Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (1864–92) was a
member of the British Royal Family. He was the eldest son of Albert
Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Alexandra, Princess
of Wales (later Queen Alexandra), and the grandson of the reigning
monarch, Queen Victoria. From the time of his birth, he was second in
the line of succession to the throne, but he did not become king because
he died before his father and his grandmother. He travelled the world
extensively as a naval cadet and joined the army, but did not undertake
any active military duties. After two unsuccessful courtships, he was
engaged to be married to Mary of Teck in late 1891. Just a few weeks
later, he died in an influenza pandemic. Mary later married his younger
brother, George, who became King George V in 1910. Albert Victor’s
intellect, sexuality and sanity have been the subject of much
speculation. Rumours in 1889 linked him with the Cleveland Street
scandal, which involved a homosexual brothel, but there is no conclusive
evidence verifying or disproving them. Some authors have argued that he
was the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper but the claim is widely
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Scottish student Thomas Aikenhead became the last person in
Britain to be executed for blasphemy.
George Washington delivered the first State of the Union
address in New York City, then the provisional capital of the United
Three bombs attributed to Armenian nationalists exploded across
Moscow, killing 37 people.
A local farmer reported a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence,
France, claimed to be “perhaps the most completely and carefully
documented sighting of all time”.
RMS Queen Mary 2 (pictured), at the time the longest, widest
and tallest passenger ship ever built, was christened by her namesake’s
granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. Created by humans; artificial.
2. Counterfeit, fabricated.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is
not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If
we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life. Disarmament
cannot be achieved nor can the problem of war be resolved without being
accompanied by profound changes in the economic order and the structure
–A. J. Muste
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