This week in New England history: Jan. 18-24
By NBP Staff | January 18, 2016, 6:55 EST
A list of significant dates in New England history:
1782: Daniel Webster, U.S. Congressman, Senator, Secretary of State, Supreme Court advocate, supporter of pre-Civil War sectional compromise, is born in Salisbury, New Hampshire.
1903: Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor of wireless telegraphy, transmits the first transatlantic radio message from Cape Cod to England.
1809: Edgar Allan Poe, author of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and other literary classics is born to traveling actors in Boston.
1738: Ethan Allen, Revolutionary War hero and founder of the Republic of Vermont, is born in Litchfield, Connecticut.
1639: Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders (the first state constitution).
1862: Edith Wharton, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Ethan Frome,” “The House of Mirth,” and other works of fiction (who lived, for many years, in the Berkshires), is born in New York City.