Massachusetts incorporates its school for the mentally challenged
The Massachusetts School for the Idiotic and Feeble-Minded Youth was officially incorporated on this day. Founded under the influence of Samuel Gridley Howe and established by Massachusetts legislation earlier, in May, 1848, the school had already been in operation for seven months under a state grant. (By John Osborne)
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 564.