Springfield, MA in History

Massachusetts: Boston - Lowell - Newton - Worcester

Historical Events

  • 1786-08-29 Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising in Springfield and Worcester, Massachusetts, by citizens in opposition to the government's increased efforts to collect taxes on both individuals and their businesses
  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 1892-03-11 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • 1893-09-20 The first gasoline-powered car debuts in 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

Historic Event

2017-06-03 The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opens in Springfield, Massachusetts


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1800-10-27 Benjamin Franklin Wade, American politician, US Senator from Ohio (1851-69), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1878)
  • 1831-07-14 William Dwight, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • 1835-01-30 Oliver Edwards, American inventor & Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1904)
  • 1838-07-19 Joel Asaph Allen, American zoologist (Allen's rule) and first curator of birds and mammals at the American Museum of Natural History, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1921)
  • 1891-11-11 Rabbit Maranville, American Baseball HOF infielder (World Series 1914 Boston Braves) and manager (Chicago Cubs), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1954)
  • 1899-05-21 Ralph Sanford, American actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1963)
  • 1900-01-09 Joseph Frederick Wagner, American conductor & composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1901-04-05 Chester Bowles, American ambassador and writer (Conscience of a Liberal), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1986)

Dr. Seuss

1904-03-02 Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel], American children's author (The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)

Leo Durocher

1906-07-27 Leo Durocher, American Baseball HOF shortstop (MLB All Star 1936, 38, 40; World Series 1928, 34; NY Yankees, St.Louis Cardinals), manager (World Series 1954 NY Giants) and coach (World Series 1963 LA Dodgers), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)

  • 1912-03-12 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American pianist and orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1912-11-21 Eleanor Powell, American stage and screen actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Broadway Melody films), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 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 (Rocky the Flying Squirrel; Cinderella; Cindy Lou Who), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1919-03-28 Vic Raschi, American MLB pitcher (4-time All Star), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1921-06-18 Angelo Bertelli, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1943, National C'ship 1943, Notre Dame), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1922-11-01 George S. Irving [Shelasky], American broadway singer and actor (Dumplings), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1923-05-07 Jim Lowe, American DJ (WNEW) "King of Trivia", born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1927-07-11 Herbert Blomstedt, American conductor (Dresdner Staatskapelle, 1975-85; San Francisco Symphony 1985-95), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1929-12-02 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 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 and session saxophonist (Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu"; Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"), 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
  • 1937-09-18 Norman Dinerstein, American composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)

Alan Kay

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

  • 1940-12-15 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1946-05-07 Bill Danoff, American vocalist (Starland Vocal Band), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1948-02-22 John Ashton, American actor, born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1949-04-28 Jerome "Jay" Apt, American astronaut (STS 37, 47, 59, 79), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

Kurt Russell

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

  • 1955-05-11 Mark Herndon, American country music drummer (Alabama - "Take Me Down"), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1955-09-12 Nina Blackwood, American actress and VJ (MTV, Solid Gold, Vice Squad), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1960-08-03 Tim Mayotte, American tennis player (Olympic silver 1988), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1961-08-29 Tony MacAlpine, American heavy metal rocker ("Edge of Insanity"), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1963-07-01 Edward Tsang Lu, American physicist and NASA astronaut (STS 84), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1965-04-15 Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer (4 Non Blondes - "What's Up"; Christina Aguilera - "Beautiful"), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1967-04-14 Mike Trombley, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1992-2002 (Minnesota Twins and 2 other teams), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1972-04-27 Maura West, American 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 (Olympic gold 1996), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1978-08-19 Chris Capuano, American baseball player (Pitcher), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

James Naismith

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