More news from An Almanac for Bostonians, 1939, just to bring everyone up to date:
The West Point cadets made their first visit to town on this day in 1821. Everyone turned out to see them march, including a lot of folks from neighboring towns. * * * Boston was all stirred up in 1880 over the prospect of the construction of an elevated railway.
New England Rum was retailing at 35 cents a gallon in 1827. * * * Spiritualist mediums were holding a convention in Washington Hall in 1852.
All business suspended on this day in 1642. Everybody who was anybody was over at "Newetowne" (Cambridge) where the college was holding its first commencement. * * * A "Dreadful fate awaits those who travel by proposed steam railways," it was dispassionately predicted on this day in 1827 by a Stage Line publication.