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This Day in Maine

A Day-By-Day Celebration of Maine History

Softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 416 pages, History

ISBN: 978-1-944762-90-2



About this Book:

Since achieving statehood in 1820, Maine has developed into a sometimes mythical vacationland of moose and lobsters and lighthouses set against breathtaking vistas and endless natural beauty. But the state’s history is more real than postcards; replete with tragedy and triumph, and boasting powerful politicians, brilliant inventors, successful athletes, and talented creative professionals. Although a small state, it has often touched the world in an outsized way, from the heroics of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain at Little Round Top during the Civil War to the inspiration and sadness of young Samantha Smith during the Cold War. Along the way, Margaret Chase Smith has inspired, Stephen King has scared, and the Ice Storm challenged. This fascinating book from Joseph Owen, a long-time newspaperman, chronicles day-by-day, from January 1 to December 31, the highlights and lowlights, the famous and infamous, and the big and small of everyday life in Maine. Perfect for history buffs, lovers of Maine, and those looking to learn more about the state during its bicentennial.

This Day in Maine by Joseph Owen

New Book Spotlights the Remarkable History of Maine Day-by-Day

New Book Spotlights the Remarkable History of Maine Day-by-Day

Veteran Reporter and Editor Joseph Owen Explores the Sweep of Maine History 

Yarmouth, Maine (May 26, 2020)—”This Day in Maine,” a day-by-day look at the fascinating history of Maine by long-time reporter and editor Joseph Owen, is officially scheduled for release on Tuesday, June 2.

The book from Maine-based book publisher Islandport Press features more than 650 news items and images stretching from the earliest known events of The Pine Tree State straight through the devastating coronavirus pandemic of 2020. Owen, who worked as a journalist for more than 40 years, highlights defining events such as wars, fires, and storms, but also spotlights athletes, politicians, entrepreneurs, artists, and other people who have shaped the state’s singular identity, including Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, L.L. Bean, Samantha Smith and more. 

While the book captures many serious moments and historical events, it also leaves room for the fun and the odd, from the only appearance of Elvis in the state to a gold scam in Lubec in which two men convinced investors they could extract gold from seawater. 

“‘Joe Owen is a veteran reporter and editor who has written a finely-researched, wonderfully readable book that is structured to focus on daily events, but those events, when taken collectively over the course of year, reveal the amazing sweep and scope of Maine history,” said Dean Lunt, editor-in-chief of Islandport Press. “As we celebrate Maine’s bicentennial, “This Day in Maine” delivers a compelling journey through time that is told just like it unfolded—day-by-day.”

Owen is also the author of a popular daily news feature that appears in the Portland Press Herald and other newspapers called On This Date in Maine History. His new book, “This Day in Maine,” is being published in cooperation with the Portland Press Herald and incorporates some of those columns into the text.

Owen is a former copy desk chief of Maine’s Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal newspapers. The Maine native earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. He also worked in Germany at European Stars and Stripes and in Japan at its Asian counterpart, Pacific Stars and Stripes. During his time overseas, Owen covered the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), the Persian Gulf War (1991), Operation Restore Hope in Somalia (1992-93), and the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Japan (1995), among other subjects, ultimately filing reports from twenty countries. Owen is a former president, and current board member of the Augusta-based Kennebec Historical Society. 

Islandport Press is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. For more information, please call 207-846-3344, visit, or email 

Joseph Owen

About this Author

 Joseph Owen is a former copy desk chief of Maine’s Morning Sentinel and Kennebec



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