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Boston Movie Mogul Releases First Movie: December 29, 1918
On this day in 1918, Louis B. Mayer traveled from his Boston office to New York City for the premiere of his first movie release, the silent film Virtuous...

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...

"Good Will Hunting" Released: December 5, 1997
On this day in 1997, Miramax released "Good Will Hunting," a movie about the collision of two Boston-area cultures: the heady, prestigious...

Charles Dickens Begins Second American Tour: December 2, 1867
On this day in 1867, Charles Dickens began his second American reading tour at Boston's Tremont Temple. An enthusiastic audience, which included...

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...

Pitcher Cy Young Dies: November 4, 1955
On this day in 1955, legendary pitcher Cy Young died. He spent much of his 22-year career in Boston, arriving in 1901 to play for the new American League...

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...

Rocky Marciano Wins First World Heavyweight Title: September 23, 1952
On this day in 1952, Rocky Marciano knocked out "Jersey Joe" Walcott in the 13th round to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Growing...

Hasty Pudding Club Forms at Harvard: September 8, 1795
On this day in 1795, 21 Harvard students gathered in a dorm room and formed a secret social club to cultivate "friendship and patriotism."...

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...

Fans Celebrate John L. Sullivan: August 18, 1887
On this day in 1887, thousands of adoring hometown fans flocked to Nantasket Beach in Hull to glimpse Boston-born John L. Sullivan, the Heavyweight Champion...

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...

Hemingway Room Dedicated at JFK Library: July 18, 1980
On this day in 1980, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Ernest Hemingway's son Patrick dedicated the Hemingway Room at the recently opened John F. Kennedy...

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...

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...

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"...

Critic Declares Springsteen Future of Rock and Roll: May 9, 1974
On this day in 1974, 25-year-old Bruce Springsteen played at the Harvard Square Theater in Cambridge. Although popular with the college crowd in the Northeast,...

Celtics Coach Red Auerbach Retires: April 28, 1966
On this day in 1966, Red Auerbach retired as head coach of the Boston Celtics after leading the team to 11 championships in 16 years. The Brooklyn native...

Abbie Hoffman Dies: April 12, 1989
On this day in 1989, Worcester native Abbie Hoffman died from a drug overdose. A hero of the 1960s counter culture, Hoffman once told a reporter, "I...

Gardner Museum Opens: February 23, 1903
On this day in 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner's newly completed home and museum was opened to the public for the first time. The grand building on...

Boston Celtics Retire Larry Bird's Number: February 4, 1993
On this day in 1993, there was standing room only in the Boston Garden as the Celtics retired Larry Bird's number. In his 13 seasons with Boston,...

Bill Belichick Named Head Coach of the Patriots: January 27, 2000
On this day in 2000, Bill Belichick was named head coach of the New England Patriots. Belichick had already earned a reputation as a brilliant defensive...

Skater Nancy Kerrigan Assaulted: January 6, 1994
On this day in 1994, Nancy Kerrigan of Stoneham was practicing for the U.S Figure Skating championships. She was leaving the ice when a man assaulted...

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