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The French Nobleman Who Was Officially Declared A Woman – And Wanted To Lead A Female Army In The French Revolution

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“When the Chevalier d’Eon left France in 1762, it was as a diplomat, a spy in the French king’s service, a Dragoon captain, and a man. When he returned in July 1777, at the age of 49, it was as a celebrity, a writer, an intellectual, and a woman – according to a declaration by the government of France. What happened? And why?”

Russian Prude Complains About Replica Of Michelangelo’s ‘David’, Show Organizers Respond With Public ‘Dress David!’ Competition

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A St. Petersburg woman complained to city officials that the statue, erected outside a local exhibition on Michelangelo, “spoils the city’s historic appearance and warps children’s souls.” In response, the public has been invited to submit sartorial suggestions, with online voting to select the best idea.

Before HD: When The Met Brought Opera To America By Touring America

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“From 1883, the year the Metropolitan Opera was founded, until 1986, the company went on extensive annual tours across the United States with occasional excursions abroad. … The scale of the Met tour, with orchestra, chorus, soloists, scenery and costumes, was massive. The typical mode of transportation was by train. In the first season, the company began with 13 performances in Boston from a repertory of 10 different operas as well as a concert.”