August 26, 1944 – DeGaulle enters a free Paris

August 26, 1944 – DeGaulle enters a free Paris

On this day in 1944, French General Charles de Gaulle enters Paris, which had formally been liberated the day before. As he entered the Place de l’Hotel, French collaborationists took a few sniper shots at him.

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June 14, 1940 – Germans enter Paris

June 14, 1940 – Germans enter Paris

On this day in 1940, Parisians awaken to the sound of a German-accented voice announcing via loudspeakers that a curfew was being imposed for 8 p.m. that evening-as German troops enter and occupy Paris

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May 29, 1942 – Jews in Paris are forced to sew a yellow star on their coats

May 29, 1942 – Jews in Paris are forced to sew a yellow star on their coats

On this day in 1942, on the advice of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler orders all Jews in occupied Paris to wear an identifying yellow star on the left side of their coats.

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May 20, 1927 – First ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris

May 20, 1927 – First ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris

At 7:52 a.m., American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the first ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris.

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