On this day: the Prince of Wales

The Dastardly Past:  the Prince of Wales (Edward VII)

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On the 5th of April in 1900, a fifteen-year-old anarchist named Jean-Baptiste Sipido fires shots into the Prince of Wales’ railway compartment as his train it pulls out of a station in Brussels.  No one is injured and Sipido, who blames the royal for British atrocities in the Boer War, is immediately apprehended.  Belgian officials, however, acquit him of all charges due to his age and, furthermore, fail to send him to a reformatory.  Sipido goes free, which infuriates the United Kingdom and leads to a further worsening of European diplomatic relations.  Sipido spends the rest of his life working for socialist organizations until his death in 1959.

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