Boston in History (Part 2)

Massachusetts: Lowell - Newton - Springfield, MA - Worcester

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 400

  • 1851-12-29 1st American Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston, Massachusetts

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 and 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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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, Mass)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)
  • 1900-03-16 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1909-02-12 Symphony in B minor "Polonia", by polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski has its public premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • 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, and 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 286

  • 1917-03-01 Robert Lowell, American poet/pacifist (Lord Weary's Castle, Near the Ocean), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1917-04-01 Johnny Andrews, singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1917-04-10 Robert B. Woodward, American organic chemist (Nobel 1965), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • 1917-10-15 Jan Miner, actress (Crime Photographer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1918-03-30 Joseph Allen Jr, American actor (The Night Before the Divorce, Motor Madness), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1918-08-22 Mary McGrory, American journalist and columnist, born in Roslindale, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • 1919-03-21 Lois Collier [Madelyn Earle Jones], American actress (A Night in Casablanca, Boston Blackie, Slave Girl), born in Salley, South Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1919-03-30 McGeorge Bundy, national security adviser (JFK), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1919-08-27 John Cox, Flemish/US painter/dir (Museum of Fine Physician, Boston)
  • 1920-01-24 Jerry Maren [Gerard Marenghi], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Mayor McCheese), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 98)
  • 1920-02-25 Hayes Gordon, American stage director and actor (Sky Pirates, Dark Room), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1920-08-01 Maria Cole, American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1920-08-09 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • 1921-03-02 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), born in Boston (d. 2017)
  • 1921-04-23 Warren Spahn, Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1921-07-14 Sixto Durán Ballén, Ecuadorian politician, President of Ecuador (1992-96), born in Boston, America (d. 2016)

Person of interestBen Bradlee

1921-08-26 Ben Bradlee, American editor, journalist, executive (Washington Post), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2014)

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee
  • 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, American actress (Pennies From Heaven, She Married Her Boss), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1923-12-23 Ruth Roman, American actress (Strangers on a Train, Knots Landing, Dallas), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1924-05-21 Mary Margaret "Peggy" Cass, American actress, comedian, game show panelist and announcer (To Tell The Truth), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)

Person of interestElizabeth Short

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

Person of interestJack Lemmon

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

  • 1925-03-13 Roy Haynes, American jazz drummer (Trio Music with Chick Corea), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1925-09-17 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Garry Moore Show, Annie), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 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)
  • 1927-04-27 Joe Moakley, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1973-2001), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
  • 1927-07-06 Susan Cabot, American actress (Sorority Girl, Carnival Rock), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1927-08-27 Norma Connolly, American actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital, The Young Marrieds), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1927-09-15 Norm Crosby, comedian/double talker (Liar's Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1928-09-22 Eugene Roche, American actor (Foul Play, Slaughterhouse Five), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • 1929-03-13 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (New York Times), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

Person of interestWhitey Bulger

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)

Person of interestLeonard Nimoy

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 )
  • 1932-03-21 Joseph Silverstein, American violinist, concertmaster and conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestSylvia Plath

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

Person of interestSheldon Adelson

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)
  • 1935-10-15 Willie O'Ree, Canadian former professional ice hockey player and the first black player in the National Hockey League (Boston Bruins), born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 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
  • 1937-05-04 Dick Dale [Richard Anthony Mansour], American guitarist, 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 quarterback (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
  • 1942-03-28 Daniel Dennett, American philosopher, 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)
  • 1946-10-07 Anita Shreve, American writer (Weight of Water, Past the Island; Drifting), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 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, American 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)

Person of interestDonna Summer

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., American chemical engineer and astronaut (STS 73), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths