Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy Bastille Day!

On July 14, 1789 a bunch of French citizens stormed the Bastille and liberated a handful of political prisoners [Bastille Day]. It marks the beginning of the French Revolution.

One of Ms. Sandwalk's ancestors is William Playfair, inventor of pie charts and histograms [Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, and Darwin]. He's famous because he knew Erasmus Darwin. He's also famous because there are stories that he took part in the Storming of the Bastille while living in Paris.

One the other hand, there are plenty of things for which he is less than famous [William Playfair] and there's a a good reason why his children left England and migrated to Canada becoming farmers near Perth, Ontario.


  1. The diff between the national birth of the French versus American is that the U.S. was a war of independence and the French was a revolution. In the U.S. case people fought for the freedom from hegemonic power, whereas the French fought for access to the system. The difference is between freedom and rights.

  2. Hey Larry, who won Monday's molecule? It's been well over 24 hr :P