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…
Frederick the Great always dressed in a threadbare military uniform. He considered a crown a useless hat which let the rain through.
Quote of the Day
"There is only one way to avoid criticism:Do nothing,
and be nothing."
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.