Paris in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 607

Viking Siege of Paris

0845-03-29 Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving

  • 0888-01-13 Odo (Eudes), Count of Paris, succeeds Charles III the Fat to become King of West Francia (888-898)
  • 1144-06-11 Basilica of St Denis is dedicated near Paris, the first fully Gothic church
  • 1160-10-12 Maurice de Sully is elected bishop of Paris, will initiate plan to build Notre Dame
  • 1182-05-19 The high altar of Paris cathedral Notre Dame is consecrated by Cardinal Henri de Château-Marçay and Maurice de Sully
  • 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 end 100 years of conflict between the Capetian and Plantagenet dynasties
  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

1572-08-24 St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of Protestants by Roman Catholics begins in Paris and later spreads to the French provinces

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

1581-10-15 Commissioned by Catherine de' Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine" is staged in Paris

Historic Event

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

The First People To Hop On A Bus

1662-03-18 First public bus service begins, promoted by Blaise Pascal, operates in Paris as the "Carosses a Cinq Sous" until 1675

  • 1664-07-31 Pierre Corneille's "Othon" premieres in Paris

Theater Premiere

1665-09-22 Moliere's comedic play "L'amour Medecin" premieres for King Louis XIV at Versailles

Historic Event

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 de Crébillon's play "Idoménée" premieres in Paris
  • 1708-12-14 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon's play "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
  • 1714-02-15 Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" decree

Historic Event

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

  • 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 tragedy "Brutus" premieres in Paris
  • 1732-01-29 Paris churchyard of Saint-Medard closed after Jansenistic ritual
  • 1732-08-13 Voltaire's tragic play "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 Pierre de Beaumarchais' "Les Deux Amis" premieres in Paris

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Niccolò Piccinni's tragic opera "Roland" premieres at Théâtre du Palais-Royale in Paris, France
  • 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 Congress of the Confederation ratifies the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783, ending the Revolutionary War, and forwards it to Great Britain
  • 1784-05-20 Britain & Netherlands sign peace treaty (Peace of Paris)

Historic Event

1785-09-28 Napoléon Bonaparte, aged 16, graduates from the elite École Militaire in Paris (42nd in a class of 51)

Music Premiere

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

  • 1787-07-15 Parliament of Paris banished to Troyes

Historic Event

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

  • 1789-07-15 Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, is named by acclamation colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris

Historic Publication

1789-09-12 Jean-Paul Marat publishes the first issue of his radical newspaper Le Publiciste parisien, later called L'Ami du peuple (The Friend of the People) in Paris

Women'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

  • 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

French Revolution

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 771

  • 1187-09-05 Louis VIII [Coeur-de-Lion], King of France (1223-26), born in Paris (d. 1226)
  • 1289-10-04 Louis X, King of France (1314-16), born in Paris (d. 1316)
  • 1291-10-31 Philippe de Vitry, French composer and poet, born in Paris (d. 1361)
  • 1316-11-15 Jean I, King of France and Navarre, (Nov 15-19, 1316), born in Paris (he lived only 5 days)
  • 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)
  • 1368-12-03 Charles VI "the Well-Beloved", King of France (1380-1422), born in Paris, Île-de-France, France (d. 1422)
  • 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 Richard II of England, born in Paris (d. 1409)
  • 1401-10-27 Catherine of Valois, Queen of Henry V of England, born in Paris (d. 1437)

Henry II

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

  • 1520-08-10 Madeleine of Valois, French princess who briefly became Queen of Scotland after marrying James V, born in the St. Germain-en-Laye, Paris, France (d. 1537)
  • 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)
  • 1557-09-16 Jacques Mauduit, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1627)
  • 1566-11-06 Julien Perrichon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1600)
  • 1567-04-26 Nicolas Formé, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1638)
  • 1585-09-09 Armand Jean du Plessicide de Richelieu, premier of France (1624-42), born in Paris (d. 1642)
  • 1588-05-28 Pierre Séguier, Chancellor of France, born in Paris (d. 1672)
  • 1591-09-08 Jacqueline-Marie-Angélique Arnauld, French abbess (Port-Royal de Paris), born in Paris (d. 1661)
  • 1595-12-04 Jean Chapelain, French writer and poet (La Pucelle), born in Paris (d. 1674)
  • 1603-04-19 Michel le Tellier, French statesman, born in Paris (d. 1685)
  • 1604-08-04 François Hédelin, abbé d'Aubignac, French writer, born in Paris (d. 1676)
  • 1606-05-25 Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary in New France, born in Paris (d. 1649)
  • 1610-07-04 Paul Scarron, French writer (Virgile Travesti), born in Paris (d. 1660)
  • 1612-02-06 Antoine Arnauld, French Roman Catholic theologian & philosopher & mathematician, born in Paris, France (d. 1694)
  • 1613-09-15 François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld, French writer of maxims and memoirs, born in Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1680)
  • 1613-09-25 Claude Perrault, French architect and physician (east facade of the Louvre), born in Paris, France
  • 1615-11-16 Guillaume Dumanoir, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1697)
  • 1617-11-19 Eustache Le Sueur, French painter (paintings of religious subjects), born in Paris (d. 1655)
  • 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, born in Paris (d. 1695)
  • 1625-12-14 Barthélemy d'Herbelot de Molainville, French orientalist, born in Paris (d. 1695)
  • 1627-05-29 Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier (Grand Mademoiselle), born in Palais du Louvre, Paris (d. 1693)
  • 1627-09-06 Pierre Verdier, French composer working in Sweden, born in Paris (d. 1706)

Charles Perrault

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

  • 1635-05-05 Philippe Quinault, French playwright (L'amant indiscreet), born in Paris (d. 1688)
  • 1636-11-01 Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, French poet and critic, born in Paris (d. 1711)
  • 1637-11-30 Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont, French ecclesiastical historian, born in Paris (d. 1698)
  • 1638-08-06 Nicolas Malebranche, French rationalist philosopher, born in Paris (d. 1715)
  • 1640-12-06 Claude Fleury, French priest and historian, born in Paris (d. 1723)
  • 1641-01-18 Francois Michel le Tellier, French statesman (Marquis de Louvois), born in Paris (d. 1691)
  • 1641-04-08 Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English statesman, born in Paris (d. 1704)
  • 1643-11-16 Jean Chardin, French explorer (Middle East and India), born in Paris (d. 1713)
  • 1644-10-02 François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (Quatre dialogues sur l'immortalité de l'âme), born in Paris (d. 1724)
  • 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)
  • 1655-04-08 Louis Willem I, Margrave of Baden-Baden, born in Paris (d. 1707)
  • 1656-05-31 Marin Marais, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1728)
  • 1657-12-15 Michel-Richard Delalande, French organist and baroque composer (De Profundis), 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)
  • 1662-04-26 Marie Louise D'Orleans, Queen consort of Spain as the first wife of King Charles II of Spain, born in Palais-Royal, Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1689)
  • 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
  • 1664-04-30 François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general, born in Hôtel de Conti, Paris (d. 1709)
  • 1664-08-04 Louis Lully, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1734)
  • 1665-04-19 Jacques Lelong, French bibliographer, born in Paris (d. 1721)
  • 1665-08-06 Jean-Baptiste Lully fils, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1743)
  • 1666-09-16 Antoine Parent, French mathematician, born in Paris (d. 1716)
  • 1667-09-24 Jean-Louis Lully, French composer and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1688)
  • 1667-11-02 James Louis Sobieski, Crown Prince of Poland, born in Paris (d. 1737)
  • 1668-11-10 François Couperin, French composer and organist (Les 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)
  • 1669-06-24 Francois van Aerssen, Dutch vice-admiral (Suriname, Algeria), born in Paris (d. 1740)
  • 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, France (d. 1762)
  • 1675-01-16 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (Mémoires), born in Paris (d. 1755)
  • 1676-12-19 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French organist and composer, born in Paris, France (d.1749)
  • 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, French 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)

Voltaire

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

  • 1695-02-06 Andre Cheron, French composer & organist & harpsichordist, born in Paris, France (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)
  • 1698-10-23 Ange-Jacques Gabriel, French court architect (Palace de la Concorde), born in Paris (d. 1782)
  • 1699-11-02 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1779)
  • 1705-11-15 Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, French composer and violinist, born in Paris (d. 1770)
  • 1706-12-17 Gabrielle Chôtelet [La belle Emilie], French writer (Voltaire), born in Paris (d. 1749)
  • 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)

Famous Weddings

Henry IV of France

1572-08-18 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) marries Margaret of Valois in Notre Dame cathedral, Paris, in attempt to make truce between Catholics and Protestants but prompts St. Bartholomew's Day massacre days later

Marquis de Sade

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

Gioachino Rossini

1846-08-16 Italian "The Barber of Seville" opera composer Gioachino Rossini (54) marries 2nd wife, French model Olympe Pélissier (47) in Paris, France

Claude Monet

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

Gloria Swanson

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

Irene Joliot-Curie

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

Salvador Dali

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

Edith Piaf

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

Jacques Cousteau

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

Marlon Brando

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

Jack Lemmon

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

Sophia Loren

1966-04-09 Italian actress Sophia Loren (31) remarries Italian film producer Carlo Ponti (65) in Paris, France

Raquel Welch

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

Jonas Salk

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

Richie Sambora

1994-12-17 Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France; divorce in 2007

  • 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 Paradise, Nevada
  • 2005-05-12 "La Femme Nikita" actress Anne Parillaud (45) weds musician Jean-Michel Jarre (56) in Paris

Eva Longoria

2007-07-06 NBA Finals MVP Tony Parker (25) weds Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria (32) at a civil ceremony in Paris, France

  • 2007-07-07 Actress and model Eva Longoria (32) weds NBA player Tony Parker (25), for the second time in two days), at The Church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, France

Nicolas Sarkozy

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

Salma Hayek

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

Wedding of Interest

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

  • 2010-11-07 Supermodel and who's also the face of L'Oreal Paris Doutzen Kroes (25) weds DJ Sunnery James in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Martina Hingis

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

  • 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 of France, Count of Paris (888-98), dies at ~39
  • 0901-11-10 Adelaide of Paris, Queen of Western Francia
  • 0956-06-16 Hugo the Great, Duke of the Franks and Count of Paris, dies at about 58
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1695-08-06 François de Harlay de Champvallon, Archbishop of Paris, dies at 69
  • 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 and lyricist (Schubert, Liszt), dies at 58
  • 1894-02-21 Gustave Caillebotte, French painter (Rue de Paris) and member of Impressionists, dies at 45

Oscar Wilde

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

  • 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
  • 1918-08-12 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), dies of cancer at 46
  • 1927-06-14 Johanna Barbiers, Dutch actress (Voddenraper of Paris), dies at 79
  • 1937-03-12 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist (Saint-Sulpice, 1870-1933), composer (10 organ symphonies), and professor (American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, 1921-34), dies at 93

George Gershwin

1937-07-11 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershwine], American composer (An American in Paris; Porgy And Bess), dies from a brain tumor at 38

Maurice Ravel

1937-12-28 Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), dies 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
  • 1967-03-07 Alice B. Toklas, American-Parisian avant-garde and companion to Gertrude Stein, dies at 89
  • 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

Georges Pompidou

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

  • 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 Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies of pancreatic cancer at 77
  • 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

Maria Callas

1977-09-16 Maria Callas, American soprano (Carmen), 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, French actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
  • 1979-12-07 Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris

Jean-Paul Sartre

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

  • 1982-01-07 Bert Oosterhuis, Dutch motor racer (Paris-Dakar), dies in a race crash at 41
  • 1982-01-20 Marc Demeyer, Belgian road racing cyclist (Paris-Brussels 1974), dies at 31
  • 1984-09-03 Arthur Schwartz, American composer (Girl from Paris; Excuse My Dust), dies at 83
  • 1986-03-31 Jerry Paris, American director (Happy Days) and actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show- "Jerry"), dies at 60
  • 1986-12-15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • 1988-01-20 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), dies 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, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (1973-91), dies at 77

Marlene Dietrich

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

  • 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, American screenwriter (Good Girls Go to Paris), dies at 82
  • 1993-08-29 Dorian Corey, American actor (Paris is Burning), dies of AIDs at 56
  • 1994-02-05 Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63

Gene Kelly

1996-02-02 Gene Kelly, American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and film director (An American in Paris; On The Town; Singin' in the Rain), dies of a stroke at 83

  • 1996-10-24 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53

Diana Spencer

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

  • 1997-08-31 Dodi Fayed, Egyptian businessman, died in a car crash in Paris with Diana, Princess of Wales,at 42
  • 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

Yasser 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

  • 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

Bernardo Bertolucci

2018-11-26 Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor), dies of lung cancer at 77