landing in Boston (Revere)
||John Adams is born in
|March 22, 1765
||Enactment of the Stamp Act,
tax on all printed materials. The Stamp Act
in Massachusetts and other colonies.
|March 18, 1766
||The Stamp Act is repealed,
day the parliament passes the Declaratory Act
asserting its right to
the colonies by its laws.
||The Townshend Revenue Act
the use of writs in order to locate goods subject to
The Act is detested by many Bostonians.
|May 9, 1768
||John Hancock's sloop Liberty
in Boston with a cargo of wine. A customs
official is temporarily
held hostage as the wine is unloaded without payment
of the required
duties.e Liberty is seized.
|June 10, 1768
||Based on a report of the
violation and rough treatment of a customs official,
is seized. Rioters attack customs officials.
|Sept. 28, 1768
||Two regiments of British
in Boston to deal with growing unrest. They are
public places throughout the city.
||Francis Bernard resigns as
Massachusetts Province. He is replaced by Acting
|March 2, 1770
||Civilians and British
John Gray's Ropewalk in the Fort Hill section of
Boston. One of the
involved in the fighting is Matthew Killroy, later
in the Boston Massacre trial.
|March 5, 1770
||A crowd of Bostonians
chunks of ice, oyster shells, piece of coal and other
objects at a
guard near the Custom House. Captain Thomas
Preston orders the
guard out to protect the sentry and restore
order. After a
is hit with a stick, he yells "fire!" and shoots into
Other shots follow. When the shooting stops,
five civilians lay
wounded. The incident becomes known as "the
|March 6, 1770
||Captain Preston is
and sent to jail. Lt. Governor Hutchinson calls
for calm. A
group of angry citizens gather in Faneuil Hall, where
they call for the
immediate removal of all British troops. John
Adams and Josiah
agree to defend Preston and the soldiers.
|March 8, 1770
||The first four victims of
are buried in the Granary Burying Ground. All
Church bells ring throughout the city of Boston.
|March 12, 1770
||Captain Preston offers his
events of March 5 in a deposition.
|March 13, 1770
||A grand jury indicts
eight soldiers are indicted for murder in connection
with the massacre.
|March 16, 1770
||A frigate carrying reports
of Hutchinson relating the events of March 5 leaves
Boston bound for
|March 17, 1770
||The fifth and last victim
Patrick Carr, is buried in the Granary Burying Ground.
||Advice from London
of prosecutions for deaths and injuries resulting from
the March 5
|April 28, 1770
||Preston's account of
about the Boston public, are published in the London
||Captain Preston's London
to his dismay, is published in Boston papers, turning
||Copies of A Short
Horrid Massacre in Boston begin circulating in
is seen as an attempt to influence potential jurors in
|Sept. 7, 1770
||Preston and the soldiers
arraigned on charges of murder. All plead "Not
|Oct. 21, 1770
||The eight soldiers appeal
be tried along with their captain. Their request
||Captain Preston is
acquits Preston after the evidence fails to establish
that he gave the
order to fire.
|Nov. 27, 1770
||The trial of the eight
||Six of the soldiers are
acquitted on all
charges. Two soldiers, Montgomery and Killroy
are convicted of
||Montgomery and Killroy
of clergy" to reduce their punishment to
brands the two men on their right thumbs.
|Late Dec., 1770
||Captain Preston sails for
He receives 200 pounds in compensation for his
troubles relating to the
|Dec. 16, 1773
||In a act of protest against
of 1773, a gang of men with blackened faces board
three ships and dump
their cargo of tea into Boston harbor. The
Boston Tea Party leads
to the Port Act, closing the port of Boston to all
commerce, and to the
quartering of troops in Boston.
|March 5, 1774
||On the forth anniversary of
Massacre, John Hancock delivers an eloquent and
spirited oration to a
|Sept. 5, 1774
||With the spirit of
the first Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia.
|April 19, 1775
||Paul Revere makes his
ride to warn citizens of the arrival of British
Revolution is about to begin.
||The General Court of
to erect a monument honoring the victims of the Boston
The Massachusetts Historical Society expresses its
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