Throwback Thursday


TBT: Sophia Smith Endows Smith College for Women

Wealthy people bestow their fortunes upon all sorts of recipients: descendants, charitable causes, and mutual funds so large they make the 99 percent dizzy. But […]

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TBT: First Group of Women Arrested for Witchcraft in Salem

On February 29, 1692, rumors of witchcraft in Salem were bubbling to a boil when warrants were issued for the arrest of three women. Several […]

Two unidentified people look at entrance of Brink's Inc., an armored truck firm's garage on Prince Street, in Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 17, 1950, where seven gunmen tied up five employees and robbed an open vault of "more than $500,000 in cash." Police, reconstructing the holdup, said the robbers reached the vault on the second floor of the garage by opening six locked door, "probably with a passkey."
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Throwback Thursday: The Brink’s Armored Car Robbery

It was the perfect crime—right up until they got caught. On January 17, 1950, a group of nine armed men walked into the Brink’s armored […]

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TBT: Whitey Bulger Fled Boston after Being Tipped off by Childhood Friend

James Joseph Bulger Jr. was born in Dorchester, the second of six children raised in a South Boston public-housing project. He was a troublemaker, a […]

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TBT: Good Will Hunting Hit Theaters 20 Years Ago

Before Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were Oscar winners, they were two boys from Cambridge, best friends dreaming of careers on the big screen. “We […]

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TBT: The Final Blast through Hoosac Mountain

As the United States built its economy in the early 1800s, it became apparent to New Englanders that geography was barring them from trade with […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Glory Days of Quincy Granite

It may not be part of the Boston skyline, but in Charlestown, the Bunker Hill Monument remains an iconic point. The granite obelisk stands over 200 […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Great Northeast Blackout

Bustling roads, busy streets, and packed train cars. It was rush hour on the evening of November 9, 1965, and everyone had somewhere they need to […]

An old bell hangs in a museum
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Throwback Thursday: Proof of Sunken Pirate Ship Found near Wellfleet

The year was 1715, and a 100-foot ship by the name of Whydah sailed out of London at the command of Lawrence Prince. The ship was fast, an […]

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TBT: The Curse of the Bambino Is Broken

October 27, 2004, was a victorious day for Bostonians. After 86 long, torturous years, the beloved Red Sox won the World Series and put the infamous […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Unusual Story Behind the Donkey Statue at Old City Hall

Roger Webb says it was love at first sight. The moment he laid eyes on a life-sized donkey statue in Florence, Italy, he knew he had buy it. […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Worst Bird Strike in U.S. History

“They hit the front of the airplane, resembling machine gun fire. Just brrrrrummm! There wasn’t a square inch of my windshield that wasn’t splattered,” recounted Eastern […]

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Throwback Thursday: Walker’s Appeal Added Fire to the Fight for Freedom

“They want us for their slaves, and think nothing of murdering us,” wrote abolitionist David Walker in 1829, adding with inciting passion, “It is no more […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Duryea Motor Wagon Is Born in Springfield

When most of us think of the first automobile, we think of Henry Ford, the assembly line, the Model T, and all that capitalistic jazz. […]

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Throwback Thursday: Mary Really Did Have a Little Lamb—in Massachusetts

Back-to-school season calls for cracking open a classic work of literature. But before you start to yawn, consider revisiting a rhyming tale with a foundation rooted […]