Friday, June 18, 2010
On this day in 1815 the Battle of Waterloo ended the reign of terror visited upon Europe by Napoleon Bonaparte, brought laurels to the two commanders who'd defeated him - Britain's Duke of Wellington and Prussia's Gebhard von Blücher - and unleashed a torrent of pop culture in its wake.
One of my personal favourites, though, has always been ABBA's song Waterloo - which won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974* - launching the Swedish disco-cheese merchants on their own personal reign of terror of the pop charts. The song appears on the band's greatest hits album ABBA Gold.
*And which award-winning performance has in the past been shown above, when available...
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