Paris society was rocked by scandalAn event or action that causes public outrage, or the outrage caused by that event or action.
in 1787, when Madame Vigée Le Brun painted herself with a wide smile on her face.
Quote of the Day
"I have no words to describe Bonaparte's merit: much technical skill, an equal degree of intelligence, and too much gallantry"
~ General Jacques François Dugommier, at the Siege of Toulon
On This Day
1688William of Orange entered London to cheering crowds as James II fled to Kent, during the Glorious Revolution
1792Thomas Paine was tried for seditious libel in absentia, for 'The Rights of Man', supporting the right to overthrow the government
1865The US proclaimed the adoption of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery (unless used as a punishment)
1878Future leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, was born
1879The Tay railway bridge collapsed, while the Edinburgh to Dundee train was crossing: 75 died.
1912Piltdown Man was 'discovered'. He was claimed to be evidence of the earliest humans in Europe and a missing link, but was a fraud.
1916The Battle of Verdun ended. Lasting almost 10 months, about 156,000 French and 143,000 Germans had died.
1940Hitler authorised the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, to commence on 15 May 1941.