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The World Fair in Paris from May till October 1855 attracted five million visitors. Among them was Queen Victoria and, in September, the Algerian sultan Abd-El Kader. A visitor from the Netherlands... [Item of the Day]
In 1788 the French atheist Sylvain Maréchal wrote an almanac in which he proposed to replace the saint's days with days named after benefactors of humanity. Two years later Maréchal once again... [Item of the Day]
In the Alps the water bubbles and rushes very rapidly. Aristide Bergès, a French paper manufacturer, had an idea to transfer the energy of the waterfall into electricity. In Lancey, near Grenoble, a... [Item of the Day]
'Here I am and here I'll stay' were legendary words of Field Marshal MacMahon during the siege of Sebastopol in 1855. Later on, when MacMahon was president of France (1873-1879) this brilliant... [Item of the Day]
The district revolutionary committees of the Sans Culottes in Paris developed their full power in the winter of 1793. Their democratically chosen members controlled the public arena in the areas of... [Item of the Day]
In France, at the height of the Terror and a fortnight before the fall of Robespierre, a woman in childbed writes to her mother. This expression of mother-daughter love during the French Revolution,... [Item of the Day]
Exiled French citizens throw a party in the "Germania" meeting hall in New York. They commemorate the Paris Commune, the revolutionary democratic city government that came into being on March 18,... [Item of the Day]
On 15 August 1750 Sylvain Maréchal, one of the most radical socialist atheists, was born in Paris. He was the author of an almanac in which he proposed a new calendar that replaced the names of the... [Item of the Day]
In May 1968 students in Paris occupied university buildings to launch an avalanche of protests and strikes against the authorities. This was only the beginning of a wide-ranging social and cultural... [Item of the Day]
The French adventurer and anarchist Zo d'Axa (1864-1930) exposed all kinds of misbehaviour in his magazine l'Endehors. In his opinion, hypocrisy ranked high in the spectrum of vice and he spotted... [Item of the Day]