Dapper intensity.... In 1797, a Mr. Hetherington was the first to wear a stove pipe top hat in public. According to an officer, "Hetherington had such a tall and shiny construction on his head that it must have terrified nervous people. The sight of this construction was so overstated that various women fainted, children began to cry and dogs started to bark. One child broke his arm among all the jostling." Hetherington was charged with disturbing public order.