Fact of the Day
James I punished one person who had been unwilling to extend him credit by ordering the offender to attend on him - by walking behind the royal procession as they progressed from London to Carlisle (a distance of about three hundred miles).
Quote of the Day
"If civilisation is to advance at all in the future, it must be through the help of women, women freed of their political shackles, women with full power to work their will in society. "
~ Emmeline Pankhurst
On This Day
1307 Robert the Bruce fought and beat the English at the Battle of Loudoun Hill (or somewhere close)
1590 Anne of Denmark, wife of James VI of Scotland (and later James I of England), was crowned as James' queen consort.
1773 The Tea Act was given royal assent to help the British East India Company and tax the colonies. It led to the Boston Tea Party and American independence.
1857 A revolt by Sepoys at Meerut against the British East India Company triggered the Indian Mutiny.
1940 Germany began its advance into western Europe with air raids on Belgium and Holland, followed by parachute drops and attacks by ground forces.
1940 Neville Chamberlain, famous for his appeasement of Hitler, resigned as prime minister and was replaced by Winston Churchill.
1941 Rudolf Hess parachuted into Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace between the UK and Nazi Germany. He failed.
1941 The House of Commons was damaged during a German air raid.
1994 Nelson Mandela was officially sworn in as South Africa's first black president.