Accounts from 1350 reveal that it cost 6d a day to keep a lion in the menagerie at the Tower of London, but to keep a prisoner cost only 1d.
Quote of the Day
"What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?"
~ Abraham Lincoln
On This Day
1792The Tuileries royal palace that was home to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette and defended by the Swiss Guard, was attacked by Parisians and the National Guard. Louis ordered the Swiss to cease fire, which led to the massacre of some 600 of their number. France was declared a republic and Louis was executed five months later.
1793The Musée du Louvre was officially opened in Paris.
1842The Mines and Collieries Act was passed, prohibiting women and children under the age of 10 from working underground.
1945A day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan announced its intention to surrender, although it refused to contemplate a reduction in the power of the emperor.