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
17th century butchers could be fined for killing bulls without baiting them first. Baiting was thought to improve the quality of the meat.
Quote of the Day
"The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children. "
~ Edward VIII/Duke of Windsor
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.