Massachusetts in History

Massachusetts: Boston - Lowell - Springfield, MA - Worcester

Historical Events

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  • 1613-07-02 The first English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia led by Samuel Argall.
  • 1620-12-21 Mayflower Pilgrims arrive in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1621-12-25 Gov William Bradford of Plymouth Colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas
  • 1623-11-01 Fire at Plymouth, Massachusetts, destroys several buildings

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1628-03-04 England's King Charles I grants a royal charter to Massachusetts Bay Colony

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1628-03-19 Massachusetts Bay Colony granted land by England
  • 1629-08-26 Cambridge Agreement, Massachusetts Bay Company stockholders agree to emigrate
  • 1630-09-07 The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.
  • 1630-09-16 Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston
  • 1631-05-18 English colony Massachusetts Bay grants puritarian voting right

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1631-05-18 John Winthrop is elected 1st Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop
Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
John Winthrop
  • 1633-10-08 Massachusetts Bay Colony forms its first government
  • 1634-05-31 The colony of Massachusetts Bay annexes Maine colony
  • 1636-08-18 The Covenant of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts is first signed.
  • 1636-10-04 In Massachusetts the Plymouth Colony's 1st law drafted
  • 1636-10-28 Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts founded
  • 1636-12-13 The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard.
  • 1637-11-07 Anne Hutchinson tried in Massachusetts Bay Colony as a heretic
  • 1638-03-22 Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1639-06-06 Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill
  • 1639-11-05 First post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts
  • 1641-12-01 Massachusetts becomes the first colony to give statutory recognition to slavery
  • 1642-06-14 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts
  • 1643-05-19 Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England
  • 1643-07-05 1st recorded tornado in US (Essex County, Massachusetts)
  • 1644-03-07 Massachusetts establishes 1st two-chamber legislature in colonies
  • 1646-10-28 First Protestant church assembly for American Indians (established in Massachusetts
  • 1646-11-04 Massachusetts uses death penalty for denying that Holy Bible is God's word
  • 1647-05-26 Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony
  • 1647-11-11 Massachusetts passes first compulsory school attendance law in the American colonies
  • 1651-12-25 Massachusetts General Court ordered a five shilling fine for "observing any such day as Christmas"
  • 1660-06-01 Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1672-05-15 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts
  • 1675-06-20 Abenaki, Massachusetts, Mohegan & Wampanoag indians form anti-English front under Metacom
  • 1675-11-02 A combined attack by the Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies attacks the Great Swamp Fort, owned by the Narragansetts during King Philip's War.
  • 1677-03-13 Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000
  • 1679-09-18 New Hampshire becomes a county in Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1680-07-08 The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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1684-06-21 King Charles II revokes Massachusetts Bay Colony charter

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1684-10-23 Colony Massachusetts under authority of English crown mounted
  • 1690-12-10 Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial goverment to issue paper money
  • 1691-09-17 Massachusetts Bay Colony granted new charter
  • 1691-10-17 New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth
  • 1692-02-29 First people are accused of witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts - Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, a West Indian slave
  • 1692-05-27 Court of Oyer and Terminer ("to hear and determine") established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accussations of witchcraft
  • 1692-08-19 Five more people hanged for witchcraft (20 in all) in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1699-01-14 Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting "witches"
  • 1700-06-17 Massachusetts orders priest to leave the colony
  • 1722-07-25 The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border.
  • 1755-11-18 Worst quake in Massachusetts Bay area strikes Boston; no deaths report
  • 1765-08-14 Massachusetts colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)
  • 1769-09-18 John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano
  • 1773-01-06 Massachusetts slaves petition legislature for freedom
  • 1774-03-28 Britain passes Coercive Act against Massachusetts
  • 1774-10-21 First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
  • 1775-02-09 British Parliament declares Massachusetts colony is in rebellion
  • 1775-12-05 At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • 1776-01-24 Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga.
  • 1776-03-04 The American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts.

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1780-10-25 John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • 1785-01-29 In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health
  • 1787-02-04 Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
  • 1788-02-06 Massachusetts becomes 6th state to ratify constitution
  • 1792-02-23 Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)
  • 1799-02-13 1st US law regulating insurance passed by Massachusetts legislature
  • 1801-03-07 Massachusetts enacts 1st state voter registration law
  • 1812-02-11 Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill - first "gerrymander"
  • 1816-07-08 Frost in Waltham, Massachusetts during "year without a summer"
  • 1822-02-23 Boston, Massachusetts, is incorporated as a city
  • 1836-10-24 Earliest American patent for a phosphorus friction match by Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1844-03-21 The original date predicted by William Miller of Massachusetts for the return of Christ and the end of the world.
  • 1850-08-23 1st US National Women's Rights Convention convenes in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1851-12-29 1st American Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston Massachusetts.
  • 1852-05-18 Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school

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1853-01-06 Franklin Pierce, the President-elect of the United States at the time, and his family are involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • 1854-10-01 The watch company founded in 1850 in Roxbury by Aaron Lufkin Dennison relocates to Waltham, Massachusetts, to become the Waltham Watch Company, a pioneer in the American System of Watch Manufacturing.
  • 1855-10-09 Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope
  • 1861-01-19 Misssissippi troops take Fort Massachusetts and Ship Island (US Civil War)
  • 1862-01-31 Astronomer Alvan Graham Clark makes first observation of Sirius B (first known white dwarf star) in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts while testing his new telescope
  • 1863-01-26 American Civil War: Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)
  • 1865-02-20 Massachusetts Institute of Technology forms 1st US collegiate architectural school
  • 1869-05-26 Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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1875-10-25 The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given in Boston, Massachusetts with Hans von B├╝low as soloist.

  • 1875-11-04 Massachusetts Rifle Association is founded in Boston
  • 1877-04-15 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville in Massachusetts
  • 1885-05-19 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)
  • 1890-03-18 1st US state naval militia organized (Massachusetts)
  • 1891-09-20 The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States.

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1891-12-21 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith

MurderMurder of Interest

1892-08-04 Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden arrested in Fall River, Massachusetts on two counts of murder

Acquitted Murderer Lizzie Borden
Acquitted Murderer
Lizzie Borden
  • 1893-06-20 Lizzie Borden acquitted of the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • 1894-01-09 New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • 1895-02-09 Volleyball invented by W G Morgan in Massachusetts
  • 1898-10-06 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity founded at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1900-08-10 1st Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles at Longwood Cricket Club in Boston, Massachusetts (3-0)
  • 1901-10-29 In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine.
  • 1903-01-18 The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts
  • 1907-11-28 In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater.
  • 1908-04-12 Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts
  • 1912-01-11 Bread & Roses Strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1594-05-01 John Haynes, Massachusetts colonial magistrate
  • 1603-03-18 Simon Bradstreet, Massachusetts Bay colonist (d. 1693)
  • 1609-10-26 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1675)

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1663-02-12 Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister (Salem witchcraft trials), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1728)

Puritan Minister Cotton Mather
Puritan Minister
Cotton Mather
  • 1675-09-03 Paul Dudley, Attorney-General of Massachusetts (d. 1751)
  • 1694-12-02 William Shirley, Colonial Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1771)

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1706-01-17 Benjamin Franklin, kite flyer/statesman/wit/inventor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

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1721-04-19 Roger Sherman, American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence, Constitution), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1793)

Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman
Founding Father of the United States
Roger Sherman

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1722-09-27 Samuel Adams, US revolutionary and politician (Lt Gov-Mass, 1789-94), born in Boston, Massachusetts

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1725-03-24 Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1788)

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1735-01-01 Paul Revere, American silversmith and patriot who alerted the colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1818)

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere

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1735-10-30 John Adams, 2nd US President (1797-1801), born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1826)

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams

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1737-01-23 John Hancock, American merchant and statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1793)

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • 1739-03-05 Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (d. 1819)
  • 1744-04-22 James Sullivan, 7th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1808)

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1744-11-22 Abigail Adams, 2nd US First Lady (1797-1801) (11/11 O.S.), born in Weymouth Massachusetts (d. 1818)

2nd First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States
Abigail Adams
  • 1745-01-09 Caleb Strong, 6th and 10th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1819)
  • 1746-10-07 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1746-11-27 Increase Sumner, 5th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1799)
  • 1749-05-15 Levi Lincoln, Sr., American revolutionary, statesman, politician, and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1820)
  • 1750-05-08 Elias Mann, American composer, born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1825)
  • 1752-05-04 John Brooks, 11th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1825)
  • 1753-06-10 William Eustis, 12th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1825)
  • 1758-09-21 Christopher Gore, 8th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1827)
  • 1763-08-08 Charles Bulfinch, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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1765-12-08 Eli Whitney, American inventor (Cotton Gin), born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1825)

Inventor of the Cotton Gin Eli Whitney
Inventor of the Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney
  • 1766-07-09 Jacob Perkins, Newburyport Massachusetts, American Inventor

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1767-07-11 John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States (D) (1825-1829), born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1848)

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams

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1775-09-13 Laura Secord, Canadian war heroine, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts Bay (d. 1868)

Canadian War Heroine Laura Secord
Canadian War Heroine
Laura Secord
  • 1782-10-25 Levi Lincoln, Jr., 13th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1868)
  • 1784-04-29 Samuel Turell Armstrong, American politician and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1850)
  • 1784-12-19 Marcus Morton, 16th and 18th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1787-01-13 John Davis, 14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)

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1791-04-27 Samuel Morse, American inventor (telegraph, Morse code) and painter, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1872)

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse
  • 1791-10-26 Charles Sprague, banker/poet (Curiosity), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1796-04-12 George N. Briggs, 19th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1861)

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1796-05-04 Horace Mann, American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts (d. 1859)

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 1800-02-14 Emory Washburn, 22nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1877)

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1800-10-03 George Bancroft, American historian (History of the United States), born in Worcester Massachusetts (d. 1891)

Father of U.S. History George Bancroft
Father of U.S. History
George Bancroft

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1803-05-25 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist/philosopher (Concord Hymn), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 1804-03-08 Alvan Clark, Ashfield Massachusetts, American Astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, Old University of Chicago, the largest telescope in the world at the time

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1804-07-04 Nathaniel Hawthorne, author (House of 7 Gables, The Scarlet Letter), born in Salem Massachusetts (d. 1864)

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1805-12-10 William Lloyd Garrison, American abolitionist publisher (The Liberator), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1879)

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1809-01-19 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1849)

  • 1809-08-29 Oliver Wendell Holmes, physician/author (Old Ironsides), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1809-09-21 Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustator, born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1816-03-02 Alexander H. Bullock, 26th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1882)

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1817-07-12 Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist and pacifist (Walden Pond), born in Concord, Massachusetts (d. 1862)

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • 1818-03-06 William Claflin, 27th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1905)
  • 1818-08-30 Alexander H. Rice, 30th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1818-09-07 Thomas Talbot, 31st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1886)
  • 1819-06-14 Henry J. Gardner, 23rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1892)
  • 1819-11-23 Josiah Dwight Whitney, Northampton Massachusetts, American Geologist who led the California Geological Survey (Mount Whitney and Whitney Glacier are named for him)
  • 1820-01-31 William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)

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1820-02-15 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1906)

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • 1823-06-08 Robert Morris, 1st successful African American lawyer in the US and Abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts(d. 1882)
  • 1829-09-12 Charles Dudley Warner, American writer and newspaperman (Being a Boy), born in Plainfield, Massachusetts

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1830-12-10 Emily Dickinson, American poet (Collected Poems), born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1886)

  • 1831-02-04 Oliver Ames, 35th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1832-01-13 Horatio Alger, Jr., American minister and author (Lost at Sea, Work & Win), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1834-01-20 George D. Robinson, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1834-03-20 Charles William Elliot, President of Harvard (1869-1909), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1834-08-18 Marshall Field, Conway Massachusetts, owner (Field Dept Store)

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1834-11-21 henrietta (Hetty) Green, American financier (Witch of Wall Street), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

The Witch of Wall Street Hetty Green
The Witch of Wall Street
Hetty Green
  • 1836-11-06 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, theologian (Scientific Theism), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1837-12-28 Benjamin Johnson Lang, American conductor and composer, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1838-02-16 Henry Adams, historian, writer (Education of Henry Adams), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1838-10-27 John Davis Long, 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)

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1841-03-08 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1842-01-04 Frederic T. Greenhalge, 38th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1842-06-08 John Q. A. Brackett, 36th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1918)
  • 1845-08-22 William Lewis Douglas, 42nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1924)
  • 1847-09-02 Roger Wolcott, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1900)

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1849-03-07 Luther Burbank, American horticulturist who developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants, born in Lancaster, Massachusetts (d. 1926)

Horticulturist Luther Burbank
Horticulturist
Luther Burbank
  • 1851-02-28 Samuel W. McCall, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • 1853-04-23 Winthrop M. Crane, 40th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1920)

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1855-03-13 Percival "Percy" Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Astronomer
Percival Lowell

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1856-09-03 Louis Sullivan, American architect (father of skyscrapers), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Architect and Father of Skyscrapers Louis Sullivan
Architect and Father of Skyscrapers
Louis Sullivan

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1857-01-01 Tim Keefe, American Major League Baseball pitcher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1857-01-06 William E. Russell, 37th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1857-03-23 Fannie Farmer, American culinary figure, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1858-02-15 William Pickering, astronomer (9th & 10th moons of Saturn), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1858-05-16 Frank Lynes, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1913)
  • 1858-09-24 Eugene Foss, 45th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1939)
  • 1859-09-18 John L. Bates, 41st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946)
  • 1860-02-02 Curtis Guild, Jr., 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)

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1860-07-19 Lizzie Borden, American woman acquitted of the murder of her parents (gave her mother forty whacks), born in Fall River, Massachusetts

Acquitted Murderer Lizzie Borden
Acquitted Murderer
Lizzie Borden
  • 1861-08-09 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1861-10-26 Richard D Sears, tennis champ, US Open (1881), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1861-12-08 William C. Durant, American industry pioneer, founded General Motors, Frigidaire, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1947)

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1862-12-22 Connie Mack, American hall of fame baseball executive and manager (Philadelphia A's 1900-50), born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts (d. 1956)

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1863-08-14 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1866-04-14 Anne Sullivan, US teacer, educated Helen Keller, born in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts (d. 1936)

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1868-02-23 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist and writer (Souls of Black Folk, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • 1868-04-21 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1872-04-07 William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • 1872-05-21 Henry Warren, inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1872-11-11 David I. Walsh, 46th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1873-02-23 Joseph Allen Sr. American actor, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1952)
  • 1873-11-20 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer (Chanticker), born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1749-11-17 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (28) weds first wife Elizabeth Hartwell in Massachusetts

Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman
Founding Father of the United States
Roger Sherman

HeartWedding of Interest

1757-08-04 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (22) weds Sarah Orne in Bridgewater, Massachusetts

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere

HeartWedding of Interest

1764-10-25 Future 2nd American President John Adams (28) weds Abigail Smith (19) in Weymouth, Massachusetts (marriage lasts 54 years)

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States
Abigail Adams

HeartWedding of Interest

1835-09-14 American leading transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (33) marries 2nd wife Lydia (Lidian) Jackson in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson

HeartWedding of Interest

1847-08-04 Author of Moby-Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Moby Dick Author Herman Melville
Moby Dick Author
Herman Melville

HeartWedding of Interest

1877-07-11 Scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell (30) weds Mabel Hubbard (19) at the Hubbard estate in Cambridge, Massachusetts

HeartWedding of Interest

1894-06-20 Basketball inventor James Naismith (32) weds Maude Evelyn Sherman (23) in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith

HeartWedding of Interest

1895-12-19 Poet Robert Frost (21) weds Elinor Miriam White in Lawrence, Massachusetts

HeartWedding of Interest

1906-03-14 Film director D. W. Griffith (31) weds Linda Arvidson (21) at Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith

HeartWedding of Interest

1907-04-08 Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (24) weds Bess Fosburgh in Boston, Massachusetts

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Industrialist
Henry J. Kaiser

HeartWedding of Interest

1910-05-26 US General George S. Patton (24) weds Frederick Ayer's daughter Beatrice Ayer at Beverly Farms Episcopal Church near Boston, Massachusetts

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton

HeartWedding of Interest

1913-04-09 US Admiral Chester Nimitz (28) weds Catherine Freeman (21) in Wollaston, Massachusetts

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz

HeartWedding of Interest

1940-08-30 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (22) weds Norma Kaphan in Brookline, Massachusetts

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Newscaster
Mike Wallace

HeartWedding of Interest

1973-08-09 Actor Anthony Perkins (41) weds photographer Berinthia Berenson (25) in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

HeartWedding of Interest

1978-06-04 Broadcaster Howard Stern (24) marries Alison Berns at Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline Massachusetts.

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

HeartWedding of Interest

1978-08-23 Actress Kate Jackson (29) weds actor Andrew Stevens (23) in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson
  • 1986-07-19 Caroline Kennedy (28) weds Edwin Schlossberg (41) at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Centerville, Massachusetts

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1992-04-11 "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve (39) weds actress and singer Dana Morosini (31) in Williamstown, Massachusetts

HeartWedding of Interest

1995-05-26 US Secretary of State John Kerry (51) weds philanthropist Teresa Heinz (56) in Nantucket, Massachusetts

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • 1996-10-19 "Rescue Me" actor-comedian Lenny Clarke (43) weds former TV producer Jennifer Miller (31) at Martha's Vineyard in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1998-08-22 FOX News Channel correspondent and Robert F. Kennedy's youngest son Douglas Kennedy (32) weds Molly Stark (29) in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • 2002-07-05 "Smallville" actor Tom Welling (25) weds model Jamie White in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • 2004-07-31 "Ed" actor Tom Cavanagh (35) weds "Sports Illustrated" photo editor Maureen Grise (33) at a 19th-century, cedar-shingled Roman Catholic church in Nantucket, Massachusetts

HeartWedding of Interest

2007-11-10 Former "E.R." actress Julianna Margulies (41) weds lawyer Keith Lieberthal in Lenox, Massachusetts

  • 2009-07-11 WWE star John Cena (32) weds Liz Huberdeau in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2011-07-15 Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy (44) weds Amy Petitgout in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-09-01 Comedian Seth Meyers (39) weds human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts

Comedian and Writer Seth Meyers
Comedian and Writer
Seth Meyers
  • 2016-08-20 Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen (31) weds Tom May in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Famous Deaths


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1649-03-26 John Winthrop, Puritan & 1st Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 61

Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop
Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
John Winthrop
  • 1653-07-31 Thomas Dudley, Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1576)
  • 1660-06-01 Mary Dyer, English Quaker (martyred) - hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1662-06-14 Henry Vane the Younger, English politician and Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1613)
  • 1672-12-07 Richard Bellingham, English-born Massachusetts colonial magistrate (b. 1592)
  • 1675-10-26 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (b. 1609)
  • 1679-03-16 John Leverett, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1616)
  • 1690-05-21 John Eliot, English missionary in Massachusetts, dies at 85
  • 1692-07-10 Bridget Bishop, 1st person to be hanged in Salem witch trials Massachusetts USA
  • 1704-07-20 Peregrine White, first English child born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1620)
  • 1720-04-02 Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1647)
  • 1751-01-25 Paul Dudley, Attorney-General of Massachusetts (b. 1675)

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1770-09-30 George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader and preacher, dies in Newburyport, Massachusetts, at age 55

Anglican Preacher George Whitefield
Anglican Preacher
George Whitefield
  • 1779-06-16 Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712)
  • 1780-06-03 Thomas Hutchinson, American colonial governor of Massachusetts (b. 1711)
  • 1819-03-08 Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (b. 1739)
  • 1832-04-01 Robert the Hermit, US ex-slave/hermit in Massachusetts, dies
  • 1900-12-21 Roger Wolcott, American political figure, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1847)
  • 1947-12-25 Gaspar G. Bacon, was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)
  • 1994-11-11 John A. Volpe, 61st and 63rd Governor of Massachusetts, 2nd United States Secretary of Transportation (b. 1908)
  • 1997-02-10 Matthew Eappen of Newton Massachusetts (b. 1996)
  • 1997-12-01 Endicott Peabody, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1920)
  • 1998-10-21 Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1915)
  • 2006-09-18 Edward J. King, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1925)
  • 2009-08-25 Edward [Ted] M. Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts (b. 1932)