An area in south-eastern Africa which was proclaimed a British colony in 1843, after the British annexed the Boer Republic of Natalia. It is now the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.
Colony of Natal
Fact of the Day
Frederick the Great always dressed in a threadbare military uniform. He considered a crown a useless hat which let the rain through.
Quote of the Day
"Madam, I have whipped his arse; you may kiss it if you please. "
~ Buchanan, the young James VI of Scotland's tutor, after being upbraided for punishing his charge
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.