On This Day

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. British officials accuse him of unloading the rest during the night to avoid paying duties on the entire cargo.

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock

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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.

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
George III