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May 25, 1964: Fire Rages at Myles Standish State Forest

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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...

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...

"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...

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...

Great Fire Devastates Boston: November 9, 1872
On this day in 1872, a monstrous fire nearly destroyed Boston's business district, ravaging the city from the Common to the waterfront. Beginning...

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....

Stock Market Crash Heralds Great Depression: October 29, 1929
On this day in 1929, stock markets in Boston, New York, and other major American cities tumbled so dramatically that the day was named Black Tuesday....

"Snow Hurricane" Hits Massachusetts: October 10, 1804
On this day in 1804, a "snow hurricane" struck Massachusetts. The storm began with winds so powerful that whole forests were leveled....

Hurricane Devastates New England: September 21, 1938
On this day in 1938, a hurricane of astonishing force ravaged New England. Having gone to bed the night before to radio forecasts of scattered rain and...

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...

Flu Epidemic Begins in Boston: August 27, 1918
On this day in 1918, two sailors housed at Boston's Commonwealth Pier reported to sickbay. The men were the first Americans stricken with a strain...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Dam Breaks, Causing Catastrophic Flood: May 16, 1874
On this day in 1874, on the Mill River in western Massachusetts, an earthenwork dam gave way. A wall of water between 20- and 40-feet high and 300-feet...

Legislature Designates Day of Remembrance for Armenian Genocide: April 24, 1990
On this day in 1990, the 75th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Massachusetts legislature officially designated the date as a Day of Remembrance...

Flood Devastates Springfield: March 21, 1936
On this day in 1936, the worst flood in the state's recorded history inundated the city of Springfield. An unusually cold and snowy winter, followed...

Boston Burns: March 20, 1760
On this day in 1760, the dreaded cry of "Fire!" roused sleeping Bostonians. Over the next ten hours, the worst fire to strike a colonial...

Blizzard Shuts Down Massachusetts: March 11, 1888
On this day in 1888, ordinary life in Massachusetts came to a standstill. One of the most destructive blizzards ever to strike the East Coast raged for...

Bostonians Respond to Irish Famine: February 18, 1847
On this day in 1847, Boston's leading citizens held a meeting at Fanueil Hall in response to news of the famine devastating Ireland. With the failure...

Blizzard Paralyzes Massachusetts: February 7, 1978
On this day in 1978, the storm of the century paralyzed the entire state of Massachusetts. The Blizzard of '78 dropped between two and four feet...

First Legal Sea Foods Lost to Fire: January 16, 1980
On this day in 1980, fire destroyed the original Legal Sea Foods fish market and restaurant in Cambridge. The restaurant re-opened, but the business soon...

Great Molasses Flood: January 15, 1919
On this day in 1919, people in Boston's North End were startled by a loud rumbling noise. They watched in horror as a five-story tank broke apart,...

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