Toby's experience comes from website design as well as experience running large forums and communities. After he married Debbie he developed a keen interest in history and found himself discussing history quite a lot!
Fact of the Day
Had you stolen an item over 14d in Halifax in 1600, you would be sentenced to die by gibbet
Quote of the Day
"He so beautified the city [Rome] that he justly boasted that he found it brick and left it marble.
~ Suetonius on Augustus
On This Day
1307Robert the Bruce fought and beat the English at the Battle of Loudoun Hill (or somewhere close)
1590Anne of Denmark, wife of James VI of Scotland (and later James I of England), was crowned as James' queen consort.
1773The 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.
1857A revolt by Sepoys at Meerut against the British East India Company triggered the Indian Mutiny.
1940Germany began its advance into western Europe with air raids on Belgium and Holland, followed by parachute drops and attacks by ground forces.
1940Neville Chamberlain, famous for his appeasement of Hitler, resigned as prime minister and was replaced by Winston Churchill.
1941Rudolf Hess parachuted into Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace between the UK and Nazi Germany. He failed.
1941The House of Commons was damaged during a German air raid.
1994Nelson Mandela was officially sworn in as South Africa's first black president.