King John used the fat from 40 pigs to blow up the southern wall of Rochester Castle during a siege in 1215
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Quote of the Day
"I thought he was a young man of promise, but it appears he is a young man of promises "
~ Arthur Balfour on Winston Churchill
On This Day
1598 Playwright Ben Jonson was put on trial for manslaughter after killing fellow actor Gabriel Spenser in a duel.
1692 The last people accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem were hanged.
1735 Robert Walpole became the first British Prime Minister to occupy 10 Downing Street.