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A horrible year.
Derived from the Latin phrase 'annus mirabilis' - year of wonders (or miracles). Recorded since the mid 1980's but brought into popular use after Queen Elizabeth II used it to describe 1992 - the year that the marriages of her two sons Charles and Andrew broke down and Windsor Castle caught fire.
John Dryden used the term 'annus mirabilis' in the title of his epic poem Annus Mirabilis: the year of wonders 1666. The poem was published in 1667 and commemorates the English defeat of the Dutch naval fleet and the Great Fire of London. Dryden apparently considered the fact that much of London was spared from the fire and Charles II's plans for a speedy restoration of the burned districts as a sign that God had performed miracles for England. He seems not to have been swayed in his 'year of wonders' opinion by the continuing Great Plague, which killed 20% of London's population (and which he was well aware of and left London to avoid). Looking back, The Great F