The geological period before our own. It ran from 23 million years ago until 2.58 million years ago. See 'A Brief History of Climate Change'.
Fact of the Day
The Persian invasion of Greece in 484BCE was the biggest amphibious military operation until D-Day, almost 2,500 years later.
Quote of the Day
"You will live to have your bellyful of parliaments. "
~ James I to his son, Charles
On This Day
958 Oda, a Dane whose father came over with Ubba and Ivar the Boneless, and who later became Archbishop of Canterbury, died. After his death his came to be regarded as St Oda the Good, with a feast day on 4 July.
1868 The first meeting of the Trade Union Congress was held at the Mechanics' Institute in Manchester.
1886 Grover Cleveland became the only US president to get married (to Frances Folsom) while in the White House.
1953 Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey.