December Historical Events in Massachusetts

December 16, 1773: The Boston Tea Party took place in Boston Harbor. Colonists, protesting British taxation without representation, dumped tea into the harbor.

December 11, 1816: Indiana was admitted as the 19th state of the United States. Although this event did not directly happen in Massachusetts, it’s worth noting that it was part of the larger historical context.

December 10, 1830: Emily Dickinson, the renowned American poet, was born in Amherst, Massachusetts.

December 17, 1830: Boston opened the first American public transit system, a horse-drawn streetcar.

December 10, 1845: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

December 17, 1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first successful powered airplane flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Although this event did not occur in Massachusetts, it had a profound impact on aviation and transportation, influencing developments in the state.

UPDATED: December 6, 1917: The Halifax Explosion in Nova Scotia, Canada, had an impact on Boston. The city provided significant aid and relief efforts to Halifax following the disaster.

December 4, 1919: The Boston Police Strike occurred, with police officers protesting against working conditions and low wages. The strike had a significant impact on labor relations in the United States.

December 16, 1775: The Siege of Quebec during the American Revolutionary War began, with American forces attempting to capture the city.

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  1. Paul Saulnier on December 1, 2023 at 8:04 am

    Even since the explosion in the harbor, which was the largest man-made explosion before Hiroshima, Nova Scotia has been sending a large Christmas tree for display in Boston.

  2. Sherry Burke on December 5, 2023 at 5:20 pm

    Pretty sure the explosion date is tomorrow

    • Doreen Martel on December 5, 2023 at 8:39 pm

      Sherry you are absolutely correct. I guess I need to fact check before I publish AI generated content 🙂

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