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January 11, 1798: The 'Sacred' Cod Moves to the New State House

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Site for Cambridge Selected: December 28, 1630
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Alice Freeman and George Palmer Marry: December 23, 1887
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First YMCA in the United States Organized in Boston: December 15, 1851
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Longfellow's Wife Dies: November 29, 1835
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Doug Flutie Throws "Hail Mary" Pass: November 23, 1984
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Hasty Pudding Club Forms at Harvard: September 8, 1795
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Massachusetts General Hospital Admits First Patient: September 3, 1821
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Brandeis University Receives Phi Beta Kappa Charter: August 30, 1961
On this day in 1961, Brandeis University received good news. Less than a decade after accepting its first students, the school had been given approval...

Boston Doctors Appeal for Mental Hospital: August 10, 1810
On August 20, 1810, two Boston doctors circulated an appeal for "a hospital for the reception of lunatics and other sick persons." (Some...

Dewey Proposes Library Classification System: May 8, 1873
On this day in 1873, Amherst College junior Melvil Dewey made a proposal to the faculty. He had been working in the college library and was frustrated...

Ceremony Honors Early Indian Students: May 3, 1997
On this day in 1997, over 300 people gathered in Harvard Yard to commemorate a long forgotten part of the college's history. A plaque was unveiled...

Harvard Students Occupy University Hall: April 9, 1969
On this day in 1969, Harvard students took over University Hall, one of the college's oldest buildings. Opposed to the escalating war in Vietnam,...

First African American Graduate of Harvard Born: January 30, 1844
On this day in 1844, Richard Greener, the first African-American graduate of Harvard, was born. His unusual education was made possible by several wealthy...

UMass Researchers Clone Calves: January 20, 1998
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The 'Sacred' Cod Moves to the New State House: January 11, 1798
On this day in 1798, the Massachusetts legislature paraded solemnly from the Old State House to its quarters in a new building at the top of Beacon Hill....

Isaac Asimov Born: January 2, 1920
On this day in 1920, Isaac Asimov was born. He grew up in New York, but it was during his two decades in Boston that he made his name as a master of science...

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