Boston in History

Massachusetts: Lowell - Newton - Springfield, MA - Worcester

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 406

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 1664-07-23 4 British ships to drive Dutch out of NY, arrive in Boston
  • 1665-06-07 Boston's First Baptist Church, one of the oldest Baptist churches in America, is founded [NS March 1]
  • 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

Pirate Defeat

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

  • 1704-04-24 1st continuously published newspaper in America - The Boston News-Letter published in Boston by John Campbell [1]
  • 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 at 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)

Historic Event

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

  • 1742-09-24 Faneuil Hall, Boston, opens to the 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 [1]
  • 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 Thomas Gage land in Boston
  • 1769-09-18 John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano

Historic Event

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.

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

Election 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"

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 American troops begin shelling the British 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 African Americans petition legislature for equal school facilities
  • 1787-11-18 First Unitarian minister in US ordained, Boston

Historic Event

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

  • 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)

Historic Event

1808-04-08 Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore promoted to an archdiocese by Pope Pius VII, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville)

  • 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, performed by The Handel & Haydn Society
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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 in Boston

Historic Publication

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

  • 1851-02-15 Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescuing a fugitive slave
  • 1851-12-29 1st American Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 373

  • 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)

Cotton Mather

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

  • 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)

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)

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)

  • 1726-08-07 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)

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)

  • 1737-10-31 James Lovell, American educator and statesman, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1789)
  • 1738-07-03 John Singleton Copley, American painter of portraits and historical objects, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1815)
  • 1742-06-17 William Hooper, American attorney and signer of U.S. Declaration of Independence, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)
  • 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
  • 1791-10-26 Charles Sprague, American banker and poet (Curiosity), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1875)
  • 1795-06-12 John Marston, U.S. Navy officer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1885)
  • 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)

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  • 1805-09-06 Horatio Greenough, American neo-classical sculptor and writer (Form & Function), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1852)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Edgar 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)
  • 1810-11-30 Oliver Winchester, American politician and rifle maker (Winchester Repeating Arms Company), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • 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)
  • 1830-11-27 Harrison Millard, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 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, American historian and 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)

Oliver 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)
  • 1847-12-02 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), born in Caton, New York (d. 1939)
  • 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)

Louis Sullivan

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

  • 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 & 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, American inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1874-07-26 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), born in Vyshny Volochyok, Russia (d. 1951)
  • 1874-11-20 James Michael Curley, American politician (53rd Governor of Massachusetts, 1935-37), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 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)
  • 1878-12-25 William Starling Burgess, American yacht designer (America's Cup yachts "Enterprise", "Rainbow", "Ranger") and aviation pioneer, born in Boston Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1879-12-19 Beals Wright, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1905; doubles 1904-06), 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)
  • 1883-11-28 Paul Hastings Allen, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1952)
  • 1884-12-14 Jane Cowl, American actress and playwright (Smilin' Through), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • 1885-12-02 George Minot, American physician (Nobel 1934 - introduction of a raw-liver diet in the treatment of pernicious anemia), 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)

Joseph P. Kennedy

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

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

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

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

  • 1891-11-11 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (Boston Braves), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1954)
  • 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)

Famous Weddings

Paul Revere

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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 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

Dennis Hopper

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

John Cena

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


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

Crispus Attucks

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

Phillis Wheatley

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

Samuel Adams

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

  • 1807-12-04 Prince Hall, activist/Masonic leader, dies in Boston
  • 1865-04-06 Colonel Reuben B Boston, US Confederate cavalry, killed in action during Battle of High Bridge in Farmville, Virginia at 30
  • 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, American newspaper editor and activist for African-Americans civil rights, dies in a fall from his roof on his 62nd birthday
  • 1937-04-08 Arthur Foote, American classical organist, composer, and member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), dies at 84
  • 1939-07-07 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), dies from heat stroke at 91
  • 1951-06-04 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), dies at 76

Eugene O'Neill

1953-11-27 Eugene O'Neill, American playwright (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936), dies of cerebellar cortical atrophy at 65

  • 1954-01-05 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (Boston Braves), dies at 62
  • 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, American football halfback (First-team All-Pro 1933, 34, 36; 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, American classical trumpet player (Boston Symphony, 1935-83), dies at 89
  • 2016-08-14 Philip "Fyvush" Finkel, American actor (Boston Public, Picket Fences), dies at 93