This week in New England history: March 7-13
By NBP Staff | March 7, 2016, 12:40 EDT
A list of significant dates in New England history:
1644: Massachusetts establishes the first bicameral (or two-chamber) legislature in the colonies. This legislative format served as a model for the Congress of the United States, established by the U.S. Constitution in 1787.
1841: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Civil War veteran, Harvard Law professor, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court is born in Boston.
1892: The first public basketball game is played in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1677: Massachusetts purchases the title to Maine for the bargain price of 1,250 pounds sterling. Maine remains under Massachusetts jurisdiction until 1820 when it becomes a separate state as part of the Missouri Compromise.