The word of the day this month is magenta. Most people know that magenta is a deep, purplish red color.
The origin of the word magenta comes from a particularly bloody battle that was fought on June 4th 1859, during the Second Italian War of Independence between France, or more exactly, a coalition of French and Piedmontese armies (overwhelmingly French-58,000 French soldiers to 1,100 Piedmontese) and Austria in the town of Magenta in Northern Italy. Many men died that day. So many, in fact, that a mass grave was dug for the 7,000 dead.