ON THIS DAY: October 11

ON THIS DAY: October 11

ON THIS DAY IN TEENAGE HISTORY (1440), England’s King Henry VI founded Eton College in Berkshire, a school for boys aged thirteen to eighteen. Beginning with 70 boys in 1440, the school now welcomes about 1,300 students a year. Nineteen Eton alumni went on to serve as prime ministers. Other notable alumni include poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, authors Henry Fielding (Tom Jones), Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), and George Orwell (1984), economist John Maynard Keynes, and actor Hugh Laurie. The characters James Bond (author Ian Fleming attended Eton) and Captain Hook were fictional alumni of Eton. (Above: two views of Eton, the books Brave New World and 1984, and the faces of (left to right) Hugh Laurie, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Henry Fielding).

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