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When his dreams of being a big league ball player did not pan out, he turned to boxing. A man with little finesse, skill, and speed, he had the toughness, stamina, and ability to shake off punishment. One of the hardest-hitting fighters ever, he knocked out 43 of his 46 opponents. After defending his title six times in fights that are now classics, Marciano retired at age 31 with a 49-0 record. He is still the only Heavyweight Champion to have been undefeated in his pro career. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:00:00 EST http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=276 On this day in 1952, Rocky Marciano knocked out "Jersey Joe" Walcott in the 13th round to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Growing up in Brockton during the Depression, Marciano promised himself he would find a way out. When his dreams of being a big league ball player did not pan out, he turned to boxing. A man with little finesse, skill, and speed, he had the toughness, stamina, and ability to shake off punishment. One of the hardest-hitting fighters ever, he knocked out 43 of his 46 opponents. After defending his title six times in fights that are now classics, Marciano retired at age 31 with a 49-0 record. He is still the only Heavyweight Champion to have been undefeated in his pro career. no 0:01:00 Rocky Marciano Wins First World Heavyweight Title: September 23, 1952 Paul Revere Statue Unveiled: September 22, 1940 http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=275 On this day in 1940, a bronze statue of Paul Revere was unveiled in the shadow of the Old North Church. In the crowd of 8,000, stood the sculptor -- 79-year-old Cyrus Dallin. He had waited 55 years since a committee had first selected his design to see his statue erected. Not surprisingly, the statue showed Revere astride a horse, as he was during his legendary ride. But Revere's accomplishments did not end with independence. After the Revolution, he opened an iron foundry and in 1801 established the first copper rolling mill in North America. The North End house Revere owned for 30 years has been restored. Open to the public since 1908, it is the oldest building in downtown Boston. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:00:00 EST http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=275 On this day in 1940, a bronze statue of Paul Revere was unveiled in the shadow of the Old North Church. In the crowd of 8,000, stood the sculptor -- 79-year-old Cyrus Dallin. He had waited 55 years since a committee had first selected his design to see his statue erected. Not surprisingly, the statue showed Revere astride a horse, as he was during his legendary ride. But Revere's accomplishments did not end with independence. After the Revolution, he opened an iron foundry and in 1801 established the first copper rolling mill in North America. The North End house Revere owned for 30 years has been restored. Open to the public since 1908, it is the oldest building in downtown Boston. no 0:01:00 Paul Revere Statue Unveiled: September 22, 1940 Hurricane Devastates New England: September 21, 1938 http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=274 On this day in 1938, a hurricane of astonishing force ravaged New England. Having gone to bed the night before to radio forecasts of scattered rain and fresh southerly winds, New Englanders woke on the 21st and went about their weekday routines. At least they did until the storm broke in mid-afternoon. Within minutes, the hurricane leveled virtually everything in its path. The whirling, shrieking winds and rushing waters took more than 600 lives and caused damage estimated between $6-12 billion in today's dollars. Technology now provides enough warning to evacuate vulnerable areas, so a storm of similar magnitude might take fewer lives today. But the pace of development along the coast means that property and environmental damage would undoubtedly be many times greater. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:00:00 EST http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=274 On this day in 1938, a hurricane of astonishing force ravaged New England. Having gone to bed the night before to radio forecasts of scattered rain and fresh southerly winds, New Englanders woke on the 21st and went about their weekday routines. At least they did until the storm broke in mid-afternoon. Within minutes, the hurricane leveled virtually everything in its path. The whirling, shrieking winds and rushing waters took more than 600 lives and caused damage estimated between $6-12 billion in today's dollars. Technology now provides enough warning to evacuate vulnerable areas, so a storm of similar magnitude might take fewer lives today. But the pace of development along the coast means that property and environmental damage would undoubtedly be many times greater. no 0:01:00 Hurricane Devastates New England: September 21, 1938 Dunkin' Donuts Founder Dies: September 20, 2002 http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=273 On this day in 2002, Dorchester native William Rosenberg, who made a morning stop for coffee and donuts a national habit, died at the age of 86. In a classic rags-to-riches story, the Dunkin' Donuts founder was a poor boy with only an eighth-grade education. In 1950 he opened his first shop in Quincy. It sold excellent coffee and donuts and was an immediate success. In 1955 he began licensing franchisees to use the Dunkin' Donuts name and sell his products. He realized that in an increasingly mobile age people would welcome a familiar and trusted name. And they did. Dunkin' Donuts, based in Canton, Massachusetts, is now the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, serving more than 2,700,000 customers every day. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:00:00 EST http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=273 On this day in 2002, Dorchester native William Rosenberg, who made a morning stop for coffee and donuts a national habit, died at the age of 86. In a classic rags-to-riches story, the Dunkin' Donuts founder was a poor boy with only an eighth-grade education. In 1950 he opened his first shop in Quincy. It sold excellent coffee and donuts and was an immediate success. In 1955 he began licensing franchisees to use the Dunkin' Donuts name and sell his products. He realized that in an increasingly mobile age people would welcome a familiar and trusted name. And they did. Dunkin' Donuts, based in Canton, Massachusetts, is now the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, serving more than 2,700,000 customers every day. no 0:01:00 Dunkin' Donuts Founder Dies: September 20, 2002 Brookline Amateur Wins U.S. Open: September 19, 1913 http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=272 On this day in 1913, at The Country Club in Brookline, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet became the first amateur to win the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. Growing up in an immigrant family across the street from the prestigious course, Ouimet taught himself to play, read everything he could lay his hands on, and carefully observed the players while he caddied for them. As a teenager, he would play solo rounds in weather too nasty for the members. The 1913 Open drew a larger crowd than any other previous golf match in the United States. When Ouimet beat his idol, British pro Harry Vardon, by five strokes to take the title, it changed the history of golf. In the decade that followed, the number of players in the country tripled. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:00:00 EST http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=272 On this day in 1913, at The Country Club in Brookline, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet became the first amateur to win the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. Growing up in an immigrant family across the street from the prestigious course, Ouimet taught himself to play, read everything he could lay his hands on, and carefully observed the players while he caddied for them. As a teenager, he would play solo rounds in weather too nasty for the members. The 1913 Open drew a larger crowd than any other previous golf match in the United States. When Ouimet beat his idol, British pro Harry Vardon, by five strokes to take the title, it changed the history of golf. In the decade that followed, the number of players in the country tripled. no 0:01:00 Brookline Amateur Wins U.S. Open: September 19, 1913 Amherst's Troops Camp on Boston Common: September 18, 1758 http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=271 On this day in 1758, 4,500 British troops under the command of Jeffrey Amherst camped on Boston Common before setting off to fight the French. Newly promoted to Major-General, Amherst had recently engineered an important British victory at Louisburg in Nova Scotia. He would go on to win battles at Ticonderoga and Crown Point on Lake Champlain and play a critical role in dislodging the French from North America. Amherst's accomplishments made him a hero on both sides of the Atlantic. He was given the highest rank in the British Army, as well as a title. American colonists honored him by naming towns and schools after him. His best-known namesakes are the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, and the college founded there in 1821. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:00:00 EST http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=271 On this day in 1758, 4,500 British troops under the command of Jeffrey Amherst camped on Boston Common before setting off to fight the French. Newly promoted to Major-General, Amherst had recently engineered an important British victory at Louisburg in Nova Scotia. He would go on to win battles at Ticonderoga and Crown Point on Lake Champlain and play a critical role in dislodging the French from North America. Amherst's accomplishments made him a hero on both sides of the Atlantic. He was given the highest rank in the British Army, as well as a title. American colonists honored him by naming towns and schools after him. His best-known namesakes are the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, and the college founded there in 1821. no 0:01:00 Amherst's Troops Camp on Boston Common: September 18, 1758 Boston Celebrates 250th Birthday: September 17, 1880 http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=270 On this day in 1880 Boston celebrated its 250th birthday. For three and a half hours during the day, a column of 14,500 people marched four and a half miles though the city. The festivities continued that evening with a parade of 1,000 torchbearers and 16 floats depicting the city's history. At a gathering at the Old South Meeting House, the mayor observed that "scarcely a feature of the landscape remains to tell us how nature looked before she was subdued by civilization. The sea has been converted into land; the hills have been leveled -- the valleys filled up, the sites of the Indian wigwams are now those of the palaces of our merchant princes." Indeed, in 250 years, Boston had grown from a tiny settlement to a major metropolis. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:00:00 EST http://www.massmoments.org/index.cfm?mid=270 On this day in 1880 Boston celebrated its 250th birthday. For three and a half hours during the day, a column of 14,500 people marched four and a half miles though the city. The festivities continued that evening with a parade of 1,000 torchbearers and 16 floats depicting the city's history. At a gathering at the Old South Meeting House, the mayor observed that "scarcely a feature of the landscape remains to tell us how nature looked before she was subdued by civilization. The sea has been converted into land; the hills have been leveled -- the valleys filled up, the sites of the Indian wigwams are now those of the palaces of our merchant princes." Indeed, in 250 years, Boston had grown from a tiny settlement to a major metropolis. no 0:01:00 Boston Celebrates 250th Birthday: September 17, 1880