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5 Fun Facts About July 13 In Massachusetts History

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1. The Salem Witch Trials: On July 13, 1692, five more people were accused and arrested for witchcraft during the infamous Salem Witch Trials. The trials resulted in the execution of 20 people, all accused of witchcraft, and became a dark mark on Massachusetts history.

2. Battle of Minot's Light: During the War of 1812, on July 13, 1814, the British Navy attacked the lighthouse at Minot's Light, off the coast of Scituate. The light was destroyed, and the two keepers on duty were killed.

3. Harry Frazee sells Babe Ruth: On July 13, 1919, Harry Frazee, owner of the Boston Red Sox, sold Babe Ruth's contract to the New York Yankees. This transaction famously became known as "The Curse of the Bambino," as the Red Sox struggled for decades without their star player and did not win a World Series until 2004.

4. Fatal explosion at Everett Chemical: On July 13, 1971, an explosion at the Everett Chemical Company in Saugus killed one person and injured several others. The company had a history of safety violations and environmental concerns, and this incident led to increased attention and regulation of chemical plants.

5. Fitchburg Art Museum opens: On July 13, 1925, the Fitchburg Art Museum opened its doors for the first time. The museum has since become a hub for art and culture in central Massachusetts, displaying local and international art and hosting educational programs and community events.
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