Entrance to the Tower of London used to be free if you took a cat or dog to feed the lions.
Quote of the Day
"We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world could see the motives behind them.
~ La Rochefoucauld (17th century)
On This Day
1307Edward I, 'Longshanks' or the 'Hammer of the Scots', died on his way to fight Robert the Bruce.
1456Joan of Arc was belatedly found innocent in a posthumous retrial ordered by Pope Callixtus III and the Inquisitor-General Jean Bréhal.
1575The last major battle between the kingdoms of Scotland and England took place during a border skirmish known as the Raid of Redeswire. It resulted in a Scottish victory.
1816Richard Brinsley Sheridan, playwright, poet, and politician died in poverty in London. He was buried in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey, and his funeral was attended by dukes, earls, lords, and the Lord Mayor of London.
1865Four people convicted of being conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln - George Atzerodt, David Herold, Lewis Payne and Mary Surratt - were hanged.
1928Sliced bread was first sold, by the Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri, USA.
1937Japanese forces invaded China, beginning the Second Sino-Japanese War, which continued until 9 September 1945.
2005Fifty-two people were killed and over seven hundred were injured in the London bombings, a series of suicide bomber attacks targeting public transport during the morning rush hour.