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5 Fun Facts About August 15 In Massachusetts History

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1. Battle of Beaufort - On August 15, 1779, Massachusetts Regiments participated in the Battle of Beaufort, one of the largest battles fought in the southern colonies during the American Revolution. The battle was won by the British, but the Massachusetts soldiers put up a fierce resistance.

2. First telegraph line in Massachusetts - On August 15, 1846, the first telegraph line in Massachusetts was established between Lowell and Boston. The line was operated by the Boston and Maine Railroad and enabled communication between the two cities in a matter of seconds.

3. Gay Wedding - On August 15, 2004, history was made in Massachusetts when the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States was performed in Cambridge. Tanya McCloskey and Marcia Kadish became the first same-sex couple to marry in the country.

4. Walden Pond publication - On August 15, 1854, Henry David Thoreau's book "Walden; or, Life in the Woods" was published. The book chronicles Thoreau's experiences living in a cabin he built on the shore of Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts.

5. Red Sox sell Babe Ruth - On August 15, 1918, the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000. The trade is widely considered one of the worst in baseball history, as Ruth went on to become one of the greatest players ever while the Red Sox endured an 86-year championship drought known as the "Curse of the Bambino."
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