Thought for the Day
“Religion is what keeps the poor
from murdering the rich.”
Born 15 August 1769 Ajaccio, Corsica
Died 5 May 1821 (aged 51) Longwood, Saint Helena, British Empire
Military and political leader of France and Emperor of the French as Napoleon I, whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century.
Bonaparte rose to prominence under the First French Republic and led successful campaigns against the First and Second Coalitions arrayed against France. In 1799, he staged a coup d’état and installed himself as First Consul; five years later the French Senate proclaimed him emperor.