In the First World War, battalions of friends and colleagues from the same towns who had signed up to the army together.
Fact of the Day
In the mid-twelfth century more courtiers died from drowning than fighting for their king.
Quote of the Day
"When they tell me I'm too old to do something, I attempt it immediately. "
~ Pablo Picasso
On This Day
193 Roman emperor Didius Julianus was executed by his successor, Septimius Severus. He had been emperor for a mere nine weeks, having bought the position when it was auctioned off by the Praetorian Guard.
1533 Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, was crowned Queen of England.
1939 Naval submarine HMS Thetis sank during trials in Liverpool Bay. Ninety-nine of her crew suffocated and there were just four survivors.
1962 Adolf Eichmann, organiser of the Holocaust, was executed at midnight (between 31 May and 1 June) for crimes against the Jewish people. He had evaded capture and justice for 15 years.