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

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Ku Klux Klan Rallies in Worcester: October 19, 1924
On this day in 1924, the largest gathering of the Ku Klux Klan ever held in New England took place at the Agricultural Fairgrounds in Worcester. Klansmen...

Massachusetts Executes Sacco and Vanzetti: August 23, 1927
On this day in 1927, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were put to death in the state prison in Charlestown. A jury convicted them of murder and robbery...

Boston Police Vote to Unionize, Precipitating Riots: August 15, 1919
On this day in 1919, Boston policemen seeking better wages and working conditions voted to form a union. The Commissioner of Police forbid them to unionize....

Charlestown Convent Lies in Ruins: August 12, 1834
On this day in 1834, the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown lay in ruins. The night before, a Protestant mob sacked it and burned it to the ground. The nuns...

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...

Ponzi Scheme Begins to Unravel: July 24, 1920
On this day in 1920, the Boston Post ran a story that ultimately exposed one of the biggest financial swindles in history. In a series of articles that...

Brookfield Woman Put to Death: July 2, 1778
On this day in 1778, an intelligent and high-spirited beauty from Brookfield became the first woman to be executed in the new American republic. The 32-year-old's...

Police Find First Victim of "Boston Strangler": June 14, 1962
On this day in 1962, police discovered the body of the first victim of the "Boston Strangler." For the next two years, Boston would...

Newburyport Fire Leads to Execution for Arson: May 18, 1820
On this day in 1820, a barn filled with hay burned to the ground in Newburyport. Just three days later, cries of "fire" alarmed the...

Jury Finds Mary Parsons Not Guilty of Witchcraft: May 13, 1675
On this day in 1675, a Boston jury reached a verdict in the case of Mary Bliss Parsons of Northampton: they found her not guilty of witchcraft. In seventeenth-century...

Boston Mourns Martin Luther King, Jr.: April 4, 1968
On this day in 1968, Boston crackled with tension. African Americans, enraged by the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, took to the...

Professor's Murder Trial Begins: March 19, 1850
On this day in 1850, a sensational murder trial began in Boston. Both the victim and the accused belonged to the city's social elite. The case had...

Northampton Bank Receives Ransom Note: February 28, 1876
On this day in 1876, a ransom note was sent to the Northampton National Bank. Just a month earlier, a notorious gang of New York thieves had managed to...

Malcolm X Imprisoned: February 27, 1946
On this day in 1946, 20-year-old Malcolm Little entered the state prison in Charlestown to begin serving a sentence for burglary. While in jail, he joined...

The Crucible Opens on Broadway: January 22, 1953
On this day in 1953, Arthur Miller's play The Crucible opened on Broadway. Four years after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Death of a Salesman, Miller...

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,...

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....

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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