Fact of the Day
House and Garden Magazine gave Hitler a rave review for his interior design in 1938.
Quote of the Day
"If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. "
On This Day
1399 Henry Bolingbroke was proclaimed Henry IV, following Richard II's abdication (Richard later died in mysterious circumstances).
1567 Catholic leaders were put to death by Huguenot rioters after the Michelade of Nimes, helping to trigger the 2nd War of Religion.
1936 Pinewood Film Studios was officially opened, set up as a rival to Hollywood.
1938 'Peace for our time'. Neville Chamberlain arrived back in Britain after peace talks with Hitler. UK & Germany went to war less than a year later.
1939 ID cards were issued in Britain.
1955 American actor, icon, and 'Rebel Without a Cause", James Dean, was killed in a car crash, aged twenty-four.
1967 The BBC's Radio 1 was launched (along with Radios 2, 3, and 4) in response to the popularity of the outlawed pirate radio stations.