At some point before May 1380, Chaucer, the famous medieval poet, was accused of raping Cecilia Chaumpaigne. She later withdrew the accusation.
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"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. "
~ Martin Luther King
On This Day
1545 The Mary Rose, warship of the Tudor navy, mysteriously sank in the Solent while leading an attack on the French.
1553 Lady Jane Grey's nine-day rule came to an end and her cousin, 'Bloody' Mary I, became queen.
1870 France attacked Prussia, fearing the consequences of German unification, starting the ten-month Franco-Prussian War.
1942 German Admiral Dönitz ordered U-boats to withdraw from Atlantic positions, giving the Allies victory in the Battle of the Atlantic.