A machine used in medieval siege warfare for hurling large stones or other missiles.
Fact of the Day
In 1956 John Wayne starred as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror. It was filmed in Utah, downwind of the US government's nuclear tests in Nevada, and about half the cast and crew developed cancer as a result.
Quote of the Day
"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
~ Thomas Edison
On This Day
1499Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the throne, was executed following several escape attempts. It is possible he was the younger of the Princes in the Tower.
1541Kathryn Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife, was stripped of her title as queen
1963The first episode of Dr Who, with William Hartnell in the title role, was broadcast on BBC 1
1990Beloved children's writer Roald Dahl died of a blood disease, aged 74.