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Toussaint Louverture

Toussaint Louverture

The Chateau de Joux, high in the mountainous region of Franche-Comté close to the Swiss border, was one of the great state prisons of France, along with the Bastille and the Chateau d’If (described by Dumas in The Count of Monte-Cristo). The huge fortress dates back nearly 1,000 years, its medieval walls augmented by Charles V, Vauban and finally by the young Joffre as engineer officer.

The battle of Wagram – Napoleon’s last victory

The battle of Wagram – Napoleon’s last victory

Around 9PM on the evening of 4th July 1809 several hundred French  infantrymen embarked in a flotilla of small boats and began to make their way across the broad river Danube. Rain was falling in torrents, but this was doubtless a great relief to the troops: together with the gathering dusk, the weather served to shield them, as they supposed, from the guns of a powerful army that had but weeks before inflicted a heavy defeat upon their standards.

On this day – 18th May

On this day – 18th May

1302   The weaver Peter de Coningk led a massacre of the Flemish oligarchs.

1652   In Rhode Island, a law was passed that made slavery illegal in North America. It was the first law of its kind.
1804   Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed emperor by the French Senate.