February 1, 2006
• While at war with France, England's Charles II attempted to introduce Persian costume in place of French fashion. The effort failed.
• Henry Cabot, upon his "discovery" of Newfoundland in 1498, was greeted by a fleet of more than 100 Portuguese fishing boats.
• An embassy of Incan diplomats was presented at the Chinese court in AD 1282.
• In 1269 theologian and philosopher Roger Bacon successfully predicted that men would walk on the moon "sefenn hundredd yeirs hennes" [seven hundred years hence].
• On his famous voyages of exploration, Captain James Cook insisted on setting his ships' calendar six months forward when crossing the equator from north to south, and six months back when crossing south to north.