From the Greek for 'big stone', it usually refers to large stone monuments common during the Neolithic period.
Fact of the Day
Frederick the Great always dressed in a threadbare military uniform. He considered a crown a useless hat which let the rain through.
Quote of the Day
"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. "
~ Thomas Edison
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.