War without Garlands: Operation Barbarossa 1941-1942
Fact of the Day
Philip II of France decided on his wedding day that he didn't like his wife. So he sent her to a nunnery and ordered her to stay there.
Quote of the Day
"The Americans cannot build aeroplanes. They are very good at refrigerators and razor blades. "
~ Hermann Göring
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.