January 15th, 2004 - Open Knowledge
Jan. 15th, 2004
According to this article, Dr. Nicholas Barbon founded The Insurance Office, the first insurance company, following the Great Fire of London in 1666. This excerpt made me laugh:
Somewhat earlier, Cromwell's parliament had been nicknamed "the Barebone's Parliament," due to a particularly notorious member, Isaac Praise-God Barebone. Praise-God Barebone was a deeply religious preacher, and he named his son Hath Christ Not Died for Thee Thou Wouldst Be Damned Barebone. The son later changed his name to Nicholas Barbon.
I'd change my name too.
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