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The name 'Massachusetts' originates with native Americans in the Massachusetts Bay area (from the language of the Algonquian nation). The name translates roughly as 'at or about the great hill.'

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1497 - John Cabot reaches present day Massachusetts

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
1614 - John Smith sailed along the coast of Massachusetts. He wrote a book, A Description of New England, which guided settlers to the Massachusetts region.
1620 - The Pilgrims left England on the Mayflower and landed in the New World at Plymouth. Before leaving the ship, they drew up the Mayflower Compact
1638 - Massachusetts set up the first library in the colonies.
1641 - The Body of Liberties, the first code of laws of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was established.
1647 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony ordered that elementary schools be established in all towns where there were more than 50 families.
1652 - Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth. The General Court recognized that the Indians have a just right to land possession and a true right to be there based on Genesis 1 and 28, Chapter 9, 1, and Psalms 115:16.
1684 - King Charles II cancelled the colonial charter of Massachusetts.
1686 - King James established a government in Massachusetts. He made Sir Edmond Andros the governor of the colony.
1690 - The battle of Quebec was fought between the colonies of New France (ruled by France) and Massachusetts Bay (ruled by England). It lasted from October 16 through October 24 and resulted in a French victory.

News  1722 - July 25 - The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border.
July 25, 1722
News  1727 - October 29 - Severe earthquake in New England
October 29, 1727
News  1749 - June 25 - A general fast was called on account of drought in Massachusetts. It was the year of the famous dry spring in which fields and villages burned.
June 25, 1749
1775 - First battle of American Revolution fought at Lexington and Concord; Paul Revere made famous ride; first ship of U.S. Navy commissioned webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
News  1780 - May 19 - The infamous "dark day" in New England tradition. At noon it was nearly as dark as night. Chickens went to roost, and many persons were fearful of divine wrath. The phenomena was caused by forest fires to the west of New England.
May 19, 1780
1787 - The first cotton mill in the United States is built in Massachusetts.
1788 - Massachusetts became sixth U S. state webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
News  1803 - May 8 - A freak spring storm produced heavy snow from southern Indiana to New England. The storm made sleighing possible in Massachusetts, but also ruined shade trees in Philadelphia.
May 8, 1803
News  1815 - September 23 - One of the greatest hurricanes to strike New England made landfall at Long Island and crossed Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
It was the worst tempest in nearly two hundred years.
September 23, 1815
News  1816 - September 27 - A black frost over most of New England kills unripened corn in the north resulting in a year of famine.
September 27, 1816
1820 - Massachusetts and Maine separated webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
1833 - Constitutional amendment separated church and state, Puritanism in government ended webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
1847 - NECCO (New England Confectionery Company) wafers were first produced in 1847 in Massachusetts

1852 - Massachusetts became the first state to require that all children must attend school.
1860's - Massachusetts sent over 160,000 troops to battle in Civil War webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
News  1868 - The Legislature of Massachusetts, during its late session, incorporated twenty-five manufacturing companies, with an aggregate capital of $4,375,000.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
April 11, 1868
The Great Blizzard of 1888
This storm was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of...Read MORE...

1903 - You didn’t need a license or plates to drive in Massachusetts until 1903.
Before that, all you needed was a set of wheels.
1903 - Marconi sends and receives the first wireless transatlantic communication
One hundred years ago on Saturday, a young Italian inventor named Guglielmo Marconi stood on a...Read MORE...

1907 - First motorized fire wagon developed by Knox Manufacturing Company webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
News  1914 - July 29 – In Massachusetts, the new Cape Cod Canal opens; it shortens the trip between New York and Boston by 66 miles, but also turns Cape Cod into an island
July 29, 1914
News  1922 - April 13 – The State of Massachusetts opens all public offices to women.
April 13, 1922
News  1938 - April 28 – The towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott in Massachusetts are disincorporated to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir.
April 28, 1938
News  1938 - Sept. 21 - The Great Hurricane brought terror to large parts of New England.
A great hurricane smashed into Long Island and bisected New England causing a massive forest blow...Read MORE...

News  1944 - September 9 - The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" ravaged the east coast.
The storm killed 22 persons and caused 63 million dollars damage in the Chesapeake Bay area, then...Read MORE...

News  1946 - November 13 - General Electric scientists produced snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires in the first modern day cloud seeding experiment.

The Weather Channel
November 13, 1946
News  1954 - August 31 - Hurricane Carol swept across eastern New England killing sixty persons and causing 450 million dollars damage. It was the first of three hurricanes to affect New England that year.
August 31, 1954
News  1955 - August 19-20 - Rivers throughout Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut overflow, causing millions of dollars damage.
August 19, 1955
1957 - Massachusetts Turnpike opened webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
News  The Blizzard of 1978
Almost 100 years after the blizzard of 1888, Massachusetts survived the blizzard of 1978. The storm ...Read MORE...

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