Paris in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 556

  • 1881-02-13 The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by activist Hubertine Auclert
  • 1882-06-02 Pierre de Brazza festival welcomed in Paris
  • 1882-12-11 Victorien Sardous "Fedora" with Sarah Bernhardt, premieres in Paris
  • 1883-03-20 Unity treaty of Paris signed: protects industrial property
  • 1883-04-14 Leo Delibes' opera "Lakmé" premieres in Paris
  • 1883-10-04 The Orient Express departs on its first official journey from Paris to Instanbul
  • 1884-01-19 Jules Massenet's opera "Manon" premieres in Paris
  • 1884-07-04 Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris

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1884-07-29 Society of Independent Artists founded in Paris by Albert Dubois-Pillet, Odilon Redon, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac

Post-Impressionist Painter Georges Seurat
Post-Impressionist Painter
Georges Seurat
  • 1884-12-01 Society of Independent Artists hold 1st exhibition in Polychrome Pavilion, Paris, includes Georges Seurat's "Bathers at Asnières"
  • 1885-06-06 Opera "Lakmé" is produced (Paris)
  • 1885-11-30 Opera "El Cid" premieres (Paris)
  • 1886-08-20 Second Salon exhibition by Society of Independent Artists held in Paris; includes Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"

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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

/flags/franceEiffel Tower Opens

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.
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  • 1889-05-06 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris opens with the recently completed Eiffel Tower serving as the entrance arch
  • 1889-05-18 Jules Massenet's opera "Esclarmonde" premieres in Paris
  • 1889-10-06 Moulin Rogue opens in Paris
  • 1889-10-31 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris closes after 32 million visitors
  • 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, crosses more than 30 meters 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 and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
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
  • 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
  • 1898-02-10 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish-American War is signed by President McKinley; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • 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
  • 1899-04-11 Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US
  • 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's Fair) in Paris opens (till 12th Nov)
  • 1900-05-20 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months)
  • 1900-08-19 Start of the one and 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 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris closes after 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 Lafargue (daughter of Karl Marx) 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 Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet 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" premieres 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 play "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

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1914-09-01 Lord Kitchener arrives in Paris

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • 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 and Picasso's ballet "Parade" premieres in Paris
  • 1917-06-14 General Pershing and his HQ staff arrived in Paris during WW I

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 323

  • 1920-05-16 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1920-09-30 Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-American musician and cellist
  • 1921-06-26 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent, born in Paris, France (d. 1945)
  • 1922-04-13 Jean Topart, French voice and film actor regarded as "one of the inimitable voices of French cinema" (Fantastic Planet), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1922-07-02 Pierre Cardin, Italian-born French fashion designer, born in Paris, France
  • 1922-08-22 Micheline Presle [Chassagne], French actress (Nea, Donkey Skin), born in Paris, France
  • 1922-09-16 Guy Hamilton, British director (Goldfinger), born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1923-09-18 Queen Anne of Romania [Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma], born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1924-04-20 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1924-04-29 Renée Jeanmaire, dancer (Hans Christian Anderson), born in Paris, France
  • 1924-06-06 Serge Nigg, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2008)
  • 1924-08-01 Georges Charpak, Polish-French Physicist who invented and developed subatomic particle detectors (Nobel Prize for Physics in 1992), born in Paris, France
  • 1924-10-27 Alain Bombard, French Biologist, Physician, and Politician who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat to test his theory that a shipwrecked person could survive without provisions, born in Paris, France
  • 1924-11-12 Audouin Dollfus, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn), born in Paris, France
  • 1924-12-19 Michel Tournier, French writer ( Friday, or, The Other Island), born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1925-04-30 Corinne Calvet, French actress (Phantom of Hollywood, Apache Uprising), born in Paris, France (d. 2001)
  • 1925-07-25 Jerry Paris, director/actor (Jerry-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1925-09-08 Denise Darcel, French actress (Dangerous When Wet), born in Paris (d. 2011)
  • 1925-12-27 Michel Piccoli, actor (Topaz, Peril, May Fools), born in Paris, France
  • 1926-01-24 Robert Delpire, French publisher, editor and photographer, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1926-03-01 Robert Clary [Widerman], French-American actor, published author, artist and lecturer (LeBeau-Hogan's Heroes), born in Paris, France
  • 1926-08-05 Betsy Jolas, French composer, born in Paris

Person of interestRené Goscinny

1926-08-14 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), born in Paris, France (d. 1977)

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1926-08-22 Marc Bohan, French fashion designer, born in Paris
  • 1926-10-09 Danièle Delorme [Gabrielle Girard], French actress (Pardon My Affair), born in Paris (d. 2015)
  • 1927-09-07 François Billetdoux, French author (Word Awake), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1927-11-24 Agustín Edwards, Chilean media tycoon (El Mercurio), born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • 1928-01-23 Jeanne Moreau, French actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1928-04-19 Alexis Korner, musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him), born in Paris, France
  • 1929-05-02 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • 1929-12-09 Michel Fano, French composer, born in Paris
  • 1929-12-21 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer, born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • 1930-04-17 Genevieve, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples), born in Paris, France
  • 1930-05-22 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • 1930-05-25 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1930-08-23 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), born in Courbevoie, Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-15 Phillipe Leroy, actor (Night Porter, Leonardo da Vinci), born in Paris, France
  • 1930-10-23 Gerard Blain, actor (Hatari), born in Paris, France
  • 1931-01-14 Caterina Valente, Italian singer, dancer, and actress (Bon soir, Kathrin!, The Entertainers), born in Paris, France
  • 1931-10-25 Annie Giradot, actress (Gypsy, Jacko & Lise), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-02-06 Francois Truffaut, director (Jules & Jim, Fahrenheit 451), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-02-19 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-07-11 Alex Hassilev, actor and musician (Limeliters), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-10-27 Jean-Pierre Cassel, actor (Trout), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-11-28 Gato Barbieri, Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2016)
  • 1933-02-26 James Goldsmith, corporate raider (Referendum Party), born in Paris, France

Person of interestPhilippe de Broca

1933-03-15 Philippe de Broca, French film director, born in Paris, France

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • 1933-04-09 Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor (Casino Royale, Magnifique), born in Paris, France
  • 1933-08-18 Roman Polanski, Polish-French film director (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates), born in Paris, France
  • 1934-04-01 Vladimir Posner, Russian-French-American journalist who represented and explained the views of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, born in Paris
  • 1934-09-28 Brigitte Bardot, French actress, model, animal activist and sex kitten (And God Created Women), born in Paris, France
  • 1935-06-27 Laurent Terzieff, actor (Head Over Heels, Milky Way), born in Paris, France
  • 1936-05-16 Philippe de Montebello, art exhibitionist (Treasures of Tut), born in Paris, France
  • 1936-06-15 Claude Brasseur, actor (Josepha, Pardon Mon Affair), born in Paris, France
  • 1937-01-12 Marie Dubois, actress (Wise Guys, Jules & Jim), born in Paris, France
  • 1938-02-27 Pascale Petit, French actress (Code Name: Jaguar, End of Desire), born in Paris, France
  • 1939-03-14 Bertrand Blier, novelist/director (Going Places), born in Paris, France
  • 1939-12-06 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France
  • 1940-06-11 Joey Dee, American singer (Hey Let's Twist, 2 Tickets to Paris), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1940-10-19 Michael Gambon, English actor (Singing Detective, Paris at Night)
  • 1941-01-16 Richard Bohringer, actor (Diva, I Married a Shadow), born in Paris, France
  • 1941-03-16 Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor), born in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • 1941-07-13 Jacques Perrin, actress (Cinema Paradiso, 317th Platoon), born in Paris, France
  • 1942-04-26 Claudine Auger, Miss France (1958)/actress (Thunderball), born in Paris, France
  • 1943-04-27 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 1996)
  • 1943-08-30 Jean Claude Killy, alpine skier (Olympic-3 golds-1968), born in Paris, France
  • 1943-10-22 Catherine Deneuve, [Dorleac], actress (Repulsion, Hunger), born in Paris, France
  • 1944-03-21 Marie-Christine Barrault, actress (Stardust Memories), born in Paris, France
  • 1944-05-05 Jean-Pierre Leaud, actor (Detective), born in Paris, France
  • 1944-10-06 Merzak Allouache, director (Salut Cousin, Amour a Paris)
  • 1945-06-27 Catherine Lacoste, golfer (US Women's Open 1967), born in Paris, France
  • 1945-10-12 Aurore Clément, French actress (Paris, Texas), born in Soissons, Aisne
  • 1947-11-25 Jonathan Kaplan, director (Heart Like a Wheel), born in Paris, France
  • 1948-03-11 Dominique Sanda [Varaigne], French actress (The Conformist, 1900, First Love), born in Paris, France
  • 1948-04-21 Claire Denis, actress (Boom Boom, Chocolat), born in Paris, France
  • 1948-10-08 Stephanie Marrian [Stefanie Khan], French model, actress and 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, French pianist (Van Cliburn-1981), born in Paris, France
  • 1953-01-03 Angelo Parisi, French heavyweight judo (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1953-03-16 Isabelle Huppert, French actress (The Piano Teacher), born in Paris
  • 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

Person of interestNicolas Sarkozy

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
  • 1955-06-27 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

Person of interestChristine Lagarde

1956-01-01 Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician, 1st female head of the IMF, born in Paris

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Christine Lagarde
  • 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

Person of interestKeith Haring

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, American socialite-Hilton Hotels, mother of Nikki Hilton and Paris Hilton, born in NYC, New York
  • 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

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