In 1939, The Sun published a review of Baltimore artist Herman Maril's first one-man show in the city. Journalist A. D. Emmart wrote that the exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art showed "an even greater devotion to simplicity" and that Maril, who was most well known for his semi-abstract landscapes and shore scenes, had "added another dimension to the deftness and exactness of his expression." Maril went on to exhibit his work at national museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was an emeritus professor of painting at the University of Maryland. (Baltimore Sun photo, 1940)
1752: The first hospital in America opened in Philadelphia.
1847: American inventor Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio.
1954: George H. Rosedom was named as the new Assistant State's Attorney, becoming Maryland's first black assistant prosecutor.
1990: South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison.
Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.