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5 Fun Facts About June 4 In Massachusetts History

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1. On June 4, 1783, the first balloon flight in North America took place in Boston. A Frenchman named Jean-Pierre Blanchard flew a hot air balloon from the Boston Commons, marking a significant moment in aviation history.

2. Harvard University was founded on June 4, 1636, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Its founding was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony's General Court.

3. On June 4, 1919, the United States Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Massachusetts was one of the first states to ratify the amendment, doing so on June 25, 1919.

4. The USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," launched on June 4, 1794. The ship played a significant role in the War of 1812 and still stands as a national landmark in Charlestown.

5. In 1856, on June 4th, the first official state-level convention of the Republican Party was held in Worcester, Massachusetts. This meeting helped to solidify the party's platform and paved the way for the eventual election of President Abraham Lincoln in 1860.
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