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Northfield Couple Launches U.S. Youth Hostel Movement: December 27, 1934
On this day in 1934, Isabel and Monroe Smith opened the first U.S. youth hostel in Northfield. The young couple had discovered hosteling during a trip...

First Game of Basketball Played in Springfield: December 21, 1891
On this day in 1891, the first game of basketball was played at what is now Springfield College. The game was invented by a Canadian, Dr. James Naismith,...

Aerosmith Opens Lansdowne Street Music Hall: December 19, 1994
On this day in 1994, Boston-based rock band Aerosmith opened the Mama Kin Music Hall. In the shadow of Fenway Park, the Lansdowne Street facility enjoyed...

First YMCA in the United States Organized in Boston: December 15, 1851
On this day in 1851, a group of evangelicals from several Boston churches founded the first Young Men's Christian Association in the United States....

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...

First Artificial Snow Falls on Mt. Greylock: November 13, 1946
On this day in 1946, an airplane flew over Mount Greylock in western Massachusetts and seeded the clouds with super-cooled ice crystals. The first-ever...

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...

Hawthorne Visits Natural Bridge in North Adams: August 17, 1883
On this day in 1838, Nathaniel Hawthorne visited Natural Bridge just outside of North Adams. It was just the kind of awe-inspiring scene that so moved...

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...

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,...

Revere Beach Opens: July 12, 1896
On this day in 1896, 45,000 people gathered in Revere to celebrate the opening of the first public beach in the nation. In 1895 the newly-created Metropolitan...

Trainer Discovers Seabiscuit at Suffolk Downs: June 29, 1936
On this day in 1936, Tom Smith, an experienced horse trainer, spied an unlikely looking three-year-old Thoroughbred on the track at East Boston's...

Quabbin Reservoir Filled to the Brim: June 22, 1946
On this day in 1946, water flowed over the spillway and officials declared Quabbin Reservoir full. Construction took more than 20 years and required the...

State Acts to Protect Mt. Greylock: June 20, 1898
On this day in 1898, the legislature established the first state park in Massachusetts on Mount Greylock. The tallest peak in the state, at almost 3500...

Writer Edith Wharton Builds in Lenox: June 7, 1902
On this day in 1902, the writer Edith Wharton wrote to a friend about a visit to the site of her new home, The Mount, under construction in Lenox: "Lenox...

Massachusetts Creates Nation's First Regional Park System: June 3, 1893
On this day in 1893, Governor William Eustis Russell signed a bill creating the Metropolitan Parks Commission, the nation's first regional park system....

First CCC Enrollees Arrive at Ft. Devens: April 13, 1933
On this day in 1933, the first enrollees of the Massachusetts Civilian Conservation Corps arrived at Fort Devens in Ayer. They were soldiers in a peacetime...

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....

Nation's First Country Club Established: January 14, 1882
On this day in 1882, a group of men from the social elite of Boston formally established The Country Club of Brookline, the first such club in the United...

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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