Saturday, 11 July 2009

On this day in 1921 The Irish War Of Independence Ended

Other things to happen include:

1789 – French Revolution: Jacques Necker was dismissed as Director-General of Finances of France, sparking public demonstrations in Paris that led to the Storming of the Bastille three days later.

1804 – U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.

1943 – In a massive ethnic cleansing operation, units of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army attacked various Polish villages in the Volhynia region of present-day Ukraine, killing the Polish civilians and burning those settlements to the ground.

1960 – American author Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, featuring themes of racial injustice and the destruction of innocence in the American Deep South, was first published.

(Although as the information comes from Wikipedia - maybe it's not entirely accurate, but never mind it's interesting regardless.)

Fact of The Day:

Gustav III, King of Sweden, believed that coffee was poisonous. So he set out to prove this theory, by testing this on two murderers. One to drink coffee everyday, and the other to drink tea. Two doctors where appointed to see who would die first.

The doctors died first.
The king was then assasinated in 1792.
The tea drinker died at 83.
The coffee drinker survived them all.


The Weaver of Grass said...

Thinks. Must drink more coffee!

Dominic Rivron said...

Interesting. On the subject of factoids, Gustav III was shot on 16th March, 1792. The wound became infected and he died on 29th March. His last words were "I feel sleepy, a few moments rest would do me good". Obviously wasn't getting enough caffiene.