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Napoleon’s Hat Fetches $2.4 Million at Auction

Napoleon’s Hat Fetches $2.4 Million at Auction

A Napoleon memorabilia auction this past weekend brought in $12.5 million and proved the enduring interest in the French emperor.

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A French Mob Storms the Bastille, 225 Years Ago

On Bastille Day, look back at the jailbreak that kick-started the French Revolution.

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6 Things You Should Know About Napoleon

On the 200th anniversary of his first exile, discover six illuminating facts about the ostentatious French emperor.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Eiffel Tower

On the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower’s completion, explore 10 surprising facts about the Parisian icon.

The bombardment of San Juan de Ulua on November 27, 1838

The Pastry War, 175 Years Ago

An unpaid bakery debt launched the Pastry War between France and Mexico 175 years ago and ultimately cost General Santa Anna his leg.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Marie Antoinette

On the 220th anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution, learn 10 surprising facts about the former queen of France.

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Six Things You May Not Know About the Louvre

As the world-famous museum turns 220 years old, here are some surprising facts about its long history.

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Napoleon’s Disastrous Invasion of Russia, 200 Years Ago

Trace Napoleon’s route through Russia on the 200th anniversary of his disastrous invasion.