June 01, 2017

Today in History: The last Napoleon (1879)

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June 1 marks the end of the Napoleonic dynasty. Not at Waterloo or in the Franco-Prussian War but in the Anglo-Zulu War. 

Yes, on June 1, 1879, the reckless “Napoleon IV”, great-nephew of “the” Napoleon and son of the hapless Napoleon III, died fighting bravely for the British in southern Africa.

I feel sorry for the chap; it would be a hard legacy to live up to. But for all its troubles the world was and is better off without any claimants to the French imperial throne.

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commented 2017-06-01 22:20:56 -0400
Pofessor Robson; What Jan G said.
commented 2017-06-01 19:19:02 -0400
Finally, some sanity to listen to!

John Robson; love your commentaries but they’re too short. We need a break from today’s nonsense to feel good that ’nothing’s new’.

commented 2017-06-01 17:33:17 -0400
John Robson, I am a huge fan and appreciate your reports!
I was not excited about today’s report, and, I’m probably tired….it left me yawning.
commented 2017-06-01 17:17:54 -0400
Professor ROBSON
Interesting one today