Boston in History

Massachusetts: Lowell - Newton - Springfield, MA - Worcester

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 394

  • 1630-03-22 1st colonial legislation prohibiting gambling enacted (Boston)
  • 1630-09-07 The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.
  • 1630-09-16 Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston
  • 1630-10-19 In Boston the 1st general court is held

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1631-02-05 Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1634-03-03 1st tavern in Boston (Mass) opens (Samuel Cole)
  • 1635-04-23 Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded
  • 1644-01-18 Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America's 1st UFO sighting
  • 1648-10-18 1st labor organization forms in North American colonies (Boston Shoemakers)
  • 1652-06-10 In Boston, John Hull opens the 1st mint in America
  • 1656-07-01 1st Quakers (Mary Fisher/Ann Austin) arrives in Boston (arrested)
  • 1664-05-28 1st Baptist Church organizes (Boston)
  • 1664-07-23 4 British ships to drive Dutch out of NY, arrive in Boston
  • 1672-12-10 New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston
  • 1673-01-01 Regular mail delivery begins between NY & Boston
  • 1673-01-22 Postal service between New York & Boston inaugurated
  • 1677-01-21 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), Boston
  • 1690-09-25 Publick Occurrences, first newspaper in the American colonies (Boston), publishes first & last edition

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1699-07-06 Pirate Captain William Kidd is captured in Boston

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd
  • 1704-04-17 1st successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell
  • 1704-04-24 "Boston News-Letter" 1st successful newspaper in US, forms
  • 1704-05-01 Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement
  • 1716-09-06 1st lighthouse built in north America (Boston)
  • 1716-09-14 1st lighthouse in American colonies lit (Boston Harbor)
  • 1716-11-26 1st lion exhibited in America in Boston
  • 1731-12-30 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham's great room in Boston)
  • 1733-01-18 1st polar bear exhibited in America (Boston)
  • 1733-07-30 Society of Freemasons opens 1st American lodge in Boston
  • 1735-08-18 Evening Post begins publishing (Boston, Mass)
  • 1742-09-24 Faneuil Hall, Boston, opens to public
  • 1743-03-05 1st US religious journal, The Christian History, published, Boston
  • 1743-03-14 1st American town meeting (Boston's Faneuil Hall)
  • 1745-03-09 Bells for 1st American carillon shipped from England to Boston
  • 1755-11-18 Worst quake in Massachusetts Bay area strikes Boston; no deaths reported
  • 1760-03-20 Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings
  • 1762-06-28 1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston)
  • 1768-07-18 Boston Gazette publishes "Liberty Song", America's 1st patriotic song
  • 1768-10-01 British troops under General Gauge land in Boston
  • 1769-09-18 John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano

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1770-03-05 Boston Massacre (Incident on King Street): British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs, stones and sticks at them. African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die; later held up as early black martyr. The massacre galvanized anti-British feelings.

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks
  • 1772-11-02 Boston: anti-English Committee of Correspondence forms
  • 1773-04-27 British Parliament passes Tea Act (Boston won't like this)

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1773-11-05 John Hancock is elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolves that anyone who supports the Tea Act is an "Enemy to America"

Statesman John Hancock
John Hancock
  • 1773-12-16 Boston tea party incident - Sons of Liberty protesters throw tea shipments into Boston harbour in protest against British imposed Tea Act
  • 1774-03-05 John Hancock delivers the fourth annual Massacre Day oration, a commemoration of the Boston Massacre, and denounces the presence of British troops in Boston, enhancing Hancock's stature as a leading Patriot
  • 1774-03-07 British close port of Boston to all commerce
  • 1774-03-25 British Parliament passes Boston Port Bill
  • 1774-06-01 Boston Port Bill: British government orders Port of Boston closed
  • 1775-03-06 1st Negro Mason in north America initiated, Boston
  • 1775-04-19 New England militiamen begin the siege of Boston, hemming in the British army garrison
  • 1776-03-02 Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
  • 1776-03-04 The American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1776-03-17 British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War

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1780-05-04 American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1782-12-29 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston
  • 1787-05-06 1st African American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
  • 1787-09-30 1st US voyage around the world - Columbia leaves Boston
  • 1787-10-17 Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities
  • 1787-11-18 First Unitarian minister in US ordained, Boston

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1788-06-17 After a lengthy stay in Europe, future US President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams return to Boston

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
  • 1790-08-09 Robert Gray's Columbia Rediviva returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st American ship to circumnavigate the Globe
  • 1796-08-08 Boston African Society establishes with 44 members
  • 1797-09-20 US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
  • 1798-02-02 Federal St Theater, Boston, becomes 1st in US destroyed by fire
  • 1802-02-02 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents)
  • 1808-04-08 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore was promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
  • 1809-12-30 Wearing masks at balls forbidden in Boston
  • 1815-03-24 Handel & Haydn Society of Boston founded
  • 1816-12-13 Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston
  • 1818-12-25 Handel's Messiah, premieres in the US in Boston
  • 1820-12-15 1st General pharmacopoeia in US published, Boston
  • 1822-02-23 Boston, Massachusetts, is incorporated as a city
  • 1822-03-19 Boston, Mass, incorporated as a city
  • 1822-05-01 John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston
  • 1826-02-13 American Temperance Society forms in Boston
  • 1827-07-23 1st US swimming school opens (Boston Mass)
  • 1829-03-02 New England Asylum for the Blind, 1st in US, incorporated, Boston
  • 1829-08-16 Siamese twins Chang & Eng Bunker arrive in Boston to be exhibited
  • 1829-09-28 Walker's Appeal, racial antislavery pamphlet, published in Boston
  • 1829-10-16 Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston)
  • 1830-05-24 "Mary Had A Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is first published by Boston firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon
  • 1831-01-02 Liberator, abolitionist newspaper, begins publishing in Boston
  • 1831-07-04 "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)" is 1st sung in Boston
  • 1832-01-06 New England Anti-Slavery Society organizes (Boston)
  • 1833-01-08 Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established
  • 1837-02-11 American Physiological Society organizes in Boston
  • 1837-06-11 The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans.
  • 1839-03-23 1st recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] (Boston's Morning Post)
  • 1839-11-27 American Statistical Association organizes in Boston
  • 1842-11-17 Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
  • 1843-03-14 Boston conducts its 1st town meeting (Faneuil Hall)
  • 1847-06-27 New York & Boston linked by telegraph wires
  • 1848-02-15 Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston
  • 1848-11-01 First US women's medical school opens (Boston)
  • 1848-11-23 Female Medical Educational Society forms in Boston
  • 1849-11-15 1st US poultry show opens in Boston
  • 1849-12-14 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston)

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1850-03-16 Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields in Boston

  • 1851-02-15 Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescuing a fugitive slave
  • 1851-12-29 1st American Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Birthdays

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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
  • 1676-03-17 Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (d. 1732)

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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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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

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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
  • 1746-10-07 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1763-08-08 Charles Bulfinch, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1788-10-23 Sarah Hale, founder (Seaman's Aid Society of Boston)
  • 1791-10-26 Charles Sprague, banker/poet (Curiosity), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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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

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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)

  • 1834-03-20 Charles William Elliot, President of Harvard (1869-1909), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1836-11-06 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, theologian (Scientific Theism), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1838-02-16 Henry Adams, historian, writer (Education of Henry Adams), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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

  • 1843-04-15 Henry James, American/British author (Turn of the Screw, Bostonians), (d. 1916)
  • 1844-07-08 Mary Johnson Lincoln, educator (Boston Cooking School)

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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
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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1872-05-21 Henry Warren, inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1874-07-26 Serge Koussevitzky, Vishny-Volotchok, Russia conductor (Boston Symp)
  • 1875-04-04 Pierre Monteux, conductor (Boston Symph Orch 1919-24), born in Paris, France
  • 1876-07-04 William Farnum, actor (Spoilers, Man who Fights Alone), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1880-02-21 Frank Orth, actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1882-05-10 Thurston Hall, actor (Roaming Lady, In Society), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1886-07-05 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • 1887-05-05 Estelle Hemsley, Boston MA
  • 1887-09-16 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)

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1888-09-06 Joseph P Kennedy, diplomat, father of JFK, RFK & Teddy, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Patriarch of the Kennedy family Joseph P. Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family
Joseph P. Kennedy

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1890-07-22 Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mom of JFK, RFK & Ted, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)

Kennedy Family Matriarch Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Kennedy Family Matriarch
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • 1893-01-28 Elliot Griffis, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1894-09-22 Johnnie Gough, actor (Smooth as Satin, Circus Kid), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1894-11-16 Mabel Normand, [Muriel Fortescue], comedienne (Mickey), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1894-12-17 Arthur Fiedler, conductor (Boston Pops), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1895-08-24 Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston (1944-70), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1970)

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1897-08-10 Jack Haley [John Joseph], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Ford Star Revue), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1878)

Actor Jack Haley
Jack Haley
  • 1899-02-02 Benny Rubin, actor/comedian (Benny Rubin Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1899-02-27 Ian Keith, actor (Rochefort-3 Musketeers), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1899-08-01 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1900-08-17 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1901-08-29 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 1902-06-23 Howard T Engstrom, computer designer (Univac), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1903-10-17 Jerry Colona, comedian (Jerry Colona Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1904-02-06 Claudio Arrau, Chile, composer/pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • 1904-09-17 Jerry Colonna, actor (Road to Morocco, Road to Singapore), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1904-11-22 Roland Winters, actor (Mama, Smothers Brothers), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1906-05-11 Kent Taylor, [Louis Weiss], Iowa, actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders)
  • 1907-07-07 Helene Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1907-09-28 Glen "Turk" Edwards, NFL tackle (Boston/Washington Redskins)
  • 1911-03-11 Alan Gifford, actor (Time Lock, Up Periscope), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1912-09-08 Alexander Mackendrick, director (Man in the White Suit, Mandy), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1913-01-31 Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)
  • 1913-02-08 Betty Field, actress (Kings Row, Bus Stop), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1913-08-04 Wesley Addy, actor (Bostonians, Loving), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1914-06-09 Barbara Mullen, actress (Thunder Rock, Innocent Sinners), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1914-12-03 Irving Fine, composer (Toccata), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1915-05-04 Curt Conway, actor (Raw Deal), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1915-07-01 Jean Stafford, US writer (Boston Adventure, Lion & Carpenter)
  • 1915-09-29 Ann Nagel, actress (Don Winslow of the Navy), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1917-03-01 Robert Lowell, American poet/pacifist (Lord Weary's Castle, Near the Ocean), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1917-04-01 Johnny Andrews, singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1917-10-15 Jan Miner, actress (Crime Photographer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1918-03-30 Joseph Allen Jr, actor (Death of a Champion), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1919-01-11 Veda Ann Borg, actress (Avalanche, Accomplice), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1919-03-21 Lois Collier, SC, actress (Mary-Boston Blackie, Slave Girl)
  • 1919-03-30 McGeorge Bundy, national security adviser (JFK), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1919-08-27 John Cox, Flemish/US painter/dir (Museum of Fine Physician, Boston)
  • 1920-02-25 Hayes Gordon, actor (Sky Pirates, Dark Room), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1920-08-01 Maria Cole, American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1920-08-09 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • 1921-03-02 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), born in Boston (d. 2017)
  • 1921-04-23 Warren Spahn, left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves)
  • 1921-07-14 Sixto Durán Ballén, Ecuadorian politician, President of Ecuador (1992-96), born in Boston, America (d. 2016)

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1921-08-26 Ben Bradlee, editor/journalist/executive (Washington Post), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee
  • 1921-10-13 Harper MacKay, orchestra leader (NBC Follies), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1923-03-26 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1923-05-20 Edith Fellows, actress (Pennies From Heaven, City Streets), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1923-12-23 Ruth Roman, actress (Sylvia-Knots Landing, Dallas), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1924-05-21 Peggy Cass, actress/TV panelist (To Tell the Truth, Mame), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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1924-07-29 Elizabeth Short, American victim in the Black Dahlia case, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1947)

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • 1924-09-18 Zelda Fichandler, theater director/producer (Raisin, K2), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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1925-02-08 Jack Lemmon, actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1925-09-17 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Garry Moore Show, Annie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1925-11-26 Linda Hunt, Morriston NJ, actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado)
  • 1927-01-15 Norm Crosby, comedian (Young at Heart Comedians), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1927-03-23 John Logan, Endicott, NY, MLB shortstop (Boston and Milwaukee Braves), (d. 2013)
  • 1927-07-06 Susan Cabot, actress (Carnival Rock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1927-09-15 Norm Crosby, comedian/double talker (Liar's Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1928-09-22 Eugene Roche, actor (Foul Play, Slaughterhouse Five), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1929-03-13 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (New York Times), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1929-08-20 Norma Connolly, actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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1929-09-03 Whitey Bulger [James Joseph Bulger Jr.], American gangster, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger
  • 1929-09-25 Barbara Walters, newscaster (Today, 20/20, ABC-TV), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1929-09-25 Kevin White, American politicians (Mayor of Boston, 1968-1984), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1929-10-07 Harold Zirin, astronomer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1773-10-10 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (38) weds Rachel Walker in Boston, Massachusetts

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere

HeartWedding of Interest

1842-07-09 American writer "The Scarlett Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne (38) marries painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody (33) in the Peabody's home, Boston

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
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
  • 1996-04-12 Actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper (60) weds actress Victoria Duffy (29) at Boston's Old South Church
  • 2002-06-06 Former "Survivor" contestant and talk show host Elisabeth Filarski (25) weds former Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (24) at St. Mary
  • 2009-07-11 WWE star John Cena (32) weds Liz Huberdeau in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Deaths

  • 1659-10-27 Marmaduke Stevenson, Quaker in Boston, hanged
  • 1661-03-24 William Leddra, last Quaker, hanged in Boston
  • 1732-05-20 Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (b. 1676)
  • 1770-02-22 Christopher Snider, 11, Boston, becomes 1st martyr of US Revolution

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1770-03-05 Crispus Attucks, possible slave, is 1st of 5 killed during Boston Massacre at beginning of the American Revolution

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks

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1784-12-05 Phillis Wheatley, American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31

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1803-10-02 Samuel Adams, US revolutionary (Boston Massacre-Tea Party) and politician, dies at 81

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1807-12-04 Prince Hall, activist/Masonic leader, dies in Boston
  • 1865-04-06 Reuben B Boston, US Confederate cavalery colonel, dies in battle
  • 1916-02-28 Henry James, US/British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72
  • 1934-04-07 William Monroe Trotter, African, dies on 62nd birthday in Boston
  • 1953-11-27 Eugene O'Neill, playwright (Nobel 1936), dies in Boston at 65
  • 1962-03-09 Howard Engstrom, Boston, a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
  • 1962-03-17 Frank Orth, actor (Boston Blackie, The Brothers), dies at 82
  • 1962-06-14 Anna Sleasers, first Boston Strangler victim
  • 1970-11-02 Richard Cushing, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 75
  • 1973-11-25 Albert DeSalvo, Boston strangler, stabbed to death in prison
  • 1979-03-26 Jean Stafford, US author (Boston Adventure), dies at 63
  • 1979-07-10 Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84
  • 1983-09-17 Humberto Madeiros, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 67
  • 1987-04-11 Kent Taylor, actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders), dies at 79
  • 2007-03-09 Brad Delp, American rock musician (lead singer of Boston and RTZ), commits suicide at 55
  • 2007-07-12 Mr. Butch, Iconic Boston street figure (b. 1951)
  • 2008-02-13 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)