Both England and Russia imposed a tax on beards in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, making having a beard a status symbol.
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Quote of the Day
"The enemy should have to carve his way over heaps of corpses. "
~ General von Below's orders to the German army on the Somme, 1916
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.