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March 10, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Jean Calas, Alexander Graham Bell and Mr. Watson, French Foreign Legion

On the 10th of March –

in 1762 French protestant Jean Calas dies after torture. He had been wrongly accused of murdering his son, but when the investigation in itself becomes the punishment, innocence no longer helps a lot. The case inspired Voltaire to write in defense of religious tolerance and judicial reform. The case inspired movies, paintings and plays.
Lettre autographe signée écrite le 2 juillet 1762 au comte de Saint-Florentin par Voltaire, dans sa villa des Délices à Genève, pour lui demander d'intercéder auprès du roi en faveur de la réhabilitation de Calas, injustement mis à mort en mars 1762.
L'affaire Calas..
Affaire Calas
Jean Calas : tragédie en 5 actes : représentée pour la première fois à Paris, sur le théâtre de la République, le 6 juillet 1791 / par Marie-Joseph Chénier,.... (précédée d'une lettre de Palissot sur la tragédie de Calas)

In 1876 the first successful telephone call was made by Alexander Graham Bell. “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you”. Not a lot has changed then, if you listen in on peoples cell phone calls on the train “Where are you now? I’m in the train, I’ll be home at 6.” Here are some phones from Europeana, tracing that heritage through time:
Telefon
Telefon

Telephone
GF 788e
Mobiltelefon

The French Foreign Legion (Légion étrangère) is founded in 1831. The invented “don’t ask, don’t tell”, only in their case it wasn’t about sexual preference, but about why people left their country to fight for another…
Défense de Camerone par la Légion étrangère, le 30 avril 1863
ANNIVERSAIRE DU COMBAT DE CAMERONE..
FETE DE LA LEGION ETRANGERE A SIDI BEL ABBES..

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