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The Sun Remembers This Week in Baltimore Sports: April 20-26


Charles Fenwick Jr. dismounts from Sam Son Of A Gun as the winner of the My Lady’s Manor Race in 1982. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

April 23, 1983: Charles Fenwick Jr. wins a record seventh Maryland Grand National steeplechase race aboard Treasure Island, an 8-year-old bay gelding, on the 3-mile timber course in Butler.

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Jacques Kelly: Theater company transforms old bank building into its new home


[Lloyd Fox, The Baltimore Sun]

It’s been nearly 21 years since I cashed a check at the old Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co.’s Redwood Street banking temple. But I climbed the dark-red stone steps this week and re-entered its memorable interior. I was completely unprepared for its amazing rebirth as the new home of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

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The old Patterson Park egg hunt


(April 15, 1963, Baltimore Sun photo, Joseph A. DiPaola Jr.)

From 1925 to the mid-1960s, the Playground Athletic League and other city organizations held Easter egg contests in Baltimore’s parks.

At least at first, there were Easter egg rolls held in all of the parks, but eventually, the annual event was staged primarily in Druid Hill Park and Patterson Park.

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Retro Baltimore Trivia

Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. There will be a prize each week for the first right answer. Put your best guess in the “comments” field below. Here’s today’s trivia:

QUESTION: Name five U.S. presidents who have visited the Belvedere Hotel. (Extra credit if you can name 10.)


Belvedere Hotel (Lloyd Pearson, Baltimore Sun file photo, 1973)


Official rules:
No purchase necessary. Beginning Jan. 29, once a week, Retro Baltimore will post a trivia question at retrobaltimore.com. Enter by answering the question in the comments field (and if you’ve won, providing your contact information). The first correct answer received by Retro Baltimore wins. Baltimore Sun archives will be the primary authoritative source for trivia answers. The Sun’s computer is the official timekeeper. All decisions by The Sun are final. Prize: Each winner receives one (1) Baltimore Sun tumbler, approximate retail value: <$5. Must be 13+ to enter. Employees of Baltimore Sun and their family members/households not eligible. Further restrictions apply. Void where prohibited.

This Day in History: April 18


In 1910, The Evening Sun began publication. Many well-known journalists worked for the paper during its 85-year run, including, H. L. Mencken, William Manchester and Gerald W. Johnson. Above is The Evening Sun Curtiss biplane, the first airplane used by a paper to cover the news. (Baltimore Sun file photo, 1920)

1775: Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the British were coming.

1942: An air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.

1944: The ballet “Fancy Free,” with music by Leonard Bernstein, premiered.

1949: The Irish republic was proclaimed.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.