Boston in History

Massachusetts: Lowell - Newton - Springfield, MA - Worcester

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 419

  • 1630-03-22 1st colonial legislation prohibiting gambling enacted (Boston)
  • 1630-09-07 The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.
  • 1630-09-16 Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston
  • 1630-10-19 In Boston the 1st general court is held

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1631-02-05 Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1634-03-03 1st tavern in Boston (Mass) opens (Samuel Cole)
  • 1635-04-23 Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded
  • 1644-01-18 Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America's 1st UFO sighting
  • 1648-10-18 1st labor organization forms in North American colonies (Boston Shoemakers)
  • 1652-06-10 In Boston, John Hull opens the 1st mint in America
  • 1656-07-11 The first Quakers to land in America (Boston), Englishwomen Ann Austin and Mary Fisher, are arrested and jailed by the Puritan colonial government. After 5 years imprisonment they are deported back to Barbados
  • 1664-05-28 1st Baptist Church organizes (Boston)
  • 1664-07-23 4 British ships to drive Dutch out of NY, arrive in Boston
  • 1672-12-10 New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston
  • 1673-01-01 Regular mail delivery begins between NY & Boston
  • 1673-01-22 Postal service between New York & Boston inaugurated

  • 1677-01-21 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), published in Boston
  • 1690-09-25 Publick Occurrences, first newspaper in the American colonies (Boston), publishes first & last edition

<b>Pirate</b> DefeatPirate Defeat

1699-07-06 Pirate Captain William Kidd is captured in Boston

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd
  • 1704-04-17 1st successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell
  • 1704-04-24 "Boston News-Letter" 1st successful newspaper in US, forms
  • 1704-05-01 Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement
  • 1716-09-06 1st lighthouse built in north America (Boston)
  • 1716-09-14 1st lighthouse in American colonies lit (Boston Harbor)
  • 1716-11-26 1st lion exhibited in America in Boston
  • 1731-12-30 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham's great room in Boston)
  • 1733-01-18 1st polar bear exhibited in America in Boston
  • 1733-07-30 Society of Freemasons opens 1st American lodge in Boston
  • 1735-08-18 Evening Post begins publishing (Boston, Mass)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1740-10-12 English evangelist George Whitefield preaches to 30,000 people in Boston in the US during the 'Great Awakening'

Anglican Preacher George Whitefield
Anglican Preacher
George Whitefield
  • 1742-09-24 Faneuil Hall, Boston, opens to public
  • 1743-03-05 1st US religious journal, The Christian History, published in Boston
  • 1743-03-14 1st American town meeting is held in Boston's Faneuil Hall
  • 1745-03-09 Bells for 1st American carillon shipped from England to Boston
  • 1755-11-18 Worst quake in Massachusetts Bay area strikes Boston; no deaths reported
  • 1760-03-20 Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings
  • 1762-06-28 1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston)
  • 1768-07-18 Boston Gazette publishes "Liberty Song", America's 1st patriotic song
  • 1768-10-01 British troops under General Gauge land in Boston
  • 1769-09-18 John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1770-03-05 Boston Massacre (Incident on King Street): British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs, stones and sticks at them. African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die; later held up as early black martyr. Massacre galvanizes anti-British feelings.

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks

  • 1772-11-02 Boston: anti-English Committee of Correspondence forms
  • 1773-04-27 British Parliament passes Tea Act (Boston won't like this)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1773-11-05 John Hancock is elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolves that anyone who supports the Tea Act is an "Enemy to America"

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • 1773-12-16 Boston tea party incident - Sons of Liberty protesters throw tea shipments into Boston harbour in protest against British imposed Tea Act
  • 1774-03-05 John Hancock delivers the fourth annual Massacre Day oration, a commemoration of the Boston Massacre, and denounces the presence of British troops in Boston, enhancing Hancock's stature as a leading Patriot

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1774-03-07 King George III charges colonists in Boston with attempting to injure British commerce, paving the way for the closing of the port to punish colonists for the Boston Tea Party

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
George III
  • 1774-03-20 The British parliament passes first of the Intolerable Acts: the Boston Port Act, which closed Boston harbor until colonists would pay for damages following the Boston Tea Party
  • 1774-06-01 Boston Port Act: Following the passage of the act, the British government orders Port of Boston closed to punish colonists for the Boston Tea Party
  • 1775-03-06 1st Negro Mason in north America initiated, Boston
  • 1775-04-19 New England militiamen begin the siege of Boston, hemming in the British army garrison
  • 1776-03-02 Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
  • 1776-03-04 American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1776-03-17 British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1780-05-04 American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1782-12-29 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston
  • 1787-05-06 1st African American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
  • 1787-09-30 1st US voyage around the world - Columbia leaves Boston
  • 1787-10-17 Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities
  • 1787-11-18 First Unitarian minister in US ordained, Boston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1788-06-17 After a lengthy stay in Europe, future US President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams return to Boston

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States
Abigail Adams
  • 1790-08-09 Robert Gray's Columbia Rediviva returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st American ship to circumnavigate the Globe
  • 1796-08-08 Boston African Society establishes with 44 members
  • 1797-10-21 The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) is launched in Boston
  • 1798-02-02 Federal St Theater, Boston, becomes 1st in US destroyed by fire
  • 1802-02-02 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents)
  • 1808-04-08 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore was promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
  • 1809-12-30 Wearing masks at balls forbidden in Boston
  • 1815-03-24 Handel & Haydn Society of Boston founded
  • 1816-12-13 Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston
  • 1818-12-25 Handel's Messiah, premieres in the US in Boston
  • 1820-12-15 1st General pharmacopoeia in US published, Boston
  • 1822-02-23 Boston, Massachusetts, is incorporated as a city
  • 1822-03-19 Boston, Massachusetts incorporated as a city
  • 1822-05-01 John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston
  • 1826-02-13 American Temperance Society forms in Boston
  • 1827-07-23 1st US swimming school opens (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • 1829-03-02 New England Asylum for the Blind, 1st in US, incorporated, Boston
  • 1829-08-16 Siamese twins Chang & Eng Bunker arrive in Boston to be exhibited
  • 1829-09-28 Walker's Appeal, racial antislavery pamphlet, published in Boston
  • 1829-10-16 Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston)
  • 1830-05-24 "Mary Had A Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is first published by Boston firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon
  • 1831-01-02 Liberator, abolitionist newspaper, begins publishing in Boston
  • 1831-07-04 "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)" is 1st sung in Boston
  • 1832-01-06 New England Anti-Slavery Society organizes (Boston)
  • 1833-01-08 Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established
  • 1837-02-11 American Physiological Society organizes in Boston
  • 1837-06-11 The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans
  • 1839-03-23 1st recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] (Boston's Morning Post)
  • 1839-11-27 American Statistical Association organizes in Boston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1842-01-22 Charles Dickens arrives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Catherine

Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens
  • 1842-11-17 Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
  • 1847-06-27 New York & Boston linked by telegraph wires
  • 1848-02-15 Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston
  • 1848-11-01 First US women's medical school opens (Boston)
  • 1848-11-01 Classes begin at Boston Female Medical College, 1st US female medical college
  • 1848-11-23 Female Medical Educational Society forms in Boston
  • 1849-11-15 1st US poultry show opens in Boston
  • 1849-12-14 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1850-03-16 Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields in Boston


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 341

  • 1643-09-27 Solomon Stoddard, American Puritan clergyman, born in Boston (d. 1729)
  • 1649-04-05 Elihu Yale, English merchant and philanthropist (benefactor of Yale University), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1721)

Person of interestCotton Mather

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

Puritan Minister Cotton Mather
Puritan Minister
Cotton Mather
  • 1676-03-17 Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (d. 1732)
  • 1689-06-26 Edward Holyoke, American academic and 9th President of Harvard University, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1769)

Person of interestBenjamin Franklin

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

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

Person of interestSamuel 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)

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams

Person of interestPaul 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)

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 1738-07-03 John Singleton Copley, American painter of portraits and historical objects, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1815)
  • 1746-10-07 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1750-07-25 Henry Knox, American general (Continental Army and later the United States Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts Bay (d. 1806)
  • 1758-09-21 Christopher Gore, American lawyer and politician (8th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Boston, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1827)
  • 1763-08-08 Charles Bulfinch, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1788-10-23 Sarah Hale, founder (Seaman's Aid Society of Boston)
  • 1791-10-26 Charles Sprague, American banker and poet (Curiosity), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1875)
  • 1797-01-30 Edwin Vose Sumner, American Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1863)
  • 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)

Person of interestRalph Waldo Emerson

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

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 1805-09-06 Horatio Greenough, American neo-classical sculptor and writer (Form & Function), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1852)
  • 1808-01-06 Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1808-04-16 Caleb Blood Smith, American journalist and politician, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)

Person of interestEdgar Allan Poe

1809-01-19 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1849)

  • 1809-12-29 Albert Pike, US attorney, soldier, writer, and freemason (Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1811-01-06 Charles Sumner, American leading Reconstruction senator, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • 1812-05-17 Joseph Warren Revere, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • 1814-04-15 John Lothrop Motley, American historian and author (The Rise of the Dutch Republic), born in Dorchester, Boston (d. 1877)
  • 1816-07-23 Charlotte Saunders Cushman, American actress (Lady MacBeth), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1876)
  • 1819-02-01 Henry Lawrence Eustis, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1885)
  • 1820-04-04 Charles Devens Jr, American lawyer, jurist, statesman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1820-09-23 Thomas Kilby Smith, American lawyer, diplomat and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1822-04-03 Edward Everett Hale, American clergyman and author (Man without a Country), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1822-12-05 Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American educator and the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe College, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1907)
  • 1823-07-19 George Henry Gordon, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1886)
  • 1823-09-16 Francis Parkman, American historian and author (Oregon Trail), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 1833-08-26 Charles Jackson Paine, American railroad executive, soldier, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1916)
  • 1834-03-20 Charles William Elliot, President of Harvard (1869-1909), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1834-08-22 Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer and pioneer aviator, born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • 1835-01-02 Charles Russell Lowell Jr, American railroad executive and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1835-12-13 Phillips Brooks, American Episcopal bishop and composer (Little Town of Bethlehem), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 1836-11-06 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, American theologian (Scientific Theism), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • 1837-03-14 Charles Ammi Cutter, American librarian (Expansive classification), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • 1838-02-16 Henry Adams, historian, writer (Education of Henry Adams), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1839-03-08 James Mason Crafts, American chemist (Friedel-Crafts alkylation synthesis), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1917)

Person of interestOliver Wendell Holmes Jr

1841-03-08 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, US 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1935)

  • 1843-04-15 Henry James, American-British author (Turn of the Screw, Bostonians), born in NYC, New York (d. 1916)
  • 1844-07-08 Mary Johnson Lincoln, educator (Boston Cooking School)
  • 1846-07-19 Charles Edward Pickering, American astronomer and pioneered American spectroscopist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1919)
  • 1848-12-21 Edward Everett Rice, American musical composer & theater producer, born in Brighton, Boston (d. 1924)
  • 1853-03-05 Arthur Foote, American classical composer, and a member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • 1855-03-13 Percival "Percy" Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

Person of interestLouis Sullivan

1856-09-03 Louis Sullivan, American architect (father of skyscrapers), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1926)

Architect and Father of Skyscrapers Louis Sullivan
Architect and Father of Skyscrapers
Louis Sullivan
  • 1857-03-23 Fannie Farmer, American culinary pioneer who revolutionised modern cooking through the introduction of precise measurements (Boston Cooking-School Cook Book), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • 1858-02-15 William Pickering, astronomer (9th & 10th moons of Saturn), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1860-04-20 Charles Gordon Curtis, American inventor (Curtis-steam turbine), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1861-08-09 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1861-10-26 Richard Sears, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1881-87), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1943)
  • 1861-12-08 William C. Durant, American industry pioneer, founded General Motors, Frigidaire, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1862-03-08 Joseph Lee, Father of Playgrounds movement, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • 1863-12-15 Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist (patented rayon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1935)
  • 1864-12-09 Sidney Homer, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1866-01-30 Gelett Burgess, American humorist and author (The Purple Cow), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1951)
  • 1867-11-27 Margaret Ruthven Lang, American composer (Irish Love Song), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 1872-04-21 Billy Bitzer, American cinematography pioneer, born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1944)
  • 1872-05-21 Henry Warren, inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1874-07-26 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony), born in Vyshny Volochyok, Russia (d. 1951)
  • 1875-01-22 Thomas W Ross, American actor (Without Limit, Kings Row, 17, Mortal Storm), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1959)
  • 1875-04-04 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Boston Symph Orch 1919-24), born in Paris, France (d. 1964)
  • 1876-07-04 William Farnum, American actor (Spoilers, Man who Fights Alone), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1878-06-05 William Franklin "Frank" Smith, American actor (Cowboy & Bandit, Scarlet Car, Frontier Days), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1880-02-21 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • 1880-02-27 Angelina Weld Grimke, American journalist, teacher and playwright (Harlem Renaissance), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1880-04-10 Frances Perkins, American politician and 1st woman to hold cabinet-level position (Labor 1933-45), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1965)
  • 1882-05-10 Thurston Hall, American actor (Roaming Lady, In Society), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1883-08-12 Pauline Frederick, American actress (Thank You, Mr. Moto), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1883-10-11 Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1884-12-14 Jane Cowl, American actress and playwright (Smilin' Through), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • 1886-07-05 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • 1887-05-05 Estelle Hemsley, American actress (Take a Giant Step), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1887-07-09 Samuel Eliot Morison, American historian (Admiral of the Ocean Sea), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1976)
  • 1887-09-16 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)

Person of interestJoseph P. Kennedy

1888-09-06 Joseph P. Kennedy, American diplomat, father of JFK, RFK & Teddy, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

Patriarch of the Kennedy family Joseph P. Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family
Joseph P. Kennedy
  • 1890-07-05 Frederick Lewis Allen, American social historian and editor of Harper's Magazine, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1954)

Person of interestRose Fitzgerald Kennedy

1890-07-22 Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, American matriarch, mother of JFK, RFK & Ted, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)

Kennedy Family Matriarch Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Kennedy Family Matriarch
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • 1891-12-21 John W. McCormack, American politician (D) Speaker of House (1962-70), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • 1892-12-05 Cyril Ring, American actor (I Wake Up Screaming, The Barber Shop), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1893-01-28 Elliot Griffis, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1894-07-10 Jimmy McHugh, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1969)
  • 1894-09-22 John Gough, American actor (Smooth as Satin, In the Land of the Tortilla, Circus Kid), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1894-11-16 Mabel Normand [Muriel Fortescue], American silent-film actress, director and comedienne (Mickey), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1930)
  • 1894-12-17 Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (Boston Pops), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • 1895-08-24 Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston (1944-70), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1970)

Person of interestJack Haley

1898-08-10 Jack Haley [John Joseph], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Ford Star Revue), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1979)

Actor Jack Haley
Actor
Jack Haley
  • 1899-02-02 Benny Rubin, American actor and comedian (Benny Rubin Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1899-02-27 Ian Keith, American actor (Abraham Lincoln, Queen Christina, Cleopatra, 3 Musketeers), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1960)
  • 1899-08-01 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1900-08-17 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1901-05-22 Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Boston, 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

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1773-10-10 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (38) weds Rachel Walker in Boston, Massachusetts

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere

LoveWedding of Interest

1842-07-09 American writer "The Scarlett Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne (38) marries painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody (33) in the Peabody's home, Boston

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Industrialist
Henry J. Kaiser

LoveWedding of Interest

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

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • 1996-04-12 Actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper (60) weds actress Victoria Duffy (29) at Boston's Old South Church
  • 2002-06-06 Former "Survivor" contestant and talk show host Elisabeth Filarski (25) weds former Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (24) at St. Mary

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena

Famous Deaths

  • 1661-03-24 William Leddra becomes the last Quaker to be hanged in Boston, for the crime of returning from banishment
  • 1732-05-20 Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (b. 1676)
  • 1770-02-22 Christopher Snider, 11, Boston, becomes 1st martyr of US Revolution

Person of interestCrispus Attucks

1770-03-05 Crispus Attucks, possible slave, is 1st of 5 killed during Boston Massacre at beginning of the American Revolution

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks

Person of interestPhillis Wheatley

1784-12-05 Phillis Wheatley, American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31

Person of interestSamuel Adams

1803-10-02 Samuel Adams, American revolutionary (Boston Massacre-Tea Party) and politician (Lt Gov-Mass, 1789-94), dies at 81

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1807-12-04 Prince Hall, activist/Masonic leader, dies in Boston
  • 1865-04-06 Reuben B Boston, US Confederate cavalery colonel, dies in battle
  • 1915-01-15 Fannie Farmer, American culinary pioneer who revolutionised modern cooking through the introduction of precise measurements (Boston Cooking-School Cook Book), dies of complications of a stroke at 57
  • 1916-02-28 Henry James, American-British writer (Bostonians), dies at 72
  • 1934-04-07 William Monroe Trotter, African, dies on 62nd birthday in Boston
  • 1951-06-04 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony), dies at 76
  • 1953-11-27 Eugene O'Neill, playwright (Nobel 1936), dies in Boston at 65
  • 1962-03-09 Howard Engstrom, Boston, a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
  • 1962-03-17 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), dies at 82
  • 1962-06-14 Anna Sleasers, first Boston Strangler victim
  • 1970-11-02 Richard Cushing, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 75
  • 1973-11-25 Albert DeSalvo, American criminal (The Boston Strangler), stabbed to death in prison at 42
  • 1979-03-26 Jean Stafford, American writer (Pulitzer Prize 1970-The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford), dies at 63
  • 1979-07-10 Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84
  • 1979-10-22 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • 1981-04-28 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), dies at 70
  • 1983-09-17 Humberto Madeiros, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 67
  • 1987-04-11 Kent Taylor [Louis Weiss], American actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders), dies at 79
  • 1991-06-09 Claudio Arrau, Chilean pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra), dies following surgery at 88
  • 1996-12-31 Wesley Addy, American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Bostonians, Loving), dies at 83
  • 2007-03-09 Brad Delp, American rock musician (lead singer of Boston and RTZ), commits suicide at 55
  • 2007-07-12 Mr. Butch, Iconic Boston street figure (b. 1951)
  • 2008-02-13 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • 2016-08-14 Philip "Fyvush" Finkel, American actor (Boston Public, Picket Fences), dies at 93
  • 2018-03-06 Arthur Foote, American classical composer, and a member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), dies at 83