First automobile Ordered by a Head of State

Nobody knows for sure whether Alexander ever drove or rode in his purchased car. Continue reading

Elisabeth Thible Ascends in Hot Air Balloon

Elisabeth Thible ascends an untethered balloon over Lyon, France on June 4, 1784 constructed by the Montgolfier brothers. Continue reading

First French Language Novel

The novel Petit Jehan de Saintre, written by Antoine de la Sale was published in 1456. Continue reading

Automobile Used for Public Transportation

Jean-Joseph-Etienne Lenoir, Belgian engineer invented the first automobile for personal transportation. Continue reading

President of European Parliament, Simone Veil

Simone Veil of was elected President of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France and served her Presidential term from July 1979 to 1982. Continue reading

Tethered Hot Air Balloon Flight

Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier ascended in a tethered hot air balloon constructed by the Montgolfier brothers in Paris, France on October 15, 1783. Continue reading

The Spark Plug We Love

Spark plug was created by Jean-Joseph-Etienne Lenoir, an Belgian-born engineer working in France, 1885. He developed the first practical internal combustion engine and a sparking device. Continue reading

First Closed-Circuit Road Race in France

The Automobile Club of France held a closed-circuit road race at Course de Perigueux in 1898. Continue reading

Frozen Desserts Enjoyed by Ancient Romans

Ancient Romans first enjoyed frozen desserts after mixing fruit juice with mountain snow provided by runners. Continue reading

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoléon Bonaparte (French: [napoleɔ̃ bɔnɑpaʁt]; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. Continue reading