“Mary Dyer led to execution on Boston Common, 1 June 1660”, by an unknown 19th century artist
Also on this day,
1275 | Amsterdam founded as Holland’s power center starts with a dam
Catastrophic flooding in the Low Countries is all too common, so the River Amstel gets a dam and the community surrounding it gets a name, ‘Aemstelredamme.’ The small town will grow into the 17th-century’s richest city in the world and one of the most important capitals in history, Amsterdam.1871 | The power of the press brings down a Boss as Tweed arrested
Such is the dominance of New York power broker William ‘Boss’ Tweed’s well-oiled political machine, Tammany Hall, that his first arrest on corruption charges is achieved only through a long campaign of public shaming in the press, and a batch of brilliantly barbed political cartoons.1904 | Transit gets rapid beneath the streets of New York City as NYC’s subway opens
More than 100,000 people pay a nickel each to take a first-day ride on something wondrous beneath New York City’s streets, the IRT Company’s new underground train system. The ‘subway’ will prove immediately popular to folks keen on escaping the crush of city streets above.