Gaslight Historic Date – June 22nd: ‘Oh how the mighty have fallen’

Approximately four days following his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte’s second reign as Emperor of France came to an end. Several months later, he would begin his exile on remote St. Helene, where he would spend the remainder of his life. What had the former Emperor said upon thinking over the battle which cost him Read More …

Gaslight Historic Date: May 18th

On this date in 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte declared himself Emperor of France, also announcing his wife, Josephine would become his Empress. The coronation would not be conducted until December of the same year.    

April 7th, 1964

And a Happy Birthday to a man of many faces…

Happy Birthday to a C.B.E. and One Incredible Doctor!

First, turning 70 today is Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, of course better known as Elton John.  And according to some sources, today is also the birthday of one Esteban Maturin y Domanova, better known as Doctor Stephen Maturin – physician, spy (at least in the O’Brian novels and briefly hinted at in the movie), Read More …

First Day of Spring and Happy International Happiness Day (or…HE’S BACK!)

Yes, it’s not only the first day of spring, but it’s International Happiness Day. Not sure when that day came into effect, but it works for this date when Jack Aubrey’s nemesis decided to make a return visit.

Pride Goeth Before the Fall…The Story of the Nelson Sarcophagus

The title of the post comes from Proverbs 16:18. It is usually shortened as I’ve done, but the actual verse from the King James Version is as follows: ‘Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.’ In a way, it seems appropriate in telling a bit of the story of the sarcophagus Read More …

On This Date…

Patrick O’Brian, best known as the author of the Jack Aubrey-Stephen Maturin series, died January 2nd, 2000 in Dublin, Ireland. He was buried with his wife, Mary, at Nouveau Cimetière de Collioure (New Cemetery Collioure) in the Pyrenees, France. It had been to this Catalan town in southern France where – post-World War II – the Read More …

Belated Happy Birthday…

On December 12th, 1914 in Buckinghamshire, England, Richard Patrick Russ was born to Charles and Jessie Russ, and was the eighth of nine children. In August of 1945, Richard Patrick took the name Patrick O’Brian by which he is now known. Although the writer of numerous novels and short stories, as well as biographies, he Read More …