This Week in New England History: Jan. 11-17
By NBP Staff | January 12, 2016, 9:45 EST
A list of significant dates in New England history:
1588: John Winthrop, the first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, is born in Suffolk, England.
1737: John Hancock, president of the Second Continental Congress, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, and first elected governor of Massachusetts is born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
1865: John Singer Sargent, who made frequent visits to the Bay State to paint portraits of important Bostonians (such as Isabella Stewart Gardner), is born in Tuscany.
1697: Massachusetts Bay Colony holds a day of fasting and prayer, known as The Day of Official Humiliation, in honor of the victims of the Salem Witch Trials.
1919: A storage tank on Boston’s waterfront bursts, releasing a 2-million gallon, 15-foot high flood of molasses that races through the North End, killing 21 people and injuring 150 more.
1929: Martin Luther King, Jr., who earned his Ph.D from Boston University in 1955 (after which, he was often referred to as Dr. King.), is born in Atlanta.
1706: Benjamin Franklin, printer, publisher, scientist, diplomat, statesman, signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, is born in Boston.