The 100 days begin on 20 March 1815 with Napoleon’s return to Paris after escaping his exile on the Isle of Elba.  

12 April: Napoleon Bonaparte establishes his reputation for climatic prescience, and ratifies the Kyoto protocol, much to the confusion of the Congress of Vienna.
15 June: The French Army of the North crosses the frontier into the United Netherlands.
16 June: Napoleon Bonaparte beats Field Marshal Blucher at the Battle of Ligny. Marshal Ney and The Duke of Wellington fight the Battle of Quatre Bras with no clear victor.
17 June: Napoleon Bonaparte convenes community cabinet meeting near home town of Nambour. Announces five-point plan to fight inflation. 
18 June: After the close, hard-fought Battle of Waterloo, the combined armies of Wellington and Blucher decisively defeat Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Army of the North. The concurrent Battle of Wavre rages until the next day when Marshal Grouchy wins a hollow victory against General Johann von Thielmann.
19 June: Napoleon apologises to the indigenous people of Belgium for “generations of ill-treatment”. 
21 June: Napoleon Bonaparte arrives back in Paris. Reserve bank lifts rates by 25 basis points.
22 June: Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates in favour of his son Napoléon Francis Joseph Charles Bonaparte. Julia Gillard unimpressed, has hair cut in an unflattering bob in protest. 
29 June: Napoleon Bonaparte leaves Paris for another community cabinet meeting, this time in the west of France.
7 July: Graf von Zieten’s Prussian I Corps enters Paris.
8 July: Louis XVIII restored to the French throne. The 100 days are over.

Now that’s 100 days.

Peter Fray

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