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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Massachusetts

Movoto put together 51 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Massachusetts. I pulled 15 of them for your enjoyment.

1. The Fig Newton was named after Newton, Mass.

2. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the country with 2.2 divorces per 1000 people.

3.  Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith in Springfield, Mass.

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4. Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William Morgan in Holyoke, Mass.

5. The Boston Terrier is the official state dog. 

6. The Worcester radio station WORC made history when it was the first to play the Beatles.

7. The famous “Citgo” sign in Kenmore Square contains five miles of neon tubing. 

8. Dunkin Donuts started here, in Quincy, Mass.

9. White chocolate was developed and first sold by Hebert’s Candies in Shrewsbury in the early 1950s. 

10. The official state dessert of Massachusetts is the Boston cream pie.

11.  Esther Howland of Worcester was the first person to mass-produce valentines in the U.S.

12. The African Meeting House opened in Boston in 1806. It is the first church in America to be built by free Africans.

13. Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone, first demonstrated it in Boston in 1876.

14. At 90 feet below the surface, the Ted Williams Tunnel is the deepest in North America.

15. The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.


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