April 5

Event:
1764
The Sugar Act is enacted by Great Britain’s Parliament to defray cost of the French and Indian War. It was formally known as the Revenue Act of 1764 and includes;
1. The original tax of sixpence per gallon for molasses, from the Molasses Act of 1733, which taxed all non-British sugar, and molasses imported into the North American colonies was cut in half. It would now be a three-pence duty.
2. The list of taxable items was expanded beyond sugar — specified wines and cloth, coffee, tropical foods and silk were now subject to importation duties
3. American exports, notably iron and lumber, were subjected to close supervision; shippers were required to complete a cumbersome bonding procedure before loading their cargoes.

Celebrated Birth:
Benjamin Harrison V (April 5, 1726 – April 24, 1791) Virginia planter and revolutionary leader, member of Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Virginia.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (b. 1732 – August 22, 1806) French painter.

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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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