-Boston Massacre- A confrontation between British troops and Colonists erupts leading to the death of five (5) f*****g people. The first death, that of black Crispus Attucks, (who was really just trying to avoid actual slavery), is regarded as the first casualty in the colonists's struggle for independence. This is also regarded as the first in a long standing tradition whereby a black man has to suffer the unfortunate results of and put up with a bunch of stupid white guy bullshit.
-Tea Act- The Tea Act is passed and this is a really huge deal. Great Britain knows how much the colonists love Tea so they charge them exorbitant sums. This is, for some reason, not capitalism.
-December- Bostonians throw a boatload of Tea overboard into the water in what is known as The Boston Tea Party. Now no one has Tea. (America's critical thinking and problem-solving skills are not quite fully developed). While the giddy Bostonians stared out at the sinking, ruined Tea, grinning triumphantly, one standoffish colonist, Stanley, is heard to ask "Why didn't we just take the tea? Then we'd have it." After a thoughtful pause, he is thrown overboard.
-First Continental Congress- The FCC is formed with the intention of peacefully and reasonably stopping Great Britain.
-Nevermind.- About five months later, Revolution happens all up in Britain's s**t. The Continental Army is formed with George Washington as its head lunatic.
-Common Sense Thomas Paine's Common Sense becomes an instant bestseller and makes a strong case for total Independence that reaches just about every colonist. His follow-up,