Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - Seaver Hall, Harvard College
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Seaver Hall, Harvard College

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - Hotel Continental
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Hotel Continental

"... John J. Shine, an enterprising Cambridge builder, took out permits in 1928 to construct the Hotels Continental, Commander, and Ambassador...

The Continental opened in the ...


Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - Charles River Basin from John Hancock Building, showing Storrow Drive and the Longfellow Bridge spanning the basin between Boston and Cambridge, Mass.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Charles River Basin from John Hancock Building, showing Storrow Drive and the Longfellow Bridge spanning the basin between Boston and Cambridge, Mass.

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Where is Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA? 

Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
...Newtowne, as Cambridge was known until 1638, was laid out in an orderly grid of streets, bounded today by Eliot Square and Linden Street, Massachusetts Avenue and the River. Each family owned a house lot in the village, planting fields outside, and a share in the common land. Boston was eight long miles away...

Cambridge became a city in 1846, uniting three rival villages - Old Cambridge, Cambridgeport and East Historic/ cambridgehistory.html

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1631 - Cambridge founded
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Harvard College was established in 1636. It was named for after John Harvard of Charlestown, who left half his estate to the new institution upon his death in 1638. Founded in Newtowne (now Cambridge). resources/ state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html
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1638 - The first American printing press was set up in Cambridge by Stephen Daye

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1680 - July 8 - The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights, Massachusetts and used by George Washington's army on March 17, 1776 (Evacuation Day) to free Boston from British control during the American...Read MORE...

1775 - July 3 - Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass
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3. CAMBRIDGE. [Pop. 8,409. Inc. 1631.]
Cambridge, originally called The New Town, was settled by the first Governor, and intended for the seat of government. It was named Cambridge, after that famous seat of learning in England.

The first college in the country, founded here, in 1636, by a donation of the Rev. John Harvard...Read MORE...

1848 - Cambridge
The settlement of Cambridge commenced in 1631. It was originally intended to make it the metropolis of the province of Massachusetts. Governor Winthrop, Deputy Governor Dudley. and the assistants, having examined the territory lying in the vicinity of the new settlements, upon a view of this spot...Read MORE...

News  1858 - Destructive Conflagrations
The printing establishment of H. O. Houghton & Co. at Cambridge, Mass., was burned on Saturday. The premises were owned by Little, Brown & Co. Boston publishers, who occupied them for the storage of books in sheets and stereotype plates. The contents of the building were valued at $100,000. The...Read MORE...

CAMBRIDGE, a town in the state of Massachusetts, U.S., 3 m. NW of Boston and 431 m. from Washington, in N lat. 42 23, W long. 71 08. It is composed of three portions: Old Cambridge, the seat of the university; Cambridge Port, about half=way between the university and the bridge to Boston; and E...Read MORE...

News  1881 - June 14 - Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Mass)
June 14, 1881
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Cambridge Massachusetts, 1890
CAMBRIDGE (L. Cantabridgia), the seat of Harvard College, is opulent and elegant city, forming the southeastern extremity of Middlesex County, of which it is the semi-capital. Somerville lies along its northeast side; Boston, on the eastern, southeastern, southern and southwestern sides (Brighton...Read MORE...

1898 - Cambridge - There is no place like it, no, not even for taxes - by Samuel A. Eliot
The early history of New England seems to many minds dry and unromantic. No mist of distance softens the harsh outlines, no mirage of tradition lifts events or characters into picturesque beauty, and there seems a poverty of sentiment. The transplanting of a people breaks the successions and...Read MORE...

News  1911 - Boy May Die From Burns
Lighting a match to find the stopper of a backyard gasoline tank nearly cost Charles Durgin, 12, of 171 Sherman street, Cambridge, his life last night. He was saved from burning to death by William Danehy of 75 Sargent street, who grabbed the boy and running into the house with him in his arms,...Read MORE...

Cambridge, a city and semi-capital of Middlesex co., Mass., separated from Boston by the Charles River, in lat. (observatory) 42° 22' 47" N., Lon. 71° 7' 45" W. It comprises "Old Cambridge," the seat of Harvard University, East Cambridge (formerly Lechmere Point), Cambridge- port, about midway...Read MORE...

News  1922 - Killed By Exploding Still.
Alexander Rutstein Victim In Boston-Fire Wrecks Building.

Cambridge, Mass., June 25. - Alexander Rutstein of the Dorchester District, Boston, died at a hospital today as a result of burns sustained when a still exploded in a factory building in East Cambridge on Friday, resulting in fire which...Read MORE...

1928 - The first computer, a non-electronic "differential analyzer," developed by Dr. Vannevar Bush of M.I.T. in Cambridge. resources/ state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html
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News  1931 - Students' Suite Burns At Cambridge Hotel
CAMBRIDGE, April 27. (AP) - A fire at the Hotel Commander early today destroyed a suite occupied by A. B. Young and R. T. Dunn, Harvard Law school students, and aroused 300 guests.

Dunn lost all his belongings. Young was away for the week-end.
Richard Winsor, night clerk, roused the guests...

1944 - Howard Aiken of Harvard developed the first automatic digital computer. resources/ state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html
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1953 - August 31 - WKBG TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins
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Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Richard Hassell (Haswell) (abt. 1622 - ) & Joan Bateman? Banks? (abt. 1622 - )
married abt. 1642

Francis Whitmore (1625 - 12 October 1685) & Isabel Park (Parke) (2 November 1628 - 31 March 1665)
married 12 October 1648

Jonathan Padelford (abt. 1628 - 1661) & Mary Blanford (abt. 1632 - 1 February 1676)
married 5 October 1652

Thomas Park (Parke) (2 November 1628 - 11 August 1690) & Abigail Dix (Dykes) (2 May 1637 - 3 February 1691)
married 1 December 1653

Benjamin Wellington (6 January 1647 - 8 January 1709/10) & Elizabeth Sweetman (6 January 1647 - 8 March 1729)
married 7 December 1671

Joseph Adams (6 March 1657 - 20 July 1701) & Margaret Eames (8 July 1666 - May 1734)
married 21 February 1687

William Monroe (10 October 1669 - 2 January 1759) & Mary Cutler (15 March 1680 - 26 June 1713)
married 3 October 1697

Jonathan Farnsworth (10 June 1675 - 16 June 1748) & Ruth Shattuck (24 June 1678 - 16 June 1748)
married 1698

Benjamin Cleveland (16 May 1701 - 7 July 1784) & Anne Church (25 May 1712 - 21 October 1754)
married 13 February 1724

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (27 February 1807 - 24 March 1882) & Fanny Elizabeth Appleton (6 October 1819 - 10 July 1861)
married 13 June 1843

Albert Freeman Nurse (Nourse) (21 July 1843 - 10 July 1871) & Martha Miles Johnson (18 July 1841 - )
married 19 June 1863

Arthur Kibert ( - ) & Ellen Elizabeth Hogarth (15 October 1867 - 31 May 1949)
married 27 August 1898

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