That’s a year that everyone studying History of the English Language (abbrev.: HEL) learns to love. It explains why our Germanic language doesn’t sound or act like, well, German. Because that’s when Duke William of Normandy defeated the English and their king, Harold Godwinson (he really was the son of Godwin), at the Battle of Hastings, although there were several towns nearer the site who could have lent their names. The location is now the town of Battle. Go figure. So why am I bothering you with this information? Because that battle, which incidentally Harold didn’t survive, had a date as well as a year, and that date is today’s, October 14. Which is the date French walked in the door of the English language and began something amazing. I knew you’d want to know.