February Historical Events and Massachusetts

USS Maine from Library of Congress

Massachusetts has been the site of numerous significant historical events throughout its history. Here are some notable events that took place in February:

February 6, 1778: The Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance were signed between the United States and France during the American Revolutionary War. While not signed in Massachusetts, these treaties were crucial for securing French support for the American cause, which had a significant impact on the outcome of the war.

February 15, 1820: The “Missouri Compromise” was passed by the United States Congress, admitting Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state, thus maintaining the balance of power between free and slave states. This compromise was significant in the lead-up to the Civil War.

February 15, 1898: The USS Maine, an American battleship, exploded and sank in Havana Harbor, Cuba, leading to the start of the Spanish-American War. The event stirred up significant public outrage in the United States, including in Massachusetts.

February 22, 1924: Calvin Coolidge, who was born in Vermont but had strong ties to Massachusetts, became the first U.S. President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House. Coolidge served as the 30th President of the United States from 1923 to 1929.

February 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary and former President of South Africa, spoke at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston during his visit to the United States shortly after his release from prison. Mandela’s visit was highly significant in highlighting the global struggle against apartheid.

These events illustrate the diverse historical significance of Massachusetts in February, ranging from colonial times to the modern era.


Doreen Martel

1 Comment

  1. Carol McElwee on February 3, 2024 at 11:51 am

    Just checked date of MO Compromise of 1820. The Senate passed their version of the bill on Feb 15, 1820. The House passed the Senate version on March 3, 1820. It became law on March 6, 1820, when President James Monroe signed it.

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