Paris in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 536

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1887-01-28 Work begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • 1887-05-18 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le Roi Malgré Luis" premieres in Paris
  • 1887-05-25 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
  • 1887-11-24 Victorien Sardou's "La Tosca" premieres in Paris
  • 1887-12-17 Georges Feydeau's "Tailleur Pour Dames" premieres in Paris
  • 1888-05-07 Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris
  • 1889-03-31 Eiffel Tower officially opens in Paris. Built for the Exposition Universelle, at 300m high it retains the record for the tallest man made structure for 41 years.
  • 1889-05-06 Exposition Universelle (World Fair) opens in Paris with the completed Eiffel Tower
  • 1889-05-18 Jules Massenet's opera "Esclarmonde" premieres in Paris
  • 1889-10-06 Moulin Rogue opens in Paris
  • 1891-04-01 London-Paris telephone connection opens
  • 1891-05-15 Jules Massenet's opera "Griselde" premieres in Paris
  • 1894-01-09 Georges Feydeau's "Un à la Patte" premieres in Paris
  • 1894-02-12 Anarchist Émile Henry hurls a bomb into Paris's Cafe Terminus, killing one and wounding 20.
  • 1894-03-16 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris
  • 1894-06-23 The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
  • 1894-11-01 Vaccine for diphtheria announced by Dr Roux of Paris
  • 1894-12-05 Georges Feydeaus' "L'hôtel du libre échange" premieres in Paris

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1894-12-22 Claude Debussy's "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres in Paris

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
  • 1895-06-13 Emile Levassor wins 1st Paris-Bordeaux-Paris auto race (24 kph)
  • 1895-07-11 First ever automobile race: Paris to Bordeaux 1,178 km in 48 hours, 48 minutes
  • 1895-10-22 In Paris an express train overruns a buffer stop and crosses more than 30 metres of concourse before plummeting through a window at Gare Montparnasse.
  • 1895-12-28 Filmmakers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris
  • 1896-02-08 Georges Feydeau's "Le Dindon" premieres in Paris

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1896-02-11 Oscar Wilde's "Salome" premieres in Paris

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
  • 1896-05-20 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.
  • 1896-06-08 First car thief; Baron de Zuylen’s Peugeot is stolen by his mechanic in Paris
  • 1896-12-10 Alfred Jarry's "Ubu Roi" premieres in Paris
  • 1897-05-04 Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
  • 1897-12-09 Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde in Paris.
  • 1897-12-28 Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac" premieres in Paris
  • 1898-09-13 20,000 Paris construction workers go on strike
  • 1898-12-10 Spanish-American War formally ended by the Treaty of Paris; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • 1899-02-10 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish-American War is signed by President McKinley; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • 1899-04-11 Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US
  • 1900-01-02 Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise," premieres in Paris
  • 1900-01-06 Maurice Ravel's "Albaradode Gracioso" premieres in Paris
  • 1900-02-02 Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris
  • 1900-04-15 Exposition Universelle/World Fair opens in Paris (till 12th Nov)
  • 1900-05-20 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months)
  • 1900-08-19 Start of the one & only olympic cricket match, in Paris
  • 1900-10-19 Painter Henry O Tanner wins Medal of Honor at Paris Exposition
  • 1900-10-28 After over 5 months second Olympic games in Paris, France, close
  • 1900-11-12 World's Fair (Exposition Universelle) in Paris closes (50 million visitors) - Art Nouveau style dominates

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1901-03-17 At a show in Paris 71 Vincent van Gogh paintings cause a sensation, 11 years after his death

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1901-06-24 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens in Paris

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • 1901-10-26 First recorded use of "getaway car" occurs after holding up a shop in Paris
  • 1901-11-20 Opera "Grisélidis" is produced (Paris)
  • 1902-04-05 Maurice Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte" premieres in Paris
  • 1902-04-30 Debussy's opera "Pelléas et Mélissande" premieres in Paris
  • 1903-05-01 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Paris, where he is feted in a first step toward improving Anglo-French relations, culminating in the sighing of the Entente Cordiale on 8 April, 1904
  • 1904-05-17 Maurice Ravel's "Shéhérazade" premieres in Paris
  • 1904-05-21 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris
  • 1906-01-06 Maurice Ravel's "Miroirs" premieres in Paris
  • 1906-02-18 Vincent d'Indy's "Jour D'été à La Montagne" premieres in Paris
  • 1906-06-06 Paris Métro Line 5 is inaugurated with a first section from Place d'Italie to the Gare d'Orléans (today known as Gare d'Austerlitz).
  • 1906-12-01 Cinema Omnia Pathe, world's 1st cinema, opens (Paris)
  • 1907-03-02 Georges Feydeaus' "La Puce à l'Oreille" premieres in Paris
  • 1907-05-10 Paul Dukas' opera "Ariane et Barbe Bleue" premieres in Paris
  • 1907-08-10 Prince Scipone Borchesi wins Beijing to Paris, 7,500 mile auto rally
  • 1908-02-12 NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
  • 1908-05-30 Paris advocate E Archdeacon is 1st passenger in a airplane
  • 1908-07-30 Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris
  • 1908-08-17 Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl
  • 1909-02-02 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
  • 1910-01-26 Heavy rains cause floods in Paris
  • 1910-02-07 Edmond Rostand's "Chantecler" premieres in Paris
  • 1910-03-08 Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of Paris becomes the 1st ever licensed female pilot
  • 1910-12-03 Neon lights first publicly displayed (Paris Auto Show)
  • 1911-04-12 1st non-stop London-Paris flight (Pierre Prier in 3h56m)
  • 1911-05-19 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres in Paris

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1911-11-20 The funeral of Paul and Laura (daughter of Karl Marx) Lafargue in Paris is attended by Lenin; the two socialists died in a suicide pact in the belief that their political usefulness was at an end

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1912-05-29 Ballets Russes premieres their ballet L'après-midi d'un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun) in Paris, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky
  • 1912-12-20 Paul Claudels "L'Annonce Faite à Marie" premieres in Paris

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1913-05-29 Igor Stravinsky's ballet score The Rite of Spring is premiered in Paris, provoking a riot.

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
  • 1913-11-28 Heavyweight Jack Johnson KOs Andre Spaul in Paris
  • 1913-12-09 Heavyweight Jack Johnson-Jim Johnson fight to no decision in Paris
  • 1914-01-22 Paul Claudel's "L'échange" premieres in Paris
  • 1914-05-15 Henri Rabaud's opera "Marouf, Savetier de Caire" premieres in Paris
  • 1914-08-30 1st German plane bombs Paris, 2 killed
  • 1914-08-31 General von Kluck decides not to attack Paris
  • 1914-09-01 Lord Kitchener arrives in Paris
  • 1914-09-05 World War I: Battle of Marne begins, French and British forces prevent German advance on Paris (till the 12th Sept)
  • 1914-12-10 French government returns to Paris
  • 1915-10-21 1st transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Va to Paris
  • 1916-01-29 1st bombing of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
  • 1916-06-14 Representatives of eight Allied nations hold an economic conference in Paris at which they discuss ways to cripple their enemies economic power during and after the war
  • 1916-08-12 Picasso, Max Jacob, Kisling, Ortiz & Paquerette photographed in Paris
  • 1917-05-18 Satie/Massine/Picasso's ballet "Parade" premieres in Paris
  • 1917-06-14 Gen Pershing & his HQ staff arrived in Paris during WW I


1917-10-15 Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI at Vincennes near Paris

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • 1918-02-09 Sacha Guitry's "Deburan" premieres in Paris
  • 1918-03-23 Crépy-en-Laonnoise: German artillery shells Paris, 256 killed
  • 1918-03-23 Paris bombs "Thick Bertha's Dike" (nickname for the widow Krupp)
  • 1919-01-18 The Paris peace conference (aka the Versailles peace conference) opened to draw up the treaties formally ending the Great War (WW1)
  • 1919-02-03 League of Nations first meeting (Paris)
  • 1919-02-15 American Legion organizes in Paris

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1919-02-19 Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois (Paris)

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 247 of 247

  • 1947-03-11 Dominique Sanda, [Varaigne], actress (1900, First Love), born in Paris, France
  • 1947-11-25 Jonathan Kaplan, director (Heart Like a Wheel), born in Paris, France
  • 1948-04-21 Claire Denis, actress (Boom Boom, Chocolat), born in Paris, France
  • 1948-10-08 Stefanie Marrian, comedienne (Benny Hill Show), born in Paris, France
  • 1949-04-19 Paloma Picasso, [Gilot], actress (Immoral Tales), born in Paris, France
  • 1950-02-22 Miou-Miou [Sylvette Herry], actress (Dog Day, My Other Husband), born in Paris, France
  • 1950-03-23 Corrine Clery, actress (Moonraker, Yor), born in Paris, France
  • 1950-04-19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brussel '74)
  • 1952-03-27 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), born in Paris, France (d. 2011)
  • 1952-12-26 Andre-Michel Schub, pianist (Van Cliburn-1981), born in Paris, France
  • 1953-01-03 Angelo Parisi, France, heavyweight judo (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1953-08-16 Kathie Lee Gifford, Paris Fla, hostess (Live with Regis & Kathie Lee)
  • 1954-01-01 Fr David, rocker, born in Paris, France
  • 1954-01-28 Anicee Alvina, actress (Friends), born in Paris, France

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1955-01-28 Nicolas Sarkozy, 23rd President of France (2007-12), born in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • 1955-03-16 Isabelle Huppert, actress (Cactus, Heaven's Gate), born in Paris, France
  • 1955-06-27 Isabelle Adjani, actress (Story of Adele H, Driver, Ishtar), born in Paris, France
  • 1955-10-07 Yo-Yo Ma, world famous cellist (2001 National Medal of Arts, 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom), born in Paris, France
  • 1957-06-15 Clio Goldsmith, actress (Gift, Heat of Desire), born in Paris, France
  • 1957-08-18 Carole Bouquest, actress (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), born in Paris, France

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1958-05-04 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review) and social activist, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • 1959-03-13 Kathy Hilton, socialite-Hilton Hotels, mother of Nikki Hilton and Paris Hilton
  • 1959-03-14 Patrick Dupond, dancer (La Bayadere), born in Paris, France
  • 1960-05-16 Anne Parillaud, actress (Subway, Nikita, Innocent Blood), born in Paris, France
  • 1960-08-12 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2010)
  • 1960-12-14 Bob Paris, American bodybuilder and gay rights advocate
  • 1962-05-22 Andrew Donald Magee, PGA golfer (1988 Pensacola Open), born in Paris, France
  • 1962-08-19 Valerie Kaprisky, actress (Breathless, Public Woman), born in Paris, France
  • 1964-03-09 Juliette Binoche, actress (Unbearable Lightness), born in Paris, France
  • 1965-02-08 Mathilda May, actress (Lifeforce), born in Paris, France
  • 1965-07-31 Tom Stankowski, Nike golfer, born in Paris, France
  • 1965-08-14 Emmanuelle Seigner, actress (The Smile), born in Paris, France
  • 1966-01-12 Olivier Martinez, French actor (The Horseman on the Roof), born in Paris
  • 1966-11-17 Sophie Marceau, French actress (Braveheart, L'Amour Braque), born in Paris, France
  • 1967-11-04 Alex Rousseau, US water polo 2m Offense (Oly-4th-92, 96), born in Paris, France
  • 1968-09-28 Vanessa Vadim, daughter of Jane Fonda/actress (Last Party), born in Paris, France
  • 1971-10-21 Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick & Bianca Jagger, born in Paris, France
  • 1972-07-21 Lilach Parisky, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Oly-1996)
  • 1972-08-27 Chris Imes, South Paris Maine, US hockey defenseman (Olympics-1994)
  • 1973-01-22 Deon Minor, Paris Texas, 400m runner
  • 1973-12-16 Kristie Boogert, Rotterdam Neth, tennis star (1996 Paris)
  • 1977-11-26 Paris Lenon, American football player

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1981-02-17 Paris Hilton, American actress and heiress

Actress & Heiress Paris Hilton
Actress & Heiress
Paris Hilton
  • 1988-01-14 Jordy [Lemoine], French singer, youngest singer (4 years) to have a #1, born in Paris
  • 1988-08-21 Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5)
  • 1989-01-14 Sextuplets, (to a 29-year-old woman), born in Paris, France

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1990-04-15 Emma Watson, English actress (Hermione Granger-Harry Potter Series), born in Paris, France

Actress Emma Watson
Emma Watson

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