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How Baltimore celebrated the end of World War I

How Baltimore celebrated the end of World War I

Baltimore’s celebration of the end of World War I began in the early morning of Nov. 11, 1918.

“With the coming of the first light of a perfect day, the misty light that begins at dawn, the whistles began to ring and bells began to peel out their message that peace again had returned to the world,” The Sun said. “Newsboys were scurrying all over the city with the news that President Wilson announced that the armistice had been signed and that the war ended at 6 o’clock.”

Few people went to work. Banks and courts closed. Office workers at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad left at noon. Armament factories shut down. “Nobody was in a humor for working,” the paper...

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