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Those who do not learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them. For this reason, socialists take the study of the past struggles of working people very seriously. In 1820 six men, convicted of treason, were publicly hanged and then beheaded outside Newgate Prison in the City of London. The crime of which they had been convicted was plotting to assassinate the entire Cabinet as it sat enjoying a working dinner. This attempt at a violent coup d'etat is now largely forgotten, tucked away as a footnote in the history books. It deserves to be better known.