were still without power and
tempers frayed at a lack of fuel and guidance on when life might
return to normal.
2012 Nov 6, Maine and Maryland
became the first states to approve same sex marriage by popular
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A10)
2012 The FBI found 5 Baltimore
police officers involved in a corruption racket.
(Econ., 5/2/15, p.23)
2013 Jan 1, Gay marriage became
legal in Maryland, the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line on
New Year's Day.
2013 Feb 3, In New Orleans the
Baltimore Ravens defeated the SF 49ers 43-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.
The game was delayed for 34 minutes in the 3rd quarter when lights
went out in the stadium. Some 109 million people watched the game.
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A1)(Econ, 2/9/13, p.67)
2013 Feb 18, In Maryland Dr.
Nikita A. Levy (54) was found dead. The gynecologist’s employment at
Johns Hopkins was terminated on Feb 8 following reports of his
surreptitiously photographing and videotaping his patients. In
2014 the John Hopkins Health System agreed to pay $190 million to
some 8,000 women to settle the case.
(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A7)(SFC, 7/22/14, p.A4)
2013 May 2, Maryland’s Gov.
Martin O’Malley signed legislation to abolish the death penalty,
making Maryland became the 18th US state to do so.
(SFC, 5/3/13, p.A7)
2013 Jul 18, In Maryland Tyrone
West (44), a black man, died following a struggle with Baltimore
police. A state autopsy said he died of a heart condition. A 2016
autopsy report said West died of asphyxiation.
(http://tinyurl.com/znnsh9h)(SFC, 12/15/16, p.A6)
2013 Jun 19, The US Naval
Academy at Annapolis, Md., charged 3 Navy football players with
sexually assaulting a female midshipman at an off-campus house in
(SFC, 6/20/13, p.A7)
2013 Jul 30, In Maryland US
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy, but was
convicted on 20 of 22 other charges including espionage and theft.
He faced up to 136 years in prison for spilling government
information to WikiLeaks in 2010.
(SFC, 7/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Aug 14, In Maryland US
soldier Bradley Manning told a military court "I'm sorry" for giving
war logs and diplomatic secrets to the WikiLeaks website three years
ago, the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history.
2013 Aug 21, In Maryland a
military judge sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison
for providing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A5)
2014 Jan 25, In Maryland a
shooter at the Mall in Columbia killed 2 young employees of the
Zumiez skateboard shop and then took his own life. On Jan 26 police
identified the shooter as Darion Marcus Aguilar (19) of College
2014 Mar 11, Jos. A. Bank of
Hampstead, Md., and Men’s Wearhouse of Fremont, Ca., announced that
Men’s Wearhouse will acquire Jos. A. Bank for $65/share or about
(SFC, 3/12/14, p.C1)
2014 Mar 18, The Mega Millions
jackpot of $414 million, the third largest in the game’s history,
went to two winners of tickets sold in Florida and Maryland.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A6)
2014 May 17, In Maryland
3-year-old California Chrome won the 139th Preakness at Pimlico Race
Course making him eligible for the Triple Crown on June 7 at the
(SSFC, 5/18/14, p.B1)
2014 Jul 8, US East Coast
states experienced severe storms and high winds. 4 people were
killed in New York and one in Maryland. CNN reported nearly 500,000
homes and businesses without power, mostly in Pennsylvania and New
2014 Aug 12, A US federal judge
upheld a Maryland ban on 45 assault weapons and a limit on gun
magazines to 10 rounds.
(SFC, 8/13/14, p.A8)
2014 Sep 8, Ray Rice, running
back for the Baltimore Ravens, was dropped indefinitely by the NFL
after video footage emerged showing him punching his future wife
unconscious in a casino lift. He had initially received a two-game
suspension after being indicted in March for the assault. The
charges were dropped after he agreed to counseling.
(Econ, 9/20/14, p.27)
2014 Oct 23, In Maryland a
small plane and a helicopter collided before crashing. 3 people were
(SFC, 10/24/14, p.A7)
2014 Dec 8, In Maryland a small
private jet crashed into a house in Gaithersburg, Md. A woman, her
two young sons and 3 people in the plane were killed.
(SFC, 12/9/14, p.A6)
2014 Dec 22, A grand jury in
Baltimore returned indictments against 22 people involved in a
multi-state dog-fighting ring. 225 dogs and at least 20 weapons were
recovered following raids in Baltimore and West Virginia.
(SFC, 12/23/14, p.A5)
2014 Dec 27, In Maryland
bicyclist Tom Palermo (41), a father of two, was killed in a
hit-and-run accident. Episcopal Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook (58)
was later charged with manslaughter and drunken driving.
(SFC, 1/10/15, p.A4)
2015 Feb 14, In Maryland Jason
Hendrix (16) was killed in a shootout with police as they tried to
pull him over for a speeding violation. This prompted a search at
his home in Corbin, Ky., where police found the bodies of his
parents and a younger sister. Hendrix was said to be angry at his
parents for taking away his computer privileges.
(SFC, 2/16/15, p.A7)
2015 Mar 30, In Maryland one
cross-dressing man was killed and another injured as they mistakenly
crashed a stolen Ford Escape into a police cruiser at the National
Security Agency at Fort Meade.
(SFC, 3/31/15, p.A6)
2015 Apr 6, In Maryland Rodney
Todd (36) was found dead with his 7 children in Princess Anne
following carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator they were using
after the power company cut off their heat. The family was last seen
on March 28 and Delmarva Power was subpoenaed to document its role.
(SFC, 4/7/15, p.A10)(SFC, 4/8/15, p.A12)
2015 Apr 19, In Baltimore,
Maryland, Freddie Gray (25) died following his April 12 arrest when
he somehow suffered an 80 percent severed spinal cord and three
broken vertebrae. A video shot from nearby showed police restraining
Gray on a sidewalk, then dragging him while yelling in pain to a
police van. In September Gray’s family reached a tentative $6.4
million wrongful death settlement with the city. In 2017 the US
Justice Department said it would not bring federal civil rights
charges against six officers.
(AFP, 4/20/15)(SFC, 9/9/15, p.A12)(SFC, 9/14/17
2015 Apr 25, In Maryland
thousands of protesters took to the streets of Baltimore to protest
the fatal injury of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19 after
sufering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.
(SSFC, 4/26/15, p.A9)
2015 Apr 27, In Baltimore
rioters plunged parts of the city into chaos torching a pharmacy and
setting cars on fire, following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who
died on April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in
police custody. The governor declared a state of emergency and
called in the National Guard to restore order.
(SFC, 4/28/15, p.A5)
2015 May 1, In Baltimore six
police officers were charged over the April 19 death of Freddie
Gray, an African-American man in their custody. Police made at least
15 arrests when some protesters defied a 10:00 pm curfew. On May 21
a grand jury indicted all six of the charged police officers.
(AFP, 5/2/15)(SFC, 5/22/15, p.A8)
2015 May 3, The mayor of
Baltimore lifted a nightly curfew that was implemented after
residents in the US city rioted following the death of a man in
2015 May 18, The US Supreme
Court struck down as unconstitutional a Maryland tax that has the
effect of double-taxing income residents earn in other states.
2015 Jun 25, In Maryland
Baltimore County police officers shot and killed Spencer Lee McCain
(41) while responding to a call for potential domestic violence in
Owings Mills. McCain was not armed.
(SFC, 6/26/15, p.A6)
2015 Jul 6, A US federal
indictment said three members of the Salvadoran gang La Mara
Salvatrucha, or MS-13, killed two people in Maryland and wounded or
threatened four others.
2015 Jul 30, Maryland’s Gov.
Larry Hogan announced plans to immediately shut down the Baltimore
City Detention Center, where inmates and guards ran a criminal
(SFC, 7/31/15, p.A7)
2015 Jul, Surgeons at the
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia completed a double-hand
transplant for Zion Harvey (8) of Maryland, who had lost his hands
and feet to a serious infection.
(SFC, 7/30/15, p.A6)
2015 Nov 14, In Baltimore, Ma.,
the number of homicides for the year reached 305.
(Econ, 11/21/15, p.30)
2015 Oct 5, Pres. Obama
declared new marine sanctuaries off of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan and
the tidal waters of Maryland.
(SFC, 10/6/15, p.A6)
2015 Dec 16, In Baltimore a
judge declared a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict in
the trial of Officer William Porter, the first of six defendants in
the Freddie Gray case.
(SFC, 12/17/15, p.A14)
2015 Dec 19, An off-duty
Baltimore policeman shot and killed a man he says appeared to be
holding him at gunpoint in the suburbs of Linthicum Heights.
Detectives surveyed the crime scene and realized the would-be robber
was wielding a toy gun.
2016 Mar 13, In Maryland
undercover narcotics Officer Jacai Colson (28) was fatally shot at a
community center in Prince George County. Gunman Michael Ford (22)
was wounded and arrested along with his two brothers. Colson was
mortally wounded by one of his colleagues.
(SFC, 3/14/16, p.A5)(SFC, 3/15/16, p.A12)
2016 Apr 18, Destiny Watford
(20) of Maryland was one of six winners of this year's Goldman
Environmental Prize. She was honored for her 4-year fight to stop a
potentially hazardous trash incinerator from being built in her
south Baltimore neighborhood of Curtis Bay.
(SFC, 4/18/16, p.C2)
2016 May 6, In Maryland Eulalio
Tordil (62), a federal security officer, was arrested following the
fatal shooting of 2 people. Tordil had shot and killed his wife a
(SFC, 5/7/16, p.A7)(SSFC, 5/8/16, p.A6)
2016 May 23, In Maryland
Officer Edward Nero (30) was acquitted of assault and other charges
in a non-jury trial related to the April 19, 2015, death of Freddie
Gray. He had died due to spinal injuries suffered in the back of a
police van on April 12. Four other officers still awaited trial in
(SFC, 5/23/16, p.A10)
2016 Jun 23, In Maryland police
officer Caesar Goodson was acquitted of 2nd degree murder and six
lesser charges in the case of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19,
2015, from injuries suffered while shackled in a Baltimore police
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 7, Maryland
prosecutors dropped a misconduct charge in the bench trial of Lt.
Brian Rice in the case of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19, 2015,
from injuries suffered while shackled in a Baltimore police van.
Rice still faced other charges.
(SFC, 7/8/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 18, Baltimore police
Lieutenant Brian Rice was acquitted of manslaughter and two other
charges in the April 2015 death of black detainee Freddie Gray,
dealing prosecutors another setback in their efforts to secure a
conviction in the highly charged case.
2016 Jul 27, Maryland
prosecutors dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore
police officers who were still awaiting trial in the April 2015
death of Freddie Gray. Three other officers were already acquittted.
A mistrial was declared for a 4th officer when a jury deadlocked.
(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 30, In Maryland heavy
rains caused waist-deep flooding in Ellicott City, a suburb of
Baltimore, damaging homes and businesses and pushing cars through
the streets and leaving 2 people dead. 6 inches of rain fell in
Ellicott City within two to three hours.
(Reuters, 7/31/16)(SFC, 8/1/16, p.A5)
2016 Aug 10, The US Dept. of
Justice found that Baltimore’s police department had engaged in
unconstitutional practices, including disproportionate rates of
stops, frisks and arrest of black citizens, and use excessive force
against minors and the mentally ill.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.25)
2017 Jan 12, In Baltimore a
huge house fire killed six children.
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb, Maryland’s highest
court ruled that people can’t be held in jail because they can’t
(Econ, 4/15/17, p.26)
2017 Mar 1, US federal
prosecutors announced racketeering charges against seven Baltimore
police officers alleging illegal stops, thefts and fake reports.
(SFC, 3/3/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 14, Winter Storm
Stella dumped snow and sleet across the northeastern United States,
forcing airlines to ground flights and schools to cancel classes.
Airlines canceled about 5,700 flights across the United States.
Airports in New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia
were hit the hardest.
(AP, 3/14/17)(AFP, 3/14/17)
2017 Mar 16, US District Judge
Theodore Chuang of Maryland granted a preliminary injunction in a
lawsuit against Pres. Trump’s travel ban from the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Immigration Law Center.
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A8)
2017 Apr 7, In Maryland a
federal judge approved an agreement between Baltimore and the US
Dept. of Justice to overhaul the city’s police department.
(SFC, 4/8/17, p.A5)
2017 Apr 17, In Maryland a US
Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed onto the Breton Bay Golf and
Country Club during a training flight, killing one crew member.
(SFC, 4/18/17, p.A5)
2017 May 20, In Maryland
Richard Collins III (23), a black student a Bowie State Univ., was
stabbed to death by Sean Urbanski (22). Police were treating the
murder as a possible hate crime.
(SFC, 5/23/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 12, Maryland and the
District of Columbia filed a lawsuit alleging that Pres. Donald
Trump’s failure to shed his private businesses has undermined public
trust and violated constitutional bans against self-dealing.
(SFC, 6/13/17, p.A7)
2017 Jul 19, It was reported
that Maryland-based spice maker McCormick & Company has bought
New Jersey-based Reckitt Benckiser's food business in a $4.2 billion
2017 Aug 3, It was reported
that Maryland state attorneys are dismissing dozens of cases in
Baltimore after reviewing a video that appears to show a police
officer planting evidence at a crime scene as two other officers
(SFC, 8/3/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 15, In Maryland
Mohamed Elshinawy (32) pleaded guilty in Baltimore to conspiring to
provide material support to the Islamic State. He had pledged
allegiance to the IS and received $8,700 to carry out an attack on
the United States.
(SFC, 8/1617, p.A5)
2017 Aug 18, In Maryland three
young girls were found stabbed to death inside a home in Clinton.
Suspect Antonio Williams (24) confessed and faced murder charges.
(SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A9)
2017 Sep 27, Baltimore
prosecutors said nearly 300 cases have been dropped due to four
allegations of police misconduct and a federal indictment of eight
officers on racketeering and fraud charges.
(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A4)
2017 Oct 18, Police in Delaware
arrested Radee Prince (37) on suspicion of shooting five people
earlier in the day at a kitchen countertop company in Edgewood, Md.
Three people were killed.
(SFC, 10/19/17, p.A4)
2017 Nov 15, In Maryland
Detective Sean Suiter was shot and killed in Baltimore with his own
gun during a violent confrontation with a man in a vacant lot.
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A7)
2017 Nov 30, Maryland officials
said 26 people including correctional officer Sgt. Antoine Fordham
have been indicted after a nearly yearlong investigation into gang
activity and corruption in the state’s prisons. Fordham was
described as a high-ranking member in Baltimore’s 8-Trey Crips
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017 Baltimore recorded 342
homicides this year, its highest per capita rate and the deadliest
among the nation’s 50 largest cities.
(SFC, 2/21/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 11, A US Federal
Election Commission document was filed listing Chelsea Elizabeth
Manning of North Bethesda, Maryland, as a Democratic candidate for
US the Senate. Manning (30), who is transgender and was then known
as Bradley Manning, was an army intelligence analyst sentenced to 35
years in prison in 2013 for leaking more than 700,000 classified
documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2018 Jan 26, In Maryland
a US district judge ruled that the family company once run by Jared
Kushner, Pres. Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, isn’t allowed to keep
secret the identity of its business partners in several Maryland
(SSFC, 1/28/18, p.A10)
2018 Feb 12, In Maryland
Baltimore detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were convicted
of robbery, racketeering and conspiracy as part of a federal
investigation into corruption among rogue members of the city’s
(SFC, 2/13/18, p.A5)
2018 Mar 20, In Maryland
student Austin Wyatt Rollins (17) shot Jaelynn Willey (16) with a
handgun at Great Mills High School. Rollins was fatally wounded. On
March 22 Willey was reported to be brain dead and was removed from
life support systems.
(SFC, 3/21/18, p.A5)(SFC, 3/23/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 4, Maryland
lawmakers voted to prohibit health professionals from practicing
"gay conversion therapy" on minors. Gov. Larry Hogan supported the
(SFC, 4/5/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 17, Carl Kasell (84),
long time NPR news personality died in Potomac, Md. From 1998 to
2014 he worked as the "offical judge and scorekeeper" on the
satirical quiz show "Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me."
(SFC, 4/19/18, p.D2)
2018 May 11, In Baltimore
former police Sgt.Thomas Allers was sentenced to 15 years in federal
prison after pleading guilty to nine robberies while on the Gun
Trace Task Force.
(SSFC, 5/13/18, p.A6)
2018 May 19, In Baltimore
Justify held off several hard-charging challengers and won the
Preakness on a sloppy, slippery Pimlico track keeping alive the
chance for a second Triple Crown champion in four years.
2018 May 22, Maryland
police Officer Amy Caprio was killed while investigating a call
about a suspicious vehicle in the Perry Hall community northeast of
Baltimore. Dawnta Anthony Harris (16) was soon arrested and charged
first-degree murder. Three other teenagers were also taken into
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.A12)
2018 May 27, In Maryland
a flash flood in Ellicott City left one man missing. The city
recorded eiught inches of rain over a six-hour period.
(SFC, 5/29/18, p.A6)
2018 Jun 12, In Maryland
Elijah Nyamekye (17) brought a stolen .38 calibre revolver to Paint
Branch High School in Burtonsville, where he was not a student. He
fled after offering a fake name and student ID, but was soon
(SFC, 6/14/18, p.A5)
2018 Jun 28, In Maryland Jarrod
W. Ramos, armed with grenades and a shotgun, attacked and killed
five journalists at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Police quickly
stormed the building and Ramos was arrested. In 2019 Ramos pleaded
guilty but not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.
(SFC, 6/29/18, p.A9)(SFC, 10/29/19, p.A4)
2018 Jul 25, Rescuers pulled
people from inundated cars on flooded streets near Baltimore as
heavy rain soaked the US mid-Atlantic coast for a fifth day.
Authorities closed highways and roads in parts of Maryland,
Pennsylvania and Virginia because of flooding.
2018 Aug 29, It was reported
that Maryland-based Emergent Solutions has agreed to pay $735
million in cash and stock to Ireland-based Adapt Pharma.
2018 Sep 2, Sen. John McCain
was laid to rest at the US Naval Academy after a five-day procession
that served as a final call to arms for a nation he warned could
lose its civility and sense of shared purpose.
2018 Sep 20, In Maryland
Snochia Mosely (26) used a handgun to kill three workers at a
drugstore warehouse in Aberdeen and then killed herself. Several
others were wounded. Mosely had been diagnosed with mental illness
(SFC, 9/21/18, p.A7)(SFC, 9/22/18, p.A6)
2018 Oct 18, It was reported
that the Baltimore police department is shutting down its
administrative functins in order to put more officers on the
streets.the city has rtecorded 250 homicides this year, 44 of them
in the last 30 days.
(SFC, 10/19/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 2, In Maryland part of
an Amazon distribution warehouse collapsed in Baltimore as strong
winds tore through the state. Two people were killed when a 50-ffot
wall collapsed at the warehouse.
(SSFC, 11/4/18, p.A13)
2018 Nov 18, Former NYC Mayor
Michael Bloomberg said he is donating $1.8 billion to his alma
mater, Johns Hopkins Univ. in Baltimore. This was the largest gift
to any educational institute in the US.
(SFC, 11/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Dec 15, In Maryland Nadia
Dominique Morgan (35), an award-winning Johns Hopkins
rheumatologist, was killed in a hit-and-run involving three
vehicles. Jason William Hines (31) was later in connection with the
2018 Dec 19, The Baltimore Sun
reported that Clarence Shipley Jr. (47) was exonerated and released
this week after being imprisoned for 27 years for the 1991 death of
Kevin Smith (29) in a false witness testimony. New witnesses
identified the killer as a man who died in 2005.
(SFC, 12/20/18, p.A6)
2018 Dec 26, Nancy Grace Roman
(b.1925), NASA's first chief of astronomy, died in Germantown,
Maryland. She took part in the development of the cosmic Background
Explorer, launched in 1989, and oversaw the early development of the
Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990.
2019 Jan 28, It was reported
that Freedom Forum is selling its Newseum, a
Washington DC museum devoted to journalism and the
First Amendment, to Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Univ. for $372.5
(SFC, 1/28/19, p.A4)
2019 Jan 29, In Maryland the
state's attorney in Baltimore said her office will no longer
prosecute any marijuana possession cases.
(SFC, 1/30/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 15, In Maryland Coast
Guard Lt. Paul Hassan (49), a self-described white nationalist, was
arrested on gun and drug charges. He was later accused of plotting
to kill a long list of prominent journalists and Democratic
politicians as well as others.
(SFC, 2/21/19, p.A8)
2019 Mar 12, Honda recalled
about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America from the
2001 to 2016 model years that were not included in the massive
string of Takata recalls for air bags that can hurl shrapnel into
the passenger compartment. A crash on Jan. 19, 2018 involving a 2004
Honda Odyssey in Maryland initiated an investigation and today's
2019 Mar 25, Doctors in
Baltimore performed what's thought to be the world's first kidney
transplant from a living donor with HIV to an HIV-positive stranger.
(SFC, 3/29/19, p.A12)
2019 Apr 18, In Maryland Ariana
Funes-Diaz (14) was beaten with a bat and stabbed with a machete by
teens involved with the MS-13 gang. In May her body was found in a
creek in Riverdale and three teens were charged as adults with
(http://tinyurl.com/y54ak4vv)(SFC, 5/18/19, p.A4)
2019 Apr 25, US federal agents
raided the homes and City Hall offices of Baltimore's embattled
Mayor Catherine Pugh, amid widening investigations to determine
whether she used bulk sales of her obscure self-published children's
books to disguise kickbacks.
(SFC, 4/26/19, p.A6)
2019 Apr 28, In Maryland a
gunman fired into a crowd in Baltimore killing one person and
wounding seven others before fleeing the scene.
(SFC, 4/29/19, p.A5)
2019 May 2, Baltimore Mayor
Catherine Pugh resigned under pressure amid a flurry of
investigations into whether she arranged bulk sales of her
self-published children's books to disguise hundreds of thousands of
dollars in kickbacks.
(SFC, 5/3/19, p.A5)
2019 May 4, A helicopter
carrying two people. crashed into Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. Rescue
workers searched for survivors.
(SSFC, 5/5/19, p.A6)
2019 May 30, In Maryland the
annual Scripps National Spelling Bee ended with eight an eight-way
(SFC, 5/31/19, p.A6)
2019 Jun 20, The US Supreme
Court ruled 7-2 to uphold the display of a 40-foot cross at a busy
Maryland intersection, ruling that the symbol can be seen as a war
memorial honoring local soldiers and not an unconstitutional
promotion of a favored religion.
(SFC, 6/21/19, p.A7)
2019 Jul 15, In Maryland a
Baltimore police officer was shot as well as a suspect at a drug
treatment center. Phlebotomist David Caldwell was shot and killed by
a man (49) demanding methadone.
(AP, 7/15/19)(Econ, 8/3/19, p.17)
2019 Jul 19, Harold Martin
(54), a former National Security Agency contractor, was sentenced in
Maryland to nine years in prison for stealing huge amounts of
classified material from US intelligence agencies over two decades,
though officials never found proof he shared it with anyone.
2019 Jul 23, Pope Francis named
Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan (72) to lead West Virginia's
Catholics following a scandal over the former bishop's sexual
harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. He
replaced Bishop Michael Bransfield, who resigned in September after
a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual and financial
2019 Jul 27, President Donald
Trump hit out at US Representative Elijah Cummings, a prominent
African-American critic, calling him a "brutal bully" who should
concentrate on cleaning up his "disgusting, rat and rodent infested"
Baltimore district rather than criticizing the work of U.S.
immigration officers on the Mexican border.
2019 Aug 5, The Baltimore Sun
reported that Baltimore County will pay more than $1 million to
settle claims by the family of Tawon Boyd (21), who died in 2016
days after an encounter with police officers and medical workers.
2019 Aug 16, Maryland
scientists reported data on a growing "dead zone" in the Chesapeake
Bay, confirming their dire warnings were correct. Environmental
scientists said heavy rains washed wastewater and agricultural
runoff into the bay and produced oxygen-stealing algae.
2019 Aug 28, In Maryland Tyrone
Domingo Banks (30), who a day earlier led Baltimore police on a
high-speed chase after charging his car toward an officer and firing
a gun, was killed after officers found and chased him again. 13
officers fired their weapons during the chase and shooting.
2019 Oct 17, US Congressman
Elijah Cummings (68), D-Md., died of complications from what his
office called “longstanding health challenges".
(Yahoo News, 10/17/19)
2019 Nov 14, It was reported
that the city of Baltimore, Maryland, has reached 300 homicides in a
year for the fifth year in a row.
2019 Nov 21, Former Baltimore
mayor Catherine Pugh (69) pleaded guilty to federal crimes in a book
fraud. She had written a series of children's book that were used to
defraud health care companies, the city's school system and
(SFC, 11/22/19, p.A9)
2019 Dec 3, In Maryland more
than two dozen Baltimore corrections officers were indicted with
allegations that they used "illegal and excessive" force against
inmates in state jails.
(ABC News, 12/4/19)
2020 Jan 15, A US federal judge
in Maryland agreed to block the Trump administration from enforcing
an executive order allowing state local government officials to
reject refugees from resettling in their jurisdictions.
(SFC, 1/16/20, p.A6)
2020 Jan 31, In Maryland Coast
Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson (50) was sentenced to more than 13
years in prison for firearms and drug offenses. The judge said he
believed Hasson was preparing to carry out a "mass casualty assault"
to act out his white nationalist views.
(SSFC, 2/1/20, p.A12)
2020 Jan 31, Baltimore
restaurant owner Jean Agbodjogbe, who developed a financial
relationship with a Kuwaiti royal, was found guilty of defrauding
Alia Salem Al-Sabah and was ordered to pay her more than $8 million.
2020 Feb 6, Eric Eoin Marques
(34), a man who spent years fighting his extradition from Ireland to
the US, pleaded guilty in a Maryland courtroom to operating a web
hosting service that allowed users to anonymously access more than 1
million files of child pornography.
2020 Feb 10, Maryland unveiled
statues of abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass in
the Old House Chamber, the room where slavery was abolished in
Maryland in 1864.
2020 Feb 27, In Maryland
Catherine Pugh (69), the disgraced former mayor of Baltimore, was
sentenced to three years in federal prison for arranging fraudulent
sales of her self-published children’s books to nonprofits and
foundations to promote her political career and fund her run for the
city’s highest office.