An exhibition produced by West Yorkshire Archive Services focussing on some of the key characters involved in the Luddite riots will be on display at Red House Museum and at Huddersfield Library throughout April.
Nearly 150 members of 11 groups took part in a pageant that dramatised significant events in the history of Mirfield, including the foundation of the parish church, the arrival of the Black Death, the founding of the grammar school, JohnWesley's visit to the town, and the Luddite riots.
1779: The first Luddite riots began in Manchester: Fabric and cloth workers, upset by wage reductions and the use of unapprenticed workmen, began to break into factories at night to destroy the machines they feared would put them out of work.
Prestigious inhabitants included Sir Joseph Radcliffe, a magistrate who helped restore law and order after the 1811-12 Luddite riots, which culminated in the murder of Marsden mill owner William Horsfall.
Also on This Day: 1701: Yale College in the United States of America received its charter; 1779: The first Luddite riots began in Manchester against the introduction of machinery for spinning cotton; 1899: The first petrol-driven motor bus began operating in London; 1940: Birth of Beatle John Lennon; 1947: The first call between a car telephone and a phone in a plane was made above Wilmington, Delaware, in the United States; 1997: Hurricane Pauline hits Acapulco, Mexico, killing 250 people.