Massachusetts in History (Part 2)

Massachusetts: Boston - Lowell - Springfield, MA - Worcester

Historical Events

Events 101 - 129 of 129

  • 1912-06-04 Massachusetts passes 1st US minimum wage law
  • 1918-07-21 U-156 shells Nauset Beach, in Orleans, Massachusetts.
  • 1920-05-05 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested on charges and robbery of a paymaster at a shoe factory in Massachusetts, US - the two men will executed
  • 1924-09-24 Boston, Massachusetts, opens its airport
  • 1927-06-04 1st Ryder Cup: US beats England, 9½-2½ at Worcester Country Club (Worcester, Massachusetts, US)
  • 1939-03-02 Massachusetts Legislature votes to ratify the US Bill of Rights - 147 years late
  • 1942-12-15 Massachusetts issues 1st US vehicular license plate tabs

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1946-11-05 John F. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) elected to US House of Representatives

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1950-01-17 The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951-07-17 Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, is chartered.
  • 1954-03-04 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
  • 1954-12-23 The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955-08-18 46.1 cm rainfall at Westfield, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1960-06-27 Chlorophyll "A" synthesized in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1960-08-19 The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieves a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1962-11-06 Edward W Brooke (R) elected attorney general of Massachusetts

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • 1965-08-05 Jeff Coffin, Massachusetts, musician (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones)
  • 1975-08-02 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1981-01-12 -35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1985-10-04 Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA.
  • 1988-07-21 Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepts Democratic nomination for president
  • 1989-04-24 Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day"
  • 1999-09-26 33rd Ryder Cup: US wins 14.5-13.5 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, US
  • 1999-10-31 EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
  • 2003-11-18 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional
  • 2004-05-17 Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
  • 2006-02-12 A powerful winter storm blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington, D.C. up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.
  • 2007-12-31 The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends.
  • 2008-05-15 California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 414

  • 1874-08-31 Edward Thorndike, Williamsburg, Massachusetts, USA, American psychologist (father of modern educational psychology)
  • 1874-10-06 Frank G. Allen, 51st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • 1874-11-20 James Michael Curley, 53rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1876-07-04 William Farnum, actor (Spoilers, Man who Fights Alone), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1878-02-27 Alvan T. Fuller, 50th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1879-10-25 Mayhew Lester Lake, American composer, born in Southville, Massachusetts (d. 1955)
  • 1879-10-28 Channing H. Cox, 49th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1968)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1881-08-12 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments), born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1959)

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1882-05-10 Thurston Hall, actor (Roaming Lady, In Society), born in Boston, 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
  • 1886-06-06 Paul Dudley White, American heart specialist, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1973)
  • 1886-07-05 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1889-01-01 Charles Bickford, actor (John-The Virginian), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1889-07-17 Erle Stanley Gardner, American detective writer (Perry Mason), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1970)

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1892-09-01 Leverett Saltonstall, 55th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • 1893-01-28 Elliot Griffis, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1893-08-21 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1893-11-24 Charles F. Hurley, 54th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946)
  • 1894-05-31 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1894-07-25 Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d.1974)
  • 1894-09-22 Johnnie Gough, actor (Smooth as Satin, Circus Kid), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1894-10-14 E.E.Cummings (Edward Estlin), poet (Tulips & Chimneys), born in Cambridge, 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
  • 1895-03-28 Christian Herter, 59th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1966)
  • 1896-02-29 William W Wellman, director (Star is Born), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1896-06-07 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1896-10-30 Ruth Gordon, actress (Rosemary's Baby, Harold & Maude), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1985)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1898-08-10 Jack Haley [John Joseph], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Ford Star Revue), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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
  • 1899-05-21 Ralph Sanford, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1899-06-02 Royal Beal, actor (Death of a Salesman), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1899-09-09 Neil Hamilton, actor (Commisioner Gordon in Batman), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1900-08-17 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1900-12-06 Agnes Moorehead, American actress (Endora in Bewitched), born in Clinton, Massachusetts (d. 1974)

  • 1901-03-03 Roger Turner, American figure skater (7x US National Champion), born in Milton, Massachusetts (d. 1993)
  • 1901-05-22 Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 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
  • 1902-08-05 Irene Rice Pereira, Chelsea, Massachusetts, American abstract artist
  • 1902-12-15 Robert F. Bradford, 57th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1903-01-15 Paul A. Dever, 58th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1903-10-17 Jerry Colona, comedian (Jerry Colona Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1903-12-19 George Davis Snell, Bradford, Massachusetts, American geneticist (H-2 gene)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1904-03-02 Dr. Seuss, [Theodor Geisel], children's author (Horton Hears a Who!), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • 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
  • 1905-02-10 Walter Brown, Massachusetts US, original owner of the Boston Celtics and important figure in the development of ice hockey in the United States

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1906-07-27 Leo Durocher, American baseball player and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1906-11-22 Howard Petrie, actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), born in Beverly, Massachusetts
  • 1907-07-07 Helene Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1908-02-04 Gordon Fraser, newscaster (All Star News), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1908-04-05 Bette Davis, American actress (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1989)

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • 1908-06-29 Leroy Anderson, US composer (Syncopated Clock), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1975)
  • 1909-02-16 Jeffrey Lynn, Auburn, Massachusetts, American actor (Four Daughters, Roaring Twenties)
  • 1910-07-04 Francis D. Foley, US Rear Admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1911-03-11 Alan Gifford, actor (Time Lock, Up Periscope), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1911-06-10 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • 1911-07-29 Foster Furcolo, 60th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1911-10-12 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9x US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1912-03-12 Paul Weston, orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1912-09-08 Alexander Mackendrick, director (Man in the White Suit, Mandy), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1912-11-21 Eleanor Powell, actress/tap dancer (Bdwy Melody), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1912-12-09 Tip O'Neill, American politician and 47th speaker of the house (D-Ma: 1977-86), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1913-02-08 Betty Field, actress (Kings Row, Bus Stop), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 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
  • 1915-06-02 Florence Holway, Massachusetts, 75 year old rape victim and activist, (d. 2012)
  • 1915-07-29 Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1917-05-29 John F. Kennedy, 35th US President (1961-1963) and Senator (D-Mass), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1918-05-09 Mike Wallace, newscaster (Biography, 60 Minutes), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
  • 1919-01-11 Veda Ann Borg, actress (Avalanche, Accomplice), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1919-03-30 McGeorge Bundy, national security adviser (JFK), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1920-02-15 Endicott Peabody, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1920-02-25 Hayes Gordon, actor (Sky Pirates, Dark Room), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1920-04-19 Frank Fontaine, comedian (Crazy Guggenheim), born in Cambridge, 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)
  • 1920-11-05 Douglass North, American economist, (Nobel Prize Economic Sciences 1993), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee
  • 1921-09-19 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1921-10-13 Harper MacKay, orchestra leader (NBC Follies), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1922-03-12 Jack Kerouac, Beat writer (On the Road, Mexico Blues), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

Writer Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac
  • 1922-05-30 Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], US sci-fi author (Needle, Iceworld), born in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • 1922-11-01 George S Irving, singer/actor (Dumplings), born in Springfield, 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
  • 1923-06-02 Lloyd Shapley, Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize Game Theory), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1923-06-05 Daniel Rogers Pinkham, Lynn Massachusetts, composer (Signs of Zodiac)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1923-09-01 Rocky Marciano, American heavyweight champion boxer (1952-56), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1923-12-23 Ruth Roman, actress (Sylvia-Knots Landing, Dallas), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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