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1768British customs officials seize John Hancock's ship, "The Liberty", on the suspicion that Hancock had illegally unloaded cargo without paying duties a month earlier

1768John Hancock refuses to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship, considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies

1768Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England on his first voyage, on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean

1768John 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

1768 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 9
Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London. 
Feb 11
Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes 
Feb 15
1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia 
Feb 20
1st American chartered fire insurance company opens (Penn) 
Apr 5
1st US Chamber of Commerce forms (NYC) 
Apr 9
John Hancock refuses to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship, considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies 
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 
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. 
Jun 10
British customs officials seize John Hancock's ship, "The Liberty", on the suspicion that Hancock had illegally unloaded cargo without paying duties a month earlier 
Jun 21
1st US bachelor of medicine degree (Dr John Archer) 
Jul 7
Firm of Johann Buddenbrook founded, in Thomas Mann's novel 
Jul 18
Boston Gazette publishes "Liberty Song", America's 1st patriotic song 
Aug 19
Saint Isaac's Cathedral is founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia. 
Aug 25
Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England on his first voyage, on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean 
Oct 1
British troops under General Gauge land in Boston 
Oct 30
First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC) 
Dec 1
The slave ship Fredensborg sinks off Tromøy in Norway. 
Dec 6
1st edition of "Encyclopedia Brittanica" published (Scotland) 
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