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The portrait of Louis XIV by Rigaud (1701)

The portrait of Louis XIV by Rigaud (1701)

Painted by Rigaud, the full-length portrait of Louis XIV, then 63, is probably one of the Sun King's most famous. On this portrait of nearly three meters high and two meters wide which is one of the most reproduced in history books, Hyacinthe Rigaud (1659 - 1743) wanted to highlight the power and the role of Louis XIV , the Sun King, unlike other portrait painters of his time who wanted to express the character of the painted character.

The Beginnings of McCarthyism (February 9, 1950)

The Beginnings of McCarthyism (February 9, 1950)

On February 9, 1950 in a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, list-wielding Republican Senator Joseph McCcarthy said, "Here I have a list of 205 people who the Secretary of State knows are affiliated with the Communist Party and who are nonetheless in office and shape Department of State policy.

Ephemeris of August 23

Ephemeris of August 23

1939: The USSR and the Third Reich sign in Moscow a non-aggression pact for 10 years, accompanied by secret protocols providing for the partition of Eastern Europe into zones of influence. 1791: The slaves of the French colony of Saint -Domingue (now Haiti) are rising. It was the start of a revolutionary process that saw the colony become independent from France in 1804.

Invention of the steam engine (1712)

Invention of the steam engine (1712)

The invention of the steam engine is the story of a long process of discovery that began in antiquity. Although not the original, it was a major contributor to the industrial revolution of the 19th century. It was in 1679 that the Frenchman Denis Papin designed a kind of Pressure Cooker to study the pressure of gases.

Ephemeris of May 13

Ephemeris of May 13

1981: Pope John Paul II is the victim of an attack in Rome. 1968: The trade unions (CGT, CFDT) call a general strike and call to join the students who have been demonstrating since the beginning of May 68.1958: the Supporters of French Algeria go into insurrection. 1943: Sudden and complete defeat of the Afrikakorps completes the liberation of North Africa.

History of Muslims in France (France5)

History of Muslims in France (France5)

In the midst of a debate on national identity, France 5 is broadcasting two documentaries this evening on the history of Muslims in France. Coming from the French colonial empire, Africans give their blood in the trenches. After the conflict, some remained in France and participated in the reconstruction of the metropolis.