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Wednesday, March 7th 2018, 5:57pm

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Monaco Grand Prix
Saturday, May 29, 1948 - The Monaco Grand Prix is held.

... so I guess no one won the race. :)

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Wednesday, March 7th 2018, 6:15pm

Oh my. Someone has stirred the pot in Damascus. This can't end well. 8)

The result of long-standing trends, ultimately. During the late 1930s, Syria accepted the treaty as they were concerned about the events occurring with perceived Persian and Bharati aggression. These days, those threats have settled down and been forgotten. Stepping out of the defense treaty with France gives Damascus a bit more flexibility in responding to the circumstances that face them. :evil:


Janko Bobetko forwards latest set of sales catalogs to relevant Syrian functionaries...

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Wednesday, March 7th 2018, 6:47pm

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Janko Bobetko forwards latest set of sales catalogs to relevant Syrian functionaries...

High quality, low prices. Low quality, even lower prices. :)

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Thursday, March 8th 2018, 9:52am

Oh my. Someone has stirred the pot in Damascus. This can't end well. 8)

The result of long-standing trends, ultimately. During the late 1930s, Syria accepted the treaty as they were concerned about the events occurring with perceived Persian and Bharati aggression. These days, those threats have settled down and been forgotten. Stepping out of the defense treaty with France gives Damascus a bit more flexibility in responding to the circumstances that face them. :evil:


Turkey will be watching these events unfold with some interest...

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Thursday, March 8th 2018, 9:56am

As will Britain. They don't want any instability to affect the delicate situation in Palestine.

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Tuesday, March 13th 2018, 2:08pm

Majority Denied - But a New Coalition Rises
Wednesday, June 2, 1948 - The Alliance Républicaine failed to pick up a majority of Parliamentary seats in Sunday's election, gaining only two votes, both in Bretagne. However, the center-left Front Républicaine suffered significant losses in some of its traditional strongholds, and the Parti socialiste français also lost two seats. Surprisingly, the true beneficiary of the election turned out to be the Union pour la Démocratie Française (Union for French Democracy), an electoral alliance of the Union républicaine lorraine (Lorraine Republican Union), the Mouvement républicain, and four other minor right-wing parties, which espouse social conservatism.

Having picked up a sufficient number of seats in the election, the new UDF has agreed to form a further coalition with the Alliance Républicaine, replacing the center-left Front Républicaine as the junior partner to form the government.

Film Opens Despite Italian Protest
Friday, June 4, 1948 - The historical drama Matari, directed by Charles Monin, which shows the struggle of the Senussid leader Omar Mukhtar against the Italian occupation forces, opens in French cinemas. The film has gone ahead despite the protest of the Italian ambassador, who complained that the film shows the Italians engaging in war crimes against the population of Libya, and asked for the film to be removed from theatres prior to opening showings.

Michelet Confirmed PM, Forms Government
Wednesday, June 9, 1948 - Edmond Michelet, previously Vice President of the Council during the Delattre, Maillard, and Aubert governments, has been elevated to the President of the Council of Ministers. He brings with him a new government formed by the coalition of AR and UDF. A number of ministers and secretaries employed by the previous governments are already said to be included in the new Council, including Madeline Barthelemy, former Minister of Finance, who is currently expected to advance to Vice President of the Council, becoming the first woman to sit in this post.

Among the faces who will not return to the government, however, is longtime Minister of National Defense and War Jean-Marie Lemaréchal, who had already announced his resignation. Lemaréchal has served in his post across multiple governments for the last seven years. Nominated as his replacement is parliamentarian Édouard Delcroix (r. Dieppe), a conservative politician who championed the coastal-defense bill (the last act of the previous parliament) along with Dunkerque assemblyman Martin Deshayes.

Mid-air Refueling Tested
Thursday, June 17, 1948 - The French Air Force used a pair of heavily-modified Dominator heavy bombers to test an aerial in-flight refueling scheme. The first aircraft, equipped as a 'flying fuel station', twice refueled the second recipient Dominator, allowing it to remain airborne for thirty-six hours, flying back and forth on a long route between Brest and Corsica.

24 Hours of Le Mans
Saturday, June 19, 1948 - British drivers Jack Hay and Tommy Wisdom achieved victory in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race, driving Hay's privately-owned 1939 Bentley 4.25 Litre Embiricos Pourtout Coupé, achieving a score of 230. The English narrowly edged out a challenge from Frenchmen Marius Savoye and Charles Vallée, driving a DB5 (Deutsch-Bonnet 5), who placed second, finishing only a point behind the leaders. Third place fell to Colin Hervieux dit Lespérance and his Swiss co-driver Roget Carron, driving a Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport (GS).

Salon des Tuileries
Friday, June 25, 1948 - The Salon des Tuileries, an art and sculpture show, opens in Paris.

Tour de France Begins
Wednesday, June 30, 1948 - The world's most famous bicycle race kicked off today.