This is the day, an unofficial national holiday, to honor Paul Revere, (Dec. 21, 1734 – May 10, 1818) an American silversmith, early industrialist and a patriot in the American Revolution. He is best known for alerting Colonial militia of approaching British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord. This famous ride was on the night of April 18, 1775.
"Paul Revere's Ride" is one of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's best known and most widely read poems. First published on the eve of the American Civil War and later the opening tale of the 22 linked narratives that comprise Longfellow's Tales of a Wayside Inn, the poem rescued a minor figure of the Revolutionary War from obscurity and made him into a national hero:
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.
On the 18th of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year."