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Coast Guard Cutter Collides with Navy Submarine: December 17, 1927
On this day in 1927, a Navy submarine, S-4, and a Coast Guard cutter collided within sight of Provincetown. The cutter's bow sliced into the submarine's...

Fall River Church Locks Out Priest: December 16, 1884
On this day in 1884, a Fall River newspaper reported that French Canadian Roman Catholic parishioners had locked their newly-appointed priest out of their...

The Fortune Sails from Plymouth for England: December 13, 1621
On this day in 1621, the ship Fortune set sail from Plymouth Colony. The arrival of the vessel two weeks earlier — sent by the English investors...

Paul Cuffe Sails for Sierra Leone: December 10, 1815
On this day in 1815, Paul Cuffe of Westport sailed for the west coast of Africa with 38 black emigrants and a cargo of goods on board his vessel. The...

“Richest Woman in America” Born in New Bedford: November 21, 1834
On this day in 1834, the wealthiest whaling family in New Bedford celebrated the birth of their only daughter. This little girl would grow up to be the...

Whaleship Essex Sinks: November 20, 1820
On this day in 1820, an enormous sperm whale rammed and sank the Nantucket whaleship Essex in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The first mate described...

First Lepers Arrive on Penikese Island: November 18, 1905
On this day in 1905, five lepers arrived on Penikese Island in Buzzard's Bay, the site of the first and only leprosarium in Massachusetts. Over the...

Underwater Explorer Proves Wreck is Whydah: October 30, 1985
On this day in 1985, treasure hunter Barry Clifford finally had proof that the wreck he was salvaging off Cape Cod was indeed the pirate ship Whydah....

Mashpee Indians Sue for Recognition: October 17, 1978
On this day in 1978, a trial began on Cape Cod to determine whether the Mashpee Indians met the legal definition of a tribe. If they did, they could sue...

Duxbury Dedicates Standish Monument: October 7, 1872
On this day in 1872, a crowd of 10,000 climbed to the top of Captain's Hill in Duxbury to watch the cornerstone being laid for the Myles Standish...

New Bedford Strikers Cast Vote: October 6, 1928
On this day in 1928, after a bitter six-month strike, the members of New Bedford's Textile Council voted to accept a compromise offer. Faced with...

Maria Mitchell Discovers Comet: October 1, 1847
On this day in 1847, 29-year-old Maria Mitchell stood on the roof of her parent's Nantucket home, focusing her telescope on what she believed to...

Pilgrim Monument Completed in Provincetown: August 21, 1909
On this day in 1909, two young girls, using ropes and a pulley, helped haul the last stone into place to complete the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown....

Oak Bluffs Writer Dorothy West Dies: August 16, 1998
On this day in 1998, Dorothy West died on Martha's Vineyard. The Boston-born writer was the last living member of the Harlem Renaissance, a movement...

J.F.K. Signs Bill Creating Cape Cod National Seashore: August 7, 1961
On this day in 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed a bill authorizing the establishment of Cape Cod National Seashore. A long-time summer resident...

Lizzie Borden’s Father and Stepmother Murdered: August 4, 1892
On this day in 1892, a prosperous banker and his wife were hacked to death with a hatchet in their Fall River home. Suspicion immediately focused on the...

Revenue Cutter Service School Established in New Bedford: July 31, 1876
On this day in 1876, Congress established at New Bedford the first School of Instruction to train officers for the Revenue Service. The Service traced...

The Stockholm Rams the Andrea Doria: July 25, 1956
On this day in 1956, two ocean liners collided in thick fog, approximately 50 miles south of Nantucket. The Stockholm had just left New York City bound...

First Train Reaches Provincetown: July 22, 1873
On this day in 1873, the first train arrived at the tip of Cape Cod. The streets were bedecked with flags and streamers as 13 bright yellow coach cars,...

German U-Boat Attacks Cape Cod: July 21, 1918
On this day in 1918, people in the Cape Cod town of Orleans were astonished to see a German U-boat surface offshore and begin firing on an unarmed tugboat...

Fire Nearly Destroys Nantucket Town: July 13, 1846
On this day in 1846, a fire began in a hat store on Nantucket's Main Street. In no time, it raced through town, consuming everything in its path....

Captain Absalom Boston Dies on Nantucket: June 6, 1855
On this day in 1855, Captain Absalom Boston of Nantucket died. In an era when many African Americans worked as seamen, Absalom Boston stood out. In 1822...

Fire Rages at Myles Standish State Forest: May 25, 1964
On this day in 1964, a raging wildfire crossed the boundaries of Myles Standish State Forest, and into the town of Plymouth. Two days earlier flames had...

Indians in Mashpee Demand Self-Government: May 21, 1833
On this day in 1833, the Mashpee of Cape Cod signed what amounted to an Indian Declaration of Independence. They reminded officials in Boston that "all...

Explorer Gosnold Names “Cape Cod”: May 15, 1602
On this day in 1602, the English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold dropped anchor off the Massachusetts coast. While he and four others went ashore, the rest...

First Whale Watch Departs: April 15, 1975
On this day in 1975 charter boat captain Al Avellar left Provincetown Harbor with a boatload of school children. They were going to look, not fish. This...

Deborah Sampson Performs in Boston: March 26, 1802
On this day in 1802, a performance of "The American Heroine" took place in a fashionable Boston theater. The audience watched spellbound...

Legislature Guarantees Access to Public Schools: March 25, 1845
On this day in 1845, the Massachusetts legislature guaranteed that every child in the state would have access to a public school. One source of pressure...

News of Peace Treaty Reaches Boston: February 12, 1815
On this day in 1815, news reached Boston that the War of 1812 was over. The U.S. had at first been a neutral party in a conflict between Britain and France....

Marconi Transmits Radio Message: January 18, 1903
On this day in 1903, Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor of wireless telegraphy, arrived on Cape Cod hoping to make history. The night was cold but...

Herman Melville Sails from New Bedford: January 3, 1841
On this day in 1841, Herman Melville boarded the whaleship Acushnet and sailed out of New Bedford, the whaling capital of the world. As he later wrote...

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