On This Day
22 October 1895 Derailment at Gare Montparnasse

The Gare Montparnasse in Paris became famous for the derailment of the Granville–Paris Express, which overran the buffer stop. The engine careered across the station concourse, crashed through a thick wall, shot across a terrace and smashed out of the station, plummeting onto the Place de Rennes. Two of the 131 passengers sustained injuries, along with the fireman and two conductors. A woman on the street below was killed by falling masonry. A conductor was given a 25-franc fine and the engine driver a 50-franc fine.

© ullstein bild - Roger-Viollet
See more images of the accident and the train wreck here 

anonymous asked:

can you give me the site that you got marco's pictures from? thank you

these pics are from ullsteinbild :)


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5 December 1933 Prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the U.S. officially ended

Prohibition was a period of nearly fourteen years of U.S. history in which the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquor was made illegal. But many people in this time of ‘Prohibition’ continued to drink and gangsters made enormous amounts of money from supplying illegal liquor. On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, making alcohol once again legal. This was the first and only time in U.S. history that an Amendment has been repealed.

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14 July 1789: The Storming of the Bastille
Citizens of Paris storm the Bastille on the morning of 14 July 1789. The medieval fortress and prison in Paris known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the center of Paris. While the prison only contained seven inmates at the time of its storming, its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution.

Contemporary colored sketch by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel
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11 July 1897 Andrée’s Arctic Balloon Expedition of 1897
S. A. Andrée, the visionary Swedish aeronaut, left Spitzbergen to discover the North Pole by flying to it in a hydrogen balloon. He was accompanied by Nils Strindberg, a cousin of the famous playwright, and Knut Fraenkel, a willing and hearty young man. The expedition ended in the entire team perishing, the exact circumstances of which remained one of the great unsolved mysteries of expoloration until their last camp was stumbled in 1930. The chance discovery created a media sensation in Sweden, where the dead men were mourned and idolized.

© of colored stereoscopics by ullstein bild - Roger-Viollet

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