Friday, 24 August 2007

Not a Good Day

Today was not a good day for residents of Pompeii, Herculaneum, France (if Huguenot), Rome, Washington, South Africa (if black), and Kuwait (if Ambassadors) because on 24th August -

79AD Mt Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii & Herculaneum .
410 Rome was overrun by Visigoths - symbolically the fall of Western Roman Empire .
1572 King Charles IX ordered the massacre of thousands of French Protestants.
1814 The British sacked Washington, DC, and burned the White House turning it into a black house...
1961 Former Nazi leader Johannes Vorster became South Africa's Minister of Justice.
1990 Iraqi troops surrounded US & other embassies in Kuwait City.

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