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  • France
    Tuesday May 13, 1958

    Algerian War

    May 1958 crisis

    France
    Tuesday May 13, 1958

    After his time as governor general, Soustelle returned to France to organize support for de Gaulle's return to power, while retaining close ties to the army and the pieds-noirs. By early 1958, he had organized a coup d'état, bringing together dissident army officers and pieds-noirs with sympathetic Gaullists. An army junta under General Massu seized power in Algiers on the night of May 13, thereafter known as the May 1958 crisis.




  • France
    Monday May 19, 1958

    Charles de Gaulle

    Gaulle asserted again that he was at the disposal of the country

    France
    Monday May 19, 1958

    At a 19 May press conference, de Gaulle asserted again that he was at the disposal of the country.




  • Corsica, France
    Saturday May 24, 1958

    Algerian War

    French paratroopers from the Algerian corps landed on Corsica

    Corsica, France
    Saturday May 24, 1958

    On May 24, French paratroopers from the Algerian corps landed on Corsica, taking the French island in a bloodless action, Opération Corse.




  • France
    Sunday Jun 1, 1958

    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle became Prime Minister

    France
    Sunday Jun 1, 1958

    On 1 June 1958, de Gaulle became Prime Minister and was given emergency powers for six months by the National Assembly.




  • Paris, France
    Sunday Oct 26, 1958

    Juan Trippe

    Pan Am's First Scheduled Jet Flight

    Paris, France
    Sunday Oct 26, 1958

    Trippe quickly recognized the opportunities presented by jet aircraft and ordered several Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 airplanes. Pan Am's first scheduled jet flight was operated on October 26, 1958 by 707 Clipper America out of Idlewild International Airport (now JFK) to Le Bourget Airport, Paris. The new jets allowed Pan Am to cut the flight time nearly in half, introduce lower fares, and fly more passengers in total.




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