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Christmas Celebration Outlawed: December 25, 1659
On this day in 1659, a law was passed by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony requiring a five-shilling fine from anyone caught "observing...

State House Celebrates “Return of the Colors”: December 22, 1865
On this day in 1865, Governor John Andrew officially received the battered regimental colors of Massachusetts units of the Union Army in a solemn State...

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...

Longfellow’s Wife Dies: November 29, 1835
On this day in 1835, 28-year-old Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was devastated by the death of his beloved young wife, Mary. The couple had been traveling...

Arlo Guthrie Convicted of Littering: November 28, 1965
On this day in 1965, 20-year-old Arlo Guthrie was convicted of littering in the Berkshire County town of Stockbridge, and the song "Alice's...

First “National Day of Mourning” Held in Plymouth: November 26, 1970
On this day in 1970, a group of Native Americans attending a Thanksgiving feast in Plymouth walked out in protest. The Indians and their supporters gathered...

Elizabeth Porter Phelps Born: November 24, 1747
On this day in 1747, Elizabeth Porter was born in the Connecticut River Valley village of Hadley. Five years later, her father built the first house outside...

Doug Flutie Throws “Hail Mary” Pass: November 23, 1984
On this day in 1984, Doug Flutie threw a last-second "Hail Mary" touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan in the end zone, giving Boston College...

Edward Everett Gives Gettysburg Address: November 19, 1863
On this day in 1863, Edward Everett spoke at the dedication of Gettysburg's National Cemetery, giving what is remembered today as the other Gettysburg...

Boston Tea Party Raider Born: November 17, 1738
On this day in 1736, David Kinnison was born in Old Kingston, Maine. An early convert to the cause of American independence, he participated in the dumping...

Islamic Society Breaks Ground in Roxbury: November 7, 2002
...in 2002, the Islamic Society of Boston held a ceremonial groundbreaking in Roxbury for New England's largest mosque and Islamic cultural center....

Mayor Curley Jeopardizes Election: November 3, 1929
On this day in 1929, James Michael Curley, heavily favored to win his third term as mayor of Boston, used a radio appearance to defame a school committee...

Washington Ends Visit to Massachusetts: October 31, 1789
On this day in 1789, George Washington concluded a ten-day presidential visit to Massachusetts. Adoring crowds of grateful citizens greeted him everywhere....

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....

Red Sox Win World Series: October 27, 2004
On this day in 2004, the Boston Red Sox ended an 86-year drought and buried the "Curse of the Bambino." They won the World Series! Their...

Millerites Await End of the World: October 22, 1844
On this day in 1844, tens of thousands of people in Massachusetts expected the world to come to an end. They were followers of William Miller, a man who...

USS Constitution Launched in Boston: October 21, 1797
On this day in 1797, USS Constitution was launched in Boston. It took three attempts to set the immense ship, reinforced with heavy diagonal planking...

Town Meeting Auctions Poor Woman to Lowest Bidder: October 18, 1786
On this day in 1786, Malden's selectmen put up for "vendue" Mary Degresha, who was unable to support herself. They auctioned her...

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...

Ted Williams Bats for the Last Time: September 28, 1960
On this day in 1960, Ted Williams thrilled the fans at Fenway by hitting a dramatic homer at his last at-bat in his 21-year career with the Boston Red...

Boston Garden Hosts Final Game: September 26, 1995
On this day in 1995, the Bruins played the final game at the Boston Garden. For almost 70 years, the cavernous building served as the city's main...

Paul Revere Statue Unveiled: September 22, 1940
On this day in 1940, a bronze statue of Paul Revere was unveiled in the shadow of the Old North Church. In the crowd of 8,000, stood the sculptor —...

Dunkin’ Donuts Founder Dies: September 20, 2002
On this day in 2002, Dorchester native William Rosenberg, who made a morning stop for coffee and donuts a national habit, died at the age of 86. In a...

Boston Celebrates 250th Birthday: September 17, 1880
On this day in 1880 Boston celebrated its 250th birthday. For three and a half hours during the day, a column of 14,500 people marched four and a half...

Quincy’s Market Opens: August 26, 1826
On this day in 1826, Boston celebrated the grand opening of the Faneuil Hall, commonly known as Quincy Marketplace. Located on the site that had long...

Smithsonian Puts Julia Child’s Kitchen on Display: August 19, 2002
On this day in 2002, a new exhibit opened in Washington, DC. The kitchen in Julia Child's Cambridge home of 32 years had been disassembled and moved...

Boston Mob Protests Stamp Act: August 14, 1765
On this day in 1765, the British official charged with administering the hated Stamp Act was hung in effigy from an elm tree near Boston Common. A small...

Red Sox Retire Yastrzemski’s Number: August 6, 1989
On this day in 1989, the Boston Red Sox retired Carl Yastrzemski's Number 8. Only 20 years old when he took over for the great Ted Williams in left...

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...

Boston Masons Organize First Grand Lodge in America: July 30, 1733
On this day in 1733, 18 men gathered at the Bunch of Grapes Tavern on King Street in Boston and organized the first Masonic Lodge in North America. The...

BSO Conductor Celebrates Birthday at Tanglewood: July 26, 1940
On this day in 1940, Sergei Koussevitzky celebrated his 66th birthday with the first class to graduate from the Berkshire Music Center in Lenox. The school...

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...

Last Elevated Train Runs in Boston: June 25, 2004
On this day in 2004, Boston's last elevated train pulled into North Station. For over a century, Bostonians had avoided the congested streets below...

Bostonians Lay Cornerstone for Bunker Hill Monument: June 17, 1825
On this day in 1825, at the laying of the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill Monument, Daniel Webster addressed a crowd of 100,000, including 190 veterans...

Children’s Cancer Research Foundation Incorporated: June 8, 1951
On this day in 1951 the Children's Cancer Research Foundation was incorporated. Founded by pioneering Boston physician Sidney Farber, it was the...

The “Big E” Incorporated: May 27, 1914
On this day in 1914, a group of western Massachusetts businessmen created a new organization, the Eastern States Agricultural and Industrial Exposition....

Final Episode of “Cheers” Airs: May 20, 1993
On this day in 1993, the sitcom "Cheers" aired its 275th and final episode. One of the most popular shows in television history, "Cheers"...

Globe Publishes First “Confidential Chat”: May 11, 1884
On this day in 1884, The Boston Globe published the first "Housekeepers Column," known since 1922 as "Confidential Chat."...

Rosie Ruiz Steals Boston Marathon: April 21, 1980
On this day in 1980 Rosie Ruiz tried to steal the Boston Marathon. Crowned the women's champion when she crossed the finish line, Ruiz looked surprisingly...

“John Howe” Spies on Concord — or Not: April 11, 1775
On this day in 1775, John Howe arrived in Concord to spy for British General Gage. He quickly gained the trust of the town's leading patriots. They...

Babysitter Wins Lottery Jackpot: April 6, 1999
On this day in 1999, Maria Grasso of Boston won what was then the largest payoff to a single individual in an American lottery — $197,000,000....

“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...

Boston Celebrates First Evacuation Day: March 17, 1901
On this day in 1901, the City of Boston officially celebrated Evacuation Day for the first time. In early March of 1776, Continental troops managed to...

William Dawes Dies: February 25, 1799
On this day in 1799, William Dawes died. The first man to be dispatched on the night of April 18, 1775, Dawes carried the same message as Paul Revere,...

Mt. Holyoke Cable Car Burned: February 17, 1965
On this day in 1965, Massachusetts officials burned what was left of the wooden tramway that had carried thousands of people to the summit of Mt. Holyoke....

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...

“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...

Julia Ward Howe Elected to American Academy of Arts: January 28, 1908
On this day in 1908, 89-year-old Julia Ward Howe became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Howe lived most of her long...

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...

Horatio Alger Born: January 13, 1832
On this day in 1834*, Horatio Alger was born in Revere. The author of the rags-to-riches stories that captured the imagination of generations of American...

Norman Rockwell Wins Medal of Freedom: January 10, 1977
On this day in 1977, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, was bestowed on 83-year-old Norman Rockwell. The country's...

Fannie Farmer Cookbook Published: January 7, 1896
On this day in 1896, the first edition of the Boston Cooking-School Cookbook was published. Later known as the Fannie Farmer Cookbook, the book was the...

Brownies Take a Winter Swim: January 1, 1904
On this day in 1904, the L Street Brownies held their first New Year's Day swim in Boston Harbor. Every year since then, a crowd of swimmers and...

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