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1773 Boston Tea Party

Leading up to the American Revolution, a group of Massachusetts colonists known as the  Sons of Liberty  staged a midnight raid to protest a new British  tax law.  The  Tea Party  demonstrators were organized by Samuel Adams.

A group of Bostonians threw tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the British parliament's Tea Act of May 1773. (Getty Images)

Britain's Tea Act of 1773 lowered the tea tax for the East India Company and created a monopoly over the American tea trade.  The  Sons of Liberty  disguised themselves as Mohawk Indians, raided three ships docked at the Boston Harbor and dumped hundreds of crates of tea into the water.

The British Parliament was furious with the colonists' insubordination and destruction of British property.  In 1774, Britain instated the Intolerable Acts to establish military rule over the Massachusetts colony.  The colonists responded by creating the Continental Congress to discuss American independence from Britain.

A new museum dedicated to the Tea Party revolt   is currently under construction in Boston.

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Famous Birthdays

1775 Jane Austen

1901 Margaret Mead

1961 Bill Hicks

1963 Benjamin Bratt

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