125: Noon Day Gun
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The noonday gun is a small cannon fired each day at noon from its platform on the seafront at Causeway Bay. The tradition originated in the 19th century when trading company Jardine Matheson was reprimanded for firing to salute as its directors sailed in, and ordered to fire every day at noon in perpetuity as a punishment. Now the event is a tourist spectacle, famously mentioned in Noel Coward's song “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”.
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