Stalin shot his pet parrot for mimicking him.
Fact of the Day
Quote of the Day
"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him. "
~ Cardinal Richelieu
On This Day
4004 BCE The day earth was created according to Archbishop James Ussher.
12 Tiberius celebrated his much delayed Pannonian triumph (Teutoburg Pass got in the way).
42 Marcus Brutus, killer of Julius Caesar, committed suicide following his defeat at the Battle of Philippi.
425 Valentinian III is elevated to Roman Emperor, at the age of only six.
1295 The Treaty of Paris was signed between Scotland and France, starting the Auld Alliance as 'an antidote to the English' (Macdougall)
1641 The Irish Rebellion started after a failed attempt to gain concessions for Catholics.
1642 The Battle of Edgehill became the first pitched battle of the English Civil War.
1707 The first parliament of Great Britain met, but without Queen Anne issuing any new writs of summons.
1942 The Second Battle of El Alamein began. With the decisive defeat of the Axis powers by British and Commonwealth forces on 4 November 1942, it marked a turning point in the North Africa campaign of the Second World War.