Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Napoleon Day!

Napoleon I, 1769 - 1821

On this date in history, August 15, 1769 Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio, Corsica.  Today we mark the 243rd year since Napoleon's birth (CRK -- written 2012).

Napoleon shares his birthday with Julia Child who was born one hundred years ago today.  One short / one tall (she was 6' 2"), one male / one female, one Corsican / one American -- but both shared a love for France.  He said, "An army marches on its stomach," she said "Bon Appetit"!

Today also marks the 67th anniversary of V/J Day, or the cessation of World War II -- the most destructive war in human history.

Julia Child served her country in OSS in the Pacific theatre in World War II.  She met her husband, Paul Child, while working for OSS, the forerunner of the CIA.  She invented a recipe for shark repellent that was designed to save the lives of downed naval airmen; did it contain butter?  Julia Child was born and grew up in Pasadena, CA.

George Patton also grew up in Pasadena, CA.  He was a lifelong student of Napoleon.  Today you will find his grave in Luxembourg where he is surrounded by the fallen of the American Third Army.

Patton's Grave, Luxembourg
Napoleon once said, "The boundaries of an empire are marked by the graves of her soldiers."

Happy Birthday to Napoleon!

Happy Napoleon Day to You!

Bon appetit!

Peace to All!

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