Massachusetts in History (Part 2)

Massachusetts: Boston - Lowell - Newton - Springfield, MA - Worcester

Historical Events

Events 101 - 142 of 142

  • 1900-08-10 1st Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles at Longwood Cricket Club in Boston, Massachusetts (3-0)
  • 1901-10-29 In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine.
  • 1903-01-18 The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts
  • 1907-11-28 In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater.
  • 1908-04-12 Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1912-01-11 Bread & Roses Strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts following a pay cut
  • 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)
  • 1966-12-29 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Massachusetts)
  • 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
  • 1988-02-25 Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love Tour" begins in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 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.
  • 1999-12-03 Worcester cold storage and warehouse fire in Worcester, Massachusetts claims lives of 6 firefighters
  • 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.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2011-09-14 Elizabeth Warren announces she intends to run for the Democratic nomination for the 2012 Massachusetts Senatorial election

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017-06-03 The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opens in Springfield, Massachusetts

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 478

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1868-02-23 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist and writer (Souls of Black Folk, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • 1868-04-21 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1872-04-07 William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • 1872-05-21 Henry Warren, inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1872-11-11 David I. Walsh, 46th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1873-02-23 Joseph Allen Sr. American actor, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1952)
  • 1873-11-20 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer (Chanticker), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1874-08-31 Edward Thorndike, American psychologist (father of modern educational psychology), born in Williamsburg, Massachusetts (d. 1949)
  • 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)
  • 1879-11-15 Lewis Stone, actor (Prisoner of Zenda), born in Worcester, Massachusetts

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 (invented and built the first 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, American actor (Dynamite, The Virginian), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1967)

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
  • 1889-09-15 Robert Benchley, humorist (My 10 Years in a Quandary), born in Worcester, Massachusetts

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)
  • 1895-09-28 Wallace K Harrison, US architect (UN, Lincoln Center), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 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, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, Harold & Maude), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1985)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1899-05-21 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)
  • 1903-06-17 Ruth Wakefield, American inventor (created the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie), born in East Walpole, Massachusetts (d. 1977)
  • 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
  • 1904-06-23 Carleton Coon, American anthropologist (What in the World), born in Wakefield, Massachusetts (d. 1981)
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1907-11-11 Joseph G. Hamilton, American physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, born in Waverley, Massachusetts (d. 1957)

  • 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)
  • 1908-08-25 Philip Coolidge, actor (I Want to Live, Tingler), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 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
  • 1912-08-12 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
  • 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
  • 1914-02-17 Arthur Kennedy, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1914-06-09 Barbara Mullen, actress (Thunder Rock, Innocent Sinners), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1914-09-15 Creighton Abrams, American general (commander of American forces in the Vietnam War, 1968-72), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 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

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