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This Day in Boston History

October 9th, 1904

Old North Church Steeple Blown Off

Old North Church
On this day high winds roiled the city of Boston and blew the steeple of the Old North Church. The Georgian styled steeple was restored, reaching 191 feet up, making it again Boston's tallest church.

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England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.

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