Fact of the Day
In 1385, London appointed its first sanitary officer, the serjeant of the Channel, to keep the streets free of rubbish.
Quote of the Day
"The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children. "
~ Edward VIII/Duke of Windsor
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.