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King "Bomba" dies in his palace in Caserta in Italy, aged forty-nine

Ferdinand II, King of the Two Sicilies, detail
05/22/1859
King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies died at his famous palace in Caserta aged forty-nine.  Known as bombardatore or "King Bomba,"  for his habit of shelling his own cities showing resistance to his rule, he had refused to join Piedmont in a war against Austria under whose protection he had ruled for nineteen years.  His son Francesco II succeeded him but ruled for only two years before the new Italy annexed his kingdom in 1861.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana, The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary for General Knowledge, Volume VII (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1883) , 134-135.
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