Short for Sicherheltsdienst, or Security Service, was the intelligence-gathering wing of the SS in Nazi Germany.
Fact of the Day
Butchers who sold off meat in medieval London ran the risk of being placed in the pillory and having their meat burnt beneath them, so that the rancid smoke would rise into their face.
Quote of the Day
"Were this the skeleton of the oldest man, then the oldest man was a freak "
~ Mayer on the Neanderthal, 1864.
On This Day
1704 Combined British, German & Dutch forces won the Battle of Blenheim, marking a turning point in the War of the Spanish Succession.
1910 Nurse and statistician Florence Nightingale died peacefully in her bed in Mayfair, London, aged 90.
1946 H.G. Wells, one of the 'fathers of science fiction', died of unspecified causes, aged 79.
1961 In an effort to stop people fleeing to the West, the East German government closed the borders between East and West Berlin, which led to the building of the Berlin Wall.
1964 Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen, who had killed their friend for his money, became the last criminals in the UK to be hanged.