The Spartans had a way of tackling childhood obesity: every ten days, they would get their children to strip naked and, if they were fat, they would beat them.
Fact of the Day
Quote of the Day
"And if I am to estimate the penalty justly, I say that maintenance in the Prytaneum is the just return. "
~ Plato reporting Socrates' suggestion for punishment
On This Day
1781 HMS Victory leads the British fleet to victory over the French off Ushant (24 years before Trafalgar)
1963 Kenya gained its independence from Britain.
1975 The six-day Balcombe Street Siege ended peacefully. Thousands watched the four IRA members surrender and release their two hostages on TV
1982 Some 30,000 women linked arms around the nine-mile perimeter of the Greenham Common military base in Berkshire during the 'Embrace the Base' campaign protesting against nuclear weapons.
1988 Thirty-five people died when a busy commuter train crashed into another train that was stopped at a signal just outside Clapham Junction.