The Daleks are a fictional extraterrestrial race of mutants from the
British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The mutated
remains of the Kaled people of the planet Skaro, they travel around in
tank-like mechanical casings, and are a race bent on universal
conquest and destruction. They are also the greatest alien adversaries
of the Time Lord known as the Doctor. Their catchphrase is
"EXTERMINATE!", screeched in a frantic mechanical voice. The Daleks
were created by writer Terry Nation and BBC designer Raymond Cusick
and were first introduced in December 1963 in the second Doctor Who
serial. They became an immediate hit with the viewing audience and
have become synonymous with Doctor Who, with their behaviour and
catchphrases also becoming part of British popular culture.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII of England was
The Eighty Years' War broke out when Dutch rebels led by Louis of
Nassau invaded Friesland in the Battle of Heiligerlee.
The North West Mounted Police was established in the Northwest
American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by police and
killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.
British rock band The Who released the rock opera Tommy.
Wikiquote of the day:
"It seems that it is madder never to abandon one's self than often to
be infatuated; better to be wounded, a captive and a slave, than
always to walk in armor." -- Margaret Fuller