December 30, 1887

On December 30, 1887, the home secretary of Queen Victoria of England received a petition from over 1,000,000 women that asked that public houses be closed on Sundays. And when those 1,000,000 women said public houses, they meant pubs, where their husbands would go every Sunday after church to have a refreshing beer. They said it was good enough for Wales, which had passed a Sunday Closing Act in 1881. England and Scotland said, well, if it’s good enough for the Welsh, we definitely don’t want it, and pubs remained opened on Sunday.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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