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This Day in Boston History

November 28th, 1942

Coconut Grove Fire


On the evening of November 28th, 1942 a fire that started in the Melody Lounge swept through the Coconut Grove Night Club, killing nearly half of its 1,000 patrons.

The club's revolving doors were stacked four and five layers deep with bodies of people unable to exit before passing out from toxic fumes from the club's burning decorations.

The lessons of this tragedy saved the lives of many future fire victims: fire safety codes and building regulations were strengthened, and the treatment of burn injuries and smoke inhalation changed dramatically.


 


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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