This week in New England history: April 25-May 1

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A list of significant dates in New England history:

April 26

Hugh Bradley

Hugh Bradley

1912: North Grafton, Mass., native Hugh Bradley of the Red Sox hits the first home run at Fenway Park.

April 27

1773: The British Parliament passes the Tea Act to prop up the struggling East India Company, which was critical to Britain’s economy at the time. The Tea Act granted the East India Company exclusive importation and sale rights with the colonies. The colonists never accepted legality of the Act’s tax on tea, and finally demonstrated their opposition by throwing tea into the Boston Harbor, in what would become known as the Boston Tea Party, seven months later on Dec. 16, 1773.

May 1

John Phillips

John Phillips

1822: John Phillips becomes the first Mayor of Boston, after Boston becomes a city on January 1 of the same year. Phillips would not seek re-election, after the expiration of his one-year term, due to ill health. He dies in May, 1823.