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October 12, 1959
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October 12, 1959

Events & Discoveries

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Forever
British governments can stay in power for five years, but British institutions are more permanent. So it was in keeping that this Thursday, General Election Day in Britain, in the interests of full turnout at the polls, all horse racing has been canceled except the Town Plate at Newmarket. Why the exception? Well, in the late 1600s King Charles II decreed that the Town Plate, a four-mile affair over the green turf, should be run on "the second Thursday in October for ever."

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