El Jefe, as some readers have perhaps noticed, is somewhat interested in history. . .particularly military history, which among other things is often a question of dates.
Today is the 200th anniversary of one of French Emperor Napoléon I's greatest victories. On this day in 1807, in East Prussia, 23 miles southwest of Königsberg, the Emperor and his armies defeated the Russian Army at the Battle of Friedland (Napoléon at that battle is depicted by in the painting by Horace Vernet, above). The Emperor effectively destroyed the Russian forces, opening the way to the Treaties of Tilsit, which ended the War of the Fourth Coalition, and ensured French domination of central Europe. . . until the next war with Russia in 1812.
14 June was always a lucky day for Napoléon: on this same day, in 1800, he defeated the Austrians at the Battle of Marengo, in northern Italy.