Worcester in History

Massachusetts: Boston - Lowell - Springfield, MA

Historical Events

  • 1850-08-23 1st US National Women's Rights Convention convenes in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1853-01-21 Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes, Worcester, Mass
  • 1854-03-17 1st park land purchased by a US city, Worcester, Mass
  • 1855-10-09 Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope
  • 1892-07-08 American Psychological Association organized, Worcester, Mass
  • 1927-06-04 1st Ryder Cup: US beats England, 9½-2½ at Worcester Country Club (Worcester, Massachusetts, US)
  • 1966-12-29 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Mass)
  • 1970-06-04 WSMW TV channel 27 in Worcester, MA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1988-02-25 Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love Tour" begins in Worcester, Mass
  • 1999-12-03 Worcester cold storage and warehouse fire in Worcester, Massachusetts claims lives of 6 firefighters

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1873-02-23 Joseph Allen Sr. American actor, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1952)
  • 1879-11-15 Lewis Stone, actor (Prisoner of Zenda), born in Worcester, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1882-10-05 Robert H. Goddard, rocket pioneer (1st liquid-fueled rocket), born in Worcester Massachusetts (d. 1945)

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • 1889-09-15 Robert Benchley, humorist (My 10 Years in a Quandary), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1895-09-28 Wallace K Harrison, US architect (UN, Lincoln Center), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1912-08-12 Samuel Fuller, actor (Return to Salem's Lot), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1912-08-13 Rita Johnson, actress (Honolulu, All Mine to Give), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1914-02-17 Arthur Kennedy, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1920-07-17 Helen Walker, actress (Brewster's Million), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1920-08-17 Georgia Gibbs, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1936-07-14 Gloria Lambert, singer (Sing Along With Mitch), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1938-04-05 Nancy Holt, American artist (land art) , born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1947-02-15 John Adams, composer (Nixon in China), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1952-06-14 Eddie Mekka, actor (Carmine-Laverne & Shirley), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1955-08-30 Richard "Butch" Johnson, archer (Olymp-gold-1992, 96), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1957-08-18 Denis Leary, american actor/comic (Rescue Me), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1967-10-17 Mark Johnson, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1969-11-29 Jonathan Knight, American pop singer (New Kids on the Block), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1973-04-03 Jim Campbell, US hockey forward (Olympics-1994), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1975-08-21 Alicia Witt, American actress (Cybill, Fun), born in Worcester, Massachusetts