Massachusetts in History (Part 2)

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

Historical Events

Events 101 - 163 of 163

  • 1875-11-04 Massachusetts Rifle Association is founded in Boston
  • 1877-02-12 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1877-04-15 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville in Massachusetts
  • 1885-05-19 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, 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
  • 1898-10-06 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
  • 1912-06-04 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, drowning 21 and injuring 150
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1965-08-05 Jeff Coffin, Massachusetts, musician (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones)
  • 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)
  • 1985-10-04 Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA
  • 1988-02-25 Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love" Tour begins in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1988-07-21 Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepts Democratic nomination for president
  • 1989-04-24 Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day"
  • 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
  • 2006-02-12 A powerful winter storm blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington, D.C. up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.
  • 2007-12-31 The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends.
  • 2008-05-15 California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2011-09-14 Elizabeth Warren announces she intends to run for the Democratic nomination for the 2012 Massachusetts Senatorial election

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • 2017-08-03 Massachusetts woman Michelle Carter sentenced to 2 1/2 years for urging her boyfriend to commit suicide
  • 2017-08-24 Largest-ever lottery jackpot win in the US - $758.7m won by Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts in US Powerball Jackpot

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 601

  • 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)
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 1837-12-28 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)
  • 1839-08-08 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 interestPerson of Interest

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

  • 1842-01-04 Frederic T. Greenhalge, 38th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1842-06-08 John Q. A. Brackett, 36th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1918)
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1851-02-28 Samuel W. McCall, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • 1853-03-05 Arthur W Foote, organist/composer (Suite for Strings in E), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1853-03-20 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1853-04-23 Winthrop M. Crane, 40th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1920)
  • 1854-11-13 George Whitfield Chadwick, American composer (Judi Van Winke), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1931)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Percival Lowell

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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)

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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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 1862-07-14 Florence Bascom, American geologist and 1st woman hired by the US Geological Survey, born in Williamstown, Massachusetts (d. 1945)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 1866-04-14 Anne Sullivan, US teacer, educated Helen Keller, born in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts (d. 1936)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1868-02-23 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist and writer (Souls of Black Folk, 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)
  • 1873-11-20 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer (Chanticker), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1874-02-09 Amy Lowell, American poet and critic (Patterns, Sword Blades & Poppy Seed), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1925)
  • 1874-08-31 Edward Thorndike, American psychologist (father of modern educational psychology), born in Williamsburg, Massachusetts (d. 1949)
  • 1874-10-06 Frank G. Allen, 51st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • 1874-11-20 James Michael Curley, 53rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1875-01-22 Thomas W Ross, American actor (Without Limit, Kings Row, 17, Mortal Storm), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1959)
  • 1876-07-04 William Farnum, American actor (Spoilers, Man who Fights Alone), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1878-02-27 Alvan T. Fuller, 50th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1879-10-25 Mayhew Lester Lake, American composer, born in Southville, Massachusetts (d. 1955)
  • 1879-10-28 Channing H. Cox, 49th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1879-11-15 Lewis Stone, American actor (The Lost World, Prisoner of Zenda), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1953)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1881-08-12 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments), born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1959)

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1882-02-28 Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (Story of American Singer), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1882-05-10 Thurston Hall, American actor (Roaming Lady, In Society), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1958)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1882-10-05 Robert H. Goddard, rocket pioneer (invented and built the first liquid-fueled rocket), born in Worcester Massachusetts (d. 1945)

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • 1883-08-12 Pauline Frederick, American actress (Thank You, Mr. Moto), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1883-10-11 Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1883-11-09 Edna May Oliver [Nutter], American actress (Little Women) born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1942)
  • 1884-12-14 Jane Cowl, American actress and playwright (Smilin' Through), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • 1886-01-03 Josephine Hull, American Academy award actress (Harvey), born in Newtonville, Massachusetts (d. 1957)
  • 1886-06-06 Paul Dudley White, American heart specialist, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1973)
  • 1886-07-05 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1888-09-06 Joseph P Kennedy, diplomat, father of JFK, RFK & Teddy, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Patriarch of the Kennedy family Joseph P. Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family
Joseph P. Kennedy
  • 1889-01-01 Charles Bickford, American actor (Dynamite, The Virginian), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1967)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1889-07-17 Erle Stanley Gardner, American detective writer (Perry Mason), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1970)

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • 1889-09-15 Robert Benchley, humorist (My 10 Years in a Quandary), born in Worcester, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1890-07-22 Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mom of JFK, RFK & Ted, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)

Kennedy Family Matriarch Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Kennedy Family Matriarch
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • 1892-01-26 Zara Cully, American actress (The Jeffersons), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1978)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths