Almanac – July 31

1703 – Daniel Defoe was placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but was alledgedly pelted with flowers by the crowd, rather than the normal semi-lethal objects.

1970 – Black Tot Day – the last day on which the Royal Navy issued sailors with a daily rum ration. Some sailors wore black armbands, tots were ‘buried at sea’ and in one navy training camp there was a mock funeral procession complete with black coffin and accompanying drummers and piper. The move was not popular with the ratings despite an extra can of beer being added to the daily rations in compensation

Mr. Frankenstein

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