Interesting Facts About Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Facts

- Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith in Springfield.

- Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William Morgan in Holyoke.

- Clarence Birdseye revolutionized American mealtime when he invented frozen foods in Gloucester in 1925.

- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) invented the first computer in Cambridge in 1928.

- Quincy is home to the first Dunkin Donuts and the first Howard Johnson’s.

- James Michael Curley was the first mayor of Boston to have a car. The license plate number was “576,” the number of letters respectively in his name. Today, the mayor of Boston’s official car still has the same number on its license plate.

- In the 1840s the potato famine drove many Irish to Massachusetts, and they eventually became the state's largest ethnic group.

- Harvard University, the nation's oldest college, was chartered in Cambridge in 1636.

- The Handel and Haydn Society, one of the nation's oldest continually performing musical groups, was formed in Boston in 1815 by Gottlieb Graupner.

- Among the many attractions of Boston is the Old South Meeting House, and the Old North Church, where lanterns signaled the start of Paul Revere's ride.

- The American industrial revolution began in Lowell. Lowell was America's first planned industrial city.

- On October 1, 1998, "Say Hello To Someone From Massachusetts" by Lenny Gomulka, was approved as the official polka of the Commonwealth.

- 1634: Boston Common became the first public park in America.

- 1891: The first basketball game was played in Springfield.

- Massachusetts holds the two largest cites in New England, Boston, the largest, and Worcester.

- The creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which was formerly private town and state owned land, marked the first time the federal government purchased land for a park.

- Robert Goddard, inventor of the first liquid fueled rocket, was born and lived much of his life in Worcester and launched the first rocket fueled with liquid fuel from the neighboring town of Auburn.

- Quincy boasts the first Dunkin Donuts on Hancock Street and the first Howard Johnson's on Newport Ave.

- Glaciers formed the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard during the ice age.

- The first U.S.Postal zip code in Massachusetts is 01001 at Agawam.

- Brewster has become the de facto "Wedding Capital of Cape Cod" because of its many small and larger inns that cater to weddings.

- The birth control pill was invented at Clark University in Worcester.

- The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.

- Balance Rock in Lanesborough is named in honor of a 25' x 15' x 10 boulder that balances upon a small stone below it.

- Massachusetts first began issuing drivers licenses and registration plates in June of 1903.

- The 3rd Monday in April is a legal holiday in Massachusetts called Patriot's Day.

- The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.

- William Hill Brown published The Power of Sympathy in Worcester in 1789. An imitation of Goethe's Sorrows of Young Werther it is regarded as the first American novel

- The fourteen counties in Massachusetts are made up of 43 cities and 308 towns.

- Charles Goodyear in Woburn first vulcanized rubber in 1839.

- Elias Howe of Boston invented the first sewing machine in 1845.