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Worcester Becomes a City: March 1, 1848
On this day in 1848, the Governor of Massachusetts signed a charter giving the once-sleepy village of Worcester the legal status of a city. For over a...

Harvard Shakers Record Spiritual Visit: December 30, 1841
On this day in 1841, the Shakers in Harvard reported a spiritual visit by their long-dead founder Mother Ann, "Holy Angels," and "ancient...

Erastus Bigelow Dies: December 6, 1879
On this day in 1879, Erastus Bigelow, the father of the modern carpet industry, died in Boston. Born in West Boylston, Bigelow and his brother followed...

Congress Designates Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor: November 10, 1986
On this day in 1986, Congress designated the historic Blackstone River Valley a National Heritage Corridor. Running from Worcester to Providence, the...

First National Woman's Rights Convention Ends in Worcester: October 24, 1850
On this day in 1850, the first national convention for woman's rights concluded in Worcester. For two days, more than 1,000 delegates from 11 different...

Ku Klux Klan Rallies in Worcester: October 19, 1924
On this day in 1924, the largest gathering of the Ku Klux Klan ever held in New England took place at the Agricultural Fairgrounds in Worcester. Klansmen...

Shoppers' World Launches Mall Era: October 5, 1951
On this day in 1951, Shoppers' World in Framingham opened for business. The first suburban shopping mall in the Northeast, and only the second in...

Worcester Airport Opens: October 3, 1927
On this day in 1927, two runways and two hangars opened for business at the new Worcester Airport. A week later, more than 30,000 people flocked to the...

Office to Help Freed Slaves Opens in Worcester: September 27, 1867
On this day in 1867, a Worcester newspaper announced that "in accordance with the desire of a number of citizens," a freedmens'...

Fitchburg Forms Ladies Soldier's Aid Society: September 16, 1861
On this day in 1861, more than 100 women in the central Massachusetts town of Fitchburg formed a Ladies Soldier's Aid Society. The organization's...

Tupperware Inventor Born: July 28, 1907
On this day in 1907, Earl Tupper, inventor of Tupperware, was born. Raised in central Massachusetts, birthplace of the plastics industry, he was a compulsive...

Abenaki Warriors Attack Groton: July 27, 1694
On this day in 1694, Abenaki warriors raided the frontier town of Groton, on the western edge of Middlesex County. Striking at daybreak, they killed 20...

Strike Ends in Hopedale: July 5, 1913
On this day in 1913, a 13-week strike at the Draper Corporation in Hopedale ended in failure, and the workers returned to their jobs. This was a time...

Brookfield Woman Put to Death: July 2, 1778
On this day in 1778, an intelligent and high-spirited beauty from Brookfield became the first woman to be executed in the new American republic. The 32-year-old's...

Quabbin Reservoir Filled to the Brim: June 22, 1946
On this day in 1946, water flowed over the spillway and officials declared Quabbin Reservoir full. Construction took more than 20 years and required the...

American Optical Celebrates 150th Anniversary: June 18, 1983
On this day in 1983, Southbridge celebrated the 150th anniversary of the nation's oldest optical company — the American Optical Company,...

Tornado Devastates Worcester: June 9, 1953
On this day in 1953, Worcester County was devastated by the strongest tornado ever to hit New England. With winds close to 300 mph, the twister traveled...

Abbie Hoffman Dies: April 12, 1989
On this day in 1989, Worcester native Abbie Hoffman died from a drug overdose. A hero of the 1960s counter culture, Hoffman once told a reporter, "I...

"Johnny Appleseed" Dies: March 18, 1845
On this day in 1845, John Chapman died having made a fortune planting apple saplings on the American frontier. Born and raised in Leominster, the man...

Robert Goddard Launches Space Age: March 16, 1926
On this day in 1926, Clark University physics professor Robert Goddard launched the world's first liquid fuel rocket — and with it the space...

First Slaves Arrive in Massachusetts: February 26, 1638
On this day in 1638, a ship returned to Salem from the West Indies after a seven-month voyage. Its cargo included cotton, tobacco and, as far as we know,...

Worcester Puts Fosters' Home Up For Auction: February 20, 1872
On this day in 1872, Worcester city officials put up for auction the home of Stephen and Abby Kelley Foster. The veteran abolitionists were once again...

Natick Established: February 19, 1781
On this day in 1781, Natick was formally incorporated, but the town already had a long history. In 1651, a group of Christianized Indians had founded...

First American-Made Valentines Sold: February 14, 1849
On this day in 1849, the first American-made valentines were sold in Worcester. They were designed and made by Esther Howland, the daughter of a local...

Father of Psychology Born: February 1, 1844
On this day in 1844 G. Stanley Hall was born in Ashfield. This farm boy from western Massachusetts would become the father of psychology in America. His...

Robert Cormier Born: January 17, 1925
On this day in 1925, author Robert Cormier was born into Leominster's tight-knit French-Canadian neighborhood, and he remained there for the rest...

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