6 Articles of Clothing That Caused Riots

Published on May 17th, 2009 | by Admin

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Throughout history there have been more than a few instances of an article of clothing inciting riots. Mental_Floss has collected some examples.

In 1797, London haberdasher John Hetherington was hauled into court on charges of breaching the King’s peace, found guilty, and ordered to pay a £50 fine. His crime? Wearing a silk top hat, or, as it was described in court, “appearing on the public highway wearing upon his head a tall structure having a shining lustre and calculated to frighten timid people.” According to contemporary reports, people booed, dogs barked, women fainted, and a small boy suffered a broken arm after a crowd formed around the hapless Mr. Hetherington.

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