The metamphetamine Pervitin was handed out in large quantities to German troops during World War II to enhance performance and keep soldiers awake.
Fact of the Day
Quote of the Day
"Truly, when the day of judgement comes, it will not be a question of what we have read, but what we have done. "
~ Thomas à Kempis, 15th century
On This Day
1889 American writer Nellie Bly set off on her round the world journey. She aimed to do it within 80 days. It took her 72.
1914 The Ottoman Empire declared a jihad on Britain, France, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro.
1922 The BBC broadcast its first radio programme: a news bulletin and weather forecast
1940 German bombers dropped 500 tonnes of high explosives and 36,000 incendiary bombs on Coventry. It had been 'coventried'.
1969 The second manned mission to the moon, Apollo 12, launched from Cape Canaveral.