Magna Carta, or the Great Charter, has gone into myth as the foundation of modern human and civil rights, and of our current systems of government and law. The ‘Article of the Barons’ as it was first known was a result of the (mainly) northern…
In late antiquity, alongside the Goths, Vandals and Huns, there was a tribe called the Alans.
Quote of the Day
"They are well named, for they have the countenance of angels, and as such should be coheirs with the angels in heaven.
~ Pope Gregory I on the Angles, recorded by Bede
On This Day
1483Richard III became king of England after declaring his nephews Edward (V) and Richard illegitimate.
1498The toothbrush, with boar bristles, was invented in China.
1830George IV died, weighing in at a huge 20 stone (130kg). The autopsy revealed he had died from upper gastrointestinal bleeding after a blood vessel in his stomach ruptured. A tumour the size of an orange was found attached to his bladder, and he had an enlarged heart surrounded by large fatty deposits. He was succeeded by his brother, William IV.
1945The United Nations Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, USA. It came into force in October 1945.
1948The Berlin airlift began in response to the Soviet blockade of supplies into West Berlin. In one year, the United States Air Force, the British Royal Air Force, the French Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the South African Air Force flew over 200,000 flights to deliver 8,000+ tons of necessities each day to those living in West Berlin.
1963JFK gave his 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech. Contrary to popular myth, this did not mean he was a doughnut.
1977Elvis Presley gave his final concert in Indianapolis, Indiana. He died two months later.
1997The publishing sensation 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' was first published, with an initial print-run of 500 copies. J.K. Rowling, who was allegedly advised that children's authors never make much money, has since become the world's first billionaire author.