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October 19, 2021

Victor Hugo prevented the performance in France of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto (top poster) for six years, arguing that it was a plagiarism of one of his works (bottom poster). presents 2 days on the home page from January 01, 2021 at 00:00:22 to January 03, 2021 at 00:00:13. Discussion of the proposal. In the land of kiwis, France is called Wīwī. presents 2 days on the home page from January 01, 2021 at 00:00:22 to January 03, 2021 at 00:00:13. Discussion of the proposal. Produced on the same day, La Rue Mosnier aux Flags (above) and La Rue Montorgueil (below) depict two opposing visions of Paris at the time of the Universal Exhibition of 1878. presents 2 days on the home page from January 01, 2021 at 12:00:10 to January 03, 2021 at 12:00:10. Discussion of the proposal. The asteroid (24601) Valjean is so named because of its order number in the list of minor planets, 24601, which corresponds to the convict number of Jean Valjean (illustration). presents 2 days on the home page from January 02, 2021 at 12:00:11 to January 04, 2021 at 12:00:33. Discussion of the proposal. Originally a private mansion, now the Prime Minister’s residence, the Hôtel de Matignon (photo) has since housed the Austrian-Hungarian embassy in France. presents 2 days on the home page from January 03, 2021 at 00:00:13 to January 05, 2021 at 00:00:11. Discussion of the proposal. The Frisian flag is decorated with seven lily pads. presents 2 days on the home page from January 03, 2021 at 00:00:13 to January 05, 2021 at 00:00:11. Discussion of the proposal. The Chaco War, which opposed Bolivia and Paraguay from 1932 to 1935 (map), inspired Hergé's album L’Oreille cassée. presents 2 days on the home page from January 03, 2021 at 12:00:10 to January 05, 2021 at 12:00:10. Discussion of the proposal. New Helvetia founded by John Sutter (portrait) collapsed due to the discovery of gold mines. presents 2 days on the home page from January 04, 2021 at 00:00:10 to January 06, 2021 at 00:00:12. Discussion of the proposal. The banking and financial crisis of autumn 2008 put an end to the "third oil shock" referred to by some observers and political leaders, which had started in the preceding months. present 0 days on the home page from January 06, 2021 at 00:00:22 to January 06, 2021 at 00:00:12. Discussion of the proposal. The spider Deinopis subrufa (illustration) projects its web onto its prey before biting them. presents 2 days on the home page from January 04, 2021 at 12:00:33 to January 06, 2021 at 12:00:10. Discussion of the proposal. Etymologically, there is in sauerkraut (photo) no cabbage in "chou-" and no crust in "-croute". presents 2 days on the home page from January 05, 2021 at 00:00:11 to January 07, 2021 at 00:00:11. Discussion of the proposal. Shortly after the establishment of the Roman Empire, Augustus introduced legislation to deal with concern over the low birth rate of the Roman elite. presents 2 days on the home page from January 05, 2021 at 00:00:11 to January 07, 2021 at 00:00:11. Discussion of the proposal. Sung by Lord Byron, the island of Peilz is now entirely sheltered under a single plane tree (photo). presents 2 days on the home page from January 05, 2021 at 12:00:10 to January 07, 2021 at 12:00:10. Discussion of the proposal. In Spain, people give each other gifts for Epiphany (photo) rather than Christmas. presents 2 days on the home page from January 06, 2021 at 00:00:12 to January 08, 2021 at 00:00:11. Discussion of the proposal. The Gospel according to Matthew, the only canonical gospel evoking the Three Wise Men, does not mention the name of these wise men, their number, or their status as kings. presents 2 days on the home page from January 06, 2021 at 00:00:12 to January 08, 2021 at 0

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