Did your Mother ever read you the riot act? Well, she had really good history behind her.
In 1714, Parliament, at the behest of King George I, enacted the Riot Act. He was nervous about his subjects. If 12 or more people gathered in “tumultuous assembly,” a magistrate could read aloud the the Riot Act. Thereafter, they had one hour to disperse or could be arrested.
You only had to contend with your father.