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Thursday, August 16, 2007
Charge!
Just a quick post today.

On August 16, 1819, the Manchester Massacre occurred when calvary troops charged into a crowd holding a public meeting on St. Peter's Fields outside of Manchester.

The rally was organized by a political group known as the Manchester Patriotic Union Society which advocated radical parliamentary reform of the Corn Laws. A number of well-known speakers were invited to talk, but never got the chance. The local magistrates got antsy and arranged for a large number of soldiers to be on hand. The meeting was due to get underway around 1:00 pm, but people began arriving as early as 8:00 am. By the time one of the speakers began to address the crowd, the magistrates, worried about the number of people, decided to break it up and order the crowd to disperse. They called in the military to do so, but, as so often happens in situations like this, things got out of control. When it was all over, eleven people died and over 500 were injured.

This Day in History: The Manchester Massacre is known by what other name?

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2 Comments:
Blogger The Tour Marm said...
Peterloo Massacre - a pun om Waterloo. (Just as we now add 'gate' to any scandal since Watergate - interesting coincidence that both of the original words started with 'water'!)

It was the British cersion of the Boston 'Massacre'.

For US residents, it should be pointed out that the British word 'corm' refers mostly to cereal grains/crops rather than maize (like barley corn).

Anyway I know who Cobden and Bright were as well.

Thanks for this!

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
Great answer, Tour Marm. Thanks for playing.

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