Maria Taglioni First Ballerina Dances on Point

Maria Taglioni was the first ballerina to dance on point or her toes during a performance of La Sylphide, at the Paris Opera on March 12, 1832. Continue reading

First News Service Sent by Telegraph

Agence Havas of Paris, France established a wire news service that sent an item by telegraph in 1845. Continue reading

Glass Mirrors Distortion Free

In 1687, a French glass artisan, by the name of Bernard Perrot patented a technique of rolling out smooth planes of glass, and created the first glass mirrors free of distortion.
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First Iron-Framed Library Built in Paris

Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve was the first iron-frame building built in Paris, France between 1843 to 1850 by architect Henri Labrouste. Continue reading

Jean-Joseph-Etienne Lenoir

Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir also known as Jean J. Lenoir (12 January 1822 – 4 August 1900) was a Belgian engineer who developed the internal combustion engine in 1858. Continue reading

Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier

Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (26 August 1740 – 26 June 1810) and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (6 January 1745 – 2 August 1799) were paper manufacturers from Annonay, in Ardèche, France best known as inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique. Continue reading

The First Shopping Mall

The first shopping mall was built in Paris, France in 1790. Continue reading

First Woman Freemason

The Freemasons was a boy’s club since its inception, until a woman named Maria Deraismes, a feminist and suffragist, joined a French Freemason lodge in 1882. Continue reading

Lenoir Invents the Motorboat

The first motorboat was invented by Jean-Joseph-Etienne Lenoir, Belgian engineer in 1886 using liquid fuel used in the two-cycle combustion engine. Continue reading

First Photograph of the Sun

In 1845, Jean-Bernard-Leon Foucault, a French physicist and inventor, took a photograph of the sun. Continue reading