Interesting Massachusetts facts
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    State of Massachusetts
    Nickname The Bay State
    Capital Boston
    Largest city Boston
    Population 6.9M (Rank:15)

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    Capital with a coastline
    Situated on the Atlantic coast, Boston is the only state capital in the contiguous United States with an ocean coastline

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    First American Scientist
    The first American Nobel Prize Winner in sciences was Albert A. Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts. Michelson was chairman of Clark University’s Physics Department whose prize-winning work concerned the measurement of light.

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    Birthplace of US Navy
    The founding vessel of the United States Navy, the schooner Hannah, was commissioned on 2 September 1775 at Beverly, Massachusetts

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    Revere Beach
    The first public beach in the United States, Revere Beach, is in Massachusetts.

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    First lighthouse
    The first lighthouse in America was the Boston Light, built in 1716 at Boston Harbor.

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    Salem witch trials
    Nineteen people were hanged at Gallows Hill in 1692 for worshipping the devil and practicing witchcraft, and close to 200 others were similarly accused. In 1711, after judge Samuel Sewall and others involved in the Salem witch trials had admitted wrongdoing, the colony restored the good names of all accused and granted restitution to their heirs.

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    First flag
    The first flag of the United American Colonies, the Grand Union Flag or Continental Colours, was raised on Prospect Hill in Somerville, Massachusetts on January 1, 1776. It has 13 alternate red and white stripes representing the Thirteen Colonies and the British Union Jack, in a square in the upper left-hand corner

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    USS Constitution
    The USS Constitution, or "Old Ironsides", is the US Navy's oldest commissioned warship and it is berthed in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Massachusetts

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    Boston terrier
    The first purebred dog developed in the United States, Boston terrier, is the state dog of Massachusetts.

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    Cape Cod National Seashore
    The Cape Cod National Seashore was created after the federal government purchased portions of privately and state owned land. This represents the first time that the federal government purchased land specifically for the purposes of establishing a park.

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    Birth control pill
    The birth control pill was developed in the 1950s at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, by Dr. Gregory Pincus.

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    Chocolate chip cookie
    The chocolate chip cookie was invented in Whitman, Massachusetts, in 1938 by a woman named Ruth Wakefield. One night, at the restaurant she and her husband Kenneth owned called the Toll House Inn, Ruth threw in some semi-sweet chocolate pieces to her cookie recipe. The testy treats — originally called “Toll House Crunch Cookies” — grew in popularity once the recipe was printed in a Boston newspaper.

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    Webster Lake
    Known colloquially as Webster Lake, the official name for the body of water in the town of Webster, Massachusetts, is Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. The Algonquian word means "English knifemen and Nipmuck Indians at the boundary or neutral fishing place" It is the longest name of any lake in the world.

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    Birthplace of American Revolution
    American Revolution began in Massachusetts. At around 5am on April 19, 1775, British army led by Major John Pitcairn came in face to face with Lexington militiamen led by Captain John Parker. Though both leaders asked their men not to fire and disperse peacefully, some unknown person from some unknown location fired the first shot that started the American Revolution. Massachusetts observes a legal holiday called Patriots’ Day on the third Monday of April each year, commemorating the first battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.

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    Nickname The Bay State List
    Capital Boston List
    Largest city Boston List
    Largest metro Boston Metro (rank: 10) List
    Motto Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem
    ("By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty")
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    Abbreviation MA List
    Population 6.9 million (rank: 15) List
    Population density 840 per mile2 (rank: 3) List
    Life expectancy 80.5 years (rank: 5) List
    Median age 39.4 years (rank: 37) List
    Area 10,565 mile2 (rank: 44) List
    Median household income $67,861 (rank: 7) List
    Statehood February 6, 1788 (6th state) List
    Mean elevation 500 ft (152 m) List
    Highest point Mount Greylock 3,487 ft (1063 m) List
    Coastline 192 miles List
    Governor Charlie Baker (R)
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