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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Harvard College was established in 1636 in Cambridge. It is the oldest college in North America.

Cambridge includes: Fresh Pond Station, Harvard Square, Kendall Square, Larchwood, and Mount Auburn.



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  • 1630 - Cambridge is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1636 - Cambridge is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 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).

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html

  • 1638 - The first American printing press was set up in Cambridge by Stephen Daye


  • 1680 - July 8 - The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Home of James Russell Lowell, Built 1767
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  • 1775 - July 3 - Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass

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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, Mass...Read MORE...


  • 1845 - 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, a...Read MORE...


  • 1846 - Cambridge is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1848 - Cambridge
    The settlement of Cambridge commenced in 1631. It was originally intended to make it the metropolis of the province of Massachusetts. Governor Winthro...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Cambridge / Cambridgeport / East Cambridge
    Cambridge, a city and semi-capital of Middlesex county, Massachusetts, 3 miles W. N. W. from Boston, in lat. 42° 22' 21" N., Lon. 71° 7' 88" W. It com...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 ...Read MORE...


  • 1859
    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...Read MORE...


  • News 1874 - The first American football game was played between McGill University and Harvard.


  • News 1881 - June 14 - Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Mass)

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    June 14, 1881

  • Cambridge Massachusetts, 1890
    CAMBRIDGE (L. Cantabridgia), the seat of Harvard College, is opulent and elegant city, forming the southeastern extremity of Middlesex County, of whic...Read MORE...


  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Seaver Hall, Harvard College
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  • 1895 - Cambridge
    Cambridge, a city and semi-capital of Middlesex co., Mass, separated from Boston by Charles River, in lat. 42° 22'21" N, Lon, 71° 7'38" W. It comprise...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 ...Read MORE...


  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Harvard Square, 1905
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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Hotel Dixon, 1905
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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Captains Island or Magazine Beach
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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Shoe & Leather Exposition Building
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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Harvard Medical School
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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Shepard Memorial Congregational Church
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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Central Square and Massachusetts Avenue
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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Fletcher School
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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Harvard Stadium, 1910
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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Scenic Temple
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  • 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...Read MORE...


  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Central Square, 1912
    Postcard
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Manual Training School, 1914
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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Central Square Hardware Co.
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  • 1916
    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°...Read MORE...


  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Longfellow House
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  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Riverbank Court, On-the-Charles
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  • 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 ...Read MORE...


  • 1928 - The first computer, a non-electronic "differential analyzer," developed by Dr. Vannevar Bush of M.I.T. in Cambridge.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html

  • 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 fall of 1929, only a few weeks before the Black... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 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 stu...Read MORE...


  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Cambridge High School
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  • 1944 - Howard Aiken of Harvard developed the first automatic digital computer.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html

  • 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.
    Postcard
  • 1953 - August 31 - WKBG TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins

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Home of James Russell Lowell, Built 1767
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Seaver Hall, Harvard College
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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois



Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Harvard Square, 1905
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Hotel Dixon, 1905
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Captains Island or Magazine Beach
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Shoe & Leather Exposition Building
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Harvard Medical School
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Shepard Memorial Congregational Church
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Central Square and Massachusetts Avenue
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Fletcher School
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Harvard Stadium, 1910
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Scenic Temple
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Central Square, 1912
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Manual Training School, 1914
Postcard

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Central Square Hardware Co.
Postcard

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Longfellow House
Postcard

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Riverbank Court, On-the-Charles
Postcard

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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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 fall of 1929, only a few weeks before the Black... Read MORE...

Postcard

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Cambridge High School
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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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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  • 1630 - Cambridge is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 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).

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html
  • 1636 - Cambridge is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1638 - The first American printing press was set up in Cambridge by Stephen Daye
  • 1680 - July 8 - The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    historyorb.com
  • 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,... Read MORE...

  • 1775 - July 3 - Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass

    historyorb.com
  • 1845 - 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,... Read MORE...

  • 1846 - Cambridge is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1848 - Cambridge
    The settlement of Cambridge commenced in 1631. It was originally intended to make it the metropolis of the province of Massachusetts. Governor... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Cambridge / Cambridgeport / East Cambridge
    Cambridge, a city and semi-capital of Middlesex county, Massachusetts, 3 miles W. N. W. from Boston, in lat. 42° 22' 21" N., Lon. 71° 7' 88" W. It... 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 ... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    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... Read MORE...

  • News  1874 - The first American football game was played between McGill University and Harvard.
  • News  1881 - June 14 - Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Mass)

    historyorb.com
    June 14, 1881
  • Cambridge Massachusetts, 1890
    CAMBRIDGE (L. Cantabridgia), the seat of Harvard College, is opulent and elegant city, forming the southeastern extremity of Middlesex County, of... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Cambridge
    Cambridge, a city and semi-capital of Middlesex co., Mass, separated from Boston by Charles River, in lat. 42° 22'21" N, Lon, 71° 7'38" W. It... 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 ... 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... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    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.... 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 ... Read MORE...

  • 1928 - The first computer, a non-electronic "differential analyzer," developed by Dr. Vannevar Bush of M.I.T. in Cambridge.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html
  • 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... Read MORE...

  • 1944 - Howard Aiken of Harvard developed the first automatic digital computer.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html
  • 1953 - August 31 - WKBG TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins

    historyorb.com

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