The Special Operations Executive was a secret British espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance unit working in occupied territory during the Second World War.
Fact of the Day
House and Garden Magazine gave Hitler a rave review for his interior design in 1938.
Quote of the Day
"A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy. "
~ Benjamin Disraeli
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.