HMS Princess Royal was built for the British Royal Navy before the
First World War in response to the Moltke-class battlecruisers of the
Imperial German Navy and significantly improved on the speed, armament,
and armour of earlier battlecruisers. Laid down in 1912 and commissioned
in 1913, Princess Royal served in the Battle of Heligoland Bight a month
after the war began. During the Battle of Dogger Bank, Princess Royal
scored few hits, although one crippled the German armoured cruiser
Blücher. Shortly afterward, she became the flagship of the 1st
Battlecruiser Squadron, under the command of Rear-Admiral Osmond Brock.
Princess Royal was moderately damaged during the Battle of Jutland and
required a month and a half of repairs. Apart from providing distant
support during the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight in 1917, the ship
spent the rest of the war on uneventful patrols of the North Sea. She
was sold for breaking up as scrap in 1922. (This article is part of a
featured topic: Battlecruisers of the world.).
Today's selected anniversaries:
Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony
for her participation in the Antinomian Controversy.
The Parliament of Great Britain passed the Stamp Act, requiring
that many printed materials in the Thirteen Colonies in British America
carry a tax stamp.
William Woods Holden, Governor of North Carolina, became the
first U.S. state governor to be removed from office through impeachment.
Palestinian imam Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, a founder and the
spiritual leader of Hamas, was killed by an Israeli missile as he left
early morning prayers.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
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2. Any drinkable liquid; a beverage.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Up to a point a man’s life is shaped by environment, heredity,
and movements and changes in the world about him; then there comes a
time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into
the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their
race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone
has it within his power to say, this I am today, that I shall be
tomorrow. The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds.
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