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What Happened on April 19, 1775

Historical Events


USAThe Shot Heard Round the World

American Revolution begins in Lexington, Massachusetts. The "Shot Heard Round the World" took place in Concord later that day

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'Battle on Lexington Green' as painted by William Barnes Wollen
'Battle on Lexington Green' as painted by William Barnes Wollen
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  • Minutemen Capt John Parker orders not to fire unless fired upon
  • New England militiamen begin the siege of Boston, hemming in the British army garrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott are captured by British troops riding from Lexington to Concord, Prescott escapes to warn Concord

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere

1775 Highlights

About April 19, 1775

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 245 years, 7 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Aries