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This is a timeline of the history of the city of Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

17th century[edit]

1625
1630
1631
1632
1634
  • Boston Common established.[2]
  • Samuel Cole opened the first tavern in Boston, Massachusetts on the 4th of March. [4]
1635
1636
  • Town assumes the prerogatives of appointment and control of the Boston Watch.
1637
1638
1644
  • "Slaving expedition" departs for Africa.[5]
1648
1649
1657
1658
1660
1669
1679
1680
1688
1689
1690
1692

18th century[edit]

1700s1760s[edit]

1700
  • North Writing School established.[10]
1701
1704
1705
1711
1712
1713
1716
1719
1722
  • John Bonner's map of Boston published.[2][13]
  • Population: 10,567.
1723
1729
1732
1733
1735
1737
1738
  • Workhouse built.[2]
1742
1744
1745
1748
1754
1755
1760
  • March 20: Fire.[7]
  • Population: 15,631.[7]
1765
Stamp Act riot, 1764
1768

1770s1790s[edit]

1770
1772
1773
1774
1775
1776
  • March 17: Siege of Boston ends; British depart.[1][17]
1784
1785
1786
  • Charles River Bridge built.[2]
1787
1788
1789
1790
1791
1792
1793
  • West Boston Bridge opens.[2]
1794
1795
1796
1797
1798
1799
  • Board of Health created.[29]

19th century[edit]

1800s1840s[edit]

1800
  • Population: 24,937.
1801
  • Almshouse built on Leverett Street.[2]
1803
1804
1805
1806
1807
1808
1809
  • Craigie Bridge opens.
1810
1811
1812
1813
1814
1815
1816
1818
1819
1820
1821
1822
1823
1824
  • City auditor established.[29]
  • Area of city: 783 acres.[43]
1825
1826
1827
1829
1830
1831
1832
1833
1834
Flight of balloonist Charles F. Durant in Boston, September 13, 1834
1835
1836
1837
1838
  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church established.[51]
1839
1840
1841
1842
1843
1844
1845
1846
1847
1848
Water celebration, 1848
1849

1850s1890s[edit]

1850
1851
Railroad Jubilee on Boston Common, 1851; painting by William Sharp
1852
1853
  • Cambridge-Boston horsecar line established.[43]
  • Henry Hastings & Company in business.[60]
1854
1855
1856
1857
1858
1859
1860
1861
1862
1863
1864
1865
1866
1868
1869
1870
1871
1872
After the fire, 1872
1873
St Leonard's Church, built in 1873
1874
1875
1876
1877
1878
1879
1880
1881
1882
1883
1884
1885
1886
1888
1889
1890
  • Boston Macaroni Company in business.[77]
  • College Club founded.
  • Boston Courant newspaper begins publication.[90]
  • New England Kitchen begins operating.[91]
1891
1892
  • Denison House (settlement) and North End Union founded.
1893
1894
1895
Central Burying Ground: "Here were interred the remains of persons found under the Boylston St. Mall during the digging of the subway, 1895" (photo from 2008)
1896
1897
1898
1899

20th century[edit]

1900s1940s[edit]

1900
1901
1902
1903
1904
1905
1906
1907
1908
1909
1910
1911
1912
1913
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919
1922
  • Loew's State Theater (cinema) opens.[113]
  • James Michael Curley becomes mayor again.
  • Boston Council of Social Agencies incorporated.[102]
1923
  • September 8: Boston Airport opens.
1924
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929
  • Caffe Vittoria [7] in business.
1930
  • James Michael Curley becomes mayor yet again.
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
  • Boston Museum of Modern Art founded.[121]
1937
1938
1939
1940
Gerard Cote winning the Boston Marathon, April 19, 1940
1941
1942
1944
  • Fenway Garden Society established.[92]
1945
1946
  • Fidelity in business.
  • City Department of Veterans’ Services created.[29]
  • Community Boating incorporated.
  • James Michael Curley becomes mayor yet again once more.
1947
1949

1950s1970s[edit]

1950
1951
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
  • April 23: Civil rights rally held on Boston Common.[57]
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979

1980s1990s[edit]

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
  • Pixies (musical group), and city Office of Arts and Humanities established.[29]
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
  • April 1: Blizzard.[128]
  • Grub Street writing center established.
  • Shaw's grocery in business in Dorchester.[172]
1998
1999

21st century[edit]

2000s[edit]

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009



2010s[edit]

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

See also[edit]

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External video
Trolley Ride Through Boston (1903)
Drive through Boston (circa 1958–1964)

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