March 5, 1770: The Boston Massacre takes place.

… although it was not much of a massacre at all, which is why the British more appropriately referred to it as the much less incendiary “Incident on King Street” (for the street on which it occurred). It is commonly cited as one of the foreshadowing events of the American Revolution. Despite Paul Revere’s famous engraving, however, it was not cold-blooded slaughter, but a muddled mess of a brawl that became propaganda material for both the Loyalists and Patriots, the latter of whom achieved great success in portraying the British as a firing squad murdering colonists.

The so-called ‘Boston Massacre’ began when a shouting match between a young colonist and young private turned into a tumult of angry Bostonians and overwhelmed, outnumbered soldiers. After snowballs and other objects were thrown at them, several of the soldiers began to fire into the crowd, hitting eleven. The most famous of the five who died was Crispus Attucks, a mixed-race runaway slave whose participation in the event was largely inflated during the abolitionist movement. After the event, John Adams, a Patriot, was beseeched by the Loyalists to defend the eight accused soldiers at their trial, and he famously agreed to do so.

He later wrote that theĀ "foundation of American independence was laid" on this date.

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    Reminds me of old, middle school history.
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    Interesting new perspective
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    The original engraving plate is now in the Massachusetts State Archives
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    [I] come reluctantly to the transactions of that dismal night, when in such quick succession we felt the extremes of...
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