First Ballets Russes Performance

Ballets Russes performed in Paris at the Theatre du Chatelet on May 19, 1909 and founded by Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev. Continue reading

Magnetism Treatise

Magnetism treatise published Epistola Petri Peregrini de Maricourt ad Sygerum de Foucaucourt, militem, de magnete (Letter of Peter Peregrinus de Maricourt to Sygehus of Foucaucourt, Soldier, on the Magnet) in the mid-13th century. Continue reading

International Law Text On the Law of War and Peace

Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius wrote the international law document De Jure Belli ac Pacis (On the Law of War and Peace) in Paris in 1625. Continue reading

French Invent Dry Cleaning

Parisian dyeworks owner Jean-Baptiste Jolly discovered dry cleaning in 1855 Continue reading

Founding of European Women’s Monastery

The women's monastery at St. John's was founded by Bishop Caesarius at Arles, France in 512. Continue reading

France Sent Message Via a Visual Telegraph Line

The visual telegraph line transmitted the first message across a 30-mile stretch of France, using the 22 stations of the Paris Lille line in 1793. Continue reading

Industrial Trade Show Held in Paris

Temple d'Industrie in Paris, France held the first industrial trade show on September 17, 1798. Continue reading

Chappe Invents the Mechanical Semaphore

Two French brothers, Claude and Ignace Chappe invented the mechanical semaphore in 1791. Continue reading

Four-Stroke Internal-Combustion Engine

German inventor Nikolaus Septust Otto developed a four-stroke internal-combustion engine in 1876. Continue reading

Europeans Controls Leprosy

Europe brought leprosy, a disfiguring contagious disease caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae, under control in the 14th century. Continue reading