On this day…in 278

On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 42BC

Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi. Two years before, Brutus had joined Gaius Cassius Longinus in the plot against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, believing he was striking a blow for the restoration of the Roman Republic. However, … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 42BC

Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi. Two years before, Brutus had joined Gaius Cassius Longinus in the plot against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, believing he was striking a blow for the restoration of the Roman Republic. However, … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1929 & 1930

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the winners of the first Academy Awards on this day in 1929. It was a far cry from the suspense, glamour and endless press coverage surrounding the Oscars today: The first award recipients’ names were printed on the back page of the academy’s newsletter. A few … [Read the full story]

Abramovich sacks Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo was axed as Chelsea boss by Roman Abramovich last week…straight after his plane landed following the 3-0 defeat by Juventus in Turin on last week. The 42-year-old was sacked by the billionaire Russian owner’s henchmen at the club’s training ground just 187 days after leading the Blues to Champions League glory. The … [Read the full story]

Of course Charlie Manson’s killed more people!

Hidden tape recordings secured by cops could prove the notorious Manson Family carried out a string of unsolved murders. The twisted hippy cult led by Charles Manson killed film director Roman Polanski’s pregnant actress wife Sharon Tate and six others during a two-week rampage in 1969. But police have long suspected the blood-bath attacks at … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 461

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was … [Read the full story]

The next time it’s the end of the world…sit back and have a smoko

I used to be a witness but gave it up after three explicit dates for the end of the world came and went, without a single flash of lightning or a thunder bolt…and then went back to smoking. Last weekend I waited up in anticipation of some strange phenomenon of people disappearing into the clouds. The … [Read the full story]