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Champollion, the decipherer of hieroglyphics

Champollion, the decipherer of hieroglyphics

Of the 19th century Egyptologists, Jean François Champollion certainly remains one of the most famous. Producing the first scientific system for deciphering hieroglyphics, the one who asserted "I am everything for Egypt and she is everything for me" will have marked history (and not just as a discipline).

Ephemeris of September 13

Ephemeris of September 13

1993: The agreements on Palestinian autonomy in Jericho and Gaza are signed in the presence of President Bill Clinton by the Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, and the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Arafat in Washington. 1515: Battle of Marignan: Francis I, who invaded Italy, meets in Marignan the Swiss called to the rescue by the Pope.

Ephemeris of September 14

Ephemeris of September 14

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Louis XI - King of France (1461-1483)

Louis XI - King of France (1461-1483)

The turbulent son of the winner of the Hundred Years War (Charles VII), the King of France Louis XI has the reputation of a tough ruler, sometimes considered a tyrant. His reign was fundamental, however, both in the fight to the death he delivered to the Duke of Burgundy Charles the Bold, and in the affirmation of a monarchy increasingly centralized over the person of the king.

The court of the king of France, roaming in Versailles

The court of the king of France, roaming in Versailles

From Charlemagne, the King's Court travels, sometimes for long months, from town to village, from residence to palace, for economic or political reasons or for pleasure, having no fixed place until Louis XIV and his court settled permanently in the Palace of Versailles in 1682, a palace taking the status of "state castle", welcoming the royal family, courtiers and many government departments.

Crimean War (1853 - 1856)

Crimean War (1853 - 1856)

The Crimean War, which pitted the Franco-British against the Russians in the Black Sea, is one of France's victorious campaigns which has most fallen into oblivion, due to the Third Republic's taboo on the Second Empire. Yet at least there remains in everyone's mind the famous phrase "I'm there!"

Ephemeris of August 27

Ephemeris of August 27

1976: In Soweto, a black ghetto in the suburbs of Johannesburg, demonstrations against Apartheid degenerate into riots. The repression of the authorities will result in the death of hundreds of people. 1928: Representatives of fifteen nations, meeting in Paris sign the Briand-Kellog pact and agree to renounce war.

Athens, a world-city (Archeology Files)

Athens, a world-city (Archeology Files)

The "Greek miracle" and Athens caused much ink to flow. Yet the history of Athens is not limited to the only so-called classical period or even the century of Pericles alone. The latest issue of the Archeology Files offers a look back at the history of this city.Athènes: histoire et archeologieIn his introductory article, Christophe Pébarthe presents Athens as a world-city which has had a special status since antiquity: center of the world Greek, it remains under Roman domination, thanks to the action of the emperors which strengthens its cultural and intellectual power.

Ephemeris of September 2

Ephemeris of September 2

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The corsairs of Louis XIV

The corsairs of Louis XIV

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, from Fouquet to the present day

Vaux-le-Vicomte, from Fouquet to the present day

A model of French classicism, the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte (near Melun, in Seine-et-Marne) was built from 1656 for Nicolas Fouquet according to a plan designed in part by Louis Le Vau. Equipped with a vast terrace in front of which extend gardens created by Le Nôtre, it was the site of sumptuous festivals, notably that of August 17, 1661 which precipitated the disgrace of the Superintendent of Finance.

Massacre of Saint-Barthélemy (1572)

Massacre of Saint-Barthélemy (1572)

The Saint-Barthélemy Massacre is a bloody episode in the history of France in the 16th century, during the wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants. During the marriage of Henri de Navarre and Marquerite de Valois supposed to appease conflicts, an organized massacre of the Huguenots of Paris takes place on the night of August 23-24, 1572, St. Bartholomew's Day.

Ephemeris of August 19

Ephemeris of August 19

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Ephemeris of August 14

Ephemeris of August 14

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Ephemeris of August 13

Ephemeris of August 13

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Ephemeris of August 28

Ephemeris of August 28

1963: Black pastor Martin Luther King delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. His dream of a fraternal America led to his being assassinated in 1968-1930: Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, received the Goethe Prize for all of his work. This belated recognition will shortly precede the banishment of his work by the Nazis.

Civil War uniforms

Civil War uniforms

Dans l’imaginaire collectif, la guerre de Sécession demeure le conflit des « Bleus » (les Nordistes) contre les « Gris » (les Sudistes), en référence à la couleur des uniformes portés par les soldats des deux camps. Cette vision correspond à l’acception contemporaine de la notion d’uniforme, dans laquelle la standardisation demeure la caractéristique première.

Marie-Antoinette, queen of France (1774-1792)

Marie-Antoinette, queen of France (1774-1792)

Marie-Antoinette de Habsbourg-Lorraine was Queen of France from 1774 to 1792 and the wife of Louis XVI. Its not always rational unpopularity contributed to discredit the monarchy in the period preceding the French Revolution. Even today Marie-Antoinette divides. Queen martyr?

Ephemeris of August 12

Ephemeris of August 12

2000: The Russian submarine & 34; Kursk & 34; sank in the Barentz Sea with 118 crew. 1961: On the night of August 12-13, 1961, the authorities of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) began construction of the Berlin Wall. 1953: Less than a year after the first American test, the Soviets detonated their first H-bomb.

Cuban Missile Crisis (October 1962)

Cuban Missile Crisis (October 1962)

On October 14, 1962, the Cuban crisis broke out, in the middle of the Cold War. The United States discovered on the island missile launch pads provided by the Soviet Union. US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy then announced a naval blockade of the island. After several days of tense negotiations, during which a nuclear war seems imminent, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agrees to withdraw his missiles.