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Sunday, January 15, 1797. :   The Top Hat makes its first appearance, causing a riot.

     The first Top Hat was worn by haberdasher James Heatherington on 15 January 1797, in England. When Heatherington stepped from his shop wearing his unusual headgear, a crowd quickly gathered to stare. The gathering soon turned into a crowd crush as people pushed and shoved against each other. As a result, Heatherington was summoned to appear in court before the Lord Mayor and fined 50 for breaching the peace. He was also charged with appearing "on the public highway wearing a tall structure of shining lustre and calculated to terrify people, frighten horses and disturb the balance of society". However, within a month, he was overwhelmed with orders for the new headwear.

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Love one another warmly as Christian brothers and sisters, and be eager to show respect for one another.
Romans 12:10 (c) GNB
Go out of your way to do good. Look for and acknowledge the good in others. It will encourage them.

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