Fact of the Day
In late antiquity, alongside the Goths, Vandals and Huns, there was a tribe called the Alans.
Quote of the Day
"Don't put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions. "
~ Terry Pratchett
On This Day
1419 Rouen surrendered to Henry V, completing Henry's reconquest of Normandy. He entered the city the following day.
1661 Thomas Venner, leader of the Fifth Monarchy Men and rebel against both Cromwell and Charles II, was hanged, drawn and quartered.
1883 Ships Cimbria and Sultan crashed in heavy fog in the North Sea. Almost 400 people died, with life boats not full to capacity.
1915 The first Brits to be killed in aerial bombardment died when German Zeppelins bombed Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn.
1917 73 people killed and 400 injured after an explosion at a munitions factory in Silvertown, West Ham.
1977 Snow fell in Miami for the first time in the city's recorded history.