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5 Fun Facts About August 14 In Massachusetts History

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1. On August 14, 1765, crowds gathered in Boston to protest the Stamp Act, which required colonists to pay taxes on printed materials. This demonstration was an early sign of the tension between Britain and the colonies that would eventually lead to the American Revolution.

2. August 14, 1784 saw the birth of William Cullen Bryant in Cummington, Massachusetts. Bryant was the editor of the New York Evening Post and a celebrated poet, known for works such as "Thanatopsis" and "To a Waterfowl."

3. In 1912, on August 14, the first segment of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, known as the "T," began operating. The first line ran from Park Street Station in Boston to Ashmont Station in Dorchester. Today, the T serves more than 1.3 million riders each weekday.

4. On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. This landmark legislation, which established a system of old-age pensions and unemployment insurance, continues to be a crucial source of support for millions of Americans.

5. August 14, 2003 marked the start of the "Big Dig," a massive construction project in Boston that aimed to reroute the city's central artery highway underground. The project took over 15 years to complete and cost more than $14 billion, making it the largest public works project in American history.
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