Someone who uses cunning and scheming to get what they want, with no regard for morality or other people. The term 'Machiavellian' is inspired by the Italian Renaissance writer Machiavelli's book 'The Prince' which was dedicated to Lorenzo di Piero de' Medici, on the Medici family's return to Florence. In writing the book, Machiavelli's aim was to flatter the returning ruler, and perhaps seek some new role for himself (so in this respect, the book itself could be said to be Machiavellian).
Fact of the Day
David I of Scotland gave tax rebates to subjects with good table manners.
Quote of the Day
"Who has appointed the Germans the judges of nations? "
~ John of Salisbury
On This Day
1189 Richard the Lionheart initiated the Third Crusade to reconquer the Holy Land from Saladin.
1549 Parliament passed the First Act of Uniformity, requiring the Book of Common Prayer to be used in all public church services.
1793 Louis XVI was executed in the Place de la Revolution in Paris, after being convicted of conspiracy with foreign powers.
1908 New York city made it illegal for women to smoke in public.
1911 The first Monte Carlo car rally was held. Seven days later it was won by Henri Rougier.
1924 Vladimir Lenin, architect of the Bolshevik Revolution and first leader of the Soviet Union, died of a brain hemorrhage.
1941 The Daily Worker, official newspaper of the UK communist party, was banned because of its views on World War II.
1950 George Orwell, author of 1984 and Animal Farm, died after a three year battle against tuberculosis.
1976 The first Concorde jets carrying commercial passengers simultaneously took off at 11:40am from London and Paris.
2008 Black Monday saw the FTSE 100's biggest ever one day fall. Euro markets had their worst result since 9/11 and Asia's fell 14%.