1735 – Born on January 1st in Boston, Massachusetts. A folk hero of the American Revolution whose dramatic horseback ride on the night of April 18th, warning Boston-area residents that the British were coming, was immortalized in a ballad by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
1770 – Revere enthusiastically supported the patriot cause; as acknowledged leader of Boston’s mechanic class, he provided an invaluable link between artisans and intellectuals.
1773 – He donned Indian garb and joined 50 other patriots in the Boston Tea Party protest against parliamentary taxation without representation.
1775 – He rode to nearby Concord to urge the patriots to move their military stores, which were endangered by pending British troop movements on April 16th.
1776 – He was put in command of Boston Harbour’s principal defense at Castle William, but his war record as a lieutenant colonel was largely undistinguished.
1780s-90s – He went back into Silversmithing.
1818 – He died on May 10th in Boston, Massachusetts.
1965 – A 25 cent postage stamp of Paul Revere released.