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Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore Sun files)

Events and people that shaped Maryland from 100 years ago, in 1916: 

•The State Board of Motion Picture Censors was authorized. All reels, films and pictures needed to be approved by the board. Any considered obscene, immoral or sacrilegious could be forbidden. The censor board — with its seals of approval — finally went out of business in 1981.

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•The Johns Hopkins University moved to Homewood in Baltimore.

BSO founding conductor Gustav Strube
BSO founding conductor Gustav Strube (Baltimore Sun files)

•The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was organized under founding conductor Gustav Strube. The BSO was originally city-funded. Its first concert took place at the Lyric.

Vagabond Players staged their first performance: a one-act play by H.L. Mencken. The players launched November 1916 in a storefront at the St. James Hotel on West Centre Street.

Bethlehem Steel
Bethlehem Steel (Baltimore Sun files)

•Bethlehem Steel bought the Maryland Steel Co. plant and announced a $50 million expansion in Maryland. It would become the world's largest steel mill.

Leon Day was a top player for the Baltimore Black Sox, formed in 1916, as well as the Elite Giants, who moved into town in 1938.
Leon Day was a top player for the Baltimore Black Sox, formed in 1916, as well as the Elite Giants, who moved into town in 1938. (Baltimore Sun files)

•The Baltimore Black Sox, a professional Negro Leagues baseball team, was formed. The franchise folded in 1934. Pitcher Leon Day was one of the top players on the team and would play as well for the Elite Giants, the Negro Leagues baseball team that moved into Baltimore in 1938.

Folger McKinsey
Folger McKinsey (Baltimore Sun files)

•The city's municipal anthem, "Baltimore, Our Baltimore," written by poet and Baltimore Sun columnist Folger McKinsey as part of a citywide contest, was first performed on Feb. 22 at the Lyric Opera House.

Emerson C. Harrington
Emerson C. Harrington (Baltimore Sun files)

•Emerson C. Harrington, a Democrat, was inaugurated as the 48th governor of Maryland on Jan. 12.

For events from 50 years ago in Maryland history, click here

For events from 25 years ago in Maryland history, click here

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