Cruel and oppressive rule or use of power.
Fact of the Day
The punishment for serving bad beer in ancient Babylon was drowning.
Quote of the Day
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. "
On This Day
1265 Simon de Montfort and the rebellious barons were defeated by the future King Edward I at the Battle of Evesham.
1870 The British Red Cross was founded, with the aim to provide impartial help to all those suffering in war and, later, in peacetime.
1914 Britain declared war on Germany, after Germany violated the Treaty of London and invaded Belgium.