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Category: French Revolution

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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 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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FDR Memorial Opens in New York

Almost 40 years after it was first proposed, this week marked the opening of Four Freedoms Park, a new memorial honoring Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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The Guillotine’s First Cut

Nicolas-Jacques Pelletier became the first of thousands to be executed by the guillotine 220 years ago today.