To find out and represent the position of the heavenly bodies at the time of people's births in order to make astrological predictions.
Fact of the Day
A cuckolded man in classical Athens could get his revenge by shoving a large radish or a spiked scorpion fish up his wife's lover's anus.
Quote of the Day
"Oh dear. I think I'm becoming a god. "
~ Vespasian's last words
On This Day
1549 The Western Rising - also known as the Prayer Book Rebellion - was ended by government troops when they defeated the West Country rebels at the Battle of Sampford Courtenay in Devon.
1560 The Scots Confession was officially adopted in Scotland, which overthrew the Catholic Church and established the Scottish Kirk.
1896 Bridget Driscoll became the first recorded person in the UK to die from being hit by a motorcar.
1980 Azaria Chamberlain, a two-month-old baby in Australia, disappeared. Her mother claimed that she had been taken by a dingo, but was not believed and was convicted of murder. This decision was overturned in 1988 when new evidence was found proving the mother's story.
1987 The former deputy führer of the Nazi Party, Rudolf Hess, who had been captured after his bizarre solo flight to the UK in 1941, was found hanged in Spandau Prison aged 93. The official cause of death was suicide, although some still insist that he was murdered by intelligence operatives.