In 1506 the Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford, was accused of baptising a cat as part of a conjuring ritual to find buried treasure. He later became Bishop of London and a notorious heretic hunter, and was mockingly known as 'Bloody Bishop Christen-cat'.
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"I have offended God and mankind in not having laboured at my art as I ought to have done "
~ Leonardo da Vinci, speaking during his final illness to Francis I
On This Day
1399 Henry Bolingbroke was proclaimed Henry IV, following Richard II's abdication (Richard later died in mysterious circumstances).
1567 Catholic leaders were put to death by Huguenot rioters after the Michelade of Nimes, helping to trigger the 2nd War of Religion.
1936 Pinewood Film Studios was officially opened, set up as a rival to Hollywood.
1938 'Peace for our time'. Neville Chamberlain arrived back in Britain after peace talks with Hitler. UK & Germany went to war less than a year later.
1939 ID cards were issued in Britain.
1955 American actor, icon, and 'Rebel Without a Cause", James Dean, was killed in a car crash, aged twenty-four.
1967 The BBC's Radio 1 was launched (along with Radios 2, 3, and 4) in response to the popularity of the outlawed pirate radio stations.