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Trivia - Famous People & Events

  1. Where was the first "perfect" game in baseball history pitched on June 12, 1880?
  2. What famous Vietnam War resister graduated from Holy Cross College?
  3. In 1905 Theodore Roosevelt spoke to two Worcester graduating classes. Which ones?
  4. Name the local artist who uses red, white and blue patriotic motifs.
  5. Where was Worcester native and Civil War hero Colonel George Ward killed?
  6. What was Dorothea Dix's life-long cause?
  7. Who was the first woman mayor of Worcester?
  8. Which industrialist served lemonade instead of the traditional rum to workmen when his house was raised in 1829?
  9. Which Worcesterite held 212 patents in weaving machines?
  10. How many times did Franklin Roosevelt visit Worcester: None, four or seven?
  11. What famous printer helped fix the press at the Massachusetts Spy while visiting Worcester?
  12. Which Worcester printer founded the American Antiquarian Society?
  13. Albert Michelson, chairman of the Clark physics department, received an important first award in 1901. What was it?
  14. What two men purchased the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in 1925?
  15. Which Worcester man serving in a national position helped make the acquisition of California possible?
  16. Name the man who helped plan N.Y.'s Zoological Gardens, the Natural History Museum and our own Green Hill Park.
  17. A minister who served in Worcester was at one time chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Who was he?
  18. Charles Dickens stayed at the mansion of this one-time U.S. Senator and Massachusetts Governor.
  19. What Native American was the first constable appointed in what was to become Worcester?
  20. In 1920, Francis C. Sumner defended his doctoral dissertation to achieve what distinction?
  21. Which famous figure of the Wild West gave one of Mechanics Hall's first travelogues in 1876?
  22. In the 1920's and 1930's, James Moynahan, a.k.a. "Boston Billy," was a "gem" at this.
  23. Whose words, "I am determined not to live till I have no country," affected Worcester settlers?
  24. In 1833, the first hospital in the U.S. for the treatment of what illness opened in Worcester?
  25. Of what wealthy local Tory did King George III say, "There is an honest refugee."
  26. The first airplane flight over Worcester occurred in 1891, 1901 or 1911.
  27. Which Worcester native performed open heart surgery on John Wayne and Henry Kissinger?
  28. Edward Everett Hale's sister, Lucretia, wrote some of her famous stories in Worcester. Name the collection.
  29. In 1907 the Prince of what country visited Worcester?
  30. What crime figure worked in a factory here in the 1920's before joining girlfriend Bonnie to terrorize the country?

Answers:

  1. Where was the first "perfect" game in baseball history pitched on June 12, 1880?

    Agricultural Grounds between Russell and Sever Streets.

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  2. What famous Vietnam War resister graduated from Holy Cross College?

    Philip Berrigan - 1950 graduate.

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  3. In 1905 Theodore Roosevelt spoke to two Worcester graduating classes. Which ones?

    Holy Cross and Clark University.

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  4. Name the local artist who uses red, white and blue patriotic motifs.

    Sante Graziani.

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  5. Where was Worcester native and Civil War hero Colonel George Ward killed?

    Gettysburg.

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  6. What was Dorothea Dix's life-long cause?

    Compassionate care for the insane.

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  7. Who was the first woman mayor of Worcester?

    Sara Robertson.

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  8. Which industrialist served lemonade instead of the traditional rum to workmen when his house was raised in 1829?

    Ichabod Washburn.

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  9. Which Worcesterite held 212 patents in weaving machines?

    George Crompton.

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  10. How many times did Franklin Roosevelt visit Worcester: None, four or seven?

    Four.

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  11. What famous printer helped fix the press at the Massachusetts Spy while visiting Worcester?

    Benjamin Franklin.

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  12. Which Worcester printer founded the American Antiquarian Society?

    Isaiah Thomas.

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  13. Albert Michelson, chairman of the Clark physics department, received an important first award in 1901. What was it?

    He was the first American to win a Nobel prize.

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  14. What two men purchased the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in 1925?

    George Booth and Harry Stoddard.

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  15. Which Worcester man serving in a national position helped make the acquisition of California possible?

    George Bancroft.

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  16. Name the man who helped plan N.Y.'s Zoological Gardens, the Natural History Museum and our own Green Hill Park.

    Andrew Green (1820-1903).

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  17. A minister who served in Worcester was at one time chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Who was he?

    Edward Everett Hale.

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  18. Charles Dickens stayed at the mansion of this one-time U.S. Senator and Massachusetts Governor.

    John Davis.

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  19. What Native American was the first constable appointed in what was to become Worcester?

    Matoonis, appointed by Eliot.

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  20. In 1920, Francis C. Sumner defended his doctoral dissertation to achieve what distinction?

    First African-American Ph.D. in Psychology.

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  21. Which famous figure of the Wild West gave one of Mechanics Hall's first travelogues in 1876?

    Kit Carson.

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  22. In the 1920's and 1930's, James Moynahan, a.k.a. "Boston Billy," was a "gem" at this.

    Notorious jewel thief.

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  23. Whose words, "I am determined not to live till I have no country," affected Worcester settlers?

    King Philip's.

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  24. In 1833, the first hospital in the U.S. for the treatment of what illness opened in Worcester?

    State Hospital for the mentally ill.

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  25. Of what wealthy local Tory did King George III say, "There is an honest refugee."

    John Chandler III.

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  26. The first airplane flight over Worcester occurred in 1891, 1901 or 1911.

    1911.

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  27. Which Worcester native performed open heart surgery on John Wayne and Henry Kissinger?

    Moritmer Buckley.

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  28. Edward Everett Hale's sister, Lucretia, wrote some of her famous stories in Worcester. Name the collection.

    The Peterkin Papers.

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  29. In 1907 the Prince of what country visited Worcester?

    Prince Wilhelm of Sweden.

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  30. What crime figure worked in a factory here in the 1920's before joining girlfriend Bonnie to terrorize the country?

    Clyde Barrow.

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