In 1979, The Sun reported that the first donations made to the Maryland Food Bank included 1,100 servings of crepes filled with chicken and broccoli, 300 cases of frozen doughnuts, 10 cases of soda and more than 1,000 portions of chicken breasts topped with mushroom and cheese sauce. Today the Maryland Food Bank encourages donors to use their “Virtual Food Drive,” allowing users to shop for the food that is needed most and then make monetary donations toward those items. (Baltimore Sun photo, 1980)

1735: The first opera presented in the United States, “Flora, or Hob in the Well,” was performed in Charleston, S.C.

1885: Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”’ was published in the United States for the first time.

1930: Photographic evidence of Pluto, now designated a “dwarf planet,” was discovered.

1994: The Gyrfalcon and Bohemian Waxwing appeared in Maryland for the first time as low winter temperatures pushed the birds farther south than usual. The Gyrfalcon, which mainly nests on Arctic coasts, was spotted along New Design Road in Frederick.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.