Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Maryland!

Today is the anniversary of Maryland's state government ratifying  the US Constitution, locking in her membership as one of our  United States of America. 

Date of Ratification:
April 28, 1788

Parentage: Founded by George Calvert, First Baron of Baltimore.
Named for Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I of England

Place in the Family: 
Lucky Seven
right after older sister Massachusetts (Feb 1788)
but just before problem child South Carolina (May 1788)
"Manly Deeds, Womanly Words" 
This is actually pretty cool, although I have never EVER heard it before

"The Old Line State"
WTH does *that* mean!?
State Flag
It's the family banner of the Calverts.
It is the only state flag based on an English heraldry.
I think it looks like a racing flag.

First City You Probably Think of
When You Think "Maryland":
Actual State Capital: Annapolis

State Size (Area) is 42nd of 50.
Population is closer to 19th of 50.
(per 2000 Census figures)

Maryland Sports:
Baseball (Baltimore Orioles)
Football (Baltimore Ravens).
Also supports next-door neighbor's sons' Hockey (Washington Capitals)
Good vs Evil
Thurgood Marshall,
first African-American Justice of the
US Supreme Court (1967-1991) 

Spiro Agnew,
Governor of Maryland (1967-69) and
Vice-President of the United States (1969-73)

Anybody From Maryland
Ever Grow Up To Be President?

The opposite is true.
The first assassin of a US President, 
John Wilkes Booth, is from here.

TV Celebrities From Maryland:
Jim Henson,
puppeteer extraordinaire

Connie Cheung
newscaster extraordinaire

Comic Professionals From Maryland:
Bernie Wrightson
co-creator of SWAMP THING

Frank Miller

Film Stars From Maryland: 
Goldie Hawn
Academy Award Winning Actress

Sylvester Stallone
World-Renowned Actor, Writer, Producer

Musical Marylanders:
Billie Holiday

Cass Elliot

Maryland Literary Figures:
Edgar Allan Poe
created the modern "detective story"

Dashiell Hammett
creator of Sam Spade and The Thin Man

Historical Marylanders:
Clara Barton
founded the US Red Cross

Babe Ruth
"The Sultan of Swing"

Most Famous Marylander:
Modern Answer: Michael Phelps (aka Aquaman)
Historical Answer: Francis Scott Keye.
Everyone recognizes the National Anthem, even if they can't sing it.

A Song For You....
Here's "Good Morning, Baltimore"
from the musical HAIRSPRAY
Sung by Nikki Blonsky
Music & Lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman

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