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

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
  • 1879-11-15 Lewis Stone, Worcester Mass, actor (Prisoner of Zenda)

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