1500-1799 | Civilians slaughtered | United States

Redcoats shoot dead five Bostonians who had been hurling snowballs

5 March 1770 The anniversary is commemorated every year with an annual reenactment in Boston, Massachusetts, but is virtually forgotten in Britain. During the early evening of Monday 5 March 1770, several Redcoats had been seen ‘parading the streets (of the colonial port) with their drawn cutlasses and bayonets, abusing and wounding numbers of the…

1950-1959 | Bahrain

Cabinet ‘mad keen to land British troops somewhere’

5 March 1956 On 5 March 1956, ministers were briefed at number 10 on gloomy assessments of the British position in the Middle East and Cyprus.  They were particularly outraged over the stoning of a convoy of cars in Bahrain conveying Britain’s Foreign Secretary, from the airport. His black Rolls Royce had been confronted by an angry…