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This Day in Boston History

March 2nd, 1904

Theodore Seuss Geisel

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On this day, Theodore Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield. Writing under the pseudonym, “Dr. Seuss”, he published such classic children’s books as Green Eggs and Ham, the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and the Lorax. For many, it was one of Geisel’s books that inspired their lifelong interest in reading,

Geisel has been recognized with several prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. The Springfield Library & Museums Association will unveil the Dr. Seuss National Memorial on June 1, 2002. This week long celebration will include sculptures, a storytelling marathon and a parade along Mulbury Street, which was immortalized in Geisel’s first book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulbury Street.


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.

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