French Polynesia in History

Historical Events

  • 1767-06-18 Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti, considered the first European to reach the island

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1777-12-08 Captain James Cook leaves Society Islands

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook
  • 1835-10-20 HMS Beagle leaves Galapagos Archipelago to sail to Tahiti

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1835-11-15 Charles Darwin reaches Tahiti on board HMS Beagle, the location where he would formulate his ideas later written in The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

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1891-04-01 French painter Paul Gauguin leaves Marseille for Tahiti

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin

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1947-08-07 Thor Heyerdahl and his crew of the Kon-Tiki crash into a reef in the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days crossing the Pacific Ocean

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 1966-07-02 1st France nuclear test on Mururoa atoll
  • 1966-09-11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1966-10-04 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1968-07-07 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1968-07-15 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1968-08-03 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1968-08-24 France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
  • 1968-09-08 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1970-05-15 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1970-05-22 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1970-07-27 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1970-08-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1971-07-04 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1971-08-08 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1972-07-29 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1973-06-28 New Zealand ship HMNZS Otago sails for Mururoa nuclear test zone after France‚Äôs refusal to accept an International Court of Justice injunction against its atmospheric nuclear testing
  • 1973-07-21 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa Atoll in the Pacific
  • 1973-07-28 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1973-08-19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1973-08-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1973-08-28 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974-07-17 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974-07-26 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974-07-29 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974-08-15 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974-08-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1976-04-03 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1976-07-11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1976-07-23 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-02-19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-03-19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-07-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-11-12 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-11-24 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-12-17 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-02-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-07-19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-07-26 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-11-02 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

  • 1978-12-18 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1979-03-09 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1980-02-23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1980-03-03 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1980-11-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1981-03-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1981-07-11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1982-02-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1982-07-21 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1983-04-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1983-07-20 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1983-12-03 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1983-12-07 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1984-05-08 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1984-10-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1984-11-02 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1985-04-30 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1985-05-08 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1985-11-26 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1986-05-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1986-05-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1986-12-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1987-05-05 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1987-10-23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1987-11-29 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1988-10-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1989-05-11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1989-10-24 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1989-10-31 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1989-11-15 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1989-11-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1990-07-04 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1990-11-14 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1991-05-07 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1991-05-18 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1991-07-05 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1991-07-15 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1991-11-18 France deports Marlon's daughter Cheyenne Brando to Tahiti
  • 1996-01-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPaul Gauguin

1848-06-07 Paul Gauguin [Eugene Henri], French post-impressionist painter who worked in French Polynesia, born in Paris (d. 1903)

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin
  • 1926-06-21 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-born cinematographer (d. 2003)
  • 1944-11-01 Oscar Temaru, President of French Polynesia
  • 1970-02-20 Cheyenne Brando, Papeete Tahiti, daughter of Marlon
  • 1972-12-09 Fabrice Santoro, Tahiti, tennis star

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1892-01-11 Painter Paul Gauguin marries Teha'amana, a 13-year-old Tahitian girl

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPaul Gauguin

1903-05-08 Paul Gauguin [Eugene Henri], French painter who worked in French Polynesia, dies at 54

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin