Cecil Rhodes was so rich he bought a mountain for his garden.
Fact of the Day
Quote of the Day
"A French bastard arriving with armed banditti and establishing himself the King of England against the consent of the natives is in plain terms a very paltry rascally original and certainly has no divinity in it. "
~ Thomas Paine, 1776
On This Day
1815 Napoleon escaped from exile on Elba, but his return would be brief. He was finally defeated at Waterloo on 18th June 1815. Read about Napoleon here.
1839 A horse called Lottery won the first Grand National steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool.
1914 Titanic's sister ship, the hospital ship Britannic was launched. She was sunk two years later by a mine or a submarine. One of the survivors was Violet Jessop, who had also survived the Titanic.
1935 RADAR (radio detection and ranging) was first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt.
1935 After secretly training German pilots, Hitler established the Luftwaffe, in direct contravention of the Versailles Treaty.