Fact of the Day
In 1875 the king of Fiji brought back measles from a state visit to Australia and wiped out 25% of his own people.
Quote of the Day
"I see that you have made three spelling mistakes "
~ Thomas de Mahy, Marquis de Favras's last words on being handed a copy of his order of execution, 1790
On This Day
534 BCE According to legend, Greek performer Thespis of Icaria (now Dionysos) became the first person to recite lines as a character other than himself onstage, making him the world's first known actor.
1499 Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the throne, was executed following several escape attempts. It is possible he was the younger of the Princes in the Tower.
1541 Kathryn Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife, was stripped of her title as queen
1585 (Or possibly 20 November) Thomas Tallis, considered one of England's greatest composers, died. Despite his importance to English music, both his bones and his original memorial have been lost.
1940 Romania signed the Tripartite Pact, officially becoming one of the Axis powers during the Second World War.
1963 The first episode of Dr Who, with William Hartnell in the title role, was broadcast on BBC 1
1990 Beloved children's writer Roald Dahl died of a blood disease, aged 74.