Airlift: 1870

After initial successes in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, French Emperor Napoleon III had his butt handed to him at the Battle of Sedan. His capture brought down the French government and should have ended the war. Chancellor Otto von Bismarck even offered some fairly reasonable terms but the new French government was unwilling to […]

January 10th, 1810 – The Divorce of Joséphine

Joséphine de Beauharnais’s marriage to Napoleon I was her second; her first husband Alexandre de Beauharnais was guillotined during the Reign of Terror, and she herself was imprisoned in the Carmes prison until five days after Alexandre’s execution. Her two children by Alexandre became significant to royal lineage. Through her daughter, Hortense, she was the maternal grandmother […]

This Day in History – March 9th, 1796

Joséphine de Beauharnais became the first wife of Napoleon I on March 9th, 1796, and thus the first Empress of the French. Her first husband Alexandre de Beauharnais was guillotined during the Reign of Terror, and she was imprisoned in the Carmes prison until her release five days after Alexandre’s execution. Through her daughter, Hortense, she was the […]

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