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Over the years, Pittsfield's Park Square has been allowed to host only a handful of permanent items, including a plaque recognizing John Williams, who donated much of the parkland to the city, a bronze plaque to commemorate the first agricultural fair, and the Civil War statue honoring 108 local soldiers who died in the war.

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On May 20, 1956: The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

In 1962: Film star Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday to You” to President John F. Kennedy during a Democratic fundraiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

On May 18, 1980: The Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing.

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From the Eagle Archives

Eagle Archives, May 18, 1960:  It's a happy man whose vocation is something he'd do for nothing if he couldn't make a living at it. Such a fellow is James R. Knight, an expert woodworker and cabinet maker, who has been making a good living for the last 15 years or so by doing just what he wants to do.

Mysteries from the Morgue

On Oct. 18, 1918, 700 workers of the Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing Co. were out sick with "the grippe," silencing a third of the Berkshire Mills' 6,500 looms.

Three weeks earlier, the town had reported its first cases of Spanish influenza — 16 sick and one death. Now, the town had 850 recorded cases and 28 deaths from the Spanish flu or flu-related pneumonia. But, town health officials suspected the number was much higher, around 2,000 infected individuals.

Only a few things could separate the Pierce twins — a broken shoulder, a marriage and death. 

Mary Abbe and Martha Anne, who held the title of "oldest twins in New England" from January 1929 until August 1934, spent the majority of their 90 years together, living in the house in which they were born in Savoy. 

On Saturday, Nov. 5, 1932, just days before the presidential election, Anna Laurens Dawes, 81, known as the "grand lady of Pittsfield," took to the airwaves to urge every Republican to head to the polls that Tuesday.

Being from the Berkshires, birthplace of the most famous suffragette, Susan B. Anthony, Dawes' ardent push for voters to head to the polls doesn't seem out of place — until you consider she, just a dozen years prior, was the leading anti-suffragette of Western Massachusetts, if not the state. 

SAVOY — "She must have been beautiful once, for weatherbeaten as she is, she is very fine looking, and her straight nose and black bright eyes bear evidence of better days ... She is amazingly …

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