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5 Fun Facts About July 14 In Massachusetts History

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1. Bastille Day Celebration in Boston: On July 14, 1906, a French-inspired parade took place in Boston to celebrate Bastille Day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in France, marking the start of the French Revolution. This was one of the first major celebrations of Bastille Day in the United States, and it has since become an annual event in Boston.

2. Salem Witch Trials: On July 14, 1692, five women accused of witchcraft were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts, which occurred between February 1692 and May 1693. A total of 19 people were executed during the trials.

3. Boston Tea Party Reenactment: On July 14, 2018, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum held its annual reenactment of the Boston Tea Party, which occurred on December 16, 1773. During the reenactment, actors dressed as colonial patriots boarded a replica of the ship that carried the tea, and dumped crates of tea overboard into Boston Harbor.

4. First American Gymnastics Championship: On July 14, 1897, the first American Gymnastics Championship was held in Boston. The event featured gymnasts from around the country competing in various events, including the horizontal bar, parallel bars, vaulting, and tumbling.

5. John Quincy Adams' Birthday: On July 11, 1767, future President John Quincy Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts (now Quincy). Adams served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He is also remembered for his role as a diplomat and negotiator, helping to negotiate the end of the War of 1812 and playing a key role in negotiating the treaty that ended the Mexican-American War in 1848.
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