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How 800 women helped birth a nation: The ‘Filles du roi’

June 17, 1885: The Statue of Liberty arrives home

June 6, 1944: D-Day

June 1, 1958: Charles de Gaulle regains leadership in France

April 19, 1909: Joan of Arc receives beatification from the Roman Catholic Church

How tall was Napoleon Bonaparte compared to average height?

Why did the French hate Queen Catherine de Medici?

March 31, 1889: The Eiffel Tower has its grand opening

March 9, 1796: French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte marries Josephine de Beauharnais

February 13, 1917: Mata Hari gets arrested in Paris

Why French King Louis XVI was executed by guillotine

December 17, 1777: France recognizes the US as a country

Joan of Arc was BFFs with a mass murderer

December 3, 1818: Illinois becomes the 21st state

December 2nd, 1804: Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of France

November 16th, 1945: UNESCO is founded

November 9th, 1799: Napoleon becomes Emperor of France

September 14, 1812: Napoleon invades Moscow, Russia, but it literally goes up in flames

September 11th, 1951: Florence Chadwick becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel

How Vincent van Gogh really lost his ear

Why Hitler bungled Dunkirk instead of winning the war

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The worst military leaders since Napoleon

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