A poet appointed for life as an officer of the royal household who is expected to write poems in celebration of the court and national events.
Fact of the Day
Thirty-two countries attended the Evian Conference, designed to tackle the Jewish refugee crisis, in 1938. Only one country - the Dominican Republic - agreed to accept more refugees.
Quote of the Day
"Somme. The whole history of the world cannot contain a more ghastly word. "
~ Friedrich Steinbrecher (German Officer)
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.