A Year In History: 1770

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This Year in History:


Discover what happened in this year with HISTORY’s summaries of major events, anniversaries, famous births and notable deaths.

April 12

British king approves repeal of the hated Townshend Acts

On April 12, 1770, a parliamentary bill to repeal the hated Townshend Acts received assent from the British crown. Initially passed on June 29, 1767, the Townshend Acts constituted an attempt by the British government to consolidate fiscal and political power over the American colonies by placing import taxes on many of the British products […]