On this day: a Ballet Premiere

Michaël Denard (James) et Ghislaine Thesmar (La Sylphide) entourés des « filles de l_air » lors du tournage du ballet en 1971 © Francette Levieux OnP

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The romantic ballet La Sylphide premiered in Paris on the 12th of March, 1832. The ballet was created by Italian choreographer Filippo Taglioni as a showcase for his ballerina daughter Marie, the dancer generally credited with being the first to ever dance en pointe.

As the original production was lost, French choreographer Pierre Lacotte used old records and images to recreate a new production for the Paris Opera in the 1970s.

This promotional photograph by Francette Levieux is from the revival. It features Michaël Denard as James and Ghislaine Thesmar in the title role. Thesmar is the wife of Lacotte.

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England Forty Years Ago

This photograph was taken in January, 1978, and shows the village of Bray Shop in Cornwall, England blanketed in snow.

Bray Shop is in the east of the county, near the border with Devon.

Winter_snow_at_Bray_Shop_-_geograph_org_uk_-_797637This photograph was taken in January, 1978, and shows the village of Bray Shop in Cornwall, England blanketed in snow.

On this day: Nixon’s Secretary Dies

Rose Mary Woods, secretary to doomed US President Richard Nixon, died on the 22nd of January, 2005 at the age of eighty-seven. The Ohio-born woman who lost her fiancé in the Second World War is infamous for her part in the 1970s Watergate scandal that eventually resulted in Nixon’s resignation.

Rose Mary Woods demonstrates how she claims she erased Watergate scandal tapes. President Richard Nixon Secretary. 1970s.

Woods can be seen above demonstrating the so-called “Rose Mary Stretch”. She claimed this was how potentially incriminating tapes connected to the Watergate scandal were “accidentally” deleted.

Nixon ended up resigning over the scandal before he could be impeached.

On this day: A Protest in Washington

Impeach_Nixon_retouched 22nd October 1973 Impreach Nixon Watergate scandal 1970s Washington D.C.

This photograph, dated the 22nd of October, 1973 shows people demonstrating in Washington D.C., calling for the impeachment of US President Richard Nixon.

The protest came in the middle of the Watergate scandal, when Nixon lied about his involvement in the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

This was less than two weeks after the resignation of Vice President Agnew because of criminal charges of bribery, tax evasion and money laundering. Agnew was later convicted.

Nixon resigned in August of 1974 to avoid almost certain impeachment.

On this day: a President Resigns

Oliver F. Atkins' photo of Nixon leaving the White House shortly before his resignation became effective, 9th August 1974.

These images, taken by Oliver F. Atkins on the 9th of August, 1974, show US President Richard Nixon leaving the White House after resigning. The resignation came into effect shortly after.

Nixon-departOliver F. Atkins_ photo of Nixon leaving the White House on Marine One shortly before his resignation became effective, August 9, 1974.

Republican Nixon gave up the Presidency following the Watergate scandal, in which he tried to cover up his involvement in a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.