The settlement of the crown on Princess Sophia, Electress of Hanover (James I's granddaughter) and her heirs, which led to George I coming to the throne. It laid down the conditions under which the crown could be held by a monarch and strengthened parliament's power.
Fact of the Day
Alcohol is from the Arabic word 'al-kuhl', which means 'the essence of things'.
Quote of the Day
"Blessed are the peacemakers "
~ James I & VI's personal motto
On This Day
1016 Cnut defeated Edmund Ironside at the Battle of Assandun, forcing Edmund to make a peace with the invading Danes: he got to keep Wessex, but the rest of England came under Danish rule. A month later, he had died of 'natural causes' so Wessex, too, went to Cnut.
1216 King John died of dysentery. He was succeeded by his nine year old son, Henry III.
1867 The US officially took possession of Alaska. It wasn't a popular decision at the time.
1922 The BBC was founded.