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The Anniversary of the ‘Shot Heard Around the World’

This illustration from the Library of Congress shows the battle of Concord, where the British Army was met by more than 400 minutemen.

On the night of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere made his famous ride through Massachusetts, hanging two lanterns in the Old North Church, warning his fellow colonists that the British were coming from across the harbor. The British Redcoats marched onto Lexington, Massachusetts where they were greeted by 77 American colonial “minutemen” around dawn on April 19, 1775.

A first shot was fired - still debated among historians which side fired first - but soon eight colonists lay dead in Lexington. The British moved on to Concord, where they were met by 400 more colonists. The first shot in Lexington became known as “the shot heard around the world” marking the start of the American Revolutionary War.

Learn more about the start of American Revolutionary War.