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…
During the Napoleonic Wars, the Royal Navy used c. 80,000 barrels of gunpowder every year.
Quote of the Day
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
~ Anne Frank
On This Day
1814Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, the doctor who gave his name to the guillotine but who didn't invent it, died aged seventy-five. His family were so embarrassed by the connection that they ended up changing their name.
1827One of the greatest composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven, died during a thunderstorm, aged fifty-six. The autopsy showed severe liver damage, probably caused by excessive drinking.
1945After a month of fighting, American forces captured the strategically-important island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese.
1971Bangladesh declared its independence from Pakistan.
1973Women were first allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange.