Timeline of Worcester, Massachusetts facts for kids

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America.

Prior to 19th century

  • 1669 – Common established.
  • 1719 – Town meeting house built.
  • 1733 – Court House built.
  • 1763 – Old South Meeting house built (approximate date).
  • 1775
    • Post office established.
    • Massachusetts Spy newspaper relocates to Worcester.
  • 1786 – Worcester Magazine begins publication.
  • 1787 - First known printing of the word 'baseball' appears in A Little Pretty Pocketbook, Worchester, MA, by Isaiah Thomas, Rare Book and Special Collections, Library of Congress.
  • 1792 – Second Meeting House dedicated.
  • 1793 – Associate Library Company active.

19th century

  • 1800 – Independent Gazeteer begins publication.
  • 1801 – National Aegis newspaper begins publication.
  • 1812 – American Society of Antiquaries founded.
  • 1818 – Worcester Agricultural Society incorporated.
  • 1819 – Fraternity of Odd Fellows active.
  • 1823 – Massachusetts Yeoman newspaper begins publication.
  • 1824 – Town Hall built.
  • 1825 – Worcester Lyceum of Natural History founded.
  • 1828 – Blackstone Canal opens.
  • 1829
    • Worcester County Republican newspaper begins publication.
    • Worcester County Athenaeum and Worcester Lyceum active.
  • 1830
    • Worcester County Colonization Society formed.
    • Worcester Social Library active.
    • Population: 4,173.
  • 1832 – Worcester Law Library Association active.
  • 1833
    • Tolman carriage factory established.
    • Ezra Rice House built.
  • 1834
    • St. John's Catholic Church established.
    • Worcester Palladium newspaper begins publication.
    • Worcester Academy established.
  • 1835 – Harris' Circulating Library in operation.
  • 1838
    • P. Young variety store established.
    • Christian Reflector newspaper begins publication.
    • Rural Cemetery is incorporated.
  • 1843 – College of the Holy Cross established.
  • 1840
    • Worcester County Horticultural Society formed.
    • Population: 7,497.
  • 1844 – Worcester Almanac begins publication.
  • 1845
    • Daily Transcript and Worcester County Gazette newspapers begin publication.
    • Classical and English High School opens.
  • 1847 – Worcester Telegraph and Worcester Daily Journal newspapers begin publication.
  • 1848
    • Levi Lincoln, Jr. becomes mayor.
    • City hosts Whig State Convention.
  • 1849 – Oread Institute founded.
  • 1850
    • National Women's Rights Convention held in city.
    • Population: 17,049.
  • 1851 – Daily Morning Transcript newspaper begins publication.
  • 1852 – Worcester Young Men's Christian Association founded.
  • 1853
    • Worcester Rhetorical Society incorporated.
    • Emmanuel Baptist church built.
    • Agricultural Fairgrounds in operation (approximate date).
  • 1854
    • Hope Cemetery laid out.
    • Mission Chapel built.
  • 1856 – Worcester Employment Society and Highland Military School founded.
  • 1857
    • May 5, first baseball no-hitter by Lee Richmond of Worcester, National League
    • Mechanics Hall built.
    • Ladies' Collegiate Institute opens.
  • 1858 – Worcester Music Festival begins; Frohsinn Gesang Verein chorus formed.
  • 1860 – A.H. Word's Select Circulating Library active.
  • 1862 – Free Public Library building constructed on Elm Street.
  • 1864 – Dale Hospital opens.
  • 1865 – Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science founded.
  • 1866 – Worcester County Homoeopathic Medical Society formed.
  • 1868 – Chamberlain's Circulating Library in operation.
  • 1869 – Elwood Adams hardware store in business.
  • 1872 – South End commercial circulating library in operation.
  • 1873 – Home for Aged Women opens.
  • 1874
    • Worcester Normal School established.
    • Soldiers' Monument dedicated.
    • Cathedral of Saint Paul built.
  • 1875
    • Worcester Society of Antiquity formed.
    • Train station built.
  • 1876 – Grand Army of the Republic Hall built.
  • 1877 – Irvings base ball team active.
  • 1879 – Worcester Worcesters base ball team formed (approximate date).
  • 1884
    • Worcester bicentennial.
    • St. Peters Catholic Church built.
  • 1885 – Frederick Daniels House built.
  • 1886
    • Worcester Daily Telegram newspaper begins publication.
    • Hatters' and Furnishers' Association formed.
  • 1887
    • Clark University founded.
    • Becker's Business College formed.
    • Pilgrim Congregational Church built.
    • Horseshoers' Union organized.
  • 1888 – St. Mark's Episcopal Church built.
  • 1889 – Old South Church built, corner Main and Wellington St.
  • 1891 – Lothrop's Opera House opens.
  • 1892 – New English High School opens.
  • 1894 – St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and South Unitarian Church built.
  • 1895 – Union Congregational Church built.
  • 1897 – Worcester Art Museum School established.
  • 1898
    • Worcester Art Museum building opens.
    • Worcester City Hall built.
  • 1899 – Worcester Business Institute established.

20th century

  • 1900
    • Population: 118,421.
    • Bancroft School established.
    • Bancroft Tower in Salisbury Park erected.
  • 1901 – Worcester Magazine begins publication.
  • 1904
  • 1906
    • Boulevard Park opens.
    • Worcester Lunch Car and Carriage Manufacturing Company founded.
    • Labor News begins publication.
    • Worcester Domestic Science School established.
  • 1907 – Slater Building constructed.
  • 1910 – Population: 145,986.
  • 1911 – Train station rebuilt.
  • 1912
    • Bancroft Hotel built.
    • Burnside Fountain installed.
  • 1913 – Greendale Branch Library, Quinsigamond Branch Library and South Worcester Branch Library built.
  • 1914
    • Park Building constructed.
    • September – Fashion Week.
  • 1921 – Temple Emanuel founded.
  • 1923 – Worcester Panthers baseball team active.
  • 1924
    • Fitton Field stadium opens.
    • Congregation Beth Israel founded.
  • 1927 –
    • Foley Stadium built.
    • Worcester Airport opens.
  • 1931 – Higgins Armory Museum opens.
  • 1938 – Worcester Junior College established.
  • 1950 – Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester established.
  • 1952 – Massachusetts Route 146 highway constructed.
  • 1953 – Tornado.
  • 1954 – Worcester Area Sports Car Club formed.
  • 1955 – Commerce Bank & Trust Company founded.
  • 1962 – University of Massachusetts Medical School established.
  • 1963 – Quinsigamond Community College founded.
  • 1968 – Worcester Consortium of universities founded.
  • 1971
    • Worcester Center Galleria opens.
    • Worcester Science Center and Mechanics Tower built.
  • 1974
    • Worcester Regional Transit Authority established.
    • Worcester Plaza built.
  • 1975 – Joseph D. Early becomes U.S. representative for Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district.
  • 1976 – Worcester Magazine begins publication.
  • 1980 – New England Summer Nationals automotive festival begins.
  • 1982 – Centrum arena opens.
  • 1983 – Interstate 190 highway in operation.
  • 1986 – Telegram & Gazette newspaper formed.
  • 1987
    • Greater Worcester Land Trust founded.
    • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts division opens.
    • Sister city relationship established with Pushkin, Russia.
  • 1988
    • Jordan Levy becomes mayor.
    • Worcester Historical Museum opens on Elm Street.
  • 1991 – Sky Mark Tower built.
  • 1994
    • Raymond Mariano becomes mayor.
    • Worcester Women's History Project founded.
    • Worcester IceCats hockey team active.
  • 1996
  • 1997 – Jim McGovern becomes U.S. representative for Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district.
  • 1999 – Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire.

21st century

  • 2000
    • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences campus opens.
    • Union Station renovated.
  • 2001 – Worcester Public Library main branch renovated.
  • 2002 – Tim Murray becomes mayor.
  • 2005 – Worcester Tornadoes baseball team formed.
  • 2007 – Konstantina Lukes becomes mayor.
  • 2010 – Joseph C. O'Brien becomes mayor.
  • 2011 – Worcester Hydra soccer team founded.
  • 2012 – Joseph Petty becomes mayor.

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