May 10

Englishman John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for the North Briton severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.

1773 The Tea Act is passed by Parliament. It provides for the following:
Tea is not allowed to be shipped in East India Company ships directly from India to the American colonies. A duty of three pence per pound is to be collected on tea delivered to America; this tax was considerably less than the previous one. The tea is to be marketed in America by special consignees selected by the East India Company

1774 Louis XVI becomes King of France.

1775 The Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia. The Continental Congress becomes the governing body of a military alliance. Upon the ratification of the Articles of Confederation on March 1, 1781, it was named the Congress of the Confederation.

1775 Ethan Allan leads a band across Lake George to the English held Fort Ticonderoga. He discovers that the front gates are open and the sentry asleep. The fort is taken without a shot. The commander of the Fort had not been informed of the outbreak of fighting in Massachusetts.

1776 The Continental Congress requests that each of the colonies develop local governments.

1779 The cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth are burned by British forces.

Celebrated Birth:
George Ross (b. 1730 – July 14, 1779) Delaware member of Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence.

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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