Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction
Fact of the Day
Ciao does not mean 'hello'. It comes from the Venetian dialect and means 'I am your slave'.
Quote of the Day
"Water knee deep and up to the waist in places. Rumours of being relieved by the Grand Fleet. "
~ British First World War soldier writing about the trenches in his diary
On This Day
1832 The social reformer Jeremy Bentham who, among other things, supported women's rights, the decriminalisation of homosexual acts, the abolition of slavery and the death penalty, and the separation of church and state, died aged 84.
1944 D-Day: as part of Operation Overlord, the largest seaborne invasion in history, the Allies landed along the Nazi-controlled Normandy coast, and managed to establish five beachheads.
1961 Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, died aged 85.
1968 Robert F. Kennedy, American politician and brother of JFK, died of gunshots wounds. His assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, had shot him on 5th June 1968, the day after he'd won the California presidential primary.
1985 The body of Dr Josef Mengele, who had performed hundreds of vile experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz, was exhumed to prove he was really dead.