Fact of the day: 16th April.

On this day in 1945 More than 7,000 died when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine.

The Goya was a German transport ship sunk by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea, near the end of the Second World War, while carrying wounded Wehrmacht troops and civilians who were fleeing the advance of Soviet forces.

Most of the crew and passengers died. The sinking of the Goya was one of the biggest single-incident maritime losses of life of the war, and as such one of the largest maritime losses of life in history, with just 183 survivors among 7,000 passengers and crew.

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Kitty cat part two.

A few weeks ago I told you my cat was a poorly kitty cat. He is now all well and good :) we took him to the vet and he had a few injections (nothing serious though).

Fortunately he had only injured his eyelid and not his eye so that was one less thing to worry about!

His eye is still healing but it’s not weeping any more and he’s back to being his old self again!

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Here he is last night, refusing to share my blanket with me! He does have his moments, bless him.

Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 2

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So have we all watched the latest episode? I sincerely hope so because there is no way I am keeping quiet this week!

Finally, and I mean finally, Joffrey is no longer. How many people cheered at this? Just me, well can you blame me??

I knew this was coming because I’ve read the books, but I was looking forward to how the show would handle it. I was little surprised if I’m honest. They did miss a few things/change a few things from the books, though I don’t feel like it was lacking because of these changes.

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If I’m honest, I felt the episode was still quite calm, following on from last weeks. I liked the fact that the truth about Bran and Rickon has finally come out. Although now I am worried about the implications of that for the two Stark boys.

Obviously I have read the books, but as we’ve already established, TV shows don’t always like to keep to the original story.

I also think that they could have done a bit more on the Sansa story. We see the fool telling her to leave with him, but in the book there is more of a build up to that. It does also make me sad that she never gives Tyrion a chance. That’s also the same in the book.

I just think that if she gave him a chance, she might see that he is trying to be decent to her. But hey ho.

Hopefully next week we’ll be seeing more of the rest of the cast who were absent from this episode.

And obviously, we’ll be dealing with the consequences of the Purple Wedding.

Fact of the day: 15th April.

On this day in 1912 The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survived.

The disaster was greeted with worldwide shock and outrage at the huge loss of life and the regulatory and operational failures that had led to it. Public inquiries in Britain and the United States led to major improvements in maritime safety.

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One of their most important legacies was the establishment in 1914 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which still governs maritime safety today. Additionally, several new wireless regulations were passed around the world in an effort to learn from the many missteps in wireless communications—which could have saved many more passengers.

Many of the survivors lost all of their money and possessions and were left destitute; many families, particularly those of crew members from Southampton, lost their primary bread-winners. They were helped by an outpouring of public sympathy and charitable donations. Some of the male survivors were accused of cowardice for leaving the ship while people were still on board; the White Star Line’s chairman, J. Bruce Ismay, faced social ostracism for the rest of his life.

The wreck of Titanic remains on the seabed, split in two and gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet (3,784 m). Since her discovery in 1985, thousands of artefacts have been recovered and put on display at museums around the world. Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history, her memory kept alive by numerous books, folk songs, films, exhibits, and memorials.

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Fact of the day: 14th April.

On this day in 1471 Edward IV resumed the throne after his victory at the Battle of Barnet.

The battle lasted from two to three hours, and was over by the time the fog lifted in the early morning. As usual in most battles of the time, the routed army suffered the most casualties; fleeing men were cut down from behind. Contemporary sources give various casualty figures; the Great Chronicle of London reports 1,500 dead, whereas The Warkworth’s Chronicle states 4,000.

Edward Hall and Raphael Holinshed, both 16th century chroniclers, say that at least 10,000 men died in the battle. The Yorkists suffered half as many casualties as the Lancastrians. Royle favours the recorded approximate figures of 500 Yorkists and 1,000 Lancastrians dead.

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The Battle of Barnet was an important engagement in the Wars of the Roses: it brought about the death of a prominent figure and secured the throne for another. Despite its importance to history, contemporary records about the battle are rare. The sole chronicle based on an eyewitness account—The Arrivall of Edward IV—was written by someone within Edward’s council, which presents a biased account of the battle.

Another first-hand observation was found in the Paston Letters, written by the Lancastrian Sir John Paston. Other records, such as The Warkworth Chronicle, offer only bits and pieces about the battle. Therefore, deficits in historical understanding must be filled through field research and discoveries of mediaeval documents.

Fact of the day: 13th April.

On this day in 1111 Henry V was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.

The Holy Roman Emperor was the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. The position evolved into an elected monarchy, but the emperor elect was until the 15th century required to be crowned by the Pope before assuming the imperial title. The title was held in conjunction with the rule of the Kingdom of Germany and the Kingdom of Italy. In the feudal hierarchy of medieval Europe, a Holy Roman Emperor was primus inter pares among the other Roman Catholic monarchs.

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Henry V (11 August 1086[1] – 23 May 1125) was King of Germany (from 1099 to 1125) and Holy Roman Emperor (from 1111 to 1125), the fourth and last ruler of the Salian dynasty. Henry’s reign coincided with the final phase of the great Investiture Controversy, which had pitted pope against emperor. By the settlement of the Concordat of Worms, he surrendered to the demands of the second generation of Gregorian reformers.

Fact of the day: 12th April

On this day in 1945 U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died whilst in office; Vice-president Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd President.

Roosevelt dominated the American political scene during the twelve years of his presidency, and his policies and ideas continued to have significant impacts for decades afterward. He orchestrated the realignment of voters that created the Fifth Party System. FDR’s New Deal Coalition united labour unions, big city machines, white ethnics, African Americans, and rural white Southerners. His work also influenced the later creation of the United Nations and Bretton Woods. Roosevelt is consistently rated by scholars as one of the top three U.S. Presidents, along with Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

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Roosevelt’s death was met with shock and grief across the U.S. and around the world. His declining health had not been known to the general public. Roosevelt had been president for more than 12 years, longer than any other person, and had led the country through some of its greatest crises to the impending defeat of Nazi Germany and within sight of the defeat of Japan as well.

Less than a month after his death, on May 8, the war in Europe ended. President Harry S. Truman, , dedicated Victory in Europe Day and its celebrations to Roosevelt’s memory, and kept the flags across the U.S. at half-staff for the remainder of the 30-day mourning period, saying that his only wish was “that Franklin D. Roosevelt had lived to witness this day.”