A brazen theft of the sacred cod in 1933 by Harvard students sent the Commonwealth reeling for a few wild days. State police were called in to find the fish, a manhunt spread to New Jersey, the Charles River was dredged and the Massachusetts Legislature almost came to a halt. The story was national news.
The sacred cod had hung above the Massachusetts General Assembly since the early 18th century. It was a symbol of the cod fisheries that fueled the commonwealth’s prosperity. Its disappearance was devastating.
Read what happened here.