Baltimore is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Aquarium. Forty years ago, then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer made a splash at the opening of the National Aquarium, a landmark he helped bring to the Inner Harbor. The aquarium first opened on Aug. 8, 1981, to much fanfare after Schaefer promised to jump in the seal pool if the aquarium didn't open by July 1, 1981. And the aquarium has grown into one of Baltimore's top tourist attractions. On Tuesday, local leaders celebrated the anchor that attracts thousands of tourists every day.
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