National Trivia Day: Fun Facts About Baltimore

1.      Baltimore is named after Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore (serving from 1605-1675).  Cecil Calvert was also the first Proprietor and Proprietary Governor of Maryland.

2.      Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, but Annapolis is the state capital.

3.      Baltimore ranks 30th in the nation in city population.

4.      The Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, was written in Baltimore during the Battle of Baltimore against the British in 1814 by Francis Scott Key.

5.      Baltimore has been given many nicknames including Charm City, The City that Reads, The Monumental City, & The City that Believes.

6.      Fells Point was featured in the movie, Sleepless in Seattle.

7.      Baltimore City is an independent city meaning it’s not part of any county.  Baltimore County is a completely separate entity from Baltimore City.

8.      Baltimore City is the largest independent city in the United States.

9.      Johns Hopkins Hospital was founded in 1189, 23 years after the founding of Johns Hopkins University.

10.   Famous Baltimoreans include Edgar Allen Poe, Frederick Douglass, Billie Holiday, John Waters, Babe Ruth, Nancy Pelosi & Henrietta Lacks.

11.   Oprah Winfrey was once an anchor on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV evening news.

12.   Baltimore has more statues and monuments per capita than any other US city.

13.   The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, founded in 1840, was the world’s first dental college.  Baltimore is now home to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

14.   Much of Baltimore was destroyed in the Great Baltimore Fire on February 7, 1904.  It took two years for the city to recover from the fire.

15.   The Baltimore Basilica is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States.

16.   The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University is the oldest conservatory in the United States and currently offers programs of study in music and dance.

17.   The Shot Tower (formally the Phoenix Shot Tower) was built in 1828 and is just shy of 235 feet tall. 

18.   Domino Sugar is located and continues to manufacture sugary in Baltimore.

19.   The USS Torsk, now docked in the Inner Harbor, is one of two Tench-class submarines in the United States today.  The USS Torsk battled in World War II and sunk 3 ships.

20.   Colt 45 beer hails from Charm City and, contrary to popular rumor, is not named after the weapon but Baltimore Colt Jerry Hill, whose number was 45.

21.   Duff Goldman, of Ace of Cakes fame, owns the now famous bakery, Charm City Cakes on Remington Avenue.

22.   Famed Baltimore Oriole, Cal Ripken, holds the record for the most consecutive professional baseball games played with 2,632 games played.  This broke Lou Gehrig’s prior record of 2,131.

23.   The Baltimore Ravens moved to Baltimore in 1996.  The Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore after Art Modell had a long dispute with Cleveland over new stadiums.  This brought professional football back to Baltimore after the Baltimore Colts left in 1983 to Indianapolis.

24.   Each May, Baltimore is host to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Track.  The Preakness Stakes are of the the three races in the Triple Crown.

25.   Mr. Trash Wheel, a permanent trash collector stationed at the Jones Falls River, is the first of its kind in the world.  You can follow Mr. Trash Wheel on Twitter at @MrTrashWheel.