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May 11, 1800

On May 11, 1800, French naturalist, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, gave a lecture at the France Museum of Natural History, of which he was a Professor of Zoology. The lecture was his first outlining of his theories of evolution. In it he … Continue reading

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April 27, 1578

On April 27, 1578, the Duel of the Mignons happened and claimed the lives of two of the favorite retainers of Henry III of France and two of the favorite retainers of Henry I, Duke of Guise. What was a … Continue reading

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April 8, 1513

On April 8, 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed at what is now called St. Augustine, Florida and claimed all of Florida for Spain. How’d he do this you ask? He stood on the land, planted a flag … Continue reading

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March 28, 845

On March 28, 845 CE, 5,000 Danish Viking went on Spring Break and occupied Paris, France. They partied like only a Viking can. They pillaged, they rampaged and they performed a little sexual assault against women, men, and the occasional … Continue reading

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February 1, 1929

On February 1, 1929, Charles Rigoulet of France achieved the first 400 pound ‘clean and jerk’ as he lifted 402.5 pounds. No one thought this record would ever be broken. Olympian weightlifters now use 400 pounds to warm up. The … Continue reading

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September 1, 1715

On September 1, 1715, King Louis XIV of France died, after a reign of 72 years, the longest of any major European monarch. The French people and his successors thought he was never going to die. In fact, he outlived … Continue reading

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August 28, 2004

On August 28, 2004, senior citizen, George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. When asked why he did it, he said that his wife Ethel had recently retired and was finding way too … Continue reading

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August 25, 1718

On August 25, 1718, France deposited hundreds of colonists in Louisiana. Some even settled in present-day, New Orleans. The colonists in New Orleans immediately began showing their boobs to strangers for beads. This didn’t really catch on with the tourists … Continue reading

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August 19, 1839

On August 19, 1839, the details of Louis Daguerre’s first practical photographic process were released in Paris, France. Nonsurprisingly, one of the last steps of the process was to mail any nude photographs to Mr. Daguerre, so he could be … Continue reading

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July 28, 754

On July 28, 754 CE, Pope Stephen II made Pippin de Korte, King of France. Why is this important? Because if a religious leader can make you king, he can also take it away. This gives good insight in why … Continue reading

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