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5 Fun Facts About May 28 In Massachusetts History

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1. In 1830, the first railroad in Massachusetts opened, running from Boston to Newton; it marked a significant milestone in the state's transportation history and sparked the growth of the railway industry in Massachusetts.

2. On May 28, 1892, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its first public performance; the orchestra had been founded in 1881, and since then has become one of the most famous symphonies in the world, performing regularly at Boston's Symphony Hall.

3. In 1936, the famous Boston-based lawyer and civil liberties activist, Clarence Darrow, passed away at his home; Darrow was known for his legal work in the Chicago labor movement, his defense of John T. Scopes during the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial, and his staunch opposition to the death penalty.

4. May 28, 1976 marked the opening of the Salem Witch Museum, which commemorates the historic Salem witch trials that took place in the late 17th century in Salem, Massachusetts.

5. In 2003, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, following a landmark decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in favor of marriage equality. May 28 is therefore an important anniversary for the LGBTQ+ community and advocates for marriage equality.
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