Tag Archives: Massachusetts

July 3, 1839

On July 3, 1839, the first state ‘normal school’ was opened in Lexington, Massachusetts. It was the forerunner to Framingham State University and had three students. All other schools before it were… Continue reading

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June 5, 1893

On June 5, 1893, the trial of Lizzie Borden for the axe murders of her father, Andrew Borden, and step-mother, Abby Borden, began in New Bedford, Massachusetts. If this murder was to occur today, it would have captivated the… Continue reading

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May 17, 2004

On May 17, 2004, the first legal same-sex marriage was performed in the United States in the state of Massachusetts. The “Wrath of God” did not immediately happen as foretold by conservative religious leaders. Cats and dogs were… Continue reading

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March 24, 1815

On March 24, 1815, the first pop group fan club was formed in America. The Handel & Hayden Society was formed in Boston, Massachusetts by Gottlieb Graupner, Thomas Smith Webb, Amasa Winchester and Matthew S. Parker to cultivate and improve … Continue reading

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February 16, 1905

On February 16, 1905, the first United States Esperanto club was organized in Boston, Massachusetts. It would be the nerdiest club in America until the invention of the Klingon language in 1984 elevated Star Trek conventions to the number one … Continue reading

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January 29, 1785

On January 29, 1785, John Hancock, the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence, resigned as the governor of Massachusetts. The reason given was allegedly due to his failing health. What is strange was that his resignation happened at … Continue reading

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December 26, 1620

On December 26, 1620, Captain Christopher Jones discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts. As they were leaving his, he told them, “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.” Captain Jones had discovered during the long ocean … Continue reading

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November 4, 1646

On November 4, 1646, the Massachusetts Bay Colony (which was to later become the state of Massachusetts) passed a law that made it illegal to deny that the Christian Bible was the word of God. The penalty was death. There … Continue reading

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May 30, 1896

On May 30, 1896, the first automobile accident occurred in New York City. Automobilist Henry Wells of Springfield, Massachusetts struck cyclist Ebeling Thomas with his horseless carriage. Witnesses said that Wells appeared to lose control of his noisy contraption and … Continue reading

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April 24, 1895

On April 24, 1895, American Joshua Slocum started his journey that would see him finish the first solo circumnavigation of the world. He left Boston, Massachusetts in his sloop, the “Spray” and sailed single-handed around the world. He stopped at … Continue reading

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