Massachusetts in History (Part 2)

Massachusetts: Boston - Lowell - Newton - Springfield, MA - Worcester

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 209

  • 1832-07-25 1st railroad accident in US, Granite Railway, Quincy, Massachusetts, kills 1
  • 1836-10-24 Earliest American patent for a phosphorus friction match by Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1838-06-12 Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • 1839-07-03 1st state normal school in US opens, Lexington, Massachusetts, with 3 students

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • 1843-12-04 Manila paper (made from sails, canvas and rope) patented in Massachusetts
  • 1844-03-21 The original date predicted by William Miller of Massachusetts for the return of Christ and the end of the world
  • 1845-05-03 1st African American lawyer, Macon B Allen, admitted to the bar in Massachusetts
  • 1846-02-21 1st US woman telegrapher, Sarah G Bagley, Lowell, Massachusetts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1848-03-03 American education reformer Horace Mann joins the US Senate, representing Massachusetts

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 1850-08-23 1st US National Women's Rights Convention convenes in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1851-12-29 1st American Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1852-05-18 Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1853-01-06 Franklin Pierce, the President-elect of the United States at the time, and his family are involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • 1853-01-21 Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1854-03-17 1st park land purchased by a US city, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1854-10-01 The watch company founded in 1850 in Roxbury by Aaron Lufkin Dennison relocates to Waltham, Massachusetts, to become the Waltham Watch Company, a pioneer in the American System of Watch Manufacturing.
  • 1855-10-09 Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope (musical instrument)
  • 1856-05-22 Violence in the US Senate, South Carolina rep Brooks uses a cane on Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner
  • 1858-02-21 Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • 1859-07-12 Paper bag manufacturing machine patents by William Goodale, Massachusetts
  • 1860-02-22 Shoe-making workers of Lynn, Massachusetts, strike successfully for higher wages
  • 1861-01-19 Misssissippi troops take Fort Massachusetts and Ship Island (US Civil War)
  • 1862-01-31 Astronomer Alvan Graham Clark makes first observation of Sirius B (first known white dwarf star) in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts while testing his new telescope
  • 1863-01-26 American Civil War: Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)
  • 1865-02-20 Massachusetts Institute of Technology forms 1st US collegiate architectural school
  • 1866-07-10 Indelible pencil patented by Edson P. Clark, Northampton, Massachusetts
  • 1869-05-26 Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1874-05-16 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, Massachusetts)

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
  • 1876-07-31 US Coast Guard officers' training school established (New Bedford Massachusetts)
  • 1877-02-12 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1877-04-15 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville in Massachusetts
  • 1881-06-14 Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  • 1885-05-19 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)
  • 1886-03-06 1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • 1886-03-20 1st AC power plant in US begins commercial operation in Massachusetts
  • 1890-03-18 1st US state naval militia organized (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)
  • 1892-07-08 American Psychological Association organized in Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts

MurderMurder of Interest

1892-08-04 Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden arrested in Fall River, Massachusetts on two counts of murder

Acquitted Murderer Lizzie Borden
Acquitted Murderer
Lizzie Borden
  • 1892-12-21 The 1st basketball game is played in the Armory Street court in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1893-06-20 Lizzie Borden acquitted of the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • 1894-01-09 New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • 1895-02-09 Volleyball invented by W G Morgan in Massachusetts
  • 1898-06-18 4th US Golf Open: Fred Herd shoots a 328 at Myopia Hunt Club, Massachusetts
  • 1898-10-06 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity founded at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1900-08-10 1st Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles at Longwood Cricket Club in Boston, Massachusetts (3-0)

  • 1901-10-29 In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine.
  • 1903-01-18 The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts
  • 1907-11-28 In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater.
  • 1908-04-12 Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1912-01-11 Bread & Roses Strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts following a pay cut
  • 1912-01-29 Martial law declared in textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1912-06-04 Massachusetts passes 1st US minimum wage law
  • 1918-07-21 U-156 shells Nauset Beach, in Orleans, Massachusetts.
  • 1919-01-15 Two million gallons of molasses flood Boston Massachusetts in the "Great Molasses Flood" when a storage tank burst, drowning 21 and injuring 150

Sport awardGolf Major

1919-06-11 23rd US Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 301 at Brae Burn CC Massachusetts

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
  • 1920-05-05 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested on charges and robbery of a paymaster at a shoe factory in Massachusetts, US - the two men will executed
  • 1921-07-14 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti convicted in Dedham Massachusetts, of killing their shoe company's paymaster
  • 1924-09-24 Boston, Massachusetts, opens its airport
  • 1927-06-04 1st Ryder Cup: US beats England, 9½-2½ at Worcester Country Club (Worcester, Massachusetts, US)
  • 1932-06-10 1st demonstration of artificial lightning Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • 1939-03-02 Massachusetts Legislature votes to ratify the US Bill of Rights - 147 years late
  • 1942-12-15 Massachusetts issues 1st US vehicular license plate tabs

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1946-11-05 John F. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) elected to US House of Representatives

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1946-11-13 First artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mt Greylock, Massachusetts
  • 1950-01-17 The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951-07-17 Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, is chartered
  • 1953-06-07 1st color network telecast in compatible color (Boston Massachusetts)
  • 1954-03-04 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
  • 1954-12-23 The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955-08-18 46.1 cm rainfall at Westfield, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1956-02-28 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott, Massachusetts
  • 1957-06-13 Mayflower II from Plymouth, England, reaches Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1960-06-27 Chlorophyll "A" synthesized in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1960-08-19 The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieves a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1962-11-06 Edward W. Brooke (R) elected attorney general of Massachusetts

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • 1964-06-02 Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1966-03-21 US Supreme Court reverses Massachusetts ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene
  • 1966-12-28 13 die in a train crash in Everett, Massachusetts
  • 1966-12-29 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Massachusetts)
  • 1968-02-17 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts opens
  • 1969-10-14 Race riots in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1975-08-02 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1981-01-12 -35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1983-03-06 In New Bedford, Massachusetts, woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
  • 1985-10-04 Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988-02-25 Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love" Tour begins in Worcester, Massachusetts

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
  • 1988-07-21 Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepts Democratic nomination for president
  • 1989-04-24 Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day"
  • 1997-07-10 Louise Woodward's trial begins in Massachusetts Nanny murder trial
  • 1999-09-26 33rd Ryder Cup: US wins 14.5-13.5 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, US
  • 1999-10-31 EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
  • 1999-12-03 Worcester cold storage and warehouse fire in Worcester, Massachusetts claims lives of 6 firefighters
  • 2003-11-18 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional
  • 2004-05-17 Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 720

  • 1818-09-07 Thomas Talbot, 31st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1886)
  • 1819-01-12 Zealous Bates Tower, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Cohasset, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1819-02-01 Henry Lawrence Eustis, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1885)
  • 1819-06-14 Henry J. Gardner, 23rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1892)
  • 1819-11-10 Cyrus West Field, American financier noted for success of 1st transatlantic cable, born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts (d. 1892)
  • 1819-11-23 Josiah Dwight Whitney, Northampton Massachusetts, American Geologist who led the California Geological Survey (Mount Whitney and Whitney Glacier are named for him)
  • 1820-01-24 John Milton Thayer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bellingham, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • 1820-01-31 William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)

Person of interestSusan B. Anthony

1820-02-15 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1906)

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony
  • 1820-04-04 Charles Devens Jr, American lawyer, jurist, statesman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1820-08-30 George Frederick Root, American songwriter (The Battle Cry of Freedom), born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1820-09-23 Thomas Kilby Smith, American lawyer, diplomat and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1821-12-17 Frederick West Lander, American poet and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1862)

Person of interestClara Barton

1821-12-25 Clara Barton, American nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, born in North Oxford, Massachusetts (d. 1912)

Humanitarian Clara Barton
Clara Barton
  • 1822-04-03 Edward Everett Hale, American clergyman and author (Man without a Country), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1823-06-08 Robert Morris, 1st successful African American lawyer in the US and Abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1823-07-19 George Henry Gordon, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1886)
  • 1824-10-19 Rufus Saxton, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Greenfield, Massachusetts (d. 1908)
  • 1825-11-25 Edward Augustus Wild, American homeopathic doctor and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1826-03-14 William Fiske Sherwin, American composer, born in Buckland, Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • 1828-01-23 Calvin Edward Pratt, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Worcester County, Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1828-05-19 Adin Ballou Underwood, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Worcester County Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • 1828-08-31 George Leonard Andrews, American professor, civil engineer, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts (d. 1899)
  • 1829-09-12 Charles Dudley Warner, American novelist (Being a Boy), born in Plainfield, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1829-12-27 James Clay Rice, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Worthington, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1830-10-09 Harriet Hosmer, American neoclassical sculptor, born in Watertown, Massachusetts (d. 1908)

Person of interestEmily Dickinson

1830-12-10 Emily Dickinson, American poet (Collected Poems), born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1886)

  • 1831-02-03 Cyrus Ballou Comstock, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Wrentham, Massachusetts (d. 1910)
  • 1831-02-04 Oliver Ames, 35th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1831-04-12 Grenville Mellen Dodge, American engineer and Major General (Union Army), born in Danvers, Massachusetts (d. 1916)
  • 1831-07-14 William Dwight, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • 1832-01-13 Horatio Alger, American clergyman and author (Disagreeable Woman, Ragged Dick), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1899)
  • 1832-09-25 William Le Baron Jenney, American architect (father of skyscraper), born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts (d. 1907)
  • 1832-11-22 George Henry Chapman, American newspaper editor, lawyer, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Holland, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1833-08-26 Charles Jackson Paine, American railroad executive, soldier, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1916)
  • 1833-12-29 John James Ingalls, US politician (Rep-Ks), born in Middleton, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1834-01-20 George D. Robinson, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1834-03-20 Charles William Elliot, President of Harvard (1869-1909), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1834-08-18 Marshall Field, American entrepreneur and the founder of Marshall Field and Company, born in Conway, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • 1834-08-22 Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer and pioneer aviator, born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1906)

Person of interestHetty Green

1834-11-21 henrietta (Hetty) Green, American financier (Witch of Wall Street), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

The Witch of Wall Street Hetty Green
The Witch of Wall Street
Hetty Green
  • 1835-01-02 Charles Russell Lowell Jr, American railroad executive and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1835-01-30 Oliver Edwards, American inventor and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1904)
  • 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)
  • 1837-12-28 Benjamin Johnson Lang, American conductor and composer, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1838-02-16 Henry Adams, historian, writer (Education of Henry Adams), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1838-10-27 John Davis Long, 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (1880-1915), born in Buckfield, Maine (d. 1915)
  • 1839-03-08 James Mason Crafts, American chemist (Friedel-Crafts alkylation synthesis), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1917)
  • 1839-08-08 Nelson Appleton Miles, American Major General (Union Army), born in Westminster, Massachusetts (d. 1925)
  • 1840-06-06 William Francis Bartlett, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 1876)

Person of interestOliver Wendell Holmes Jr

1841-03-08 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, US 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1935)

  • 1842-01-04 Frederic T. Greenhalge, 38th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1842-06-08 John Q. A. Brackett, American politician, 36th Governor of Massachusetts (1890-91), born in Bradford, New Hampshire (d. 1918)
  • 1844-03-27 Adolphus Washington Greely, American Arctic explorer and recipient of the Medal of Honor, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1935)
  • 1845-08-22 William Lewis Douglas, 42nd Governor of Massachusetts, born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1924)
  • 1847-09-02 Roger Wolcott, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1848-09-04 Lewis Howard Latimer, American inventor (carbon filament lightbulbs), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1928)
  • 1848-10-17 William "Candy" Cummings, American baseball player credited with creating the curveball, born in Ware, Massachusetts (d. 1924)

Person of interestLuther Burbank

1849-03-07 Luther Burbank, American horticulturist who developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants, born in Lancaster, Massachusetts (d. 1926)

Horticulturist Luther Burbank
Luther Burbank
  • 1850-03-26 Edward Bellamy, American author (Looking Backward) and socialist, born in Chicopee, Massachusetts (d. 1898)
  • 1850-04-16 Herbert Baxter Adams, American historian (American Historical Association), born in Shutesbury, Massachusetts (d. 1901)
  • 1851-02-28 Samuel W. McCall, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • 1852-10-31 Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, American writer (Revolt of Mother), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 1930)
  • 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)
  • 1853-03-20 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1853-04-23 Winthrop M. Crane, American politician, 40th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Dalton, Massachusetts (d. 1920)
  • 1854-11-13 George Whitfield Chadwick, American composer (Judi Van Winke), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1931)

Person of interestPercival Lowell

1855-03-13 Percival "Percy" Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Percival Lowell

Person of interestLouis Sullivan

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

Architect and Father of Skyscrapers Louis Sullivan
Architect and Father of Skyscrapers
Louis Sullivan
  • 1856-09-28 Edward Herbert Thompson, American diplomat and archaeologist (Mayan civilization), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1935)

Person of interestTim Keefe

1857-01-01 Tim Keefe, American Major League Baseball pitcher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1857-01-06 William E. Russell, 37th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1857-03-23 Fannie Farmer, American culinary figure, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1858-02-15 William Pickering, astronomer (9th & 10th moons of Saturn), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1858-05-16 Frank Lynes, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1913)
  • 1858-09-24 Eugene Foss, 45th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1939)
  • 1859-09-18 John L. Bates, 41st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946)
  • 1860-02-02 Curtis Guild, Jr., 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • 1860-04-20 Charles Gordon Curtis, American inventor (Curtis-steam turbine), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)

Person of interestLizzie Borden

1860-07-19 Lizzie Borden, American woman acquitted of the murder of her parents (gave her mother forty whacks), born in Fall River, Massachusetts

Acquitted Murderer Lizzie Borden
Acquitted Murderer
Lizzie Borden
  • 1861-07-29 Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, 1st wife of Theodore Roosevelt, born in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (d. 1884)
  • 1861-08-09 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1861-10-26 Richard Sears, American tennis champ, US Open (1881), 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)
  • 1862-07-14 Florence Bascom, American geologist and 1st woman hired by the US Geological Survey, born in Williamstown, Massachusetts (d. 1945)

Person of interestConnie Mack

1862-12-22 Connie Mack, American hall of fame baseball executive and manager (Philadelphia A's 1900-50), born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts (d. 1956)

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1863-08-14 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1866-01-30 Gelett Burgess, American humorist and author (The Purple Cow), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1951)
  • 1866-04-14 Anne Sullivan [Johanna Macy], American teacher who educated Helen Keller, born in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts (d. 1936)

Person of interestW.E.B. Du Bois

1868-02-23 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist, writer (Souls of Black Folk) and founder of the NAACP, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • 1868-04-21 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1868-09-26 Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, American composer, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1928)
  • 1871-01-05 Frederick Shepherd Converse, composer, born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1872-04-07 William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • 1872-05-21 Henry Warren, inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1872-11-11 David I. Walsh, 46th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1873-02-23 Joseph Allen Sr. American actor, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1952)
  • 1873-09-28 Julian Coolidge, American mathematician (Study-Segre school), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1954)

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