Fact of the Day
Ciao does not mean 'hello'. It comes from the Venetian dialect and means 'I am your slave'.
Quote of the Day
"I believe I forgot to tell you I was made a Duke. "
~ Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
On This Day
1770 Five colonists from Massachusetts were shot and killed and another six injured by the British army, in what became known as the Boston Massacre, heightening tensions between America and Britain that would eventually lead to revolution.
1824 The British declared war on Burma in their struggle for control of Northeast India.
1850 The Britannia Bridge, designed by Robert Stephenson and linking the Welsh mainland with Anglesey, was opened. It was destroyed by fire on 23rd May 1970.
1933 The last free and contested elections in Germany before World War 2 were held. Despite Nazi intimidation of opponents, the Party only took 43.91% of the vote.
1936 Iconic World War 2 British fighter plane the Spitfire made its first test flight from Eastleigh, Southampton.
1953 Joseph Stalin, leader of the USSR died officially of a stroke, although the rumour of poisoning has never quite gone away.