In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" was first published in the New York Evening Mirror. Poe worked from the small room pictured above in his house on Amity Street. (Paul Hutchins, Baltimore Sun, 1973)

1900: Baseball's original American League was organized with teams in Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Buffalo.

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1944: The USS Missouri battleship launched at the Brooklyn Naval Yard after more than three years of construction. The formal surrender of the Empire of Japan took place on the vessel's deck in 1945, marking the end of World War II.

1956: H. L. Mencken passed away at his home on Hollins Street at the age of 75. Mencken — also known as the "Sage of Baltimore" — is considered one of the most influential journalists of the early 1900s.

1999: More than 34,000 people visited Baltimore's Port Discovery in its first month, exceeding initial expectations. The $32 million interactive children's museum in the Inner Harbor was expected to strengthen the city's status as a family destination.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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