Historical Events in May 1768

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May 9 John Hancock pays duties on 25 pipes of wine, only one fourth of his ship's carrying capacity, and British officials accuse him of unloading the rest during the night to avoid paying the duties on the entire cargo

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • May 10 John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.