June 18, 1815. Date of the decisive defeat of Emperor Napoleon and his army of 74,000 soldiers by a combined Anglo-Allied (68,000 troops) and Prussian army (70,000 troops) led by the Duke of Wellington and Marshal Blücher. The bloody battle in a gentle valley near Waterloo— a municipality then annexed to the French Republic, now part of French-speaking Belgium— ended the French First Empire and the career of Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the greatest commanders and statesmen in history, and ushered in half a century of international peace and stability in Europe.
Today is Thursday, 18 June 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:
Items of Note
- Today: Battle of Waterloo – 200th Anniversary, First American Woman in Space – Anniversary, International Sushi Day, Ramadan begins (at sundown), and War of 1812 Declaration – Anniversary.