Boston in History (Part 2)

Massachusetts: Lowell - Newton - Springfield, MA - Worcester

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 394

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1852-03-20 Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published (Boston)

Abolitionist and Author Harriet Beecher Stowe
Abolitionist and Author
Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • 1852-12-29 Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants
  • 1854-05-24 Anthony Burns, slave, arrested by US Deputy marshals in Boston
  • 1854-12-05 Aaron Allen of Boston patents folding theater chair
  • 1855-03-24 Manhattan Kansas founded as New Boston Kansas
  • 1855-04-28 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston
  • 1858-02-21 Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Mass)

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1858-03-05 Abolitionists establish "Crispus Attucks Day" in Boston

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks
  • 1858-08-02 1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets
  • 1860-10-13 1st aerial photo taken in US (from a balloon), Boston
  • 1861-02-22 On a bet Edward Weston leaves Boston to walk to Lincoln's inauguration
  • 1862-04-21 Ellen Price Wood's "East Lynne" premieres in Boston
  • 1863-01-15 1st US newspaper printed on wood-pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal
  • 1863-05-28 1st black regiment (54 Mass) leaves Boston to fight in Civil War

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1868-10-01 "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott is published in America by Roberts Brothers of Boston

  • 1869-05-26 Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • 1869-08-23 1st carload of freight (boots & shoes) arrives in San Francisco, from Boston
  • 1869-10-16 Hotel in Boston becomes 1st to have indoor plumbing
  • 1870-01-20 "City of Boston" vanishes at sea with all 177 aboard
  • 1872-03-07 -8°F (-22°C ) in Boston, MA
  • 1872-11-09 The Great Boston Fire of 1872. Close to 1,000 buildings destroyed
  • 1872-11-19 E.D. Barbour of Boston is awarded the first U.S. patent for the first 'calculator', an adding machine capable of printing totals and subtotals
  • 1874-07-30 1st baseball teams to play outside US, Boston-Philadelphia in British Isles

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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 Bülow as soloist.

  • 1875-11-04 Massachusetts Rifle Association is founded in Boston
  • 1876-02-02 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 1876-02-15 Historic Elm at Boston blown down
  • 1876-04-01 1st official NL baseball game (Boston-6, Phila-5)
  • 1876-04-02 Philadelphia A's and Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Philadelphia
  • 1876-04-22 1st NL game, Boston Braves beat Philadelphia Athletics 6-5
  • 1876-05-23 1st NL no-hitter (Joe Borden, Boston)
  • 1877-02-12 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1877-04-15 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville in Massachusetts
  • 1877-12-22 "American Bicycling Journal" begins publishing (Boston, Mass)
  • 1878-02-11 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
  • 1878-05-24 CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race, Beacon Park Boston
  • 1878-09-01 1st female telephone operator starts work (Emma Nutt in Boston)
  • 1881-10-22 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert
  • 1882-12-11 Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"
  • 1883-02-28 1st US vaudeville theater opens (Boston)
  • 1884-03-27 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY
  • 1885-04-30 Boston Pops Orchestra forms
  • 1887-02-14 Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
  • 1890-09-01 1st baseball tripleheader-Boston vs Pittsburgh
  • 1891-11-10 1st Women's Christian Temperance Union meeting held (in Boston)
  • 1893-01-13 U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
  • 1893-01-28 Edward Mcdowell's "Hamlet & Ophelia" premieres in Boston
  • 1894-05-14 Fire in Boston bleachers spreads to 170 adjoining buildings
  • 1894-05-16 Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings

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1894-11-17 Serial killer H. H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1896-01-07 Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook "The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book"

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1896-04-13 John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres at the Tremont Theatre in Boston

  • 1897-09-01 The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.
  • 1898-04-22 Baltimore James Hughes no-hits Boston Braves 8-0
  • 1898-07-08 Phillies' Red Donahue no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • 1898-10-06 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity founded at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1899-05-24 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston)
  • 1900-03-08 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • 1900-07-07 Boston hurler Kid Nichols notches his 300th career victory
  • 1900-08-10 1st Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles at Longwood Cricket Club in Boston, Massachusetts (3-0)
  • 1900-08-23 National Negro Business League organizes (Boston)
  • 1901-03-12 Ground is broken for Boston's 1st AL ballpark (Huntington Ave Grounds)
  • 1901-04-26 Jimmy Collins, having left the Boston Beaneaters (NL), captains and manages his first game for the Boston Americans (against Baltimore)
  • 1901-05-08 In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4
  • 1901-10-29 In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine.
  • 1903-06-25 Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt is only 20th-century pitcher to lose 2 complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 & 5-3
  • 1903-08-08 3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1)
  • 1903-09-17 Boston Pilgrims clinch AL pennant, beating Cleveland, 14-3

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1904-05-05 Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Philadelphia A's (3-0)

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1904-08-17 Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0
  • 1904-09-09 Boston Herald again refers to NY baseball club as Yankees, when it reports "Yankees take 2," Yankee name not official till 1913
  • 1904-10-10 Boston pitchers achieve 148 complete games-an AL record, also record for total complete games AL 1,098, NL 1,089
  • 1905-02-16 1st US Esperanto club organizes in Boston
  • 1905-09-27 Boston's Bill Dinneen no-hits Chicago White Sox, 2-0
  • 1906-05-25 After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0
  • 1906-06-09 Boston Beaneaters (NL) end 19-game losing streak beat Cards 6-3
  • 1906-09-01 Joseph Harris (Boston) & Jack Coombs (A's) pitch complete 24 inn game
  • 1907-05-08 Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 6-0
  • 1907-09-30 Cards Ed Konetchy steals home twice & Joe Delahanty also steals home for record 3 steals of home (vs Boston)
  • 1908-06-30 Boston's Cy Young's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Highlanders, 8-0
  • 1908-08-13 Cy Young Day in Boston, he pitches briefly against an All-Star team
  • 1908-09-05 Dodger Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
  • 1908-09-18 Cleve Indian Bob "Dusty" Rhoades no-hits Boston, 2-1
  • 1908-09-24 Robert B Rhoads becomes 1st Cleveland pitcher (Cleveland Naps) to toss a no-hit game, Cleveland 2, Boston 1
  • 1911-08-27 Chicago White Sox Ed Walsh no-hits Boston, 5-0
  • 1911-09-12 Boston's Cy Young vs Christy Mathewson of Giants, Giants win 9-0
  • 1911-09-25 Groundbreaking begins in Boston for Fenway Park
  • 1912-10-16 Boston beats NY Giants, 4 games to 3 with a tie in 9th World Series
  • 1914-07-05 Boston Braves are 15 games back in NL, & win World Series
  • 1914-07-14 NL's Boston Braves start climb from last place to world series sweep
  • 1914-07-19 Boston Braves begin drive from last to 1st place in NL
  • 1914-09-09 Boston Brave George Davis no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 7-0
  • 1914-09-23 Reds drop their 19th straight game, then beat Boston Braves
  • 1914-09-29 Boston Braves, who were in last place in mid-July, clinch NL pennant
  • 1914-10-13 Boston Braves sweep Philadelphia A's, 1st sweep in World Series history
  • 1915-07-18 Boston Braves start move from last place to become world series champs
  • 1915-08-18 Braves Field opens in Boston to see Braves beat Cards 3-1
  • 1915-09-18 Boston Braves trounce St Louis Cardinals 20-1
  • 1916-06-16 Boston Brave's Tom Hughes 2nd no-hitter beats Pitts, 2-0
  • 1916-06-21 Boston Rube Forster no-hits NY Yankees, 2-0

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 224

  • 1930-01-01 Frederick Wiseman, documentary filmmaker, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1930-12-17 Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931-03-26 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

  • 1931-05-27 James Wilson, criminologist ('Zero Tolerance' policing), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1931-09-03 Albert DeSalvo, The Boston Strangler (d. 1973)
  • 1931-10-16 Charles W Colson, presidential adviser (Watergate figure), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1932-02-08 John Towner Williams, composer/conductor (Boston Pops), born in Flushing, New York
  • 1932-02-22 Edward M "Ted" Kennedy, Boston Massachusetts Politician (Sen-D-Mass 1962- 2009 )

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1932-10-27 Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (Colossus, 3 Women, Bell Jar), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • 1933-11-15 Jack Burns, comedian (Burns & Schreiber), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1934-01-16 Richard Wernick, composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1934-10-15 Peter Haskell, actor (Bracken's World, Rituals), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1934-11-15 Joanna Barnes, actress (Parent Trap, Spartacus, Goodbye Charlie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935-04-14 Joan Darling, actress (Frieda-Owen Marshall), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935-07-18 Tenley Albright, figure skater (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935-08-19 F Story Musgrave, MD/astronaut (STS 6, 51-F, 33, 44, 61, 80), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935-09-01 Seiji Ozawa, Hoten Manchuria, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • 1935-10-18 John B Coleman, hotel magnate (Ritz Carlton), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936-02-04 Gary Conway, actor (Burke's Law, Land of the Giants), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936-11-07 Barry Newman, actor (Amy, Deadline, Petrocelli), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1937-06-08 Bruce McCandless II, Cap USN/astronaut (STS 41B, STS-31), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1937-10-29 Michael Ponti, Freiburg Germany, pianist (Boston Competition 1964)
  • 1938-04-04 A Bartlett Giamatti, American President of Yale and baseball commissioner (1989), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1938-05-18 Janet Fish, Boston USA, American realist artist
  • 1938-08-24 David Freiberg, American rock bassist (Quicksilver Messenger), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1939-03-19 Joe Kapp, NFL QB (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)
  • 1939-10-28 Jane Alexander, [Quigley], actress (Betsy, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1940-01-27 Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1940-02-04 John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1940-05-15 Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur's Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1941-05-28 Beth Howland, actress (Vera - Alice, Company), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1942-07-13 Stephen Jo Bladd, rocker (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1942-08-06 George Jung [Boston George], American convicted drug felon whose story was portrayed in the biopic "Blow", born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1942-09-29 Madeline Kahn, actress (Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943-01-14 Ronald Hunter, actor (Lazarus Syndrome), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943-05-02 Regina Carrol, American actress (Jessi's Girl), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1992)
  • 1944-02-03 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), born in Boston, Massachusetts, (d. 2017)
  • 1944-07-07 Warren Entner, rock vocalist/guitarist (Grass Roots), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1944-11-10 Dave Loggins, singer (Please come to Boston)
  • 1946-06-06 Tony [Anthony Frederick] Levin, American bassist (King Crimson), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1946-07-06 Jamie Wyeth, Penn, artist (An American Vision-Boston)
  • 1947-01-31 Jim Nollman, American theatre composer, born in Boston
  • 1947-03-07 Donna Loren, singer/actress (Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1947-03-10 Tom Scholz, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Boston-More Than a Feeling)
  • 1947-03-27 Tom Sullivan, blind actor (If You Could See What I Hear), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948-03-12 James Taylor, vocalist/guitarist (Up on the Roof), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948-06-11 Stephen Schnetzer, actor (Cass Winthrop-Another World), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948-09-02 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher who died in Challenger space shuttle disaster, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948-12-31 Donna Summer, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer
  • 1949-03-26 Fran Sheehan, American rock bassist (Boston-More than a Feeling), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949-05-03 Albert Sacco Jr, PhD/astronaut (STS 73), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949-08-15 Kate Taylor, American singer-songwriter (It's in His Kiss), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949-08-17 Sib Hashian, rock drummer (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950-08-11 Erik Brann, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950-11-21 Livingston Taylor, rocker (I Will be in Love With You), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951-06-07 Anne Twomey, actress (Secret, Deadly Friend, Imagemaker), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951-06-12 Brad Delp, American rock musician (lead singer of Boston and RTZ), born in Peabody, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1951-11-29 Barry Goudreau, rock guitarist (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1952-02-03 Fred Lynn, baseball outfielder (Boston, California, Baltimore), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953-06-20 Brian J Duffy, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 45, 57, 72, sk:92), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953-09-16 Lenny Clarke, actor (Officer Hampton-John Larroquette Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953-12-14 Joe Toplyn, comedic writer (Late Night with David Letterman), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953-12-31 James Remar, actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1954-05-05 Angelo Kimball, rock guitarist (Face To Face), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955-02-07 Rolf Benirschke, NFL place kicker/TV host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955-03-02 Dale Bozzio, vocalist (Missing Persons-Destination Unknown), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1956-03-31 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brothers Keeper), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1957-05-25 Hillary Bailey Smith, actress (Nora-One Life to Live), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1958-04-07 Alexandra Neil, actress (Rose-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1959-05-06 Kate Collins, actress (Natalie Hunter-All My Children), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1961-07-26 Gary Cherone, American heavy metal vocalist (Extreme, Van Halen), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1962-08-13 John Slattery, American actor (Mad Men, The Adjustment Bureau), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1963-03-10 Jasmine Guy, actress (Whitley-Different World), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1963-04-04 Anthony Clark, comedian (Boyd Pritchett-Boston Common)
  • 1963-07-24 Paul Geary, heavy metal drummer (Extreme-More Than Words), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1963-11-19 Justine Greiner, playmate (February, 1984), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965-02-03 Maura Tierney, actress (Lisa-Newsradio), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965-03-17 Caitlin Bilodeaux, US fencer (Olympic-92), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965-04-04 Black Francis [Charles Thompson], American singer/songwriter (Pixies), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1966-02-04 Marissa Laakso, Miss Mass-America (1991), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1966-03-03 Wendy Fletcher, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1993), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1966-06-14 Traylor Howard, actress (Joy Byrnes-Boston Common), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1966-09-27 Stephanie D Wilson, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1967-09-18 Ricky Bell, rock vocalist (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1967-11-17 Ronnie Devoe, vocals (New Edition, Bell Div Devoe-Candy Girl), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968-03-06 Connie Britton, actress (Nikki-Spin City), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968-04-14 Anthony Michael Hall, American actor (SNL, Breakfast Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968-05-16 Ralph Tresvant, singer (New Editon), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968-05-27 Jeff Bagwell, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968-06-04 Scott Wolf, actor (Broken Arrow, Party of 5), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968-08-10 Michael Bivins, rock vocalist (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969-05-14 David William Wood, rocker (New Kids-Lovin' You Forever), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969-05-17 Paige Turco, actress (Melanie-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969-06-13 Jamie Walters, American actor and singer (The Heights, Beverly Hills 90210), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969-08-16 Becky Delos Santos, playmate (April, 1994), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969-08-17 Donald E Wahlberg Jr, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969-08-18 Edward Norton, American actor (American History X), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969-12-07 Patrice O'Neal, American stand-up comedian, born in Boston (d. 2011)

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1970-04-29 Uma Thurman, American actress (Baron Munchausen, Pulp Fiction), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Actress Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
  • 1971-04-03 Peter Schwab, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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