A date which will live in infamy


Funny story from my first trip to England a few months ago.

My wife had previously been to the Tower of London, so she knew this old history degree-holder would love it. She took off for the Tate Modern, and I made my way to the place that trails only Stonehenge in the race to be the UK’s top tourist attraction. I opted for the guided tour, led as always, by a wise-cracking Yeoman Warder who clued us in on the history and tried to correct our misconceptions.

As we stood near the site where many Britons, mostly of royal blood, lost their heads over the centuries, he pointed out the houses on Tower Green that had often provided plush lodgings for people whose lives would soon be forfeited.

The Yeoman Warder also talked of Nazi official Rudolph Hess, who was the last big-name prisoner to be housed near Tower…

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