1775:War of the American Revolution: Dawn. British troops reach Lexington Common, 15 km northwest of Boston, where 70 armed colonials wait. In the ensuing action, eight colonials are killed, ten wounded. One British soldier is wounded. The soldiers then move on to Concord. There they carry off what stores they can find and meet armed resistance. On their retreat to Boston they are constantly harassed by colonial militiamen. By the end of the day, 1,800 British troops have encountered a total of 4,000 colonials. 65 British and 49 colonials are dead, while 199 British and 46 colonials are wounded or missing. Colonial forces dig in and lay siege to Boston. It is the first day of the American Revolution.