July 25, 1797

On July 25, 1797, British Admiral Horatio Nelson went ahead with his plan to attack and conquer the Spanish island of Tenerife. He was told by the Spanish that it would cost him an arm and a leg if he did so. After losing 300 men and his right arm, he decided to give up, keep his leg, and go home. It was one of the few defeats in his military career.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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