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London haberdasher John Hetherington nearly caused a riot when he wore the first tophat into the Strand on Jan. 15, 1797: An excited throng gathered about the owner and the crowd soon increased to such a dangerous extent that the authorities had to interfere. The next morning the daring haberdasher was brought before the Lord Mayor charged with ‘walking down a public highway wearing upon his head a tall structure having a shining lustre calculated to alarm

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 22, 2016) Sailors from Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 attach a tow bar to a P-8 Poseidon preparing to move it into Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10's newly renovated hangar six on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Ault Field for the first time. The P-8 is scheduled to replace the P-3, in naval service since the 1960s, no later than 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)

The first man who was credited with wearing this new creation in London, the hatter John Hetherington, nearly caused a riot and was arrested for wearing a hat that was ‘calculated to frighten timid people’ (St James’s Gazette).


The very first top hat was worn by John Hetherington, a London haberdasher. He was fined £50 the first time he wore his new creation, for causing a disturbance


When first top hat was worn by haberdasher John Hetherington in 1797, it caused a near riot. According to a newspaper account, “passersby panicked at the sight. Several women fainted, children screamed, dogs yelped, and an errand boy’s arm was broken when he was trampled by the mob.” Hetherington was taken to court for wearing “a tall structure having a shining luster calculated to frighten timid people.”


Dame Nellie Melba biographer John Hetherington published 1993.


Navy Capt. Ronald Reis, left, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier the USS John C. Stennis, and Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group 3, serve ailors during a holiday meal in the Arabian Sea, Dec 19, 2012. The John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Hetherington Posted by author Charles McCain.

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To show you how this technique works, we searched for a bench badly in need of flattening. We found a doozie in the workshop of John Hetherington, ...