Windsor Castle is a medieval castle and royal residence in Windsor in
the English county of Berkshire, notable for its long association with
the British royal family and for its architecture. The original motte-
and-bailey castle, built after the Norman invasion by William the
Conqueror, was designed to protect Norman dominance around the outskirts
of London and to oversee a strategically important part of the River
Thames. The castle's lavish early 19th-century State Apartments are
architecturally significant, and the 15th-century St George's Chapel is
an outstanding example of English Perpendicular Gothic design. Since the
time of Henry I it has been used by a succession of monarchs and is the
longest-occupied palace in Europe. A popular tourist attraction, it is
used as a venue for hosting state visits, and is the Queen's preferred
weekend home. It was used as a refuge for the royal family during the
Second World War and survived a fire on 20 November 1992. More than five
hundred people live and work in Windsor, making it the largest inhabited
castle in the world.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Anglo-French blockade of the Río de la Plata: The Argentine
Confederation were defeated in the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado, but
Chile and Brazil were inspired to join forces with them afterwards.
Spanish Civil War: Founder of the fascist Falange Española
José Antonio Primo de Rivera was executed by the republican government.
A group of Native American activists began a 19-month
occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
A group of armed insurgents attacked and took over the Masjid
al-Haram in Mecca, declaring that one of their leaders, Muhammad bin abd
Allah al-Qahtani, was the Mahdi, the prophesied redeemer of Islam.
In accordance with the Lusaka Protocol, the Angolan government
signed a ceasefire with UNITA rebels in a failed attempt to end the
Angolan Civil War.
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