1763  

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"In this strange incident we have to deal with religion, suicide, and parricide. The question was, Whether a father and mother had strangled their son to please God, a brother had strangled his brother, and a friend had strangled his friend; or whether the judges had incurred the reproach of breaking on the wheel an innocent father, or of sparing a guilty mother, brother, and friend." --Treatise on Tolerance (1763) by Voltaire


In her first letter to Voltaire written in 1763, Catherine the Great stated: "By chance your works fell into my hands; and since then I have never stopped reading them, and have not wished to have anything to do with books which were not written as well and from which the same profit could not be derived."

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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