A version of this column first appeared in the Boston Globe 20 years ago.
A monster dunk on the Boston Celtics Jason Terry led to Terry being pronounced dead on Wikipedia.
But none had the resonance or nationally traumatic quality of the Boston Marathon attack.
U.S. city, 1630, named for town in Lincolnshire, a region from which many settlers came to New England. The name is said to be literally "Botolph's Stone," probably from the name of some Anglo-Saxon landowner (Old English Botwulf). Boston Massacre was March 5, 1770; three civilians killed, two mortally wounded. Card game Boston (1800) is based on the siege of Boston during the American Revolution.
plural, originally (1614) a name for the Algonquian native people who lived around the bay, from Algonquian Massachusett "at the large hill," in reference to Great Blue Hill, southwest of Boston.
Capital of Massachusetts and largest city in the state.
Note: Site of the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.
Note: Boston is often called “the Hub” for “Hub of the Universe,” or “Beantown” after Boston baked beans.
State in the northeastern United States; one of the New England states. Bordered by Vermont and New Hampshire to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, and New York to the west. Its capital and largest city is Boston.
Note: One of the thirteen colonies, playing a key role in resisting the British before and during the Revolutionary War.
Note: The settlement of Massachusetts began in 1620, when the first Pilgrims arrived from England in the Mayflower near Plymouth Rock.