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Boston Movie Mogul Releases First Movie: December 29, 1918
On this day in 1918, Louis B. Mayer traveled from his Boston office to New York City for the premiere of his first movie release, the silent film Virtuous...

Salem Brothers Incorporate Game Company: December 12, 1901
On this day in 1901, George, Charles, and Edward Parker incorporated a game company: Parker Brothers. Started by George in 1883 with a single, self-invented...

Fire Destroys Malden Mills: December 11, 1995
On this day in 1995, a massive, wind-whipped fire completely destroyed three buildings at Malden Mills in Lawrence, where the company's signature...

George Peabody Thanks Danvers: November 30, 1853
On this day in 1853, George Peabody thanked the citizens of South Danvers for naming the high school in his honor and immediately set up a $200 account...

"Storm Warriors" Rescue 29 Sailors off Hull: November 25, 1888
On this day in 1888, one of the most ferocious storms of the nineteenth century battered the New England coast. In the seas off Hull, "Storm...

Memorial to Anne Bradstreet Dedicated: September 12, 2000
On this day in 2000, several North Shore communities were celebrating "Anne Bradstreet Week" to mark the 350th anniversary of the poet's...

Dracut Pilot Dies on American Airlines Flight #11: September 11, 2001
On this day in 2001, American Airlines pilot John Ogonowski made the familiar drive from his farm in Dracut to Logan airport. He was sorry he would miss...

Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers Dies: September 10, 1960
On this day in 1960, Representative Edith Nourse Rogers died of a heart attack in a Boston hospital, just three days before the end of her nineteenth...

Washington Commissions First Naval Officer: September 2, 1775
On this day in 1775, General George Washington commissioned Nicholson Broughton captain "in the Army of the United Colonies of North America."...

Borden Announces Plan to Sell Prince Pasta Plant: July 16, 1997
On this day in 1997, the Borden company announced a tentative deal to save the Prince pasta factory in Lowell. When Borden closed the failing plant, Senator...

Rockport Women Smash Liquor Barrels: July 8, 1856
On this day in 1856, 200 women, some of them wielding hatchets and ranging in age from 37 to 75, rampaged through the town of Rockport destroying every...

George McNeill Organizes Workers: June 2, 1852
On this day in 1852, hundreds of mill workers at the Woolen Company in Amesbury walked out on strike. Fourteen-year-old George McNeill, who had worked...

Matzeliger Demonstrates Revolutionary Machine: May 29, 1885
On this day in 1885, Jan Matzeliger demonstrated his invention — a machine that could finish 75 shoes in a 10-hour day. The most skilled craftsmen...

Newburyport Fire Leads to Execution for Arson: May 18, 1820
On this day in 1820, a barn filled with hay burned to the ground in Newburyport. Just three days later, cries of "fire" alarmed the...

Complaint Filed on Toxic Pollution in Woburn: May 14, 1984
On this day in 1984, lawyer Jan Schlichtmann filed the first motion in the case made famous by the book and film "A Civil Action." For...

Marblehead Carved Out of Salem: May 6, 1635
On this day in 1635, the General Court of Massachusetts Bay established the town of Marblehead on land that belonged to Salem. The move was meant to punish...

Winthrop Buys Passage for Ironworkers: May 5, 1643
On this day in 1643, John Winthrop, Jr. paid 50 pounds for the passage of skilled ironworkers from England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Initially,...

G.E. Engineers Test Jet Engine: April 18, 1942
On this day in 1942, after months of highly secret work, GE engineers in Lynn successfully tested the engine they called by the innocuous name "I-A."...

"Mill Girl" Writer Lucy Larcom Dies: April 17, 1893
On this day in 1893, Lucy Larcom died. A popular poet during her lifetime, she would be forgotten today except for a work of prose that she wrote in 1889....

John Updike Elected to National Institute of Arts and Letters: April 1, 1964
On this day in 1964, John Updike was at 32 the youngest person elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Updike wrote more than 60 books...

Gloucester Fish Companies Merge: March 31, 1906
On this day in 1906, Slade Gorton and Company of Gloucester stunned the fishing industry by announcing that it would merge with three other local fishing...

Kerouac Writes First Novel: March 23, 1948
On this day in 1948, Lowell native Jack Kerouac happily noted in his diary that he had written 2500 words. If he could keep up this pace, he would finish...

Charlotte Forten Enters Salem Normal School: March 13, 1855
On this day in 1855, Charlotte Forten passed the entrance examination for the Salem Normal School, one of four colleges recently established in Massachusetts...

Newbury Offers Wolf Bounty: March 9, 1704
On this day in 1704, the town of Newbury voted to pay a bounty to men who had killed two wolves on Plum Island. The wolves were a threat to the cattle,...

Lynn Shoeworkers Strike: February 22, 1860
On this day in 1860, thousands of striking shoeworkers filled Lyceum Hall in Lynn. By choosing to begin their protest on Washington's birthday, the...

"Gerrymander" Born in Massachusetts: February 11, 1812
On this day in 1812, a political monster — the "Gerrymander" — was born in the Massachusetts State House. Governor...

Robert Frost Dies: January 29, 1963
On this day in 1963, Robert Frost died, the most popular and renowned American poet of the twentieth century. But his success was a long time in coming....

Lowell Women Sign On to Teach in the West: January 26, 1864
On this day in 1864, a visitor from Seattle held a meeting in Lowell. Asa Mercer explained to his largely female audience that there was a great scarcity...

The Crucible Opens on Broadway: January 22, 1953
On this day in 1953, Arthur Miller's play The Crucible opened on Broadway. Four years after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Death of a Salesman, Miller...

Bread and Roses Strike Begins: January 12, 1912
On this day in 1912, the labor protest later known as the "Bread and Roses" strike began in Lawrence. A new state law had reduced the...

Skater Nancy Kerrigan Assaulted: January 6, 1994
On this day in 1994, Nancy Kerrigan of Stoneham was practicing for the U.S Figure Skating championships. She was leaving the ice when a man assaulted...

Harry "Bucky" Lew Born: January 4, 1884
On this day in 1884, Harry Haskell Lew was born in Lowell to a family that had long been active in the struggle for racial equality. Known from childhood...

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