During the Napoleonic Wars, the Royal Navy used c. 80,000 barrels of gunpowder every year.
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Quote of the Day
"The enemy should have to carve his way over heaps of corpses. "
~ General von Below's orders to the German army on the Somme, 1916
On This Day
1598 Playwright Ben Jonson was put on trial for manslaughter after killing fellow actor Gabriel Spenser in a duel.
1692 The last people accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem were hanged.
1735 Robert Walpole became the first British Prime Minister to occupy 10 Downing Street.