War without Garlands: Operation Barbarossa 1941-1942
Fact of the Day
17th century butchers could be fined for killing bulls without baiting them first. Baiting was thought to improve the quality of the meat.
Quote of the Day
"A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people. "
~ Samuel Johnson's dictionary definition for 'oats'
On This Day
1701 The deposed James II (or VII of Scotland) died in exile from a brain haemorrhage. He was the last Catholic king of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
1982 The massacre of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children began in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon. It continued for two days.
1992 The British government was forced to withdraw the pound from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) on what became known as 'Black Wednesday'.
1994 The BBC lifted a ban on the voices of Sinn Fein and other Irish republican and loyalist representatives being broadcast.