The Gunpowder Plot Terror & Faith in 1605 Part Two
Fact of the Day
The Wehrmacht lost more than 400,000 soldiers during the first two months of Operation Barbarossa.
Quote of the Day
"Foul as it is, hell itself is made more foul by the presence of John. "
~ Matthew Paris (13th century chronicler) on King John
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.