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January 18, 1884: Dr. Price cremates his son. William Price was already known as an eccentric character -- self-styled Neo-Druid, Welsh nationalist, and advocate of free love -- but when he burned his infant son, it was too much for the local citizenry and they mobbed him. Authorities determined that the child had died of natural causes, but it took a trial to ascertain that cremation was not, as the police believed, illegal. A precedent set, the following year 10 crematoriums opened in Britain.