The firing of artillery just ahead of an advancing army.
Fact of the Day
In the mid-twelfth century more courtiers died from drowning than fighting for their king.
Quote of the Day
"A French bastard arriving with armed banditti and establishing himself the King of England against the consent of the natives is in plain terms a very paltry rascally original and certainly has no divinity in it. "
~ Thomas Paine, 1776
On This Day
1660 Charles II marched into London and was restored to the throne after 11 years in exile.