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5 Fun Facts About October 30 In Massachusetts History

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1. In 1735, John Adams, the second president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts. Adams played a pivotal role in the American Revolution and helped draft the Declaration of Independence. He was also a staunch supporter of the abolition of slavery.

2. On October 30, 1775, the Continental Navy was established by the Continental Congress, which was meeting in Philadelphia. The navy was formed to protect American ships and disrupt British naval operations. Massachusetts native John Manley was the first commissioned officer of the Continental Navy.

3. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series on October 30, 2004, after a 86-year championship drought. This victory was especially sweet for Red Sox fans as they had come back from a 3-0 deficit in the American League Championship Series against their rival New York Yankees.

4. In 1945, the USS Dorchester was hit by a torpedo off the coast of Greenland. Four chaplains, including Massachusetts native George Fox, gave their life jackets to soldiers who did not have any and went down with the ship. The four chaplains are memorialized in a stained glass window at the Pentagon.

5. On October 30, 2018, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts opened its Art of the Americas wing. The $500 million expansion added 133,000 square feet to the museum, making it one of the largest art museums in the United States. The new wing includes galleries dedicated to American art and artifacts from ancient cultures in North and South America.
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