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#‎TodayInHistory 1561 - Sir Francis Bacon, English philosopher, statesman, essayist was born today.

Sir Francis Drake (born on 1540, died in 1596) is today remembered as one of the most famous Privateers that worked for the English Crown. During his active years he fought relentlessly against the Spanish, winning countless battles against their ships and pillaging their harbors.

Sir Francis Weston, one of 5 men accused of adultery with Queen Anne Boleyn and executed for treason. The others included Anne's brother George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford; Sir Henry Norris; court musician Mark Smeaton; and Sir William Brereton. Most historians now agree that the accusations were unlikely to be true.

King Henry VIII and His Six Wives—Love, Marriage, and Children

Located in Nottinghamshire, England, Wollaston Hall is a Tudor style building built in 1580 by Sir Francis Willoughby with Robert Smythson most likely serving as the architect. The building shows Italian influences as an example of English Renaissance architecture and is most widely known for its grand style and beautiful gardens and parklands. Today the building stands as the Natural History Museum. -Callie G (britainexpress.com)

AVANICEDAY. Wed, Jan 30, 2013. WOMAN OF THE YEAR. Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse. "Courage by Robert Service. Since the inception of the mullahs' rule, hundreds of women of various ages have been & continue to be stoned to death throughout Iran... the Quran & the Prophet of Islam despised such behavior" "In the shadow of the grave I will be brave; I'll smile,--I know I will E'er I be still; Because I will not smile So long a while." AVANICEDAY

ABE VIGODA passed away today at age 94. He is best remembered as Tessio from the Godfather part I and II. I really liked him when he would occasionally appear on Conan O'Brien in the early 2000s. RIP sir.

Sir Francis Drake died from dysentery aboard his ship, off Porto Bello, on this day 28th January, 1596. His exploits were legendary, making him a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards. Its claimed that King Philip II of Spain offered a reward of 20,000 ducats, which is the equivalent to 4,000,000 pounds in today's money for Drake's life

The caves at West Wycombe were said to be home to the Hellfire Club, an 18th Century gang of respected gentlemen who indulged in dark satanic rites. Their leader, Sir Francis Dashwood was a good friend of Benjamin Franklin. In 1752 the Devil was said to have appeared here in the form of a monkey as the Club drank the night away in the company of women dressed as nuns. Today the caves are said to be haunted by the sounds of a monkey and a woman laughing in the dead of night.