March 22

The Stamp Act is passed as the first “direct tax” on the American colonies. It required stamped paper to be used for legal documents, diplomas, almanacs, broadsides, newspapers and playing cards The 18th century use of the word stamp is often confusing to modern readers, whose minds usually conjure images of postage stamps that were not used until the 19th century. The word originally referred to what today is called embossing — the use of pressure on a “stamp” to imprint a raised design on paper, fabric or metal. The use of stamped paper for legal documents had been common for decades in England and, according to law; those agreements made on unstamped paper were not enforceable.

1775 Edmund Burke makes a speech in the House of Commons urging that a policy to reconcile with the American Colonist should be adopted.

1784 The Emerald Buddha, in a great ceremony, is moved to its current home in Wat Phra Kaew. As the palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand, it is a figurine of the sitting Buddha, made of green jade and clothed in gold.

For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period click: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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