In Search Of The Dark Ages
Fact of the Day
American Charles Osborne suffered from hiccups for a record-breaking 68 years, from 1922 until 1990.
Quote of the Day
"Foul as it is, hell itself is made more foul by the presence of John. "
~ Matthew Paris (13th century chronicler) on King John
On This Day
1637 English poet and playwright Ben Jonson died, aged sixty-five.
1806 The Holy Roman Empire was dissolved following Francis II's abdication after his defeat by Napoleon at Austerlitz. It had been in existence in some form for a thousand years.
1945 The first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, during the Second World War. 80,000 people were killed in the explosion, and tens of thousands subsequently died from radiation exposure.
1962 Jamaica gained independence from the British Empire.