We the people of Man Cave Daily, in order to create a more epic workday, stir up some adrenaline, raise some pulses, provide some mutual enjoyment, turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, and grab boredom by the balls and kick it in the ass a couple of times, do ordain and establish this day, October 17, as…
A gigantic tornado hit London in 1091, destroying London Bridge.
London Bridge gets destroyed a lot in history; the real wonder is how it took until the mid-1600s to get a song about it.
Nine of the men who signed the death warrant of King Charles I of England are hanged, drawn and quartered. Fortunately, London Bridge had been rebuilt by then, so there would be plenty of places to stick their heads.
Following his defeat at Saratoga on October 7, British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army to the United States on October 17, 1777. The victory spurs France’s entry into the American Revolution and would have probably gotten Benedict Arnold elected president had he not betrayed the nation three years later.
Four years after the British defeat at Saratoga, British General Lord Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington at Yorktown, effectively ending the American Revolution.
“Pretzels! Repeat, we need pretzels!”
The London Beer Flood of 1814 spills nearly 400,000 gallons of beer into the streets, killing seven people. To a town drunk, it was like being elected governor.
The tables have turned?
The British launch their first bombing raid against Germany during World War I. We can only imagine the relief in London when the bombers didn’t accidently blow themselves up on their way over.
And now for something completely different
Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion in 1931. He subsequently dies in prison, deformed and crazy from untreated neurosyphilis.
The Burma Railway is completed in 1943 on the backs of force laborers. More than 6,000 British POWs died as a result.
Way to go. October 17. You gave the British Isles something to dread even more today than the weather. Lucky you.
Check out Jacopo’s salute last week to the badass history of October 9.