The Battle of Hastings is considered one of the most important battles of England's history. It put an end to Anglo-Saxon England, and started a new era of Norman rule. Following the death of Edward the Confessor in January 1066, Harold…
The monks of Abingdon drank so much beer that they were limited to 20 pints a day each.
Quote of the Day
"Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilisers of man.
~ Benjamin Disraeli
On This Day
1554Thomas Wyatt the Younger was executed for leading the Wyatt Rebellion against Mary I's marriage to Philip of Spain.
1689William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of England.
1814The Treaty of Fontainebleau was signed. It forced Napoleon to abdicate and exiled him to the island of Elba.
1890Joseph Merrick, more commonly known as the Elephant Man, died aged 27. No-one knows what caused his condition, but it's thought that he died of asphyxiation or a dislocated neck when he attempted to sleep lying down.
1945American soldiers liberated Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp.
1961Adolf Eichmann's trial started in Israel. He was charged with 15 crimes, including crimes against humanity and war crimes.
1970Apollo 13 launched on its mission to the moon, but an explosion caused the mission to be abandoned.