The academic qualifications given to sixteen-year-old children in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland after completing their compulsory Key Stage 4 education.
General Certificate in Secondary Education
Fact of the Day
The Spartans had a way of tackling childhood obesity: every ten days, they would get their children to strip naked and, if they were fat, they would beat them.
Quote of the Day
"The Englishman can tolerate a significantly greater dose of anarchy [than the Prussian]. "
~ Highly-decorated WWI and WWII veteran Ernst Jünger
On This Day
1483 The proposed date of the coronation of the 12-year-old son of Edward IV, Edward V. The coronation never happened because his uncle, Richard, declared him illegitimate and became king himself.
1611 Navigator Henry Hudson was cast adrift after a mutiny in Hudson Bay. It was the last time he was seen alive.
1861 A huge blaze started on Tooley Street's Cotton Wharf, which was later compared to the Great Fire of London, caused £2 million worth of damage, and killed James Braidwood, superintendent of the London Fire Engine Establishment.
1941 The Nazis launched Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union, with the largest invasion force in the history of warfare.