1854 The charge of the Light Brigade took place. (See October 4th entry.)
Today is the feast day of St. Crispin, the patron saint of shoemakers. Since more of us are working out daily in running shoes and crosstrainers; rediscovering nature in our hiking boots; and scaling walls and cliffs in climbing shoes, there ought to be a major resurgence of festivities honoring this guardian of the footwear manufacturers who protect our feet from bruises, bunions, and blisters.
In 1854 on this day, the doomed British Light Brigade charged into the valley of death. It’s a lot easier to quote Tennyson’s poem than to remember the details of the Crimean War’s Battle of Balaklava. We remember lines like “Theirs not to make reply, / Theirs not to reason why, / Theirs but to do and die.”