A writer of the Christian martyrs.
Fact of the Day
One of the earliest precisely dated events is two guys getting drunk on October 22, 2137BCE.
Quote of the Day
"Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure. "
~ Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
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.