King Edward VIII
Fact of the Day
In the middle ages to ensure a good batch of beer brewers had it blessed by a priest. Compensation was typically 4 pints.
Quote of the Day
"If your estate be not sufficient for you; be sufficient for your estate. "
~ Henry Slingsby's advice to his second son while awaiting his execution,1652
On This Day
1419 Rouen surrendered to Henry V, completing Henry's reconquest of Normandy. He entered the city the following day.
1661 Thomas Venner, leader of the Fifth Monarchy Men and rebel against both Cromwell and Charles II, was hanged, drawn and quartered.
1883 Ships Cimbria and Sultan crashed in heavy fog in the North Sea. Almost 400 people died, with life boats not full to capacity.
1915 The first Brits to be killed in aerial bombardment died when German Zeppelins bombed Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn.
1917 73 people killed and 400 injured after an explosion at a munitions factory in Silvertown, West Ham.
1977 Snow fell in Miami for the first time in the city's recorded history.