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5 Fun Facts About September 13 In Massachusetts History

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1. The Charter of Massachusetts Bay was Signed (1715) - On September 13, 1715, the charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was signed, which established the colony as a legal entity under British rule. This document provided the foundation for government in Massachusetts for more than 100 years.

2. The First Public Library Opened (1839) - On September 13, 1839, the first public library in the United States opened in Boston. Known as the Boston Public Library, it is still open today and is one of the largest public libraries in the country.

3. The USS Constitution was Launched (1797) - On September 13, 1797, the USS Constitution was launched in Boston Harbor. Nicknamed "Old Ironsides," the Constitution was one of the first six frigates built for the United States Navy and is still in commission today.

4. The Boston Red Sox Broke the Curse (2004) - On September 13, 2004, the Boston Red Sox broke an 86-year curse and won their first World Series since 1918. They defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in four games to take the championship.

5. The Boston Tea Party Ships Museum Opened (2012) - On September 13, 2012, the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum opened in Boston. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Boston Tea Party, which happened on December 16, 1773, and was a major event leading up to the American Revolution.
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