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19 October 1897: George Pullman and the train of history

This week, we profile an American industrialist whose name went down in history for the best of reasons… but also for the worst.   THOSE WHO LOVE HIM CAN TAKE THE TRAIN… The destiny of George Pullman, who was born on the 3rd of March 1831 in New York State, quickly became clear. His father, a mechanical engineer, found a job working on the widening of the Erie Canal. His mission was to move houses and reinstall them on better and more permanent foundations. Thus made aware

2021.10.18
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5 October 1914: the French pilots Frantz and Quenault win the first aerial dogfight in history

This week, we look back to the first military exploit of a then very recent industrial invention used in an armed conflict, and not just any conflict because we are talking about World War I.   A NEW MODE OF COMBAT When the war began in the summer of 1914, aviation was still in its infancy, the Wright Brothers’ first flight having taken place only in 1903. Nevertheless, immediately realising its military importance, France equipped itself with aircraft for reconnaissance purposes

2021.10.04
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24 September 1888: the fabulous odyssey of the Gymnote

This week, we tell you the story of the first operational electrically-powered missile-launching submarine, launched on this date. A major world first for which France can claim credit – jointly with Spain which launched a comparable vessel at the same time.   1 - A STORY OF MEN Behind the Gymnote was a man, Admiral Théophile Aube, leader of the “Young School”. This iconic current of French naval thinking at the end of the 19th century was based on a break with

2021.09.22
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29 August 1885: Gottlieb Daimler patents the first motorcycle

This week, we tell you about the origins of a means of transport which was as revolutionary as its inventor.   THE MONTAIGNE AND LA BOÉTIE OF THE MOTOR INDUSTRY When Gottlieb Daimler was born on the 17th of March 1834 in Schorndorf, 20 miles from Stuttgart, if his pastry chef father had been told he was going to become a legend of industry, the new “sugar daddy” would have had eyes as wide as saucers. However, contrary to the cookie cutter cliché that children

2021.08.23
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19 August 1913: Adolphe Pégoud takes the leap

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that Global Industrie invites you to rediscover, every week, a key event which occurred around this time… in another age. Let’s look back more than a century to the human (and industrial) feat accomplished by a somewhat forgotten pioneer of aviation who, on the 19th of August 1913, became the first man to parachute out of a plane… which he was flying.   LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE Although

2021.08.18
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13 August 1826: life and death of René Laennec, inventor of the stethoscope

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that Global Industrie invites you to rediscover, every week, a key event which occurred around this time… in another age. Let’s look back today at the life – and premature death, on the 13th of August 1826 – of a French doctor who revolutionized medicine and literally breathed new life into his profession.   A MAN WITH BOTH PROFESSIONAL AND HUMAN QUALITIES René Laennec –

2021.08.16
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5 August 1914: the first electric traffic light is installed in Cleveland

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that Global Industrie invites you to rediscover, every week, a key event which occurred around this time… in another age. This week, we take you on "road trip" 107 years back in time to the heart of the United States, on the 5th of August 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio, where the world’s first electric traffic lights were installed. At least officially…   A FIRST ATTEMPT WHICH MISFIRED The

2021.08.16
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28 July 1945: the Empire State Building and the B-25 accident

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that Global Industrie invites you to rediscover, every week, a key event which occurred around this time… in another age. This week, let’s discover a little-known episode in the history of one of the most famous buildings in the world, an accident which unfortunately foreshadows the fateful events of September 11, 2001.    AN ICONIC WORLD WAR II AIRCRAFT Although its name probably means

2021.08.16
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21 July 1969: the man who walked on the Moon

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that Global Industrie invites you to rediscover, every week, a key event which occurred around this time… in another age. Hergé had imagined it twenty years earlier, and Neil Armstrong did it on the 21st of July 1969: a man walked for the first time on the Moon! Although the story of this event is famous, we are less familiar with its very quiet main protagonist. For good reason… We look back on

2021.07.19
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15 July 1840: Jean-Baptiste Godin, a red-hot industrialist

This week, we present a close-up of the life and work of an exceptional industrialist and exceptional man. A story which doesn’t just warm the heart…    A HEAVY METAL FAMILY Jean-Baptiste André Godin was born on the 26th of January 1817 in Esquéhéries in Aisne. While the north of France is famous for its mines, this son of Picardy was born even more particularly under the sign of metalwork, his father being a locksmith. However, if there was a

2021.07.12