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This Day in History… December 16, 1773

Colonists Revolt with Boston Tea Party

U.S. #1480-83 – Wealthy colonists offered to pay for the lost tea, but the British refused.

On December 16, 1773, a group of Massachusetts colonists known as the Sons of Liberty staged a dramatic protest against British taxes – the famed Boston Tea Party.

The French and Indian War left Britain in debt. So taxes were levied on the New World colonies, which enraged colonists as they had no say in government. The slogan, “No taxation without representation,” became popular in Massachusetts and protests were staged. In 1770, British soldiers fired on a group of angry patriots, killing five of them. The Boston Massacre, as it came to be known, sparked public sentiment against the British.

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This Day in History… April 16, 1912

First Woman to Fly Across the English Channel

U.S. #C128 – Quimby is one of few women honored on U.S. Airmail stamps.

On April 16, 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

Quimby was born in Arcadia, Michigan, on May 11, 1875. Her family moved to California in the early 1900s, after which she became a journalist. In 1903 she moved to New York City to take a job as a theater critic for Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly. During her nine-year career with the magazine, she reviewed plays, the circus, comedians, and the new form of entertainment – moving pictures. Traveling to Europe, Mexico, Cuba, and Egypt, she published over 250 articles.

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