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5 Fun Facts About January 6 In Massachusetts History

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1. On January 6, 1759, George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis in New Kent County, Virginia. In Massachusetts, newspapers at the time reported on the event, congratulating the couple and describing the festivities.

2. January 6, 1839 marked the day that the Salem Lyceum was founded in Salem, Massachusetts. The Lyceum was a popular institution in the 19th century, providing educational lectures and discussions on a variety of topics. Many famous speakers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Frederick Douglass, spoke at the Salem Lyceum.

3. On January 6, 1920, Massachusetts became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The vote in Massachusetts was unanimous in the state legislature, and the amendment was later ratified by the required number of states to become law.

4. In 1959, January 6 was a significant day in the civil rights movement in Massachusetts. A group of activists known as the Boston Freedom Riders staged their first bus rides in protest of segregated interstate bus travel. These rides were part of a larger campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience aimed at ending segregation in public transportation.

5. On January 6, 1994, Boston hosted the first-ever Winter Classic, an outdoor ice hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens at Fenway Park. The event was a huge success, and has since become an annual tradition in the NHL, with games played in outdoor venues across the U.S. and Canada.
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