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9 July 1962: Starfish Prime, Atomic Star Wars!

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that we invite you to rediscover, every week, a historical event which occurred around this time… in another age.  Today, let’s go back nearly sixty years to take a look at a nuclear test carried out under Kennedy’s presidency, a relatively little-known event but one which had consequences worthy of a (bad) science fiction movie.     THE ATOLL AND THE ATOM  The image

2021.07.05
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1st of July 1899: Fiat hits the road in Turin

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that we invite you to rediscover, every week, a historical event which occurred around this time… in another age. This week, let’s look back to the beginnings of a legendary success story with the creation of a future world giant of the car industry: the Fiat group.   HISTORY GETS UNDERWAY There was nothing about the young Giovanni Agnelli – who was only 32 on the 1st of July 1899 –

2021.06.29
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27 June 1857: Ferdinand Carré and the refrigerator

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that we invite you to rediscover, every week, a historical event which occurred around this time… in another age. Keen to bring you a bit of coolness in this beautiful month of June, we tell you today about the creation of one the earliest refrigerators, the patent for which was filed by a Frenchman exactly 164 years ago.   PICARDY FREEZE-OUT Ferdinand Carré was a die-hard Picard. Born in Moislains

2021.06.21
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On the 6th of June 1882, Henry W. Seely invents the electric iron

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that we invite you to rediscover, every week, a historical event which occurred around this time… in another age. This week, we look back at an innovation which was to revolutionize daily life for men and women all over the world, and try to iron out any creases in the story of this invention.   THE IRON AGE While sources appear to agree that the iron originated in China, they differ on the dates.

2021.05.31
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The 25th of May 1923 or the story of the first 24 Hours of Le Mans

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that we invite you to rediscover, every week, a historical event which occurred around this time… in another age. This week, let’s go back nearly a century to witness the birth of a legendary motor race - but also an industrial race!   A RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK The great architect of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, who was to be the driving force behind this event for years, was Georges Durand. Born

2021.05.25
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On the 20th of May 1927, Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic in the Spirit of Saint Louis

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that we invite you to rediscover, every week, a historical event which occurred around this time… in another age. This week, let’s look back at a legendary feat achieved nearly a century ago by the man nicknamed “the Lone Eagle”: the first solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris.   AN AVIATION FANATIC Charles Lindbergh was born on the 4th of February 1902 in Detroit into

2021.05.17
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12 May 1926: the Norwegian airship Norge flies over the North Pole

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 historical event which occurred around this time… in another age. This week, let’s take a look at a major first: the flight over the North Pole by a crew of 16 men, among them the legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.   A STORY OF MEN It all began with a meeting. That of two men who were exceptional in more ways than one. Aged

2021.05.10
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6 May 1985: the Géode is opened at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie

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 historical event which occurred around this time… in another age. Today, let’s go back 36 years to the opening of a monument which symbolizes the Paris neighborhood of La Villette… and the world of industry!   A SYMBOL OF THE 80S The image is a bit faded, but in this INA archive we see President Mitterrand pensively contemplating

2021.05.03
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29 April 1970: the Ecole Polytechnique opens its doors to women

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 back just over half a century to the 29th of April 1970, when the law authorizing women to take the entrance examination for the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique was enacted.    ACADEMIC PEAKS ARE THE HARDEST TO REACH In the years following the events

2021.04.26
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21 April 1989: and the God of Toys created the Game Boy…

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 go back 32 years to the bringing out of a symbol of the 90s and of triumphant Japanese industry: the Game Boy.   THE UNDERSIDE OF THE CARDS The "God of Toys", as Gunpei Yokoi is nicknamed in his country of origin, Japan, was born into a humble

2021.04.19
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14 April 1912: the sinking of the Titanic, a human and industrial catastrophe

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. Just 109 years ago, the most famous maritime disaster in History occurred. You are probably all familiar with this tragic event, immortalized by the phenomenal success of James Cameron’s film. But do you know what caused it?    DEATH BY NATURAL - AND HUMAN - CAUSES On

2021.04.12