Among the many people who bought coats of arms at the beginning of the seventeenth century was the common hangman of London, Gregory Brandon.
Fact of the Day
Quote of the Day
"It always seems impossible until it's done. "
~ Nelson Mandela
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.