Two hundred and forty-two years ago on this evening, two gentlemen climbed the stairs at the Old North Church in the North End of Boston, and hung two lanterns high in the steeple. While they have faded into relative obscurity, history has recorded their names as Sexton Robert Newman and Vestryman Captain John Pulling, Jr.
Hanging lanterns at night is not really a big deal - except we all know that a certain horseman by the name of Revere was watching to see the pre-arranged signal. As the lanterns flared in the night, Mr. Revere rowed across Boston Harbor,
past the warship HMS Somerset, and landed at Charlestown to mount a fast horse.