An 11th century bishop of Séez accidentally burned down his own cathedral during a military operation.
Quote of the Day
"In this country, it is good to kill an admiral from time to time, in order to encourage the others.
~ Voltaire on Admiral Byng's execution
On This Day
1916The hospital ship Britannic, sister-ship of Titanic, hit a mine and sank, killing 30.
197421 people were killed and 182 injured when bombs exploded in two Birmingham pubs. The IRA was probably responsible, but the real culprits have never been found. The Birmingham Six, originally convicted of the bombings, were released because of dodgy police practices.
1981The proceedings of the House of Commons were televised live for the first time.