The wobble of the Earth about its axis as it spins. See 'A Brief History of Climate Change'.
Precession of the Equinoxes
Fact of the Day
A seventeenth-century Frenchman who was trying to invent a steam engine was sent to a madhouse by Cardinal Richelieu.
Quote of the Day
"We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world could see the motives behind them. "
~ La Rochefoucauld (17th century)
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.