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Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party, in United States history, the dumping of three cargoes of tea in Massachusetts Bay on December 16, 1773, shortly before the American Revolution.


How the Black Panthers Worked

 How the Black Panthers Worked

The Black Panthers were considered either heroes or dangerous Communists, depending on who you asked. Learn about the Black Panthers at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Pacifism Works

 How Pacifism Works

Pacifism doesn't always mean complete opposition to violence. Learn how peace and war factor into the philosophy of pacifism at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Scare-inducing Moments in History

 10 Scare-inducing Moments in History

From serial killers to natural disasters, many events in our history have stoked fear among the masses. Here are 10 fear-stoking moments. See more »

10 Monumental Events That Were Overshadowed by Other Events

 10 Monumental Events That Were Overshadowed by Other Events

A lot of shocking news didn't get the media coverage it deserved. Learn about 10 monumental events that were overshadowed by others at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the Hunt for D.B. Cooper Worked

 How the Hunt for D.B. Cooper Worked

After nearly 50 years capturing the imaginations of millions, the D.B. Cooper plane-hijacking case is closed. Will we ever know the true culprit? See more »

10 Things Done Completely Out of Spite

 10 Things Done Completely Out of Spite

Many people have gone to enormous lengths to pay back someone who did 'em wrong. Learn about 10 things done completely out of spite at HowStuffWorks. See more »

From Caesar to Brexit: The English History Quiz

 From Caesar to Brexit: The English History Quiz

The history of England is one of monarchs, wars and conquest. Test your knowledge of English history with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Terrible Cases of Mistaken Identity

 10 Terrible Cases of Mistaken Identity

Identity errors have led to a range of awfulness like wrongly declared death. Learn about some cases of mistaken identity at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Operation Plowshare Worked

 How Operation Plowshare Worked

How to go from a Bible verse to carving canals with nukes in just a few easy steps — almost. Learn how operation plowshare worked at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Strangest Mass Hysterias

 10 Strangest Mass Hysterias

Mass hysteria epidemics are not as rare as you might think. Learn some super strange mass hysteria at HowStuffWorks. See more »