Paris society was rocked by scandal in 1787, when Madame Vigée Le Brun painted herself with a wide smile on her face.
Fact of the Day
Quote of the Day
"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him. "
~ Cardinal Richelieu
On This Day
534 BCE According to legend, Greek performer Thespis of Icaria (now Dionysos) became the first person to recite lines as a character other than himself onstage, making him the world's first known actor.
1499 Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the throne, was executed following several escape attempts. It is possible he was the younger of the Princes in the Tower.
1541 Kathryn Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife, was stripped of her title as queen
1585 (Or possibly 20 November) Thomas Tallis, considered one of England's greatest composers, died. Despite his importance to English music, both his bones and his original memorial have been lost.
1940 Romania signed the Tripartite Pact, officially becoming one of the Axis powers during the Second World War.
1963 The first episode of Dr Who, with William Hartnell in the title role, was broadcast on BBC 1
1990 Beloved children's writer Roald Dahl died of a blood disease, aged 74.