A. E. J. Collins was a cricketer and soldier, most famous for his
achievement, as a schoolboy, of the highest-ever recorded score in
cricket, 628 not out, over four afternoons in June 1899. Collins'
record-making innings drew a large crowd and increasing media
interest: spectators at the Old Cliftonian match being played nearby
were drawn away to watch a junior school house cricket match. Collins
joined the British Army in 1902. He studied at the Royal Military
Academy, Woolwich, before becoming an officer in the Royal Engineers.
He served in France during World War I, where he was killed in action
Read the rest of this article:
Today's selected anniversaries:
After a show trial, William Wallace, leader of the Scottish resistance
against England, was executed in Smithfield Market, London.
Prussia defeated Austria in the Austro-Prussian War, and dissolved the
The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a non-aggression treaty between the
Soviet Union and the German Third Reich, was signed in Moscow.
King Michael dismissed the pro-Nazi government of General Ion
Antonescu, putting Romania on the side of the Allies for the remainder
of World War II.
The World Council of Churches was established.
Wikiquote of the day:
"I could not be a traitor to Edward, for I was never his subject." --