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5 Fun Facts About May 13 In Massachusetts History

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1. The first permanent English settlement in Massachusetts was established on May 13, 1607, at Cape Ann by the Dorchester Company.

2. On May 13, 1774, a Patriot group called the Sons of Liberty held a meeting in Boston to discuss their response to the recently passed Coercive Acts, which were designed to punish Massachusetts for its role in the Boston Tea Party.

3. The first American-born Catholic saint, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, arrived in Boston on May 13, 1902, where she would establish a number of missions to help Italian immigrants.

4. On May 13, 1911, the state of Massachusetts passed a law that restricted the number of hours women and children could work in factories and mills, a landmark victory for the labor movement of the time.

5. May 13, 1967, marked the day that a massive tornado struck the town of Worcester, Massachusetts, killing 94 people and injuring over 1,200 others. It remains one of the deadliest tornadoes in American history.
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