Massachusetts in History

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

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 221

  • 1613-07-02 The first English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia led by Samuel Argall
  • 1620-12-11 Mayflower Pilgrims come ashore at in Plymouth Bay, traditionally thought to be at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts [NS, Dec 21]
  • 1620-12-21 Mayflower Pilgrims come ashore at in Plymouth Bay, traditionally thought to be at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts [OS=Dec 11]
  • 1621-03-16 Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts

Historic Event

1621-12-25 Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas

  • 1623-11-01 Fire at Plymouth, Massachusetts, destroys several buildings

Historic Event

1628-03-04 England's King Charles I grants a royal charter to Massachusetts Bay Colony

  • 1628-03-19 Massachusetts Bay Colony granted land by England
  • 1628-06-09 1st deportation from what is now US, Thomas Morton from Massachusetts
  • 1629-07-10 1st non-Separatist Congregational Church in US founded (Salem, Massachusetts)
  • 1629-08-26 Cambridge Agreement, Massachusetts Bay Company stockholders agree to emigrate
  • 1630-09-07 City of Boston, Massachusetts, is founded
  • 1630-09-16 Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston
  • 1631-05-18 English colony Massachusetts Bay grants Puritan voting right

Election of Interest

1631-05-18 John Winthrop is elected 1st Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

  • 1633-10-08 Massachusetts Bay Colony forms its first government
  • 1634-05-31 The colony of Massachusetts Bay annexes Maine colony
  • 1636-08-18 The Covenant of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts is first signed.
  • 1636-10-04 In Massachusetts the Plymouth Colony's 1st law drafted
  • 1636-10-28 Harvard University, Cambridge, founded by a vote of the Massachusetts General Court
  • 1636-12-13 The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. Recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard.
  • 1637-11-07 Anne Hutchinson tried in Massachusetts Bay Colony as a heretic
  • 1638-03-22 Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1638-06-01 1st earthquake recorded in US, at Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1639-03-13 Cambridge College, Massachusetts, renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard
  • 1639-05-20 Dorchester Massachusetts forms 1st school funded by local taxes
  • 1639-06-06 Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill
  • 1639-11-05 First post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts
  • 1641-12-01 Massachusetts becomes the first colony to give statutory recognition to slavery
  • 1642-06-14 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts
  • 1642-09-23 Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1st commencement
  • 1643-05-19 Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England
  • 1643-07-05 1st recorded tornado in US (Essex County, Massachusetts)
  • 1644-03-07 Massachusetts establishes 1st two-chamber legislature in colonies
  • 1646-02-28 Roger Scott tried in Massachusetts for sleeping in church
  • 1646-03-06 Joseph Jenkes receives the 1st patent in North America for making scythes from the General Court of Massachusetts
  • 1646-10-28 First Protestant church assembly for American Indians established in Massachusetts
  • 1646-11-04 Massachusetts uses death penalty for denying that Holy Bible is God's word
  • 1647-05-26 Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony
  • 1647-11-11 Massachusetts passes first compulsory school attendance law in the American colonies
  • 1651-12-25 Massachusetts General Court ordered a five shilling fine for "observing any such day as Christmas"
  • 1654-05-03 Bridge at Rowley, Massachusetts begins charging tolls for animals
  • 1660-06-01 Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1672-05-15 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts
  • 1672-06-25 1st recorded monthly Quaker meeting in US held at Sandwich, Massachusetts
  • 1675-06-20 Abenaki, Massachusetts, Mohegan and Wampanoag Native Americans form anti-English front under Metacom
  • 1675-11-02 King Philip's War: Plymouth Colony Governor Josiah Winslow leads Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut militias attacks against the Narragansetts, fearing they would join King Philip's cause
  • 1676-11-16 1st colonial prison organized in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • 1677-03-13 Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000
  • 1679-09-18 New Hampshire becomes a county in Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1680-07-08 The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts

Historic Event

1684-06-21 King Charles II revokes Massachusetts Bay Colony charter

  • 1684-10-23 Colony Massachusetts under authority of English crown mounted
  • 1690-12-10 Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money
  • 1691-09-17 Massachusetts Bay Colony granted new charter
  • 1691-10-17 New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth

Salem Witch Trials

1692-02-29 First people are accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts - Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, a West Indian slave

  • 1692-04-22 Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1692-05-27 Court of Oyer and Terminer ("to hear and determine") established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accusations of witchcraft
  • 1692-06-10 The first victim of the Salem witch trials, Bridget Bishop, is hanged for witchcraft in the colony of Massachusetts
  • 1692-07-19 5 more people are hanged for witchcraft (19 in all) in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1692-08-19 Five more people hanged for witchcraft (19 in all) in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1699-01-14 Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting "witches"
  • 1700-06-17 Massachusetts orders priest to leave the colony
  • 1704-02-29 French & Indians attack Deerfield, Massachusetts, kill 50, abduct 100
  • 1708-08-29 Haverhill, Massachusetts destroyed by French & Indians
  • 1722-07-25 The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border
  • 1749-06-25 General fast because of drought in Massachusetts
  • 1753-07-18 Lemuel Haynes, escapes from slave holder in Framingham, Massachusetts
  • 1755-11-18 Worst quake in Massachusetts Bay area strikes Boston; no deaths reported
  • 1765-08-14 Massachusetts colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)
  • 1769-09-18 John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano
  • 1773-01-06 Massachusetts slaves petition legislature for freedom
  • 1774-03-28 Britain passes Coercive Act against Massachusetts
  • 1774-05-20 The British pass the second of the Intolerable Acts: the Massachusetts Government Act, giving British-appointed governor wide-ranging powers
  • 1774-10-21 First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
  • 1775-02-09 British Parliament declares Massachusetts colony in rebellion

The Shot Heard Round the World

1775-04-19 American Revolution begins in Lexington, Massachusetts. The "Shot Heard Round the World" takes place later that day in Concord

  • 1775-07-03 George Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts

Historic Event

1775-12-05 At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • 1776-01-24 Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga
  • 1776-03-04 American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1778-01-20 1st American military court martial trial begins in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Historic Event

1780-10-25 John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts

  • 1785-01-29 In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health
  • 1786-08-29 Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising in Springfield and Worcester, Massachusetts, by citizens in opposition to the government's increased efforts to collect taxes on both individuals and their businesses
  • 1787-01-25 Shays' Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1787-02-04 Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
  • 1788-02-06 Massachusetts becomes 6th state to ratify constitution
  • 1791-03-10 John Stone of Concord, Massachusetts, patents a pile driver
  • 1792-02-23 Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)
  • 1799-02-13 1st US law regulating insurance passed by Massachusetts legislature
  • 1801-03-07 Massachusetts enacts first state voter registration law
  • 1812-02-11 Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill - first "gerrymander"
  • 1813-02-23 1st US raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • 1816-07-08 Frost in Waltham, Massachusetts during "year without a summer"
  • 1817-08-18 60-70ft sea serpent sightings reported offshore in Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • 1822-02-23 Boston, Massachusetts, is incorporated as a city
  • 1822-03-19 Boston, Massachusetts incorporated as a city
  • 1826-03-04 1st US railroad chartered, Granite Railway in Quincy, Massachusetts

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,003

  • 1576-10-12 Thomas Dudley, British colonial governor of Massachusetts, born in Northamptonshire, England (d. 1653)

John Winthrop

1588-01-12 John Winthrop, English Puritan lawyer and 1st governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born in Edwardstone, England (d. 1649)

  • 1594-05-01 John Haynes, 5th Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born in Essex, England (d. 1653)
  • 1603-03-18 Simon Bradstreet, Massachusetts Bay colonist (d. 1693)
  • 1609-10-26 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1675)
  • 1620-11-20 Peregrine White, First English child born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born aboard the Mayflower (d. 1704)
  • 1639-06-21 Increase Mather, New England Puritan minister, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1723)
  • 1649-04-05 Elihu Yale, English merchant and philanthropist (benefactor of Yale University), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1721)

Cotton Mather

1663-02-12 Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister (Salem witchcraft trials), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1728)

  • 1675-09-03 Paul Dudley, Attorney-General of Massachusetts, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1751)
  • 1689-06-26 Edward Holyoke, American academic and 9th President of Harvard University, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1769)
  • 1694-12-02 William Shirley, British Colonial Governor of Massachusetts (played an important role in Britain’s struggle against France for control of North America), born in Preston, Sussex, England (d. 1771)
  • 1703-06-26 Thomas Clap, American academic, 1st President of Yale University, born in Scituate, Massachusetts (d. 1767)

Benjamin Franklin

1706-01-17 Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father, inventor, ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)

  • 1711-09-09 Thomas Hutchinson, Loyalist politician of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, born in Boston, Massachusetts Bay British America (d. 1780)
  • 1715-03-07 Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist, born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1755)
  • 1717-01-05 William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman, born in Becket, Massachusetts (d. 1793)
  • 1720-10-08 Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (d. 1766)

Roger Sherman

1721-04-19 Roger Sherman, American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence, Constitution), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1793)

Samuel Adams

1722-09-27 Samuel Adams, American revolutionary (Boston Massacre-Tea Party) and politician (Lt Gov-Mass, 1789-94), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1803)

  • 1724-04-27 Colonel Thomas Gardner, American heroic political figure and soldier, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1775)
  • 1725-02-05 James Otis, American lawyer and patriot, born in Barnstable, Massachusetts (d. 1783)
  • 1725-03-24 Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1788)
  • 1726-08-07 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)
  • 1727-11-26 Artemas Ward, American politician and soldier (major general during the American Revolutionary War), born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (d. 1800)

Benjamin Lincoln

1733-01-24 Benjamin Lincoln, American military officer (Battles of Saratoga, Charleston and Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War), born in Hingham, Massachusetts (d. 1810)

Paul Revere

1735-01-01 Paul Revere, American silversmith and patriot who alerted the colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1818)

John Adams

1735-10-30 John Adams, 2nd US President (1797-1801), born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1826)

John Hancock

1737-01-23 John Hancock, American merchant & statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1793)

  • 1738-05-27 Nathaniel Gorham, American politician (6th President of the Confederation Congress), born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1796)
  • 1738-07-03 John Singleton Copley, American painter of portraits and historical objects, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1815)
  • 1739-03-05 Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (d. 1819)
  • 1741-06-11 Joseph Warren, American physician and soldier, born in Roxbury, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1775)
  • 1742-06-17 William Hooper, American attorney and signer of U.S. Declaration of Independence, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)
  • 1744-04-22 James Sullivan, 7th Governor of Massachusetts (1807-08), born in Berwick, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1808)
  • 1744-07-17 Elbridge Gerry, American statesman who invented gerrymandering and 5th Vice President of the United States, born in Marblehead, Massachusetts Bay (d. 1814)

Abigail Adams

1744-11-22 Abigail Adams, 2nd US First Lady (1797-1801) (11/11 O.S.), born in Weymouth Massachusetts (d. 1818)

  • 1745-01-09 Caleb Strong, 6th and 10th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1819)
  • 1746-10-07 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1746-11-27 Increase Sumner, American politician (5th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Roxbury, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1799)
  • 1749-05-15 Levi Lincoln, Sr., American revolutionary, statesman, politician, and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1820)
  • 1750-05-08 Elias Mann, American composer, born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1825)

Henry Knox

1750-07-25 Henry Knox, American general (Continental Army and later the United States Army) and 1st US Secretary of War (1785-94), born in Boston, Massachusetts Bay (d. 1806)

  • 1751-03-29 Supply Belcher, American composer and singer (The Harmony of Maine), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 1836)
  • 1752-05-04 John Brooks, 11th Governor of Massachusetts (1816-23), born in Medford (d. 1825)
  • 1753-03-26 Benjamin Thompson, American physicist and inventor (Royal Institution of Great Britain), born in Woburn, Massachusetts (d. 1814)
  • 1753-06-10 William Eustis, 12th Governor of Massachusetts (1823-25), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay, British America (d. 1825)
  • 1755-03-24 Rufus King, American politician and framer of US constitution, born in Scarborough, Massachusetts (d. 1827)
  • 1758-09-10 Hannah Webster Foster, American author (The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton), born in Salisbury, Massachusetts (d. 1840)
  • 1758-09-21 Christopher Gore, American lawyer and politician (8th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Boston, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1827)
  • 1762-10-15 Samuel Adams Holyoke, American composer, born in Boxford, Massachusetts (d. 1820)
  • 1763-08-08 Charles Bulfinch, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1765-09-18 Oliver Holden, American composer, born in Shirley, Massachusetts (d. 1844)

Eli Whitney

1765-12-08 Eli Whitney, American inventor (Cotton Gin), born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1825)

  • 1766-04-24 Robert Bailey Thomas, American journalist and founder (The Farmer's Almanac), born in Grafton, Massachusetts (d. 1846)
  • 1766-07-09 Jacob Perkins, American inventor (father of the refrigerator), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1849)
  • 1766-09-13 Samuel Wilson, American meat packer and possible namesake of Uncle Sam, born in Menotomy, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1854)

John Quincy Adams

1767-07-11 John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States (D) (1825-1829), born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1848)

  • 1771-02-09 Daniel Belknap, American composer, born in Framingham, Massachusetts (d. 1815)
  • 1773-03-26 Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician, astronomer and author (Marine Sextant), born in Salem, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1838)
  • 1774-09-26 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1845)

Laura Secord

1775-09-13 Laura Secord, Canadian war heroine, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts Bay (d. 1868)

  • 1779-09-18 Joseph Story, American lawyer and 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts (d. 1845)
  • 1780-09-25 Jason Fairbanks, American murderer, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 1801)
  • 1782-10-25 Levi Lincoln, Jr., American lawyer and 13th Governor of Massachusetts (1825-34), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1868)
  • 1784-04-29 Samuel Turell Armstrong, American politician and acting Governor of Massachusetts (1833- 36), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1850)
  • 1784-12-19 Marcus Morton, 16th and 18th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1786-12-12 William L. Marcy, American statesman, born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 1857)
  • 1787-01-13 John Davis, 14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)
  • 1789-10-08 John Ruggles, American politician, born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • 1791-01-14 Calvin Phillips, American midget & shortest known adult male (67 cm; 2' 2"), born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts (d. 1812)

Samuel Morse

1791-04-27 Samuel Morse, American inventor (telegraph, Morse code) and painter, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1872)

  • 1791-10-26 Charles Sprague, American banker and poet (Curiosity), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1875)
  • 1793-01-14 John C. Clark, American politician, born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1852)
  • 1794-04-11 Edward Everett, American statesman and orator, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1865)
  • 1795-06-12 John Marston, U.S. Navy officer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1885)
  • 1796-04-12 George N. Briggs, American lawyer and politician, 19th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1861)

Horace Mann

1796-05-04 Horace Mann, American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts (d. 1859)

  • 1796-05-04 William H. Prescott, American historian, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1859)
  • 1797-01-30 Edwin Vose Sumner, American Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1863)
  • 1798-01-20 Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (d. 1858)
  • 1799-07-26 Isaac Babbitt, American goldsmith who invented babbitt's metal for bearings, born in Taunton, Massachusetts (d. 1862)
  • 1799-10-01 Rufus Choate, American lawyer (Hall of Fame), born in Ipswich, Massachusetts (d. 1859)
  • 1800-02-14 Emory Washburn, 22nd Governor of Massachusetts (1854-55), born in Leicester, Massachusetts (d. 1877)

George Bancroft

1800-10-03 George Bancroft, American historian (History of the United States), born in Worcester Massachusetts (d. 1891)

  • 1800-10-27 Benjamin Franklin Wade, American politician, US Senator from Ohio (1851-69), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1878)
  • 1801-11-10 Samuel Gridley Howe, United States physician, abolitionist, and advocate of education for the blind, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1876)
  • 1801-12-28 James Barnes, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1869)
  • 1802-02-11 Lydia Maria Child, American author, journalist and abolitionist (Juvenile Miscellany), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 1880)

Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803-05-25 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and philosopher (Concord Hymn), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1882)

  • 1804-02-14 Otis Tufts, American machinist & inventor who built printing machines, steam engines, firefighting equipment and invented the steam pile driver, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1869)
  • 1804-03-08 Alvan Clark, American astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the world at the time, born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1804-05-16 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American educator, founder of first English-language kindergarten in the US, born in Billerica, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • 1804-06-24 Willard Richards, American physician and religious leader, born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts (d. 1854)

Nathaniel Hawthorne

1804-07-04 Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author (House of 7 Gables, The Scarlet Letter), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1864)

  • 1805-06-21 Charles Thomas Jackson, American physician and geologist, born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • 1805-09-06 Horatio Greenough, American neo-classical sculptor and writer (Form & Function), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1852)

William Lloyd Garrison

1805-12-10 William Lloyd Garrison, American abolitionist, and publisher ("The Liberator"), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1879)

  • 1807-02-16 Lysander Cutler, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Royalston, Massachusetts (d. 1866)
  • 1807-08-18 Charles Francis Adams Snr., American writer and diplomat, US Minister to the UK, son of President John Quincy Adams, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1886)

Famous Weddings

Roger Sherman

1749-11-17 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (28) weds first wife Elizabeth Hartwell in Massachusetts

Paul Revere

1757-08-04 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (22) weds Sarah Orne in Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Wedding of Interest

1764-10-25 Future 2nd American President John Adams (28) weds Abigail Smith (19) in Weymouth, Massachusetts (marriage lasts 54 years)

Ralph Waldo Emerson

1835-09-14 American leading transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (33) marries 2nd wife Lydia (Lidian) Jackson in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Herman Melville

1847-08-04 Author of Moby-Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Alexander Graham Bell

1877-07-11 Scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell (30) weds Mabel Hubbard (19) at the Hubbard estate in Cambridge, Massachusetts

James Naismith

1894-06-20 Basketball inventor James Naismith (32) weds Maude Evelyn Sherman (23) in Springfield, Massachusetts

Robert Frost

1895-12-19 Poet Robert Frost (21) weds Elinor Miriam White in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Owen D. Young

1898-06-13 US diplomat Owen D. Young weds Josephine Sheldon Edmonds in Southbridge, Massachusetts

D. W. Griffith

1906-03-14 Film director D. W. Griffith (31) weds Linda Arvidson (21) at Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts

Henry J. Kaiser

1907-04-08 American industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (24) weds Bess Fosburgh in Boston, Massachusetts

George S. Patton

1910-05-26 US General George S. Patton (24) weds Frederick Ayer's daughter Beatrice Ayer at Beverly Farms Episcopal Church near Boston, Massachusetts

Chester Nimitz

1913-04-09 US Admiral Chester Nimitz (28) weds Catherine Freeman (21) in Wollaston, Massachusetts

Mike Wallace

1940-08-30 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (22) weds Norma Kaphan in Brookline, Massachusetts

Rocky Marciano

1950-12-31 World heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton, Massachusetts

Anthony Perkins

1973-08-09 American Actor Anthony Perkins (40) weds American photographer and actress Berinthia "Berry" Berenson (25) in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Howard Stern

1978-06-04 Broadcaster Howard Stern (24) marries Alison Berns at Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline Massachusetts.

Kate Jackson

1978-08-23 Actress Kate Jackson (29) weds actor Andrew Stevens (23) in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

  • 1986-07-19 Caroline Kennedy (28) weds Edwin Schlossberg (41) at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Centerville, Massachusetts

Christopher Reeve

1992-04-11 "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve (39) weds actress and singer Dana Morosini (31) in Williamstown, Massachusetts

John Kerry

1995-05-26 US Secretary of State John Kerry (51) weds philanthropist Teresa Heinz (56) in Nantucket, Massachusetts

  • 1996-10-19 "Rescue Me" actor-comedian Lenny Clarke (43) weds former TV producer Jennifer Miller (31) at Martha's Vineyard in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1998-08-22 FOX News Channel correspondent and Robert F Kennedy's youngest son Douglas Kennedy (32) weds Molly Stark (29) in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • 2002-07-05 "Smallville" actor Tom Welling (25) weds model Jamie White in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • 2004-07-31 "Ed" actor Tom Cavanagh (35) weds "Sports Illustrated" photo editor Maureen Grise (33) at a 19th-century, cedar-shingled Roman Catholic church in Nantucket, Massachusetts

Julianna Margulies

2007-11-10 Former "E.R." actress Julianna Margulies (41) weds lawyer Keith Lieberthal in Lenox, Massachusetts

John Cena

2009-07-11 WWE star John Cena (32) weds Elizabeth Huberdeau in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 2011-07-15 Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy (44) weds Amy Petitgout in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts

Seth Meyers

2013-09-01 Comedian Seth Meyers (39) weds human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts

  • 2016-08-20 Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen (31) weds Tom May in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Famous Deaths

John Winthrop

1649-03-26 John Winthrop, Puritan & 1st Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 61

  • 1653-01-09 John Haynes, 5th Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 58
  • 1653-07-31 Thomas Dudley, British colonial governor of Massachusetts, dies at 76
  • 1660-06-01 Mary Dyer, English Quaker (martyred) - hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1662-06-14 Henry Vane the Younger, English politician and Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1613)
  • 1672-12-07 Richard Bellingham, English-born Massachusetts colonial magistrate (b. 1592)
  • 1675-10-26 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (b. 1609)
  • 1679-03-16 John Leverett, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1616)
  • 1690-05-21 John Eliot, English missionary in Massachusetts, dies at 85
  • 1692-06-10 Bridget Bishop, 1st person to be hanged in the Salem witch trials at 60
  • 1697-03-27 Simon Bradstreet, English colonial magistrate, last governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 93
  • 1704-07-20 Peregrine White, First English child born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 83
  • 1720-04-02 Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1647)
  • 1751-01-25 Paul Dudley, Attorney-General of Massachusetts, dies at 75

George Whitefield

1770-09-30 George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader and preacher, dies in Newburyport, Massachusetts, at age 55

  • 1779-06-16 Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712)
  • 1780-06-03 Thomas Hutchinson, Loyalist politician of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, dies at 68
  • 1808-12-10 James Sullivan, 7th Governor of Massachusetts (1807-08), dies at 64
  • 1819-03-08 Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (b. 1739)
  • 1825-02-06 William Eustis, 12th Governor of Massachusetts (1823-25), dies at 71
  • 1827-03-01 Christopher Gore, American lawyer & politician (8th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 68
  • 1832-04-01 Robert the Hermit, US ex-slave/hermit in Massachusetts, dies
  • 1850-03-26 Samuel Turell Armstrong, American politician and acting Governor of Massachusetts (1833- 36), dies at 65
  • 1861-09-12 George N. Briggs, American lawyer and politician, 19th Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 65
  • 1867-10-30 John Albion Andrew, American politician (25th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 49
  • 1868-05-29 Levi Lincoln, Jr., American lawyer and 13th Governor of Massachusetts (1825-34), dies at 85
  • 1874-03-11 Charles Sumner, American politician, Senator Massachusetts (1851-74) and anti-slavery advocate, dies at 63
  • 1885-10-06 Thomas Talbot, American politician, 31st Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 67
  • 1892-07-21 Henry Gardner, 23rd Governor of Massachusetts (1855-58), dies at 73
  • 1900-12-21 Roger Wolcott, American political figure, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1847)
  • 1914-04-09 Eben Sumner Draper, American businessman and politician (44th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 55
  • 1915-08-28 John Davis Long, 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (1880-1915), dies at 76
  • 1918-04-06 John Q. A. Brackett, American politician, 36th Governor of Massachusetts (1890-91), dies at 75
  • 1920-10-02 Winthrop M. Crane, American politician, 40th Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 67
  • 1927-08-23 Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in Massachusetts
  • 1939-09-13 Eugene Foss, American politician (45th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 80
  • 1946-06-08 John L. Bates, American lawyer and politician (41st Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 86
  • 1947-12-25 Gaspar G. Bacon, was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)
  • 1953-07-19 Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 52
  • 1954-06-22 Karl Taylor Compton, American physicist and 9th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, dies at 66
  • 1966-12-30 Christian Herter, American Republican politician, 59th Governor of Massachusetts (1953-57) and US Secretary of State (1959-61), dies at 71
  • 1988-01-29 James R. Killian Jr., 10th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1948-59), dies at 83
  • 1994-11-11 John Volpe, American politician (61st and 63rd Governor of Massachusetts) and U.S. Secretary of Treasury (1969-73), dies at 85
  • 1997-02-10 Matthew Eappen of Newton Massachusetts (b. 1996)
  • 1997-12-02 Endicott Peabody, American politician (62nd Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 77
  • 1998-10-21 Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1915)
  • 2001-05-28 Joe Moakley, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1973-2001), dies at 74
  • 2006-09-18 Edward J. King, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1925)
  • 2013-06-08 Paul Cellucci, American politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 65
  • 2018-05-01 Robert B. Kennedy, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1975–1979), dies at 78
  • 2018-05-02 Chris Walsh, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 2010–2018), dies of lymphoma at 66