On This Date – August 15th…

Sorry about this being delayed.

But on August 15th, 1769, in Ajaccio, Corsica, France, Napoleone di’ Buonaparte was born. The meaning of his name is “lion of the new city,” which seems rather appropriate considering the future he built for himself.

He was often called The Corsican. Writer Leo Tolstoy – in his epic War and Peace – had a character call him ‘The Anti-Christ’. Beethoven was going to dedicate his Third Symphony to him, when he thought he was a hero; upon further reflection the great German composer changed his mind.

Jack Aubrey calls him ‘raggedy-ass’ in Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World!


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