Before a naval battle with England in 1545, French king Francis I held a farewell dinner on his flagship, which shortly afterwards sank having caught fire when her guns went off by themselves.
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"Democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. "
~ Winston Churchill
On This Day
1420 Charles VI cedes France to Henry V of England in the Treaty of Troyes after Henry's victory at Agincourt 5 years earlier.
1471 Henry VI was murdered in the Tower of London, although the Yorkists claimed he died from displeasure and melancholy.
1991 Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a female suicide bomber. His mother, prime minister Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi, had been assassinated in 1984.