The Early Stuarts: A Political History of England, 1603-42
Fact of the Day
In 1623, one kilogram of tobacco was roughly five times more expensive than Shakespeare’s First Folio.
Quote of the Day
"I have beaten the Russian and Austrian army commanded by two emperors. I am a little tired. "
~ Napoleon after Austerlitz
On This Day
1704 Combined British, German & Dutch forces won the Battle of Blenheim, marking a turning point in the War of the Spanish Succession.
1910 Nurse and statistician Florence Nightingale died peacefully in her bed in Mayfair, London, aged 90.
1946 H.G. Wells, one of the 'fathers of science fiction', died of unspecified causes, aged 79.
1961 In an effort to stop people fleeing to the West, the East German government closed the borders between East and West Berlin, which led to the building of the Berlin Wall.
1964 Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen, who had killed their friend for his money, became the last criminals in the UK to be hanged.