(Friday, November 1, 1765) — The Stamp Act, requiring that many printed materials be produced on stamped paper produced in London, went into effect today, prompting stiff resistance from American colonists.
(Saturday, October 19, 1765, during the American Revolution) — The Stamp Act Congress, meeting today in New York, adopted a declaration of rights and liberties, stating that taxes passed without representation violated their rights as Englishmen.
(Wednesday, May 29, 1765) — Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act today before Virginia’s House of Burgesses, saying “Caesar had his Brutus, Charles I his Cromwell, and George III… (Henry was interrupted by cries from the opposition)… may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.”
(Friday, May 3, 1765) — The first school of medicine in the American colonies, the Medical School of the College of Philadelphia (now the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania), was founded today.
(Sunday, March 24, 1765) — Parliament approved the Quartering Act today, which outlined the terms by which British soldiers would be furnished with free room and board in the American colonies. It went into force when King George III gave his royal assent on May 15, 1765.
(Thursday, February 10, 1763) — Britain, Spain and France signed the Treaty of Paris today, ending the Seven Years’ War (also known as the French and Indian War in North America), which involved most of the great powers of the time and affected Europe, North America, Central America, the West African coast, India, and the Philippines.
Video: St Patricks Day Parade in New York City (video tour)
(Wednesday, March 17, 1762) — The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place today when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers to reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.