Massachusetts in History (Part 3)

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

Historical Events

Events 201 - 221 of 221

Music History

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"
  • 1997-07-10 Louise Woodward's trial begins in Massachusetts Nanny murder trial
  • 1999-09-26 Ryder Cup Golf, The Country Club, Brookline: US wins 14½-13½ after trailing 10-6 going into the singles; win first 6 matches to set up victory; poor American crowd & team behaviour heavily criticised
  • 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.

Election of Interest

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 2018-09-15 Swimmer killed by shark at Newcomb Hollow Beach, first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in 80 years
  • 2019-02-09 Elizabeth Warren officially announces her 2020 presidential campaign in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 2019-03-25 First organ transplant between a live HIV donor and an HIV recipient with a kidney transplant in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,004

Hetty Green

1834-11-21 Henrietta "Hetty" Green, American businesswoman and financier whose wealth and miserliness saw her known as the "Witch of Wall Street", born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

  • 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 & Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1904)
  • 1835-12-13 Phillips Brooks, American Episcopal bishop and composer (Little Town of Bethlehem), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 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, American historian and writer (Education of Henry Adams), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 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)
  • 1838-10-27 John Davis Long, 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (1880-1915), born in Buckfield, Maine (d. 1915)
  • 1838-12-11 Whitney Eugene Thayer, American composer, born in Mendon, Massachusetts (d. 1889)
  • 1839-03-08 James Mason Crafts, American chemist (Friedel-Crafts alkylation synthesis), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1917)
  • 1839-06-24 Gustavus Franklin Swift, American founder of the meatpacking firm Swift & Company, born in West Sandwich, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • 1839-08-08 Nelson Appleton Miles, American Major General (Union Army), born in Westminster, Massachusetts (d. 1925)
  • 1839-09-10 Charles Peirce, American scientist and philosopher known as "the father of pragmatism", born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1914)
  • 1840-06-06 William Francis Bartlett, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 1876)
  • 1840-09-14 George Elbridge Whiting, American composer, born in Holliston, Massachusetts (d. 1923)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

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

  • 1841-07-05 William C. Whitney, American financier and 31st United States Secretary of the Navy, born in Conway, Massachusetts (d. 1904)
  • 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)
  • 1846-07-19 Charles Edward Pickering, American astronomer and pioneered American spectroscopist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1919)
  • 1847-09-02 Roger Wolcott, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1847-09-13 Charles Dupee Blake, American composer, born in Walpole, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • 1848-06-24 Brooks Adams, American philosopher (Theory of Social Revolutions), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1927)
  • 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 Hall of Fame pitcher (credited with creating the curveball), born in Ware, Massachusetts (d. 1924)

Luther Burbank

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

  • 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, American politician (Rep (R) 1893-1913), 47th Governor of Massachusetts (1916-19), born in East Providence Township, Pennsylvania (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)
  • 1853-06-28 Edwin Arthur Jones, American composer (Song of Our Saviour), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1854-11-13 George Whitfield Chadwick, American composer (Judi Van Winke), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1931)
  • 1855-03-13 Percival "Percy" Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1916)
  • 1856-07-23 Arthur H. Bird, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1923)

Louis Sullivan

1856-09-03 Louis Sullivan, American architect (father of skyscrapers), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1926)

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

Tim Keefe

1857-01-01 Tim Keefe, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1888; MLB record 0.86 ERA, single season 1880; NY Giants), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

  • 1857-01-06 William E. Russell, 37th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1857-03-23 Fannie Farmer, American culinary pioneer who revolutionised modern cooking through the introduction of precise measurements (Boston Cooking-School Cook Book), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • 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)
  • 1858-06-17 Eben Sumner Draper, American businessman and politician (44th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Hopedale, Massachusetts (d. 1914)
  • 1858-09-24 Eugene Foss, American politician (45th Governor of Massachusetts), born in St. Albans, Vermont (d. 1939)

John L. Sullivan

1858-10-15 John L. Sullivan, American boxer (first heavyweight gloved champion, de facto 1882-92; last heavyweight bare-knuckle champion), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1918)

  • 1859-09-18 John L. Bates, American lawyer and politician (41st Governor of Massachusetts), born in Easton, 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)
  • 1860-07-05 Robert Bacon, American politician (39th United States Secretary of State), born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts (d. 1919)

Lizzie 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 (d. 1927)

  • 1860-09-03 Edward A. Filene, American entrepreneur and philanthropist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • 1861-06-20 Arthur Battelle Whiting, American composer and teacher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1936)
  • 1861-07-01 John Clarkson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1889), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 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 player (US Nat C'ship 1881-87), 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)

Connie Mack

1862-12-22 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts (d. 1956)

  • 1863-08-14 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1863-09-15 Horatio Parker, American organist and composer, born in Auburndale, Massachusetts (d. 1919)
  • 1863-12-15 Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist (patented rayon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1935)
  • 1864-12-09 Sidney Homer, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1866-01-30 Gelett Burgess, American humorist & 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)
  • 1867-05-30 Arthur Vining Davis, American industrialist and CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), born in Sharon, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1867-09-14 Charles Dana Gibson, American illustrator (Gibson Girl), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1944)
  • 1867-11-27 Margaret Ruthven Lang, American composer (Irish Love Song), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1972)

W.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)

  • 1868-04-21 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1868-07-04 Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer (period-luminosity relation), born in Lancaster, Massachusetts (d. 1921)
  • 1868-08-16 Charles Sanford Skilton, American composer (Suite Primeval), born in Northhampton, Massachusetts (d. 1941)
  • 1868-09-26 Henry F. Gilbert, American composer (The Dance in Place Congo), and musicologist, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1928)
  • 1868-10-07 Fred Hovey, American tennis player (US Nationals 1895), born in Newton Centre, Massachusetts (d. 1945)
  • 1871-01-05 Frederick Converse, American composer (The Pipe of Desire), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1871-12-09 Joe Kelley, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1943)
  • 1871-12-20 Henry Kimball Hadley, American composer and conductor, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • 1872-04-21 Billy Bitzer, American cinematography pioneer, born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1944)
  • 1872-05-21 Henry Warren, American inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1872-09-09 Edward Burlingame Hill, American composer and educator (Harvard, 1908-40), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1960)
  • 1872-11-11 David I. Walsh, 46th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1872-12-05 Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • 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, American composer (Chanticker), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1874-01-14 Thornton W. Burgess, American conservationist & author (The Bedtime Story-Books; Now I Remember: Autobiography of an Amateur Naturalist), born in Sandwich, Massachusetts (d. 1965)
  • 1874-02-09 Amy Lowell, American poet and critic (Patterns, Sword Blades & Poppy Seed), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1925)
  • 1874-03-18 Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan, American baseball pitcher, outfielder and manager (Chicago White Sox; first AL no-hitter 1902), born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (d. 1934)
  • 1874-06-05 Jack Chesbro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB wins leader 1902, 04 [41 wins], NY Highlanders), born in North Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1931)
  • 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, American politician (53rd Governor of Massachusetts, 1935-37), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1875-01-22 Thomas W Ross, American actor (Without Limit, Kings Row, 17, Mortal Storm), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1959)

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