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27th April - Today In History

Born:

1791 Samuel Morse (inventor – the telegraph)

Died:

1521 Ferdinand Magellan (world traveller and navigator) 

On This Day:

1773 British Parliament passes the “Tea Act” which in turn leads to the “Boston Tea Party” 11 more words

Tea Act

By History.com

1773

On this day in 1773, the British Parliament passes the Tea Act, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company from bankruptcy by greatly lowering the tea tax it paid to the British government and, thus, granting it a de facto monopoly on the American tea trade. 283 more words

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