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June 2: Lord George Gordon and the Gordon Riots

The Gordon Riots, also known as the Great Proletarian Gin Festival, broke out in London on this date in 1780 when Lord George Gordon, a fanatical anti-Catholic, led over 50,000 people to the House of Commons with a petition for the repeal of the Catholic Relief Act of 1778. Within a few days the protest […]

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May 6: Aerobic Exercise on a Double-Decker Bus

Jeremy Noah Morris, the doctor who showed that aerobic exercise helps the health of the heart, was born in Liverpool on this date in 1910. His parents were refugees from Russian pogroms. In 1949, Morris began to study the heart-attack rates of drivers and conductors on double-decker buses in London. The drivers sat for 90 […]

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