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Where is Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA?  Boston is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The city is located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in the northeastern United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is considered the economic and cultural center of the entire region. The city, which had an estimated population of 590,763 in 2006, lies at the center of the Cambridge–Boston-Quincy metropolitan area—the 10th-largest metropolitan area (5th largest CSA) in the U.S., with a population of 4.5 million.

In 1630, Puritan colonists from England founded the city on the Shawmut Peninsula. During the late eighteenth century Boston was the location of several major events during the American Revolution, including the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. Several early battles of the American Revolution, such as the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston, occurred within the city and surrounding areas. After American independence was attained Boston became a major shipping port and manufacturing center, and its rich history now attracts 16.3 million visitors annually. The city was the site of several firsts, including America's first public school, Boston Latin School (1635), and first college, Harvard College (1636), in neighboring Cambridge. Boston was also home to the first subway system in the United States.

Through land reclamation and municipal annexation, Boston has expanded beyond the peninsula. With many colleges and universities within the city and surrounding area, Boston is a center of higher education and a center for medicine. The city's economy is also based on research, finance, and technology – principally biotechnology. Boston has been experiencing gentrification and has one of the highest costs of living in the United States. wikipedia

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1630 - The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.
March 22 - 1st colonial legislation prohibiting gambling enacted (Boston)
September 16 - Mass village of Shawmut changes name to Boston
October 19 - In Boston the 1st general court is held
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1632 - Capital
Boston made capital of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1634 - First Public Park
Boston Common first public park in U.S.

1635 - First Public Secondary School
The first American public secondary school, Boston Latin Grammar School, founded in Boston.

1635 - Great Colonial Hurricane hits New England in August
The eye passed between Boston and Plymouth, Mass., and caused a twenty-foot tide in Boston. Gov. William Bradford reported, "It blew down many hundred, thousands of trees," and many houses.

Hurricane timeline: 1495 to 1800
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1639 - First Post Office
First Post Office in U. S. established in Boston at Richard Fairbanks' tavern; Mather School, first free public school founded countrys/namerica/usstates/matimeln.htm

News 1644 - January 18 - Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America's 1st UFO sighting
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January 18, 1644

1650 - Unsuccessful Meeting
September 1: Father Gabriel Druillettes (1610-1681) departed Quebec for Boston to establish an alliance with New England against the Iroquois, but he was unsuccessful. a-history-of-french-canada-1650-to-1669/

News 1652 - In Boston, John Hull opens the 1st mint in America
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June 10, 1652

News 1656 - July 1 - 1st Quakers (Mary Fisher/Ann Austin) arrive in Boston (arrested)
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July 1, 1656

News 1673 - January 22 - Postal service between New York & Boston inaugurated
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January 22, 1673

1690 - First Newspaper Issued in America
The first [newspaper] issued in America was published in Boston in September, 1690. It was printed on three pages seven by eleven inches square, on a folded sheet, and was entitled "Public Occurrences both Foreign and Domestic." The editor said of it "It is designed that the country shall be furnished once a month (or if any glut of occurrences happen, oftener) with an account of such considerable things as have arrived unto our notice." And he gave warning in his first number that his paper sho... Read MORE...

1699 - December 10 - A severe ice storm hit Boston, MA, causing much damage to orchards.
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1704 - First Newspaper
The first regularly issued American newspaper, The Boston News-Letter, published in Boston. resources/state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html

USA 1706 - Benjamin Franklin born January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
January 17, 1706

1716 - First Lighthouse
First lighthouse in America, "The Boston Light" built in Boston Harbor countrys/namerica/usstates/matimeln.htm

1717 - THE GREAT SNOW OF 1717
Four successive snowstorms-two of them minor, two of them of major proportions-fell within a ten-day interval (February 27th through March 7th), and left a snowfall estimated to be somewhere between three and four feet across much of New England. On the Post Road leading to New Hampshire and Maine, five feet of snow, with drifts of up to fourteen feet, was reported. Wrote Cotton Mather: “As mighty a snow, as perhaps has been known in the memory of man, is at this time lying on the ground.” There... Read MORE...

News 1733 - July 30 - Society of Freemasons opens 1st American lodge in Boston
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July 30, 1733

USA 1770 - March 5 - Boston Massacre
Tensions between the American colonists and the British were already running high in the early spring of 1770. Late in the afternoon, on March 5, a crowd of jeering Bostonians slinging snowballs gathered around a small group of British soldiers guarding the Boston Customs House. The soldiers became enraged after one of them had been hit, and they fired into the crowd, even though they were under orders not to fire. Five colonists were shot and killed.

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USA 1773 - December 16 - Boston Tea Party
Colonists threw tea into Boston Harbor in protest of high taxes
December 16, 1773

News 1774 - June 1 - Boston Port Bill: British government orders Port of Boston closed
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June 1, 1774

1775 - April 20 - British begin siege of Boston
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1776 - British, Get Out!
Colonial troops force British to evacuate Boston.

1795 - State House
State House built in Boston.

1806 - First Church Built by Free Blacks
The first church built by free blacks in America, the African Meeting House, opened on Joy Street in Boston. resources/state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html

News 1806 - June 16 - A total eclipse of the sun was viewed from southern California to Massachusetts.

Extract of a letter from Boston, June 16th.
"The long expected Solar Eclipse has completely engrossed the attention of all orders and conditions of people. The tops of the houses, and every accessible eminence, were occupied by immense numbers of spectators anxiously awaiting to behold this rare and interesting phenomenon. The progress of this curious spectacle was watched with the most vigilant attention by gentlemen of science, assisted by instruments adapted to the purpo... Read MORE...

News 1829 - October 16 - Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston)
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October 16, 1829

News 1831 - January 1 - First Abolitionist Newspaper
The first abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, published in Boston by William Lloyd Garrison resources/state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html
January 1, 1831

News 1837 - June 11 - The Broad Street Riot occurres in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans.
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June 11, 1837

News 1839 - March 23 – The Boston Morning Post first records the use of "OK" (oll korrect).
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March 23, 1839

1842 - November 17 - Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
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BOSTON. Inc. 1630. Population, in 1845. E. 115,000
The Indian name of Boston was Shawmut, which is said to mean a spring of water.
The first name given to it by the English was Tri-mountain or Tremont, which means three hills; but whether it was named from Beacon, Copps, and Fort hills, which are seen from the harbor, or from the three eminences of Beacon Hill, which were seen from Charlestown, is uncertain. All the hills, and particularly the eminences of Beacon Hill, have been partly levelled to make new land.

The name of Boston wa...

1845 - Sewing Machine
Elias Howe invented sewing machine in Boston

News 1846 - SCENE: A street in Boston.
Dramais Persona: Jonathan, a youth from the country visiting the city for the first time. Susan, his intended; both in rustic garbs; both eagerly devouring all the sights with their eyes, and large quantities of gingerbread and candy with their teeth.

"Jonathan (liquitor) - Didn't I tell you we'd have a good time in Boston."

"Susan (sucking a stick of molasses candy) - Yes; but you havn't tok me to the Museum yet."

"Jonathan - Why, that's a theatre place, Suke, and it costs twenty-five ... Read MORE...

1846 - Anesthesia
William T.G. Morton, a Boston dentist, first demonstrated the use of anesthesia in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, using a specially designed glass inhaler containing an ether-soaked sponge. resources/state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html

News 1851 - February 15 – In Boston, Massachusetts, members of the anti-slavery Boston Vigilance Committee rescue fugitive slave Shadrach Minkins from a courtroom following his arrest by U.S. marshals.
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February 15, 1851

News 1852 - December 29 - Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants
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December 29, 1852

News 1852 - March 20 – Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was published in book form in Boston.
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March 20, 1852

News 1854 - The Destructive Gate - Its Effects at the East.
...One or two very ludicrous scenes occurred on Warren bridge, Boston. A cartman, with a load of empty hogsheads, attempted to pass over into Charlestown, but when about midway, a gust of wind relieved him of half his number. A peddler followed, and the same ceremony was taken with a very large quantity of his tin ware; and strange to add, a second peddler, who had seen the fate of his brother tradesman, ventured to cross, but as profited not by others' experience, he learnt from his own that he... Read MORE...

1854 - March 20 – The Boston Public Library opens to the public.
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March 20, 1854

1857 - advertisement

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June 25, 1857

News 1858 - August 2 - 1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets
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August 2, 1858

News 1863 - January 15 - 1st US newspaper printed on wood-pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal
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January 15, 1863

News 1863 - May 28 – American Civil War – The 54th Massachusetts, the first African-American regiment, leaves Boston to fight for the Union.
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May 28, 1863

News 1872 - The Great Boston Fire.
The city of Boston, second commercial city in the United States, has, within the past thirty-six hours, been visited by one of the most extensive and destructive conflagrations which this country has ever witnessed, only inferior to the memorable Chicago fire in October, 1871, in the enormous magnitude of the loss. The Chicago fire desolated nearly the whole of that city, entailing a frightful loss of life, and every kind of public and private edifice--churches, court house, hotels, stores, fact... Read MORE...

1875 - First American Christmas Card
The first American Christmas card printed by Louis Prang in Boston. resources/state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html

1876 - Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated first telephone in Boston

BOSTON, Mass., July 3 - The night watchman employed at the factory of the Revere Rubber Company, on Eastern-avenue, Chelsea, discovered flames, at 3 o'clock this morning, issuing from one of the dye-houses in the rear of the factory. Owing to a scarcity of water the firemen's efforts were of little avail, and the entire factory and connected buildings were speedily in flames, except the three store-houses. The buildings destroyed included the main factory, a four-story brick building 300 feet lo... Read MORE...

News 1885 - Men of Brains - Some of the Distinguished American Inventors
Benjamin Franklin, born at Boston, 1706; died in 1790; at twelve, printer's apprentice, fond of useful reading; twenty-seven to forty teaches himself Latin, etc., makes various useful improvements; at forty studies electricity; 1752 brings electricity from clouds by kite and invents the lightning rod.
The Daily Republican
Monogahela, Pennsylvania
January 20, 1885

1888 - "The Great White Hurricane"
March 11-14, 1888
More than 120 winters have come and gone since the so-called “Great White Hurricane,” but this whopper of a storm still lives in infamy. After a stretch of rainy but unseasonably mild weather, temperatures plunged and vicious winds kicked up, blanketing the East Coast in snow and creating drifts up to 50 feet high. The storm immobilized New York, Boston and other major cities, blocking roads and wiping out telephone, telegraph and rail service for several days. When the skies ... Read MORE...

News 1888 - Women met at Boston on the 29th and nominated Miss Alice D. Stockton, of Wheaton, as candidate of the Equal Rights party for Governor of Massachusetts.
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 3, 1888

Boston Massachusetts, 1890
BOSTON, the metropolis of New England, the capital of Massachusetts, and seat of justice for the county of Suffolk, lies at the western extremity, or head, of Massachusetts Bay, — 464 miles by rail northeast of Washington, 236 northeast of New York, and 105 southwest of Portland. The latitude of the State House is 42° 21' 30" north; and the longitude, 71° 3' 51" west.

It has Needham, Newton, Brookline, Watertown, Cambridge and Somerville on the west; Everett, Chelsea and Revere on the north; ... Read MORE...

...Severe All Over New England.
Boston, Feb. 9. - Reports from all over New England indicate that the storm is one of the most severe in years. Boston harbor is choked with drift ice, and shipping is at a standstill. Trains are blockaded throughout New England and much damage was done by unprecedented high tides along the coast...
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February 2, 1895

News 1897 - September 1 – The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground metro in North America.
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September 1, 1897

News 1897 - April 19 The first Boston Marathon is held, with fifteen men competing, and won by John McDermott.
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April 19, 1897

1898 - Revolutionary Boston - Then and there American Independence was born by Edward Everertt Hale
The American Revolution began in Boston. Different dates are set for the beginning. John Adams says of Otis's speech in 1761 in the Council Chamber of the Old State House, "Then and there American Independence was born." The visitor to Boston should go, very early in his visit, into the Old State House; and when he stands in the Council Chamber he will remember that as distinguished a person as John Adams fixed that place as the birthplace of independence.

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News 1903 - October 13 – Boston wins its first of seven World Series titles, beating Pittsburgh at their home park, Huntington Avenue Grounds.
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October 13, 1903

News 1904 - May 5 - Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.
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May 5, 1904

1911 - July 4 - Temperature reached 104°F
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News 1912 - April 20 – Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, opens.
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April 20, 1912

News 1914 - July 11 – Baseball legend Babe Ruth makes his major league debut with the Red Sox.
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July 11, 1914

Boston, a city of the United States, capital of Massachusetts and of Suffolk co., on a bay called Boston Harbor, which forms the inner bight of Massachusetts Bay, at the mouth of the Charles and Mystic rivers. Lat. 42° 21' 30" N.; Lon. 71° 3' 30" W. The original town stood upon a peninsula called by the Indians Shawmut, and by the settlers Tremont or Trimontaine, from the three sum mits of a conspicuous hill, which, though now much reduced, is still prominent and known as Beacon Hill. The city n... Read MORE...

Wreckage Covered with Sticky Stream of 2,000,000 Gallons.


Building Sucked Into Street by Receding Tide - Car Blown from Tracks.

BOSTON, Jan. 15. - Probably a dozen persons were killed and 50 injured by the explosion of a huge tank of molasses on the waterfront off Commercial street, today. Tonight the only bodies identified were those of a fireman, GEORGE LEAHY, and two residents of tenements in the vicinity, MRS. BRIDGET CLOUGHERTY and WILLIAM A. DURFEE. A large numbe... Read MORE...

News 1920 - January 1 - Babe Ruth is traded by the Red Sox for $125,000, the largest sum ever paid for a player at that time.
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January 1, 1920

1921 - September 15 - WBZ-AM in Boston MA begins radio transmissions
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1924 - September 24 - Boston, Massachusetts opens its airport
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News 1925 - July 4 - 44 die when Dreyfus Hotel in Boston collapses
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July 4, 1925

1928 - November 17 - Boston Garden officially opens
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News 1930 - December 7 – The television station W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts, broadcasts video and audio from the radio orchestra program The Fox Trappers.
This broadcast also includes the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for the I. J. Fox Furriers company which sponsored the telecast.
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December 7, 1930

News February 14, 1940 - A "Saint Valentine's Day Blizzard" hit the northeastern U.S. Up to a foot and a half of snow blanketed southern New England, and whole gales accompanied the heavy snow stranding many in downtown Boston.
February 14, 1940

News 1942 - November 28 - Cocoanut Grove fire: A fire in the Cocoanut Grove night club in Boston, Massachusetts, kills 491.
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November 28, 1942

1948 - June 9 - WBZ TV channel 4 in Boston, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
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News 1950 - January 17 - The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
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January 17, 1950

1954 - First Kidney Transplant
First medically successful kidney transplant was performed in Boston

News 1963 - June 18 - 3,000 blacks boycott Boston public school
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June 18, 1963

1974 - Integration of Schools
Federal Court ordered integration of Boston schools; whites held boycotts and demonstrations against integrated busing program countrys/namerica/usstates/ matimeln.htm

1976 - First Night
Boston was the first city in America to celebrate New Year's Eve with a "First Night" event. resources/state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html

1987 - Big Dig
Construction began on "Big Dig" in Boston

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here

David Basset (abt. 1659 - ) & Marie Melanson (abt. 1664 - 1 February 1726)
married 1682

Josiah Franklin (23 December 1652 - 16 January 1745) & Abiah Folger (15 August 1667 - 18 May 1752)
married 25 November 1689

Wilhelm Albert "William" Theinert (15 August 1870 - 2 December 1926) & Alice A Barker (March 1870 - bet. 1919-1957)
married 18 April 1896

George Henry Rheel (21 June 1880 - 7 July 1955) & Etta Irene Smith (08 July 1882 - 2 January 1942)
married 25 July 1904
Jeremiah J Conley (abt. 1874 - ) & Ruth Alice Dodson (abt. 1864 - February 1935)
married 1 September 1904

Oscar Ander Anderson (29 October 1885 - 29 March 1943?) & Klara Theresa Andersson (6 February 1887 - 17 December 1970)
married 11 February 1913

Raymond Scott Crouss (5 February 1893 - bet. 1958-1963?) & Elizabeth Fisher (14 August 1895 - 21 January 1967)
married 7 February 1915

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