Aside from the New Madrid (Missouri) earthquake of 1811, the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, the mid-air collision in Brooklyn in 1960 (one plane plunging to earth just blocks from my son's apartment) and a whole bunch of stuff dealing with war, the cold war and John Trivolta, today is Tea Party Day. It was reported that Mohawk Indians were at the bottom of this tempest in a tea pot
and there are any number of paintings that depict it. Perhaps The Drudge Report will know for sure.
Not that Tea Party. This one (courtesy of the History Channel):
n Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor.
The midnight raid, popularly known as the "Boston Tea Party," was in protest of the British Parliament's Tea Act of 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny.
When three tea ships, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver, arrived in Boston Harbor, the colonists demanded that the tea be returned to England. After Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused, Patriot leader Samuel Adams organized the "tea party" with about 60 members of the Sons of Liberty, his underground resistance group. The British tea dumped in Boston Harbor on the night of December 16 was valued at some $18,000.
Parliament, outraged by the blatant destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.
Quite a day. If you read the article and know anything of our constitution, you'll see that the Coercive Acts caused more than a few constitutional guarantees.