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5 Fun Facts About October 14 In Massachusetts History

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1. In 1636, the General Court of Massachusetts established Harvard College, which would go on to become one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

2. In 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago closed, marking the end of a six-month celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World. Many Massachusetts companies and organizations played a prominent role in the exposition.

3. In 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at Boston University in which he discussed the need for nonviolent resistance to combat social injustice.

4. In 2003, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney signed a law legalizing same-sex marriage, making Massachusetts the first state in the United States to do so.

5. In 2018, a massive natural gas explosion in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover killed one person and injured dozens more. The explosion was caused by over-pressurization of gas lines owned by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.
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