Boston in History (Part 2)

Massachusetts: Lowell - Newton - Springfield, MA - Worcester

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 398

  • 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

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1852-03-20 Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published in Boston

Abolitionist and Author Harriet Beecher Stowe
Abolitionist and Author
Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • 1852-12-29 Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants
  • 1854-05-24 Escaped slave Anthony Burns is arrested by US Deputy marshals in Boston under the Fugitive Slave Act
  • 1854-12-05 Aaron Allen of Boston patents folding theater chair
  • 1855-03-24 Manhattan Kansas founded as New Boston Kansas
  • 1855-04-28 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston
  • 1858-02-21 Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts)

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1858-03-05 Abolitionists establish "Crispus Attucks Day" in Boston

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks
  • 1858-08-02 1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets
  • 1860-10-13 1st aerial photo taken in US (from a balloon), Boston
  • 1861-02-22 On a bet Edward Weston leaves Boston to walk to Lincoln's inauguration
  • 1862-04-21 Ellen Price Wood's "East Lynne" premieres in Boston
  • 1863-01-15 1st US newspaper printed on wood-pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal
  • 1863-05-28 1st black regiment (54 Mass) leaves Boston to fight in US Civil War

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1868-10-01 "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott is published in America by Roberts Brothers of Boston

  • 1869-05-26 Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1869-08-23 1st carload of freight (boots & shoes) arrives in San Francisco, from Boston
  • 1869-10-16 Hotel in Boston becomes 1st to have indoor plumbing
  • 1870-01-20 "City of Boston" vanishes at sea with all 177 aboard
  • 1872-03-07 -8°F (-22°C ) in Boston, MA
  • 1872-11-09 The Great Boston Fire of 1872. Close to 1,000 buildings destroyed
  • 1872-11-19 E.D. Barbour of Boston is awarded the first U.S. patent for the first 'calculator', an adding machine capable of printing totals and subtotals
  • 1874-07-30 1st baseball teams to play outside US, Boston-Philadelphia in British Isles

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1875-10-25 The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given in Boston, Massachusetts with Hans von Bülow as soloist.

  • 1875-11-04 Massachusetts Rifle Association is founded in Boston
  • 1876-02-02 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 1876-02-15 Historic Elm at Boston blown down
  • 1876-04-01 1st official NL baseball game (Boston-6, Phila-5)
  • 1876-04-02 Philadelphia A's and Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Philadelphia
  • 1876-04-22 1st NL game, Boston Braves beat Philadelphia Athletics 6-5
  • 1876-05-23 1st NL no-hitter (Joe Borden, Boston)
  • 1877-02-12 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1877-04-15 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville in Massachusetts
  • 1877-12-22 "American Bicycling Journal" begins publishing (Boston, Mass)
  • 1878-02-11 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
  • 1878-05-24 CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race at Beacon Park in Boston
  • 1878-09-01 1st female telephone operator starts work (Emma Nutt in Boston)
  • 1881-10-22 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert
  • 1882-12-11 Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"
  • 1883-02-28 1st US vaudeville theater opens (Boston)
  • 1884-03-27 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY
  • 1885-04-30 Boston Pops Orchestra forms
  • 1887-02-14 Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
  • 1890-09-01 1st baseball tripleheader-Boston vs Pittsburgh
  • 1891-11-10 1st Women's Christian Temperance Union meeting held (in Boston)
  • 1893-01-13 U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
  • 1893-01-28 Edward Mcdowell's "Hamlet & Ophelia" premieres in Boston
  • 1894-05-14 Fire in Boston bleachers spreads to 170 adjoining buildings
  • 1894-05-16 Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings

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1894-11-17 Serial killer H. H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1896-01-07 Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook "The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book"

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1896-04-13 John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres at the Tremont Theatre in Boston

  • 1897-09-01 The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.
  • 1898-04-22 Baltimore James Hughes no-hits Boston Braves 8-0
  • 1898-07-08 Phillies' Red Donahue no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • 1898-10-06 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity founded at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1899-05-24 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston)
  • 1900-03-08 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • 1900-07-07 Boston hurler Kid Nichols notches his 300th career victory
  • 1900-08-10 1st Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles at Longwood Cricket Club in Boston, Massachusetts (3-0)
  • 1900-08-23 National Negro Business League organizes (Boston)
  • 1901-03-12 Ground is broken for Boston's 1st AL ballpark (Huntington Ave Grounds)
  • 1901-04-26 Jimmy Collins, having left the Boston Beaneaters (NL), captains and manages his first game for the Boston Americans (against Baltimore)
  • 1901-05-08 In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4
  • 1901-10-29 In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine.
  • 1903-06-25 Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt is only 20th-century pitcher to lose 2 complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 & 5-3
  • 1903-08-08 3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1)
  • 1903-09-17 Boston Pilgrims clinch AL pennant, beating Cleveland, 14-3

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1904-05-05 Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Philadelphia A's (3-0)

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1904-08-17 Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0
  • 1904-09-09 Boston Herald again refers to NY baseball club as Yankees, when it reports "Yankees take 2," Yankee name not official till 1913
  • 1904-10-10 Boston pitchers achieve 148 complete games-an AL record, also record for total complete games AL 1,098, NL 1,089
  • 1905-02-16 1st US Esperanto club organizes in Boston
  • 1905-09-27 Boston's Bill Dinneen no-hits Chicago White Sox, 2-0
  • 1906-05-25 After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0
  • 1906-06-09 Boston Beaneaters (NL) end 19-game losing streak beat Cards 6-3
  • 1906-09-01 Joseph Harris (Boston) & Jack Coombs (A's) pitch complete 24 inn game
  • 1907-05-08 Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 6-0
  • 1907-09-30 Cards Ed Konetchy steals home twice & Joe Delahanty also steals home for record 3 steals of home (vs Boston)
  • 1908-06-30 Boston's Cy Young's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Highlanders, 8-0
  • 1908-08-13 Cy Young Day in Boston, he pitches briefly against an All-Star team
  • 1908-09-05 Dodger Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
  • 1908-09-18 Cleve Indian Bob "Dusty" Rhoades no-hits Boston, 2-1
  • 1908-09-24 Robert B Rhoads becomes 1st Cleveland pitcher (Cleveland Naps) to toss a no-hit game, Cleveland 2, Boston 1
  • 1911-08-27 Chicago White Sox Ed Walsh no-hits Boston, 5-0
  • 1911-09-12 Boston's Cy Young vs Christy Mathewson of Giants, Giants win 9-0
  • 1911-09-25 Groundbreaking begins in Boston for Fenway Park
  • 1912-10-16 Boston beats NY Giants, 4 games to 3 with a tie in 9th World Series
  • 1914-07-05 Boston Braves are 15 games back in NL, & win World Series
  • 1914-07-14 NL's Boston Braves start climb from last place to world series sweep
  • 1914-07-19 Boston Braves begin drive from last to 1st place in NL
  • 1914-09-09 Boston Brave George Davis no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 7-0
  • 1914-09-23 Reds drop their 19th straight game, then beat Boston Braves
  • 1914-09-29 Boston Braves, who were in last place in mid-July, clinch NL pennant
  • 1914-10-13 Boston Braves sweep Philadelphia A's, 1st sweep in World Series history
  • 1915-07-18 Boston Braves start move from last place to become world series champs
  • 1915-08-18 Braves Field opens in Boston to see Braves beat Cards 3-1
  • 1915-09-18 Boston Braves trounce St Louis Cardinals 20-1

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 253

  • 1921-10-13 Harper MacKay, orchestra leader (NBC Follies), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1923-03-26 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1923-05-20 Edith Fellows, actress (Pennies From Heaven, City Streets), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1923-12-23 Ruth Roman, actress (Sylvia-Knots Landing, Dallas), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1924-05-21 Peggy Cass, actress/TV panelist (To Tell the Truth, Mame), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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1924-07-29 Elizabeth Short, American victim in the Black Dahlia case, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1947)

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • 1924-09-18 Zelda Fichandler, theater director and producer (Raisin, K2), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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1925-02-08 Jack Lemmon, actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1925-09-17 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Garry Moore Show, Annie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1925-11-26 Linda Hunt, Morriston NJ, actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado)
  • 1927-01-15 Norm Crosby, comedian (Young at Heart Comedians), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1927-03-23 John Logan, Endicott, NY, MLB shortstop (Boston and Milwaukee Braves), (d. 2013)
  • 1927-07-06 Susan Cabot, actress (Carnival Rock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1927-09-15 Norm Crosby, comedian/double talker (Liar's Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1928-09-22 Eugene Roche, actor (Foul Play, Slaughterhouse Five), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1929-03-13 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (New York Times), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1929-08-20 Norma Connolly, actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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1929-09-03 Whitey Bulger [James Joseph Bulger Jr.], American gangster, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger
  • 1929-09-25 Barbara Walters, newscaster (Today, 20/20, ABC-TV), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1929-09-25 Kevin White, American politicians (Mayor of Boston, 1968-1984), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1929-10-07 Harold Zirin, astronomer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1929-10-12 Robert Coles, American author (Anna Freud, Pulitzer 1973), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1930-01-01 Frederick Wiseman, documentary filmmaker, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1930-12-17 Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

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1931-03-26 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

  • 1931-05-27 James Wilson, criminologist ('Zero Tolerance' policing), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1931-09-03 Albert DeSalvo, The Boston Strangler (d. 1973)
  • 1931-10-16 Charles W Colson, presidential adviser (Watergate figure), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1932-02-08 John Towner Williams, composer/conductor (Boston Pops), born in Flushing, New York
  • 1932-02-22 Edward M "Ted" Kennedy, Boston Massachusetts Politician (Sen-D-Mass 1962- 2009 )

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1932-10-27 Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (Colossus, 3 Women, Bell Jar), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath

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1933-08-04 Sheldon Adelson, American business magnate (CEO of Las Vegas Sands), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Entrepreneur and Founder of Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson
Entrepreneur and Founder of Las Vegas Sands
Sheldon Adelson
  • 1933-11-15 Jack Burns, comedian (Burns & Schreiber), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1934-01-16 Richard Wernick, composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1934-10-15 Peter Haskell, actor (Bracken's World, Rituals), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1934-11-08 Roberta Hazard, American retired Rear Admiral (US Navy), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1934-11-15 Joanna Barnes, actress (Parent Trap, Spartacus, Goodbye Charlie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935-04-14 Joan Darling, actress (Frieda-Owen Marshall), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935-07-18 Tenley Albright, figure skater (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935-08-19 F Story Musgrave, MD/astronaut (STS 6, 51-F, 33, 44, 61, 80), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935-09-01 Seiji Ozawa, Hoten Manchuria, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • 1935-10-18 John B Coleman, hotel magnate (Ritz Carlton), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936-02-04 Gary Conway, actor (Burke's Law, Land of the Giants), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936-09-05 Jonathan Kozol, American writer and sociologist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936-11-07 Barry Newman, actor (Amy, Deadline, Petrocelli), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1937-06-08 Bruce McCandless II, American aviator, electrical engineer and astronaut who made the 1st untethered space walk (STS 41B, STS-31), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1937-10-29 Michael Ponti, Freiburg Germany, pianist (Boston Competition 1964)
  • 1938-04-04 A Bartlett Giamatti, American President of Yale and baseball commissioner (1989), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1938-05-18 Janet Fish, Boston USA, American realist artist
  • 1938-08-24 David Freiberg, American rock bassist (Quicksilver Messenger), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1939-03-19 Joe Kapp, NFL QB (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)
  • 1939-10-28 Jane Alexander, [Quigley], actress (Betsy, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1940-01-27 Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1940-02-04 John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1940-05-15 Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur's Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1941-05-28 Beth Howland, actress (Vera - Alice, Company), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1942-02-14 Michael Bloomberg, American philanthropist, politician, and CEO of Bloomberg L.P., born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1942-07-13 Stephen Jo Bladd, rocker (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1942-08-06 George Jung [Boston George], American convicted drug felon whose story was portrayed in the biopic "Blow", born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1942-09-29 Madeline Kahn, actress (Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943-01-14 Ronald Hunter, actor (Lazarus Syndrome), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943-05-02 Regina Carrol, American actress (Jessi's Girl), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1992)
  • 1944-02-03 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), born in Boston, Massachusetts, (d. 2017)
  • 1944-07-07 Warren Entner, rock vocalist/guitarist (Grass Roots), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1944-11-10 Dave Loggins, singer (Please come to Boston)
  • 1946-06-06 Tony [Anthony Frederick] Levin, American bassist (King Crimson), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1946-07-06 Jamie Wyeth, Penn, artist (An American Vision-Boston)
  • 1947-01-31 Jim Nollman, American theatre composer, born in Boston
  • 1947-03-07 Donna Loren, singer/actress (Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1947-03-10 Tom Scholz, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Boston-More Than a Feeling)
  • 1947-03-27 Tom Sullivan, blind actor (If You Could See What I Hear), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948-03-12 James Taylor, vocalist/guitarist (Up on the Roof), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948-06-11 Stephen Schnetzer, actor (Cass Winthrop-Another World), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948-09-02 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher who died in Challenger space shuttle disaster, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)

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1948-12-31 Donna Summer, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer
  • 1949-03-26 Fran Sheehan, American rock bassist (Boston-More than a Feeling), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949-05-03 Albert Sacco Jr, PhD/astronaut (STS 73), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949-08-15 Kate Taylor, American singer-songwriter (It's in His Kiss), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949-08-17 Sib Hashian, rock drummer (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950-05-11 John Kelly, American General, President Trump's Chief of Staff (2017-), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950-08-11 Erik Brann, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950-11-21 Livingston Taylor, rocker (I Will be in Love With You), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951-06-07 Anne Twomey, actress (Secret, Deadly Friend, Imagemaker), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951-06-12 Brad Delp, American rock musician (lead singer of Boston and RTZ), born in Peabody, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1951-11-29 Barry Goudreau, rock guitarist (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1952-02-03 Fred Lynn, baseball outfielder (Boston, California, Baltimore), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953-06-20 Brian J Duffy, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 45, 57, 72, sk:92), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953-09-16 Lenny Clarke, actor (Officer Hampton-John Larroquette Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953-12-14 Joe Toplyn, comedic writer (Late Night with David Letterman), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953-12-31 James Remar, actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1954-05-05 Angelo Kimball, rock guitarist (Face To Face), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955-02-07 Rolf Benirschke, NFL place kicker/TV host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955-03-02 Dale Bozzio, vocalist (Missing Persons-Destination Unknown), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1956-03-31 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brothers Keeper), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1957-05-25 Hillary Bailey Smith, actress (Nora-One Life to Live), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1958-04-07 Alexandra Neil, actress (Rose-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1958-08-22 Colm Feore, American actor (The Chronicles of Riddick), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1959-05-06 Kate Collins, actress (Natalie Hunter-All My Children), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1961-07-26 Gary Cherone, American heavy metal vocalist (Extreme, Van Halen), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1962-08-13 John Slattery, American actor (Mad Men, The Adjustment Bureau), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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