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4 December 1688, the day on which Hull was secured for William III (William of Orange) as part of the Glorious Revolution; the anniversary of this, formerly celebrated in Hull as a holiday.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in George Hadley (d. 1798), army officer in the East India Company and philologist. From town-taking + day.
Town Taking Day/ˈtaʊn ˌteɪkɪŋ ˌdeɪ/
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