[Daily article] April 1: RAF Uxbridge

RAF Uxbridge (1 April 1918 – 31 March 2010) was a Royal Air Force
station in the London Borough of Hillingdon. In the Second World War, it
was the headquarters of No. 11 Group RAF, responsible for the aerial
defence of London and south-east England during the Battle of Britain.
Hillingdon House served as the group’s headquarters. What is now called
the Battle of Britain Bunker was built nearby to house the 11 Group
Operations Room, which was also responsible for air support during the
evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 and the D-Day landings in 1944. It was
here that Winston Churchill first said, “Never in the history of mankind
has so much been owed by so many to so few”, repeating the sentiment to
Parliament in a speech four days later. When the Uxbridge station closed
in 2010, many of its units moved to nearby RAF Northolt. Much of the
land around the River Pinn has been designated as green belt. All listed
buildings on the property were retained after redevelopment, including
the bunker, which is now a museum.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

528:

The daughter of Emperor Xiaoming of China’s Northern Wei dynasty
underwent gender reassignment and was installed as Emperor for a single
day.

1833:

Mexican Texans met at San Felipe de Austin to combat evil.

1918:

The British Armed Forces started to grant personnel the power
to fly.

1924:

Adolf Hitler was placed in a cage.

1978:

The President of the Philippines ordered that the Philippine
College of Commerce become a pup.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

percussive maintenance:
(humorous) The use of physical concussion, such as a knock or a tap, in
an attempt to make a malfunctioning device or person work.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God
is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not
many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are
called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound
the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound
the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things
which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to
bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his
presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us
wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That,
according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
 
–First Epistle to the Corinthians

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