A disease that may have been spread by the fleas of infected rats, however new evidence suggests that once the disease had infected the lungs of the malnourished it was quickly spread by sneezing and coughing, so may well have been airborne. Symptoms included painful swelling of the lymph glands, spots on the skin which were red at first, turning black. Believed to have originated from China, due to it being one of the busiest of the world's trading nations. Also known as the plague (bubonic plague, but more likely to be pneumonic).
Fact of the Day
Roman women would use lead and crocodile dung, among other things, as make-up.
Quote of the Day
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. "
On This Day
1914 The Panama Canal opened to commercial traffic.
1941 Josef Jakobs, a Luxembourg-born German spy, became the last person to be executed at the Tower of London, by firing squad.
1945 The Japanese announced their intention to surrender unconditionally in the Second World War. It came into effect on 2 September 1945.
1947 India gained independence from the British Empire.
1969 The first Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.