Paris in History

Historical Events

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Battle of InterestViking Siege of Paris

0845-03-28 Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving
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  • 0888-01-13 Odo (Eudes), Count of Paris, succeeds Charles III the Fat to become King of West Francia (888-898)
  • 1242-06-06 24 wagonloads of Talmudic books burned in Paris
  • 1259-12-04 Treaty of Paris: English King Henry III and French King Louis IX
  • 1277-03-07 Condemnation of 219 philosophical and theological theses by Stephen Tempier, Bishop of Paris.
  • 1303-05-20 Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to the English and arranges marriage of English Prince Edward to French Princess Isabella
  • 1323-03-06 Treaty of Paris - Flemish relinquish claims over the County of Zeeland
  • 1349-10-05 Paris theologian Jean de Fayt warns against the Flagellants at Avignon
  • 1370-04-22 Building begins on the Bastille fortress in Paris
  • 1390-10-29 First trial for witchcraft in Paris.
  • 1393-01-28 Fire during Royal Ball in Paris, 4 die (Ball of the Ardents)
  • 1418-06-12 An insurrection delivers Paris to the Burgundians
  • 1420-12-01 Henry V of England enters Paris.
  • 1463-01-05 French poet Francois Villon banished from Paris
  • 1525-03-20 Paris' parliament begins pursuit of Protestants
  • 1550-01-10 1st sitting of "Vurige Chamber" in Paris

  • 1562-03-15 General Francois de Guise enters Paris
  • 1572-08-24 St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of Protestants by Roman Catholics begins in Paris and later spreads to the French provinces

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1576-02-03 Henry of Navarre (future Henry IV) escapes from Paris

  • 1581-10-15 Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine" is staged in Paris
  • 1588-05-09 Duke Henri de Guise's troops occupy Paris
  • 1588-05-12 Catholic League under duke Henri de Guise occupies Paris
  • 1588-05-13 King Henri III flees Paris
  • 1590-09-05 Alexander Farnese's army forces Henry IV of France to raise the siege of Paris
  • 1594-03-22 French King Henry IV festival in Paris
  • 1596-12-22 Ferryboat Meuniers crashes in Paris, 150 die
  • 1610-05-15 Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII (8) as French King
  • 1634-03-13 First meeting of what would become the Academie Francaise in Paris at the house of Valentin Conrart
  • 1635-02-10 The Académie française forms in Paris (by Cardinal Richelieu)
  • 1640-03-09 Pierre Corneilles "Horace" premieres in Paris
  • 1651-02-06 -7] Cardinal Mazarin flees Paris
  • 1652-07-04 Prince of Condé starts blood bath in Paris
  • 1652-10-13 Prince of Condé flees Paris
  • 1652-10-21 King Louis XIV returns to Paris
  • 1653-02-03 Cardinal Mazarin returns to Paris from exile
  • 1656-12-14 Artificial pearls 1st manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales
  • 1659-01-24 Pierre Corneille's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris
  • 1664-07-31 Pierre Corneille's "Othon" premieres in Paris
  • 1665-09-22 Moliere's "L'amour Medecin" premieres in Paris
  • 1665-12-04 Jean Racine's "Alexandre le Grand" premieres in Paris
  • 1667-04-09 1st public art exhibition at the Palais-Royale in Paris

  • 1667-11-07 Jean Racine's "Andromaque" premieres in Paris
  • 1668-12-13 Jean Racine's "Britannicus" premieres in Paris
  • 1670-11-28 Pierre Corneille's "Tite et Berenice" premieres in Paris
  • 1672-01-01 Jean Racine's "Bajazet," premieres in Paris
  • 1673-01-13 Jean Racine's "Mithridate" premieres in Paris
  • 1674-10-11 Pierre Corneille's "Surena" premieres in Paris
  • 1679-01-31 Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera "Bellerophon" premieres at the Palais-Royal in Paris
  • 1682-05-01 Louis XIV & his court inaugurate Paris Observatory
  • 1686-02-15 Jean Baptiste Lully's opera "Armide" premieres in Paris
  • 1696-12-19 Jean-Francois Regnard's "Le Joueur" premieres in Paris
  • 1705-12-29 Prosper Jolyot's "Idomenée," premieres in Paris
  • 1708-12-14 Prosper Jolyot's "Electre" premieres in Paris
  • 1710-01-01 Paris merchant Jean Marius obtains 5-year royal privilege for his invention of a folding umbrella - first in Europe
  • 1714-02-17 Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" degree

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1718-11-18 Voltaire's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
  • 1720-10-17 Pierre de Marivaux' "Arlequin Poli Par l'Amour" premieres in Paris
  • 1722-05-03 Pierre de Marivaux' "La Double Inconstance" premieres in Paris
  • 1726-05-05 Marie de Camargo (16) premieres at Opera of Paris
  • 1727-05-31 France, Britain & Netherlands sign accord of Paris
  • 1727-06-13 Spain underwrites Preliminairy of Paris
  • 1728-04-22 Pierre de Marivaux' "Le Triomphe de Plutus" premieres in Paris
  • 1730-12-11 Voltaire's "Brutus" premieres in Paris
  • 1732-01-29 Paris churchyard of Saint-Medard closed after Jansenistic ritual
  • 1732-08-13 Voltaire's "Zaire" premieres in Paris
  • 1737-08-18 First public admittance to the Salon de Paris art exhibition at the Louvre in Paris
  • 1762-11-03 Britain & Spain sign Treaty of Paris
  • 1762-12-09 British parliament accepts Treaty of Paris
  • 1763-02-10 Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to Britain
  • 1765-03-09 After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son had actually committed suicide.
  • 1770-01-13 De Beaumarchais' "Les Deux Amis" premieres in Paris

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1771-09-26 Denis Diderot's "Le Fils Naturel" premieres in Paris

Enlightenment Philosopher Denis Diderot
Enlightenment Philosopher
Denis Diderot
  • 1771-11-04 Carlo Goldoni's "Le Bourru Bienfaisant" premieres in Paris
  • 1774-04-19 CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis" premieres in Paris
  • 1778-01-27 Piccinni's opera "Roland" premieres in Paris
  • 1778-02-06 France recognizes USA, signs Treaty of Alliance in Paris, 1st US treaty
  • 1783-09-03 Treaty of Paris signed in Paris ends the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and United States of America
  • 1783-12-01 Jacques Charles and Nicolas Roberts make first untethered ascension with gas hydrogen balloon in Paris
  • 1784-01-14 US Revolutionary War ends with the US Congress of the Confederation ratifying the Treaty of Paris
  • 1784-05-20 Britain & Netherlands sign peace treaty (Peace of Paris)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1785-09-28 Napoleon Bonaparte (16) graduates from the military academy in Paris (42nd in a class of 51)

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1787-06-08 "Tarare" an opera by Antonio Salieri premieres at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris

Composer Antonio Salieri
Antonio Salieri
  • 1787-07-15 Parliament of Paris banished to Troyes

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1789-07-11 French King Louis XVI dismisses finance minister Jacques Necker, sparking riots in Paris

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI
Finance Minister Jacques Necker
Finance Minister
Jacques Necker
  • 1789-07-15 Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, is named by acclamation colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris

FranceWomen's March on Versailles

1789-10-05 French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris
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  • 1789-10-06 French Revolution: Louis XVI returns to Paris from Versailles after being confronted by the Parisian women on 5 October
  • 1791-03-02 Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris
  • 1791-06-20 King Louis XVI and the French royal family are caught during an attempt to flee Paris during the French Revolution, severely undermining their credibility
  • 1791-07-17 Members of the French National Guard under command of General Lafayette open fire on crowd of radical Jacobins at Champ de Mars, Paris, during the French Revolution, killing up to 50 people

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1791-09-30 The National Constituent Assembly in Paris is dissolved; Parisians hail Maximilien Robespierre and Jérôme Pétion as incorruptible patriots

Revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre
Maximilien Robespierre
  • 1792-07-25 The Brunswick Manifesto issued to population of Paris promising vengeance if French Royal Family harmed
  • 1792-08-10 A large scale insurrection against the French monarchy occurs in Paris
  • 1792-09-02 September Massacres of the French Revolution: In Paris rampaging mobs slaughter 3 Roman Catholic bishops, more than two hundred priests, and prisoners believed to be royalist sympathizers.
  • 1792-09-11 The French Blue gem (later the Hope Diamond) is stolen with other French crown jewels from Royal storehouse in Paris during Reign of Terror
  • 1793-01-21 Louis XVI of France is executed by the guillotine in Paris, following his conviction for high treason
  • 1793-06-10 1st public zoo opens in Paris
  • 1793-08-10 Louvre palace officially opens in Paris as The Museum Central des Arts
  • 1793-10-31 Execution of Girondins in Paris during Reign of Terror
  • 1793-11-12 Jean Sylvain Bailly, the first Mayor of Paris, is guillotined.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 536

  • 1187-09-05 Louis VIII [Coeur-de-Lion], King of France (1223-26), born in Paris (d. 1226)
  • 1291-10-31 Philippe de Vitry, French composer and poet, born in Paris (d. 1361)
  • 1340-11-30 John, Duke of Berry, French art collector and third son of King John II of France and Bonne of Luxemburg, born in Château de Vincennes, France (d. 1416)
  • 1372-03-13 Louis I, Duke of Orléans, Brother of Charles VI of France, born in Paris (d. 1407)
  • 1389-11-09 Isabella of Valois, queen consort of England, born in Paris (d. 1409)
  • 1401-10-27 Catherine of Valois, Queen of Henry V of England, born in Paris (d. 1437)

Person of interestHenry II

1519-03-31 Henry II, King of France (1547-59), born in Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye near Paris (d. 1559)

King of France Henry II
King of France
Henry II
  • 1524-08-23 Francois Hotman/Hotomanus, French lawyer and diplomat (Anti-Tribonien), born in Paris (d. 1590)
  • 1529-06-07 Étienne Pasquier, French lawyer and man of letters, born in Paris (d. 1615)
  • 1530-07-03 Claude Fauchet, French historian, born in Paris (d. 1601)
  • 1556-03-07 Guillaume du Vair, French writer and thinker, born in Paris (d. 1621)
  • 1566-11-06 Julien Perrichon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1600)
  • 1567-04-26 Nicolas Formé, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1638)
  • 1591-09-08 Jacqueline-Marie-Angélique Arnauld, French abbess (Port-Royal de Paris), born in Paris (d. 1661)
  • 1604-08-04 François Hédelin, abbé d'Aubignac, French writer, born in Paris (d. 1676)
  • 1610-07-04 Paul Scarron, French writer (Virgile Travesti), born in Paris (d. 1660)
  • 1613-09-25 Claude Perrault, French Architect and Physician (east facade of the Louvre), born in Paris, France
  • 1620-11-10 Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos, French patron of the arts, courtesan and writer, born in Paris, France (d. 1705)
  • 1621-09-08 Louis II Condé, Duke of Bourbon (Rocroy), born in Paris (d. 1686)
  • 1622-01-15 Molière [Jean-Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), born in Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1673)
  • 1625-08-14 François de Harlay de Champvallon, Archbishop of Paris (d. 1695)
  • 1627-09-06 Pierre Verdier, French composer working in Sweden, born in Paris (d. 1706)

Person of interestCharles Perrault

1628-01-12 Charles Perrault, French author and fairy tale writer (Tales of Mother Goose), born in Paris, France (d. 1703)

Fairytale writer Charles Perrault
Fairytale writer
Charles Perrault
  • 1635-05-05 Philippe Quinault, French playwright (L'amant indiscreet), born in Paris (d. 1688)
  • 1645-08-16 Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (The Characters, or the Manners of the Age, with The Characters of Theophrastus), born in Paris (d. 1696)
  • 1646-04-16 Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect, born in Paris (d. 1708)
  • 1646-06-21 Maria Francisca of Savoy, Queen consort of Portugal, born in Hôtel de Nemours, Paris, France (d. 1683)
  • 1648-04-09 Henri de Massue, Marquis de Ruvigny, 1st Viscount Galway, French soldier and diplomat, born in Paris (d. 1720)
  • 1656-05-31 Marin Marais, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1728)
  • 1657-12-15 Michel-Richard Delalande, French baroque composer, born in Paris (d. 1726)
  • 1661-01-30 Charles Rollin, French historian, born in Paris (d. 1741)
  • 1661-04-11 Antoine Coypel, French painter and poet, born in Paris (d. 1722)
  • 1663-08-31 Guillaume Amontons, French physicist, born in Paris (d. 1705)
  • 1663-10-18 Prince Eugene of Savoy, famous military commander for the Habsburg Monarchy against the Ottomans and the French, born in Paris, France
  • 1664-08-04 Louis Lully, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1734)
  • 1665-08-06 Jean-Baptiste Lully fils, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1743)
  • 1667-09-24 Jean-Louis Lully, French composer and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1667)
  • 1667-11-02 James Louis Sobieski, Crown Prince of Poland, born in Paris (d. 1737)
  • 1668-11-10 Francois Couperin, French composer and organist (Concerts Royaux), born in Paris, France (d. 1733)
  • 1668-11-10 Louis III, Prince of Condé and Duke de Bourbon, born in Paris (d. 1710)
  • 1672-02-13 Étienne François Geoffroy, French physician and chemist (1718 affinity table), born in Paris (d. 1731)
  • 1674-09-29 Jacques Hotteterre, French composer and flautist, born in Paris (d. 1762)
  • 1676-12-19 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, composer/organist, born in Paris, France
  • 1681-04-11 Anne Danican Philidor, French composer (Concert Spirituel), born in Paris (d. 1728)
  • 1681-08-22 Pierre Danican Philidor, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1731)
  • 1688-02-04 Pierre De Marivaux, writer (Marianne), born in Paris, France
  • 1688-04-04 Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, French astronomer and cartographer, born in Paris (d. 1768)
  • 1692-02-14 Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French writer (L’École des Mères), born in Paris (d. 1754)
  • 1692-10-31 Comte de Caylus, French archaeologist, born in Paris (d. 1765)
  • 1692-11-06 Louis Racine, French poet (La Religion), born in Paris (d. 1763)
  • 1694-07-04 Louis-Claude Daquin [d'Acquin], French organist and composer (La Rose), born in Paris (d. 1772)
  • 1694-07-11 Charles-Antoine Coypel, French carpet designer, born in Paris (d. 1752)

Person of interestVoltaire

1694-11-21 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), born in Paris (d. 1778)

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
  • 1695-02-06 Andre Cheron, French composer, organist and harpsichordist, born in Paris (d. 1766)
  • 1696-03-13 Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, French marshal and statesman, 3rd Duke of Richilieu, born in Paris (d. 1788)
  • 1697-07-11 Jean-Baptiste-Bourguignon d'Anville, French geographer and cartographer, born in Paris (d. 1782)
  • 1699-11-02 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1779)
  • 1707-02-15 Claude Prosper, novelist, born in Paris, France
  • 1710-11-13 Charles Simon Favart, French dramatist, born in Paris (d. 1792)
  • 1713-01-02 Marie Dumesnil, French actress (Iphigénie en Aulide), born in Paris, France (d. 1803)
  • 1713-05-03 Alexis Clairaut, French mathematician (Clairaut's theorem), born in Paris (d. 1765)
  • 1714-01-28 Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Cage, Mercury Fastening his Sandals), born in Paris (d. 1785)
  • 1715-01-26 Claude Helvetius, philosopher, born in Paris, France
  • 1715-07-16 Charles de Rohan, Prince de Soubise, Marshal of France, born in Paris (d. 1787)
  • 1717-06-27 Louis Guillaume Lemonnier, French botanist and contributor to the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, born in Paris (d. 1799)
  • 1717-08-13 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French nobleman and military leader, born in Paris (d. 1776)

Person of interestJean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert

1717-11-16 Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert, French Enlightenment philosopher and mathematician (Encyclopédie), born in Paris (d. 1783)

Enlightenment Philosopher Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert
Enlightenment Philosopher
Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert
  • 1718-09-08 François-Thomas-Marie de Baculard d'Arnaud, French sentimental writer (Les Épreuves du sentiment), born in Paris (d. 1805)
  • 1719-07-04 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (Le Philosophe sans le savoir), born in Paris (d. 1797)
  • 1719-08-20 Charles-François de Broglie, French soldier and diplomat, marquis de Ruffec, born in Paris (d. 1791)
  • 1725-10-12 Etienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist, born in Paris (d. 1810)
  • 1732-01-24 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath and dramatist (Figaro), born in Paris, France (d. 1799)
  • 1732-04-05 Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French painter (The Swing), born in Paris (d. 1806)
  • 1734-09-05 Jean-Benjamin de La Borde, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1794)
  • 1735-04-11 Pierre Nicolas La Houssaye, French violinist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1818)
  • 1737-04-10 Francois Giroust, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1799)
  • 1739-08-27 Michel-Richard Delalande, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1812)
  • 1740-04-02 Armand-Gaston Camus, French Chairman of Council of 500), born in Paris (d. 1804)

Person of interestMarquis de Sade

1740-06-02 Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine). The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name., born in Paris, France

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • 1743-08-26 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, father of modern chemistry (identified oxygen and hydrogen), born in Paris, France (d. 1794)

Person of interestJean-Baptiste Lamarck

1744-08-01 Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, French naturalist (Lamarckian evolution), born in Paris, France (d. 1829)

French Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
French Naturalist
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
  • 1744-08-10 "Fanfan" Alexandrine-Jeanne d'Étiolles, daughter of the courtesan Madame de Pompadour, born in Paris, France (d. 1754)
  • 1747-04-23 Abbé Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, French composer and painter, born in Paris (d. 1828)
  • 1748-07-21 Louis-Henry Paisible, French composer, born in Saint Cloud, Paris (d. 1782)
  • 1748-08-30 Jacques-Louis David, French Neoclassical painter (Death of Marat), born in Paris (d. 1825)
  • 1748-08-31 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, French ballet dancer and composer, born in Paris (d. 1820)
  • 1749-09-08 Yolande de Polastron, Duchess de Polignac, French aristocrat, born in Paris (d. 1793)
  • 1753-11-06 Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, French cellist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1823)

Person of interestTalleyrand

1754-02-13 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French statesman, born in Paris (d. 1838)

Politician and Diplomat Talleyrand
Politician and Diplomat
  • 1754-03-17 Madame Roland [Marie-Jeanne Phlippon], French revolutionary (member of the Girondist faction), born in Paris, France (d. 1793)
  • 1754-07-20 Antoine Destutt de Tracy, French Enlightenment philosopher, born in Paris (d. 1836)

Person of interestPierre Charles L'Enfant

1754-08-02 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., born in Paris, France (d. 1825)

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1755-02-13 Francois Alexander Sallantin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1816)
  • 1755-04-16 Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1842)
  • 1760-03-27 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Paris (d. 1842)
  • 1764-08-13 Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers, French general, born in Paris (d. 1816)
  • 1764-08-22 Charles Percier, French architect, born in Paris (d. 1838)
  • 1765-04-28 Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician, born in Paris (b. 1834)
  • 1766-08-22 Joseph-Denis Doche, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1825)
  • 1766-09-25 Armand-Emmanuel, Duc de Richelieu, Prime Minister of France (1815-18, 1820-21), born in Paris (d. 1822)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1572-08-18 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) marries his cousin Margaret of Valois in Paris

HeartWedding of Interest

1763-05-17 Philosopher Marquis de Sade (22) weds Renee Pelagie de Montreuil in Paris

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • 1846-08-16 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 2nd wife Olympe Pélissier in Paris

HeartWedding of Interest

1870-03-28 Impressionist Painter Claude Monet (29) weds model Camille Doncieux in Paris

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet
Impressionist Painter
Claude Monet

HeartWedding of Interest

1925-01-28 Actress Gloria Swanson (25) weds aristocrat Henri de la Falaise (26) in Paris, France

HeartWedding of Interest

1926-10-04 Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie (29) weds physicist Frédéric Joliot (26) in Paris, France

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Irene Joliot-Curie

HeartWedding of Interest

1934-01-30 Painter Salvador Dali (30) weds Gala Dali (39) in a civil ceremony in Paris

Painter Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali

HeartWedding of Interest

1935-08-19 French singer Édith Piaf (19) weds Andrew Johnseppe in Belleville, Paris

Singer Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf

HeartWedding of Interest

1937-07-12 Explorer Jacques Cousteau (27) weds scuba diver Simone Melchior (18) at Saint-Louis-des-Invalides in Paris

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau

HeartWedding of Interest

1960-06-04 "On the Waterfront" actor Marlon Brando (36) weds Mexican-American actress Movita Castaneda (42)

HeartWedding of Interest

1962-08-17 Actor Jack Lemmon (37) weds actress/model Felicia Farr (29) in Paris, France

HeartWedding of Interest

1966-04-09 Sophia Loren marries married Carlo Ponti in Paris

Actress Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren

HeartWedding of Interest

1967-02-14 Actress Raquel Welch (26) weds director Patrick Curtis in Paris

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch

HeartWedding of Interest

1970-06-29 Medical researcher Jonas Salk (55) weds painter and author Françoise Gilot (48) in Paris

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk

HeartWedding of Interest

1994-12-17 Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • 1997-06-21 Princess Zahra Aga Khan (26) weds businessman Mark Boyden at the Chateau de Chantilly in Paris
  • 2002-09-01 "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" actress Terry Farrell (38) weds actor Brian Baker (35) at Paris Las Vegas in in Paradise, Nevada
  • 2005-05-12 "La Femme Nikita" actress Anne Parillaud (45) weds musician Jean-Michel Jarre (56) in Paris
  • 2007-07-06 NBA Finals MVP Tony Parker (25) weds Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria (32) at a civil ceremony in Paris, France

HeartWedding of Interest

2007-07-07 Actress and model Eva Longoria (37) weds NBA player Tony Parker (30) at The Church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, France

Actress Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria

HeartWedding of Interest

2008-02-02 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-02-14 Actress Salma Hayek (42) weds French billionaire and PPR CEO Francois-Henri Pinault (46) in Paris

Actress Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-03-15 Stand-up comedian and writer Sacha Baron Cohen (40) weds actress Isla Fisher (36) in Paris, France

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
Actress Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher
  • 2010-11-07 Supermodel and who's also the face of L'Oreal Paris Doutzen Kroes (25) weds DJ Sunnery James in Amsterdam, Netherlands

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-12-10 Tennis player Martina Hingis (30) weds equestrian show jumper Thibault Hutin at a private civil ceremony in Paris, France

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 2014-04-01 Media personality Willard Scott (80) weds Paris Keena in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 2016-11-11 Singer-songwriter Adrienne Bailon (33) weds musician Israel Houghton (45) at the Hotel Plaza Atheneel in Paris

Famous Deaths

  • 0898-01-01 Odo, earl of Paris/king of France (888-98), dies at about 39
  • 0901-11-10 Adelaide of Paris, Queen of Western Francia
  • 0956-06-16 Hugo the Great, duke of the Franks, count of Paris, (b. about 1598)
  • 1160-07-21 Peterus Lombardus, Italian theologist/bishop of Paris, dies
  • 1393-01-28 Earl of Joigny, burned at royal ball in Paris
  • 1416-07-15 John, Duke of Berry, French art collector and third son of King John II of France and Bonne of Luxemburg, dies at 75
  • 1572-08-24 Death of thousands of French Protestants by Roman Catholics in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, beginning in Paris
  • 1603-12-13 François Viète, French mathematician dies in Paris (b. 1540)
  • 1655-07-28 Cyrano de Bergerac, French dramatist/novelist, dies at 36 in Paris
  • 1661-08-06 Jacqueline-Marie-Angélique Arnauld, French abbess (Port-Royal de Paris), dies at about 70
  • 1687-03-22 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios), dies at 54
  • 1703-11-19 Man in the Iron Mask, prisoner in Bastille prison in Paris, dies
  • 1801-08-24 Jacques-Denis Antoine, French builder (La Monnaie Paris), dies at 68
  • 1815-12-29 Saartjie Baartman, Hottentot Venus, dies in Paris
  • 1835-11-16 Louis Angely, German comedic poet (Paris in Pommern), dies at 48
  • 1848-06-27 Denis-Auguste Affre, Archbishop of Paris (1840-48) and opponent of King Louis-Philippe, shot to death at 54
  • 1856-02-17 Heinrich Heine, German poet, dies at 58 in Paris

Person of interestOscar Wilde

1900-11-30 Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright and novelist (Importance of Being Earnest), dies in Paris at 46

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1914-07-30 Jean Jaurès, leading socialist, assassinated in Paris
  • 1916-02-29 Edward H J Keurvels, Flemish conductor/composer (Parisina), dies at 62
  • 1916-05-27 Joseph Gallieni, French general (Battle of Marne) and military governor of Paris, dies at 67

Person of interestClaude Debussy

1918-03-25 Claude Debussy, French composer (Nocturnes, La Mer), dies in Paris of cancer at 55

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
  • 1918-08-12 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), dies of cancer at 46
  • 1926-06-25 Symon Petljoera, pres Ukraine (pogroms), murdered in Paris
  • 1927-06-14 Johanna Barbiers, Dutch actress (Voddenraper of Paris), dies at 79
  • 1937-03-12 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist, composer and professor (Paris Conservatory), dies at 93
  • 1937-07-11 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershvin], American composer (An American in Paris), dies at 38
  • 1937-12-28 Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62
  • 1947-11-28 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, WW II hero (liberator of Paris), dies at 44
  • 1960-01-24 John Miljan, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Possessed, Final Extra, Susan Lenox), dies at 67
  • 1960-10-25 José Padilla, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge), dies at 71
  • 1965-10-28 Ben Barka, Moroccan opposition leader, kidnapped & murdered in Paris
  • 1965-10-29 Mehdi Am Barka, Moroccan socialist leader, murdered in Paris
  • 1971-06-25 Charles Vildrac, French author, poet and playwright (La Brouille, Michel Auclair, Notes sur la technique poétique), dies at 88
  • 1972-08-14 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65

Person of interestGeorges Pompidou

1974-04-02 Georges Pompidou, French President (1969-1974) and Prime Minister (1962-1968), dies in Paris at 62

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • 1974-09-04 Marcel Achard, French playwright (La forges the Paris), dies at 75
  • 1974-09-28 Raymond Largay, American actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), dies at 88
  • 1975-10-24 Ismail Erez, Turkish ambassador, killed by car bomb in Paris
  • 1976-02-13 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies at 71
  • 1977-01-18 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • 1977-08-21 Octavus L "Octave" van Aerschot, actor (Scandal in Paris), dies at 87
  • 1977-09-16 Maria Callas, American-born prima donna, dies in Paris at 53
  • 1978-08-03 Ezzedin Kalak, Palestinian PLO representative in Paris, murdered
  • 1978-11-16 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), dies at 75
  • 1979-08-29 Mary Marquet, actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
  • 1979-12-07 Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris

Person of interestJean-Paul Sartre

1980-04-15 Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist philosopher and writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74

  • 1982-01-07 Bert Oosterhuis, Dutch motor racer (Paris-Dakar), dies in race crash
  • 1982-01-19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Roubaix '76), dies [or 1/20]
  • 1982-01-20 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brus 1974), dies at 31[or 1/19]
  • 1986-03-31 Jerry Paris, American director and actor (Jerry in The Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 60
  • 1986-12-15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • 1988-01-20 Philippe de Rothschild, Bordeaux Vineyard manager, dies in Paris at 86
  • 1988-05-23 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris), dies at 73
  • 1990-07-23 Georges Flamant, actor (La Chienne), dies in Paris at 86
  • 1990-10-13 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975), dies at 78
  • 1991-08-06 Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris
  • 1991-10-02 Dimitrios I, patriarch/primus interparis orthodox Christians, dies

Person of interestMarlene Dietrich

1992-05-06 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), dies in Paris at 90

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • 1992-07-30 Brenda Marshall [Ardis Ankerson], American actress (The Sea Hawk, Paris After Dark), dies of throat cancer at 76
  • 1993-07-04 Anne Shirley [Dawn Evelyeen Paris], British actress (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Murder My Sweet), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 1993-08-10 Ken England, US screenwriter (Good Girls Go to Paris), dies at 82
  • 1993-08-29 Dorian Corey, actor (Paris is Burning), dies of AIDs at 56
  • 1994-02-05 Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63
  • 1996-10-24 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53

Person of interestDiana Spencer

1997-08-31 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • 1998-05-02 Gene Raymond [Raymond Guion], American actor (Paris 7000, Love on a Bet, Fireside Theater), dies from pneumonia a 89
  • 2003-01-05 Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (Last Tango in Paris, In the Name of the Law), dies of a heart attack at 84

Person of interestYasser Arafat

2004-11-11 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, dies in Paris at 75

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 2006-05-01 Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • 2008-12-05 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), dies from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • 2011-02-03 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), dies at 58
  • 2015-01-07 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), killed in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris at 76
  • 2016-04-02 Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), dies at 83