FLW: why did I do that?

Famous Last Words Sir William Erskine, 2nd Baronet Lisbon, Portugal February 13, 1813 "Now why did I do that?" Erskine had recently been relieved of his position in the British Army, being cashiered (ceremoniously disgracing of a military official by physically stripping them of medals, insignias, swords, and other status symbols and destroying them) after…

Momento mori: quintuplet brothers

February 13, 1875 Watertown, Wisconsin America's first set of quintuplets are born, though the children, all boys, die within hours of birth The five boys had shared a single placenta and collectively weighed roughly 10 pounds. They all seemed fully developed despite each living no more than a few hours and one being stillborn. The…

Dresden firestorms

February 13, 1945 Dresden, German A two-day firestorm rains down on the German town of Dresden, killing between 22,700 - 25,000 The firestorm was a raid by the British Royal Air Force and United States Air Force. Though the city of Dresden was a civilian target, it was strategically chosen due to its 110 factories,…