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Boston is the capital of and largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region. The city proper had a population of 617,594 according to the 2010 U.S. Census...
Timeline of Events
1630
9.17.1630
The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.
1631
2.5.1631
Roger Williams emigrates to Boston.
1635
4.23.1635
The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts.
1648
6.14.1648
Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts colony.
1704
4.24.1704
The first regular newspaper in the United States, the ''News-Letter'', is published in Boston, Massachusetts.
1774
3.31.1774
American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.
1775
10.28.1775
American Revolutionary War: A British proclamation forbids residents from leaving Boston.
1776
3.4.1776
The American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts.
3.17.1776
American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, Massachusetts after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
1837
6.11.1837
The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between Yankees and Irish.
1839
11.27.1839
In Boston, Massachusetts, the American Statistical Association is founded.
1848
11.1.1848
In Boston, Massachusetts, the first medical school for women, The Boston Female Medical School (which later merged with the Boston University School of Medicine), opens.
1851
12.29.1851
The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
1857
11.9.1857
The Atlantic founded in Boston.
1863
5.28.1863
American Civil War: The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment, leaves Boston, Massachusetts, to fight for the Union.
1867
7.17.1867
Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston. It was the first dental school in the U.S.
12.2.1867
At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
1883
2.28.1883
The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
1897
9.1.1897
The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.
1901
10.29.1901
In Amherst, Massachusetts nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine.
1911
9.25.1911
Ground is broken for Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
1912
4.20.1912
Opening day for baseball stadiums Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, and Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
1928
10.12.1928
An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston
1930
12.7.1930
W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts broadcasts video from the CBS radio orchestra program, ''The Fox Trappers''. The broadcast also includes the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers, who sponsored the radio show.
1942
11.28.1942
In Boston, Massachusetts, a fire in the Cocoanut Grove nightclub kills 491 people.
1960
10.4.1960
Eastern Air Lines Flight 375, a Lockheed L-188 Electra, crashes after a bird strike on takeoff from Boston's Logan International Airport, killing 62 of 72 on board.
1979
10.20.1979
The John F. Kennedy library is opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
1987
1.4.1987
The Chase, Maryland rail wreck: An Amtrak train en route to Boston, Massachusetts from Washington, D.C., collides with Conrail engines in Chase, Maryland, killing 16 people.
1990
3.18.1990
In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.