Today in sixty-two C.E.: Queen Boadicea of Iceni in eastern Britain commits suicide rather than be captured by Roman troops.
The Romans began taking over Boadicea’s kingdom last year when her husband died. They publicly beat her and raped her two daughters. In response, Boadicea raised an army and led a revolt against the Romans.
Leading her troops into battle, Boadicea rode a chariot and wielded a sword with her daughters beside her. They sacked Colchester, Saint Albans and London, the three largest Roman encampments in England, and annihilated the famous Ninth Legion.
But all the Romans in Britain rallied to defeat Boadicea’s undisciplined troops, killing thousands of her people.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow, in observance of Diabetes Alert Month, Westgate Hy-Vee is hosting a free Diabetes Awareness Fair. You’ll be offered free vision screening of adults and children, sponsored by the Madison West Lions Club, and product samples and education on carbohydrates, meal and snack ideas. This is tomorrow from 10am to 2pm at Westgate Hy-Vee, 675 South Whitney Way. For more info, call Geoff at 608-233-6718.
Tomorrow, all are welcome to the March Sustainable Saturday Night potluck and presentation. Guest speaker is Caliph Muab-El, Vice-President of MOSES and co-founder of Breaking Barriers Mentoring, who will speak about ending the school-to-prison pipeline and bringing together diverse communities in Madison. The event begins at 5:30pm, potluck dinner at 6, and presentation at 7. This is at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2146 East Johnson Street. For more info, call Tim at 608-630-3633.