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

Historic Event

1777-12-08 Captain James Cook leaves Society Islands

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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, in the South Pacific
  • 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

Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin (1848-1903)

1848-06-07 French post-impressionist painter who worked in French Polynesia, born in Paris

  • 1926-06-21 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-American cinematographer, born in Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia (d. 2003)
  • 1944-11-01 Oscar Temaru, President of French Polynesia 2011-13, born in Faa'a, Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • 1970-02-20 Cheyenne Brando, Papeete Tahiti, daughter of Marlon
  • 1972-12-09 Fabrice Santoro, Tahitian tennis star, born in Tahiti, French Polynesia

Famous Weddings

Paul Gauguin

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

Marlon Brando

1962-08-10 Actor Marlon Brando (38) marries Tahitian actress Tarita Teriipaia (20) (divorced 1972)


Famous Deaths

Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin (1848-1903)

1903-05-08 French painter who worked in French Polynesia, dies at 54

  • 2003-01-04 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-American cinematographer, dies at 76