This week in New England history: April 11-17

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A list of significant dates in New England history:

April 11

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth

1917: Babe Ruth pitches a three-hit game, propelling the Red Sox to a 10-3 win over the New York Yankees.

April 12

1770: British repeal the Townshend Acts. The acts placed taxes on tea, lead, paper, glass, and others. Colonial anger over the taxes culminated in protests that led to the Boston Massacre.  The British government hoped to quell colonial anger by repealing the loathed acts, but they retained the tea tax in order to save face.

Chelsea fire

Chelsea fire

1908: An enormous fire in Chelsea kills 19, renders 17,000 homeless, and reduces a third of Boston to ashes.

April 15

2013: Two bombs explode near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds. The ensuing manhunt for the suspected perpetrators, the Tsarnaev brothers, brought about the death of an MIT police officer and one of the brothers. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was eventually captured in a boat dry-docked in a Watertown backyard.