Monday, April 24, 2006

A quick meme

Because I'm busy, I thought I'd belatedly pick up on that Wikipedia birthday meme a bunch of people have been doing. Apparently it's three events, two births and one death, as such:

Events:

41 AD - Claudius - the guy who conquered Britain, thus laying the foundations of our language, civilisation, and shared culture with Europe - becomes Emperor of Rome
1327 - Edward III - the chap who started the Hundred Years War - takes over his father's throne (well, his mother deposes his father, at least) to begin his 50-year reign
1919 - The League of Nations - the half-arsed predecessor of the United Nations - founded

Births:

1640 - William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire - womaniser, revolutionary, builder of Chatsworth House and all-round top Whig
1882 - Virginia Woolfe - writer and manic depressive who, coincidentally, committed suicide not too many miles from where I was born...

Death:

1640 - Robert Burton - author of The Anatomy of Melancholy, one of the finest books ever written (and available online here and, to download, here)

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