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5 Fun Facts About August 25 In Massachusetts History

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1. On August 25, 1718, the pirate Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, was seen off the coast of Massachusetts. The ship was later wrecked in North Carolina, and its remains were discovered in 1996.

2. On August 25, 1768, the British customs schooner Gaspee was burned by American colonists while aground in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. The incident, known as the Gaspee Affair, was a precursor to the American Revolution.

3. August 25, 1825, marked the opening of the Boston and Worcester Railroad, the first railroad in Massachusetts. The line connected Boston and Worcester, reducing travel time from 5-6 hours to just 2.5 hours.

4. On August 25, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote. Massachusetts was the eighth state to ratify the amendment, just one vote shy of the required two-thirds.

5. In 1960, August 25 was the date of the infamous Teddy Bear Picnic at the Massachusetts amusement park, Paragon Park. The park invited children to bring their teddy bears for a day of fun, but the event was marred by chaos and confusion as thousands of children and their bears descended on the park.
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