On March 5, 1770, guards were routinely standing guard in Boston, Massachusetts.
Suddenly, a message was sent that a mob was approaching the area where the government's money was located and stored.
Readying for a confrontation, reinforcements were sent to maintain the peace, with Captain Thomas Preston in charge.
When the mob arrived, they were hurling snowballs and insults alike at the British guards.
The mob began chanting "Fire, fire, and be damned!" repeatedly, all the while becoming more and more unruly. Captain Preston tried to intervene and reason with the crowd.
Suddenly, one guard fired, and another soon after, and another after him. In total, 5 Bostonians were killed that day. Captain Preston swears that it was not he that ordered the troops to commence firing, but the crowd.