Also known as a 'coup': a sudden, and often violent, illegal seizure of power from a government.
Fact of the Day
A penalty for blasphemy recorded in Bronze Age Ugarit (modern-day Syria) was to be forcibly inebriated, thrown off a building, stoned and then crucified.
Quote of the Day
"A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy. "
~ Guy Fawkes
On This Day
958 Oda, a Dane whose father came over with Ubba and Ivar the Boneless, and who later became Archbishop of Canterbury, died. After his death his came to be regarded as St Oda the Good, with a feast day on 4 July.
1868 The first meeting of the Trade Union Congress was held at the Mechanics' Institute in Manchester.
1886 Grover Cleveland became the only US president to get married (to Frances Folsom) while in the White House.
1953 Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey.