On This Day: August 1st 

On the 1st of August 1715 the Riot Act came into force in England. It was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain that authorised local authorities to declare any group of twelve or more people to be unlawfully assembled, and thus they would have to disperse or face punitive action. It came into force due to the 1715 riots in England, they were due to protesting against the first Hanoverian king of Britain, George I and his new Whig government. 

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