April 27, 1773 – Parliament passes the Tea Act

April 27, 1773 – Parliament passes the Tea Act

The British Parliament passes the Tea Act, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and thus granting it a monopoly on the American tea trade.

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December 29, 1915 – French government gives land for British war cemeteries

December 29, 1915 – French government gives land for British war cemeteries

On this day in 1915, the French National Assembly passes a law formally ceding the land that holds the British war cemeteries to Great Britain.

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December 25, 1801 – Richard Trevithick introduces his “Puffing Devil”

December 25, 1801 – Richard Trevithick introduces his “Puffing Devil”

British inventor Richard Trevithick takes seven of his friends for a test ride on his “Puffing Devil,” or “Puffer,” the first steam-powered passenger vehicle, on this day in 1801.

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