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The Sun Remembers This Week in Baltimore Sports: July 27-Aug. 2

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Longtime Orioles infielder Cal Ripken Jr. wipes tears off his face as he gives a speech after being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 29, 2007. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)

July 29, 2007: “You don’t get to a place like this and join a group like the men seated behind me without a lot of people pushing you along the way,” the Orioles’ Cal Ripken Jr. tells the crowd at his induction ceremony at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. “If I thank them all individually, I’d keep you here longer than The Streak.”

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Apollo 11 astronauts return from the moon: The Sun Front Page: July 25, 1969

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Apollo 11 astronauts return from the moon: The Sun Front Page: July 25, 1969

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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. Here’s today’s trivia:

QUESTION: In the 1990 film “Avalon,” the street scenes from the 1940s were filmed on what Baltimore street?

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Elijah Wood, left, and Armin Mueller-Stahl starred in Barry Levinson’s Baltimore-filmed “Avalon.” (Handout photo, 1990)

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This Day in History: July 25

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In 1873, the Clay Street Fire burned for 10 hours and destroyed 113 buildings. The fire started in a factory when a spark from the boiler furnace hit flammable material. It caused an estimated $750,000 in damage and was the biggest fire in the city until The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

1866: Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to the rank of general of the Army.

1909: French aviator Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel in a monoplane, traveling from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes.

1946: The United States detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of such a device.

1976: On the surface of Mars, Viking I’s robotic arm, which had balked in an earlier test, was found ready to begin picking up soil samples.

Compiled by Jessica D. Evans and Paul McCardell.

Maryland’s worst aviation disasters

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In the late afternoon of May 30, 1947, Eastern Airlines’ nonstop Flight 606 departed from Newark, N.J., on a flight to Miami, with 53 passengers and crew onboard.

Approaching Port Deposit at 6:30 p.m., the DC-4 was observed flying at a low altitude when suddenly an explosion blew the tail assembly off the fuselage.

The plane then nosed up and momentarily flew on its back before plunging at a 45-degree angle into the woods, where it exploded. There were no survivors. It remains Maryland’s second-worst aviation disaster.

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