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Beauvais

(bōvā`), town (1990 pop. 56,278), capital of Oise dept., N France. Tractors, ceramic tiles, textiles, and musical instruments are among its many manufactures. A Roman town and an early episcopal see, it flourished in the Middle Ages and again after the 17th cent., when Colbert established the state tapestry industry there. It was the center of the Jacquerie revolt in 1358, and in 1472 its citizens resisted Charles the Bold of Burgundy. Jeanne Hachette, who earned her surname for the hatchet with which she helped to repel the Burgundians, is commemorated in a yearly celebration. Beauvais was severely damaged in both World Wars; in June, 1940, its tapestry factory was destroyed, and the industry was moved to Paris. The city still retains its Cathedral of St. Pierre, begun in 1227 as the highest building in Christendom but never completed. Its choir vault (154 ft/47 m), the highest of all Gothic vaults, was reinforced after it fell in 1284; the transept was completed in 1548.

Beauvais

a market town in N France, 64 km (40 miles) northwest of Paris. Pop.: 55 392 (1999)
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1930: The British airship R101 crashed and burned at the edge of a wood near Beauvais, France, on its first overseas flight (bound for Karachi), killing 48 of the 55 on board including Air Minister Lord Thompson: the cause of the crash is still debated.
Nearly 1,000 workers made redundant by Massey which has transferred its operations to Beauvais, France, face the reduction following a Court of Appeal decision yesterday.
In a first step, AGCO will transfer its high horsepower, wheeled tractor assembly for tractors sold in North America from its tractor manufacturing facility in Beauvais, France to AGCO's operations in Jackson, Minnesota.
Production of the MF4300 range of tractors will continue at the Agco manufacturing operation at Beauvais, France.
The firm had come under ``severe competitive pressure'' and said switching operations to Beauvais, France, would ``eliminate the negative impact of currency factors'' and lower production costs.
The tractor, an MF 6495, was built on March 1, 2007 at AGCO's Manufacturing Facility in Beauvais, France, where in 2003 Massey Ferguson embarked upon a program for its new French-built tractor ranges.
However, as the company reported earlier in the month, third quarter results were negatively impacted by weaker market conditions in Western Europe, especially Germany, along with the continuation of production inefficiencies in its Beauvais, France manufacturing facility.
1930 - The British airship R101 crashed near Beauvais, France, with the loss of 48 lives
The jury at a court in Beauvais, France, convicted Cherif Doua, 42, of murdering Valerie Brocklesby and attempting to murder her daughter, Jayne.
Due to weaker market conditions in Western Europe and the continuation of production inefficiencies in its Beauvais, France manufacturing facility, AGCO Corporation pulled back on its earnings expectations for the third quarter 2003 and full year earlier this month.
1930 -- The British airship R101 crashed at the edge of a wood near Beauvais, France, killing 48.
The firm had come under "severe competitive pressure" and switching operations to Beauvais, France, would "eliminate the negative impact of currency factors" and lower production costs.