In 1904, the Great Baltimore Fire began near the present Baltimore Arena. It raged through the city for two days, destroying more than 1,500 buildings and 70 blocks – or more than 140 acres. Although it’s widely believed that no one died in the fire, an article in The Sun on Feb. 20, 1904, reported that the charred remains of a 30- to 40-year-old black man were found at Bowley’s Wharf east of Light Street. (Baltimore Sun photo, 1904)
1812: Author Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England.
1827: The first ballet performed in the United States, “The Deserter,” was presented at the Bowery Theater in New York.
1943: The government announced the start of shoe rationing, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person for the remainder of the year.
1964: The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.