On this day in 1348, half the population of Europe succumbs to the bubonic plague, while the other half goes about its business, lah-dee-dah.

On this day in 1348, court jester Pandolino receives the worst reviews of his career for his one-jester play, I'm Alive and You're Not.

On this day in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from the Island of Elba to begin his second conquest of France, a fairly easy task.

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