"Occupying Holland in January 1795, the French continental army learned that the mighty Dutch navy had been frozen into the ice around Texel Island. So Lahure and 128 men simply rode up to it and demanded surrender. No shots were fired."
Of course, this may not be as impressive as it first sounds--the Dutch has very probably already been approached by surrender by this point and were instructed not to resist Napoleon's forces. So it's less of a 'defeat' and more of an 'interesting confrontation between two types of forces that don't usually come into contact.'
"Our genealogists get to look through hundreds of thousands of birth, death and marriage records. Over the years we have picked out certain names which have amused us and we’ve made a note of them. It shows people in the 19th century had a great sense of humour."
Friendless Baxter, a boy, was born in 1871.
2.) FAITH HOPE CHARITY
A girl born in 1889. I wish I knew what her life was like. Mostly because it's far too easy for that name to end up an ironic one.
3.) LEICESTER RAILWAY
So named because he was born on a carriage at Leicester Train Station in 1863. Understandably, he dropped the “Railway” part later in life.
4.) TIME OF DAY
Son of Thomas and Alice Day. This unusual title was a family tradition - both his grandfather and great-grandfather had the name.
5.) ONE TOO MANY
I'm wondering how many siblings he had. It's hardly surprising that he chose to call himself the preferable name of Robert W. Gouldstone instead.
6.) WINDSOR CASTLE
Clearly a family with regal pretensions: her father’s surname was Castle and her mother’s maiden name was King.
"In 1860, Abraham Lincoln received this letter from a Pete Muggins in Fillmore, La.:
"'God damn your god damned old Hellfired god damned soul to hell god damn you and goddam your god damned family’s god dammed hellfired god damned soul to hell and god damnnation god damn them and god damn your god damn friends to hell god damn their god damned souls to damnation.'"
Eloquent. And useful.
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