Springfield, MA in History

Massachusetts: Boston - Lowell - Newton - Worcester

Historical Events

  • 1786-08-29 Shay's Rebellion in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1787-01-25 Shays' Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1836-10-24 Earliest American patent for a phosphorus friction match by Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1891-09-20 The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1891-12-21 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1892-03-11 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • 1951-07-17 Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, is chartered.
  • 1953-03-17 WWLP TV channel 22 in Springfield, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-02-17 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts opens
  • 1969-10-14 Race riots in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1971-09-26 WGBY TV channel 57 in Springfield, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • 1831-07-14 William Dwight, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • 1835-01-30 Oliver Edwards, American inventor and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1904)
  • 1899-05-21 Ralph Sanford, American actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1904-03-02 Dr. Seuss, [Theodor Geisel], children's author (Horton Hears a Who!), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss

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1906-07-27 Leo Durocher, American baseball player and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1912-03-12 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1912-11-21 Eleanor Powell, actress/tap dancer (Bdwy Melody), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1914-09-15 Creighton Abrams, American general (commander of American forces in the Vietnam War, 1968-72), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1917-09-18 June Foray, American voice actress (Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1922-11-01 George S Irving, singer/actor (Dumplings), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1927-05-07 Jim Lowe, DJ (WNEW) "King of Trivia", born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1927-07-11 Herbert Blomstedt, American conductor, born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1929-12-02 Lowell North, yachtsman (Olympic-Gold-1968), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1931-08-15 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1931-11-02 Phil Woods, American Jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1932-06-14 Joe Arpaio, American former sheriff of Maricopa County (1993-2016), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

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1940-05-17 Alan Kay, American computer scientist (GUI design and object-oriented programming), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

Computer Scientist Alan Kay
Computer Scientist
Alan Kay
  • 1946-05-07 Bill Danoff, vocalist (Starland Vocal Band), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1949-04-28 Jerome "Jay" Apt, astronaut (STS 37, 47, 59, 79), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

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1951-03-17 Kurt Russell, actor (Thing, Overboard, Mean Seasons), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

  • 1955-05-11 Mark Herndon, country drummer (Alabama-Take Me Down), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1960-08-03 Tim Mayotte, tennis player (Olympic silver 1988), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1963-07-01 Edward Tsang Lu, astronaut (STS 84), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1965-04-15 Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer (4 Non Blondes, What's Up), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1968-10-12 Mike Trombley, Springfield MA, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1972-04-27 Maura West, actress (As the World Turns), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1972-07-12 Travis Best, American basketball player (1995-2002 Indiana Pacers), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1974-05-02 Miles Joseph, American soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1978-08-19 Chris Capuano, American baseball player (Pitcher), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith