In 1506 the Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford, was accused of baptising a cat as part of a conjuring ritual to find buried treasure. He later became Bishop of London and a notorious heretic hunter, and was mockingly known as 'Bloody Bishop Christen-cat'.
Quote of the Day
"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
~ Friedrich Engels
On This Day
1545The Mary Rose, warship of the Tudor navy, mysteriously sank in the Solent while leading an attack on the French.
1553Lady Jane Grey's nine-day rule came to an end and her cousin, 'Bloody' Mary I, became queen.
1870France attacked Prussia, fearing the consequences of German unification, starting the ten-month Franco-Prussian War.
1942German Admiral Dönitz ordered U-boats to withdraw from Atlantic positions, giving the Allies victory in the Battle of the Atlantic.