June 25, 1857 – Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal is published

June 25, 1857 – Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal is published

One of the most influential French poets of all time, Charles Baudelaire publishes his book Les Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil), leading to his conviction on charges of blasphemy and obscenity.

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June 20, 1789 – Third Estate makes Tennis Court Oath

June 20, 1789 – Third Estate makes Tennis Court Oath

In Versailles, France, the deputies of the Third Estate, which represent commoners and the lower clergy, meet on the Jeu de Paume, an indoor tennis court, in defiance of King Louis XVI’s order to disperse.

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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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June 1, 1958 – De Gaulle reassumes French leadership

June 1, 1958 – De Gaulle reassumes French leadership

During a French political crisis over the military and civilian revolt in Algeria, Charles de Gaulle is called out of retirement to head a new emergency government.

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April 9, 1917 – Battle of Vimy Ridge

April 9, 1917 – Battle of Vimy Ridge

Many historians have pointed to the victory at Vimy Ridge during World War I as a moment of greatness for Canada, when it emerged from Britain’s shadow to attain its own measure of military achievement.

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