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Today’s History Highlights – 7.15.2013

Harvard’s Houghton Library has uncovered in its archives a 1657 import tax protest petition. The find includes eight sheets containing 650-plus signatures of Bostonians pledging to participate in the boycott of British imports. The site offers up remarkable images of the document, along with copies of the December 12, 1767 issue of the London Chronicle, which reported news of the petition to its English audience.

Ready for the ultimate fixer-upper, with the ultimate view? As fans of historic properties know, nothing is as intoxicating as the idea of putting an old property in order. But how about an historic lighthouse? There are three available for the asking in Connecticut, the Connecticut Post reports. In fact one, Penfield Reef Lighthouse in Fairfield, has been on the market since 2007. If you’re interested, be sure to read the listing disclosures, including the category for ghosts.

A Maine man is working hard on his goal of identifying and documenting the crash sites of the 741 military aircraft involved in accidents in Maine. The Bangor Daily News brought us the story of Peter Noddin of St. David, who is doing his best to search out the old sites from records, reports and any other available tips. Check out his site here, and don’t miss the map showing his progress to date.

Today’s Flashback Photo is a sneak preview from part two of our newest feature at New England Historical Society on the heroic efforts to rescue submariners trapped on the sunken USS Squalus in 1939. Taken from the Boston Public Library’s Leslie Jones collection, it shows a worker surveying damage on the vessel after it was raised. 

Today's Flashback...

In the aftermath of the USS Squalus submarine rescue, a Portsmouth Naval Shipyard worker inspects damage to the sub.

In the aftermath of the USS Squalus submarine rescue, a Portsmouth Naval Shipyard worker inspects damage to the sub. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

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