French statesman and military general Napoléon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France on this day in 1804. Napoléon was a supremely talented military commander that quickly conquered large swaths of continental Europe, Africa and the Americas before the fall of his empire in 1814. Aside from his vast colonial conquests, Napoléon implemented numerous historically significant policies in the French civil code during his reign that came to be known as the Napoleonic Code. A charismatic trailblazer that utterly consumed global politics during his decade-long ruling over France, Napoléon Bonaparte’s immense historical impact is still being felt almost two centuries after his passing in 1821.
“The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.” —