A fortress in Paris, once used as a state prison, which was torn down during the French Revolution.
Fact of the Day
King John used the fat from 40 pigs to blow up the southern wall of Rochester Castle during a siege in 1215
Quote of the Day
"Who has appointed the Germans the judges of nations? "
~ John of Salisbury
On This Day
1537 Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour, died of a fever following the birth of her son.
1648 The Treaty of Westphalia marked the end of the Thirty Years War. The first six months of the peace conference was spent arguing about protocol.
1901 Annie Edson Taylor, a 63 year old schoolteacher was the first person to plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
1945 The United Nations was founded.
2003 Concorde completed its final commercial passenger flight.