:) What color was named after a bloody 19th-centurey European battle?

Answer:  Magenta. 


It was named for the Battle of Magenta, which was fought in 1859 near the town of Magenta in northern Italy during the Franco-Piedmontese war against Austria.  The deep purplish color – on of the first dyes – was discovered soon after the battle and was named to commemorate it.


Source:  The 365 amazing trivia facts calendar 2007.


Comments (2)

  1. montdor1 says:


    Pls be patient with me in my writing. In speaking, while I do not have ADHD, I nevertheless begin to converse about tangential topics to the conversation. And to bore my friends with my limitless utterances So be kind. I think I may indeed have adult adhd. I’ll see a doc. But know that my writing is also "all over" the place with its many digrressions.

    My Comments

    I’m not aware of your exact, actual question’s answer  🙁 but I am aware, from Social Studies — this is one million years back (in the day) — that there was a battle, a crash of flesh colliding like freight trains with men and familiars (dogs, horses) in the fight too. If you saw the film "Lion in Winter" with Captain Picard as King you know the images and warring of which I speak … So I, aware of, apprised of, told of, explained to, … your Q reminded me of a battle I saw (in a film set during renaisance times: yes, it was the film I mentioned above) Hacking was not the provinance of kids with too much money and time and deadly malicious intent.

    Now that I’ve set all that up, I can explain that after the battle was over, when the near dead on the lost-the-battle side, those that cried out in pain were mercifully, quickly killed. This battle was between a European country I can’t recall and the French. (Btw, If I have my films mixed up forgive me, but the gist is the same)…

    Meantime, the warring factions were the French Fries and ???? Perhaps it was the English. At battle’s end, the french king rides in fon a beauifully proportioned and well-muscled white horse. The King trots right into the writhing carpet of dead and dying men. The King is empathetic, one can tell, but he keeps his back straight and remains regal-looking. At one point, the King removes the heavy, hot, head gear and, with helmet off, we see the King is really a queen; far too pretty for the time (no dentistry, for example). So the  french Queen is seen by some stragglers who are left alone; secret out, the french had no King for the moment.

    To get to the point, or a point, any point, I continue. When someone hands the queen a bloody piece of white cloth for some reason, she takes it and looks it over and says,or thinks, or one just deduces her empathy for he enemy vanquished — women, children and dogs among the dead. So, being a good actress, this queen says  something like "I’ve never seen this color before. Let’s call it purple.


  2. Answer: Magenta. It was named for the Battle of Magenta, which was fought in 1859 near the town of Magenta

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