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5 Fun Facts About January 14 In Massachusetts History

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1. In 1784, the Massachusetts General Court ratified the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the Revolutionary War and recognizing the United States as an independent nation.
2. In 1847, the Boston Public Library opened its doors, becoming the first publicly funded municipal library in the United States.
3. In 1875, Albert Schweitzer, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning philosopher, theologian, and musician, was born in Kaysersberg, Alsace-Lorraine, which was then part of the German Empire but is now a part of France.
4. In 1927, the Boston Garden, one of the most iconic arenas in American sports history, opened for its first event, a hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens.
5. In 1963, the first edition of 'The Feminine Mystique,' by Betty Friedan, was published. The book, which criticized the suburban housewife ideal and sparked a new wave of feminist activism, became a bestseller and is widely regarded as one of the most important works of feminist literature ever written.
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