A warm period in the middle of an ice age. See 'A Brief History of Climate Change'.
Fact of the Day
The diet of the average person in 13th century England probably contained between 1,500 and 1,650 calories per day.
Quote of the Day
"A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy. "
~ Benjamin Disraeli
On This Day
1701 The deposed James II (or VII of Scotland) died in exile from a brain haemorrhage. He was the last Catholic king of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
1982 The massacre of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children began in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon. It continued for two days.
1992 The British government was forced to withdraw the pound from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) on what became known as 'Black Wednesday'.
1994 The BBC lifted a ban on the voices of Sinn Fein and other Irish republican and loyalist representatives being broadcast.