March 29, 1996: Baltimore's new NFL team was given the name of Ravens. It was a tribute to the famous poem "The Raven," written by Edgar Allan Poe while living in Baltimore.
The team had been the Cleveland Browns but sought a fresh identity after moving to Baltimore.
The date of the announcement had special significance. It was 12 years earlier on March 29 that the Colts abandoned Baltimore by loading up a fleet of Mayflower moving trucks and heading to Indianapolis.