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5 Fun Facts About January 8 In Massachusetts History

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1. Battle of Springfield: On January 8, 1780, the Battle of Springfield was fought in Springfield, Massachusetts during the American Revolutionary War. The battle resulted in a Patriot victory over British forces.

2. Birth of Elvis Presley: January 8, 1935, also marked the birth of music icon Elvis Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi. However, Presley has significant ties to Massachusetts as he performed at the Boston Garden in 1971.

3. Boston Molasses Disaster: On January 8, 1919, the Boston Molasses Disaster occurred in Boston, Massachusetts when a storage tank containing over 2 million gallons of molasses collapsed, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.

4. Worcester tornado: On January 8, 1815, a powerful tornado swept through Worcester, Massachusetts, destroying homes and buildings and killing 4 people. This tornado remains one of the deadliest and costliest in Massachusetts history.

5. Formation of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation: On January 8, 2003, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation was formed, merging the state's Department of Environmental Management and the Metropolitan District Commission. This new agency oversees Massachusetts state parks and other recreational areas.
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