Category Archives: History

Encore un moment!

The last official mistress of Louis XV, Jeanne Bécu, better known as the comtesse du Barry was born on August 19, 1743. She was the illegitimate daughter of a seamstress and possibly a friar. Mother and child moved to Paris … Continue reading

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Un ange passe

On August 9, 1945 at 11:02 in the morning, a nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. It was a Sunday morning, and mass was taking place in the cathedral, as there was a significant Catholic population in Nagasaki. The cathedral … Continue reading

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L’Homme est bête sans argent

Cardinal Jules Mazarin, an Italian who had a huge influence on 17th century France, was born on July 14, 1602. At birth, his name was Giulio Mazzarino, and he was born in Naples but raised in Rome. He studied with … Continue reading

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Dis moi avec qui tu vas

One of the most famous members of the French Resistance, Jean Moulin, was born on June 20, 1899. Prior to the war, he had a completely unremarkable life in his hometown of Béziers, in southern France. He studied law and … Continue reading

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Une Capsule témoin

A few weeks ago, our daughter was home for a few weeks. Her timing couldn’t have been better. We’re trying to get our house ready to sell and there are 19 years of nooks and crannies to go through. Many … Continue reading

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Le jour J

June 6, 1944 marks the date of the Allied invasion of Normandy to liberate France from Nazi occupation. It was originally scheduled to take place on June 5 but was postponed due to bad weather. Approximately 156,000 Allied troops participated … Continue reading

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J’ai préféré une femme que j’aime et que je respecte

Empress Eugénie, the wife of Napoleon III, was born on May 5, 1826. I had no idea that she was born in Spain to a noble family. Althogh she had a whole host of titles. she was known in France … Continue reading

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