King John used the fat from 40 pigs to blow up the southern wall of Rochester Castle during a siege in 1215
Fact of the Day
Quote of the Day
"People in high or in distinguished life ought to have a greater circumspection in regard to their most trivial actions. For instance, I saw Mr [Alexander] Pope...to the best of my memory, he was picking his nose. "
~ William Shenstone
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.