English bishop St. Wulfstan was said to have performed a number of miracles, including curing a woman of arthritis by writing a letter, cursing a tree to death that had offered shade to gamblers, and preaching to the slave-traders of Bristol so well that they abandoned their business.
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
1688William of Orange entered London to cheering crowds as James II fled to Kent, during the Glorious Revolution
1792Thomas Paine was tried for seditious libel in absentia, for 'The Rights of Man', supporting the right to overthrow the government
1865The US proclaimed the adoption of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery (unless used as a punishment)
1878Future leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, was born
1879The Tay railway bridge collapsed, while the Edinburgh to Dundee train was crossing: 75 died.
1912Piltdown Man was 'discovered'. He was claimed to be evidence of the earliest humans in Europe and a missing link, but was a fraud.
1916The Battle of Verdun ended. Lasting almost 10 months, about 156,000 French and 143,000 Germans had died.
1940Hitler authorised the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, to commence on 15 May 1941.