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Reading Launches Favorite Poem Project

April 8, 1998
April 8, 1998

Reading Launches Favorite Poem Project

On this day in 1998, 25 Bostonians, including the president of the Massachusetts Senate, a homeless man, and a fifth grade student, recited their favorite poems to a packed auditorium at the Boston Public Library....

John Updike Elected to National Institute of Arts and Letters

April 1, 1964
April 1, 1964

John Updike Elected to National Institute of Arts and Letters

On this day in 1964, John Updike was at 32 the youngest person elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Updike wrote more than 60 books — novels, poetry, drama, essays, memoirs, and...

BSO Conductor Celebrates Birthday at Tanglewood

July 26, 1940
July 26, 1940

BSO Conductor Celebrates Birthday at Tanglewood

On this day in 1940, Sergei Koussevitzky celebrated his 66th birthday with the first class to graduate from the Berkshire Music Center in Lenox. The school was adjacent to Tanglewood, the summer home of the...

Worcester Becomes a City

February 29, 1848
February 29, 1848

Worcester Becomes a City

On this day in 1848, the Governor of Massachusetts signed a charter giving the once-sleepy village of Worcester the legal status of a city. For over a century, Worcester's isolated location in the hilly center...

Brandeis University Receives Phi Beta Kappa Charter

August 30, 1961
August 30, 1961

Brandeis University Receives Phi Beta Kappa Charter

On this day in 1961, Brandeis University received good news. Less than a decade after accepting its first students, the school had been given approval to start a chapter of the prestigious national honor society,...

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