'Common era', the non-religious way of saying AD ('anno Domini', or 'the year of our lord').
Fact of the Day
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
"Shoot, you devil! Shoot, in the devil’s name! Shoot, or it will be worse for you!
~ William II reportedly speaking to the renowned bowman Walter Tirel on a stag hunt, just before Tirel missed and killed the king
On This Day
1266The siege of Kenilworth Castle, one of the longest and largest sieges ever to occur in England, ended when the garrison inside the castle surrendered.
1545The first meeting of the Catholic Council of Trent was held in response to the Protestant Reformation.
1577Drake set sail to circumnavigate the globe, again. His first attempt had run into bad weather.
1784Samuel Johnson, giant of the English language, died. Among many other works, he spent just over eight years writing a 40,000-word dictionary.
1916Avalanches killed 10,000 men on World War One's most extreme battlefield in the Dolomites.
1939The first naval battle of World War Two, the Battle of the River Plate, happened
1973Prime Minister Edward Heath announced plans to introduce the Three Day Week in response to the oil crisis and strike action.