When Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins came to Lavenham, he forced a woman to confess to keeping imps in the form of blue kittens.
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"You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance. "
~ Wallis Simpson
On This Day
331 BCE Alexander the Great defeated Darius III, king of the Achaemenid Empire of Persia, at the Battle of Gaugamela, making him master of Asia Minor.
959 Edgar the Peaceable became king of England. He was a stern ruler but kept the country free from invasion.
1553 'Bloody' Queen Mary was crowned.
1843 Newspaper the News of the World was founded. It was hugely successful until the phone hacking scandal which closed the paper in 2011.
1918 Damascus was captured from the Ottoman Turks with the help of Lawrence of Arabia.
1936 General Franco was made head of the Nationalist regime in Spain. He went on to be the last surviving fascist dictator post WWII.
1949 Mao Zedong officially proclaimed the existence of the People's Republic of China with himself as head of state.