Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks But Were Afraid to Ask
Fact of the Day
A seventeenth-century Frenchman who was trying to invent a steam engine was sent to a madhouse by Cardinal Richelieu.
Quote of the Day
"I remain just one thing, and one thing only - and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician. "
~ Charlie Chaplin
On This Day
1067 William the Conqueror set sail from Normandy to England, having heard of an English plot to kill the Normans.
1648 Colonel Thomas Pride's Purge of the Long Parliament removed all members sympathetic to Charles I. It left just 200 members, who became known as the Rump Parliament.
1907 361 people were killed in Monongah, West Virginia, in America's worst mining disaster.
1917 Finland proclaimed its independence from Russia.
1917 2,000 people were killed and 9,000 injured when two ships carrying munitions collided in Halifax, Nova Scotia, causing an explosion that obliterated nearly all structures within an 800m radius.
1922 Under the terms of the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State officially came into existence.