Today is the 232nd anniversary of the capture of the British warship Margaretta by the men of Machias, Maine. This was the first naval victory of the American Revolution and occurred on June 12, 1775, 5 days before the Battle of Bunker Hill. President Regan picked a good day to call for Mr. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."
The cause of the dispute grew from the Boston Port Act, which had banned trade between such towns as and Boston. The lumbermen of Machias wished to trade lumber for essential supplies, and the British wanted their lumber. But the British captain refused to allow trade with those who would not submit to his demand to remove their "liberty pole" that had been erected in solidarity with the patriots of Lexington & Concord. So the townsmen decided to ensure their survival by defeating the British and keeping the supplies.