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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.
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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 at the edge of a wood near Beauvais, France (above), killing 48 of the 54 passengers including Air Minister Lord Thompson.
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.
1930: The British airship R101 (pictured) crashed at the edge of a wood near Beauvais, France, killing 48 of the 54 passengers including Air Minister Lord Thompson.
1930: The British airship R101 crashed at the edge of a wood near Beauvais, France, on its maiden scheduled flight overseas, heading for India.
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.
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.