Daguerre in 1844
Photography pioneer Louis Daguerre was born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, Val-d’Oise, France on the 18th of November, 1797. He became known as a father of photography after inventing the daguerreotype photography process.
Daguerre’s 1837 photograph recreating a still life is the earliest daguerreotype with a reliable date.
Above is Daguerre’s circa 1838 image of Paris. It is the first known candid photograph of a person. A man having his boots polished stood still long enough to be captured.
Also a painter and the inventor of the diorama theatre, Daguerre died in Paris in July of 1851, at the age of sixty-three.
The Battle of the Canal du Nord was fought in France between Allied forces and the German Empire from the 27th of September to the 1st of October, 1918, resulting in an Allied victory.
This photograph, dated as the first day of the battle, shows a horse team of the British Royal Field Artillery pulling a field gun up a slope near Moeuvres.
The Treaty of Versailles, the most important of the peace treaties to end the First World War, was signed in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles on the 28th of June, 1919.
The war also began on the 28th of June, when Serbian assassin Gavrilo Princip murdered Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie five years before.
The Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, 28th June 1919.
Painted by Irish artist William Orpen
This image of British soldiers playing with their dog in a trench near Gavrelle, France is dated the 27th of June, 1917.
Taking pets and native animal mascots to the trenches was quite common in the First World War, including kangaroos, and Winnie the black bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.
The Battle of Morales, part of the Peninsula War over the Iberian Peninsula, was fought on the 2nd of June, 1813.
Considered a victory for the British and a defeat for the French, the battle took place in the region of Toro, Zamora, Spain.
The Peninsula War was part of the larger Napoleonic Wars, and lasted a few days short of six years.
The caption for this painting reads:
Lord Rodney’s flagship ‘Formidable’ breaking through the French line at the battle of the Saintes, 12th April 1782, painted between 1784 and 1787 by Lieutenant William Elliott of the Royal Navy.
Taking place in the West Indies, the Battle of the Saintes
was part of the American Revolutionary War, and took place between the 9th and 12th of April, resulting in a decisive victory for Britain.