History

Farewell, Uncle Tommy

One of my uncles passed away yesterday at 97 years old. In my family he was always “Uncle Tommy,” Thomas C. Brady of Lowell, raised along the Concord River and longtime resident of Centralville. He was in the US Navy in WWII, serving in the Atlantic and Pacific on ships…

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Armenian Genocide begins: April 24, 1915

Armenian Genocide begins: April 24, 1915 By Mimi Parseghian Today is the 102nd anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.  It was in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 24, 1915, that close to 300 Armenian leaders and intellectuals were arrested in the city of Constantinople (now Istanbul). …

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April 19, 1861 – The Baltimore Riot

At the top of the stairs leading to the third floor rotunda of the Massachusetts State House in Boston is a colorful mural, ten feet high and fifteen feet wide, that depicts the soldiers of the Sixth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment fighting a well-armed mob of angry civilians in Baltimore,…

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Lowell and Lincoln’s Assassination

On April 14, 1865 – Good Friday – Abraham Lincoln went to Ford’s Theatre. As he watched the play from his presidential box above the stage, John Wilkes Booth shot him in the back of the head. Lincoln was carried out of the theatre and across the street to William…

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