A marriage between people of unequal social rank, which prevents the passage of the husband's titles and privileges to the wife and any children born of the marriage.
Fact of the Day
In the middle ages to ensure a good batch of beer brewers had it blessed by a priest. Compensation was typically 4 pints.
Quote of the Day
"Truly, when the day of judgement comes, it will not be a question of what we have read, but what we have done. "
~ Thomas à Kempis, 15th century
On This Day
1914 The Panama Canal opened to commercial traffic.
1941 Josef Jakobs, a Luxembourg-born German spy, became the last person to be executed at the Tower of London, by firing squad.
1945 The Japanese announced their intention to surrender unconditionally in the Second World War. It came into effect on 2 September 1945.
1947 India gained independence from the British Empire.
1969 The first Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.