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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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Boston, Massachusetts, USA - GLEASON’S PICTORIAL DRAWING ROOM COMPANION illustrated newspaper (Boston, MA), October 11, 1851
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

GLEASON’S PICTORIAL DRAWING ROOM COMPANION illustrated newspaper (Boston, MA), October 11, 1851

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Fairbanks' Celebrate Scales
34 Kilby Street, Boston

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89 Pearl Street
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April 1898
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Lowney's Chocolate Bonbons

The Walter M. Lowney Company
89 Pearl Street
Boston

The Ladies' Home Journal
April 1898
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174 Tremont St.
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November 1898
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174 Tremont St.
Boston, Mass.

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November 1898
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One of the ten leading Companies of the World
Ranks first in low cost to the Policyholder
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1630 - The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.
The Puritans settled in Massachusetts and the town of Boston was founded by John Winthrop as an...Read MORE...

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....Read MORE...

1639 - First Post Office
First Post Office in U. S. established in Boston at Richard Fairbanks' tavern.
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News  1644 - January 18 - Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America's 1st UFO sighting
"...Massachusetts Bay Colony founder John Winthrop detailed instances of unidentified flying...Read MORE...

1650 - Unsuccessful Meeting
September 1: Father Gabriel Druillettes (1610-1681) departed Quebec for Boston to establish an...Read MORE...

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
"In 1673, Governor Francis Lovelace of New York set up a monthly post between New York and Boston....Read MORE...

1690 - First Newspaper Issued in America
The first [newspaper] issued in America was published in Boston in September, 1690. It was printed...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.

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News  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

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1717 - THE GREAT SNOW OF 1717
Four successive snowstorms-two of them minor, two of them of major proportions-fell within a...Read MORE...

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

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July 30, 1733
News  1735 - August 18 - Evening Post begins publishing (Boston, Mass)

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August 18, 1735
1761 - First regular U.S. stagecoach run is begun, from Boston to Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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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...Read MORE...

1773 - December 16 - Boston Tea Party
Angry and frustrated at a new tax on tea, American colonists calling themselves the Sons of Liberty and disguised as Mohawk Native Americans boarded three British ships (the Dartmouth, the Eleanor,...Read MORE...

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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April 20, 1775
1775 - June 17 - Battle of Bunker Hill
On June 17, 1775, early in the Revolutionary War (1775-83), the British defeated the Americans at...Read MORE...

News  1776 - March 17 - British, Get Out!
Colonial troops force British to evacuate Boston.
March 17, 1776
1795 - State House
State House built in Boston.
1797 - October 21 - The U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, nicknames Old Ironsides, launches from Boston.

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1806 - First Church Built by Free Blacks
The first church built by free blacks in America, the African Meeting House, opened on Joy Street...Read MORE...

News  1806 - June 16 - A total eclipse of the sun was viewed from southern California to Massachusetts.
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Extract of a letter from Boston, June 16th.
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News  1829 - October 16 - Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston)

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October 16, 1829
1831 - January 1 - First Abolitionist Newspaper
The first abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, published in Boston by William Lloyd Garrison

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January 1, 1831
1832 - The New England Anti-Slavery Society in Boston was formed. The society helped slaves escape to Canada.

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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.
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1845 - Sewing Machine
Elias Howe invented sewing machine in Boston
1846 - Anesthesia
William T.G. Morton, a Boston dentist, first demonstrated the use of anesthesia in surgery at...Read MORE...

News  1846 - SCENE: A street in Boston.
Dramais Persona: Jonathan, a youth from the country visiting the city for the first time. Susan,...Read MORE...

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

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December 29, 1852
1854 - March 20 – The Boston Public Library opens to the public.

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March 20, 1854
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...Read MORE...

1856 - Boston Cream Pie is served for the first time (Omni Parker House)

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...Read MORE...

1875 - First American Christmas Card
The first American Christmas card printed by Louis Prang in Boston.

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1876 - Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated first telephone in Boston
News  1884 - A LARGE FIRE IN BOSTON. RUBBER-WORKS DESTROYED ENTAILING A LOSS OF $500,000.
BOSTON, Mass., July 3 - The night watchman employed at the factory of the Revere Rubber Company, on ...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...Read MORE...

1888 - "The Great White Hurricane"
March 11-14, 1888
More than 120 winters have come and gone since the so-called “Great White...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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News  1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
...Severe All Over New England.
Boston, Feb. 9. - Reports from all over New England indicate that...Read MORE...

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
1897 - September 1 – The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground metro in North America.
in 1897, at 6 am, over 100 people crowded onto the first train to travel through a tunnel under...Read MORE...

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 ...Read MORE...

1901 - King Camp Gillette and William Emery Nickerson invented the world's first disposable razor blade in 1901. (Boston)

1903 - October - First World Series
The 1903 World Series was the first modern World Series to be played in Major League Baseball. It...Read MORE...

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
1916
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1919 - The mayor of Boston refused to let the city's police form a union.
Around three fourths of the police force went on strike. Governor Calvin Coolidge had to send in...Read MORE...

News  1919 - DOZEN KILLED, 50 HURT, AS TANK OF MOLASSES BURST
The Great Boston Molasses Flood

DOZEN KILLED, 50 HURT, AS TANK OF MOLASSES BURST

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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 ...Read MORE...

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.

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February 14, 1940
News  1942 - November 28 - Cocoanut Grove fire: A fire in the Cocoanut Grove night club in Boston, Massachusetts, kills 491.
DEATH TOLL JUMPS TO 477 IN COCOANUT GROVE DISASTER. BOSTON HOLOCAUST ONE OF NATION'S WORST FIRES -...Read MORE...

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
"The Great Brinks Robbery of 1950: Not Quite the Perfect Crime

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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...Read MORE...

1976 - First Night
Boston was the first city in America to celebrate New Year's Eve with a "First Night" event.

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

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