James I punished one person who had been unwilling to extend him credit by ordering the offender to attend on him - by walking behind the royal procession as they progressed from London to Carlisle (a distance of about three hundred miles).
Fact of the Day
Quote of the Day
"Water knee deep and up to the waist in places. Rumours of being relieved by the Grand Fleet. "
~ British First World War soldier writing about the trenches in his diary
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.