Georges Méliès’ Science Fiction Film Released

French director Georges Méliès released the first science fiction film Le voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) in 1902. Continue reading

French Wartime Reconnaissance Balloon Launched

The first wartime reconnaissance balloon was launched on June 26, 1794, during the Battle of Fleurus, Belgium. Continue reading

First French Narrative Film was Directed by a Woman

French film pioneer Alice Guy Blache, a secretary for the Leon Gaumont film equipment company, directed the first narrative movie Fee aux Choux shown Continue reading

Valentin Hauy Created Braille

Valentin Hauy of Paris, France, created the Braille reading system in 1793 Continue reading

Bastille Day Commemorates the French Revolution

Bastille Day commemorates when an angry Parisian mob stormed the Bastille and later captured by authorities on July 14, 1789, Continue reading

Chemical Fire Extinguisher Invented in France

A chemical fire extinguisher using carbonic acid was invented in France by Alexander Laurent in 1905. Continue reading

French Physicist Creates the First Photograph

Joseph-Nicephore Niepce, a French physicist created the first photograph in 1826, Continue reading

French Seaplane Takes Flight

The first seaplane designed by Frenchman Henri Fabre launched on March 28, 1910 from Martigues near Marseilles, France. Continue reading

First Silk Waterproof Umbrella

The first waterproof umbrella was an oiled silk umbrella owned by King Louis XIII of France in 1637. Continue reading

Pants First Worn in the Middle East

Pants were created from divided leg coverings worn in ancient Middle East and Asia. Continue reading