April 5

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.

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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