May 29, 1944: Fourteen of the 46 conscientious objectors working as attendants at the State Hospital in Concord go on a cafeteria strike, refusing to eat. The men, who are labeled "Conchies," are protesting a rule forbidding them to mingle with regular attendants at the hospital.
May 30, 1868: In Concord, school lets out early and businesses close for two hours so that all may observe the first Memorial Day. Col. James E. Larkin of Concord, who fought at Fair Oaks, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, leads the veterans' procession into Eagle Hall on Main Street. After the singing of "America," the recitation of the Gettysburg Address and patriotic speeches, the throng marches solemnly to the cemeteries and lays wreaths at the graves of the city's Civil War dead.
May 31, 1983: After much debate, legislators decide not to build the governor a special executive washroom at the State House. The vote is a victory for Rep. Eugene Daniell of Franklin, who says the state shouldn't spend money on bathrooms if it can't give its workers a pay raise.
June 1, 1852: Convening in Baltimore, the Democrats nominate Franklin Pierce for president. In Concord, a cannon on Sand Hill (Centre Street at Merrimack Street) booms 282 times, once for each vote Pierce received.
June 1, 2002: At a $100-a-plate gala for Concord Hospital's cancer treatment center, some 350 donors are surprised to learn that two major contributors recently came forward. Norman and Melinda Payson of Hopkinton donated $2 million and Jim and Marianne Cook donated $1 million. "We must understand that the purpose of this cancer center is to help the people that surround us," Jim Cook says. "The health and well-being of babies, adults and the growing elderly population is a top priority."
June 2, 2000: Souther's Market, one of Concord's original groceries, closes after more than 50 years in business.
June 2, 2002: The Concord Quarry Dogs are trickling into town, ready for a sophomore season organizers hope will capture as many hearts and mitts as did last year's honeymoon, the Monitor reports. Last year, the city gave its Q-Puppies unconditional love, even as the New England Collegiate Baseball League team slipped to the bottom of its division.
This summer, Concord Baseball Association members are trying to set up another summer affair.
June 3, 1895: A burglar or burglars clean out the State House safe, taking $6,000.
June 4, 1973: The Concord School Board votes to build a 450-pupil, $1.9 million school for grades 4-6 off Portsmouth Street. It will be known as Broken Ground School.
June 4, 2003: Philip Dick, Kevin Gil and Christopher McNeil cut holes in razor wire fences and escape from the North State Street prison in Concord.