The man who built the town stocks in Boston, Massachusetts charged so much that he became the first man to be put in them.
Quote of the Day
"If your estate be not sufficient for you; be sufficient for your estate.
~ Henry Slingsby's advice to his second son while awaiting his execution,1652
On This Day
1814Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, the doctor who gave his name to the guillotine but who didn't invent it, died aged seventy-five. His family were so embarrassed by the connection that they ended up changing their name.
1827One of the greatest composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven, died during a thunderstorm, aged fifty-six. The autopsy showed severe liver damage, probably caused by excessive drinking.
1945After a month of fighting, American forces captured the strategically-important island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese.
1971Bangladesh declared its independence from Pakistan.
1973Women were first allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange.