Robert Plot, Professor of Chemistry at Oxford, devised a cunning plan to enable James II to permanently rid the country of parliaments: he advised James to found a hermetic college for the alchemical creation of gold, thus making the need for parliamentary subsidies redundant.
Fact of the Day
Quote of the Day
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. "
~ Martin Niemöller
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.