Pont Royal Bridge Built Using Open Caissons

Pont Royal bridge in Paris, France was built using open caissons in 1685. Continue reading

First International Botanical Congress Held

International Botanical Congress took place in 1867 in Paris, France was organized by Swiss botanist, Alphonse-Louis-Pierre-Pyrame de Candolle. Continue reading

Early Neoclassical Architecture Style Used in Europe

Neoclassical architecture spread from France and Britain and into the Americas after 1750, a decorative excess of the Rococo style. Continue reading

Christine de Pisan

Christine de Pisan was the first professional female author, as a means to support three children following the death of her courtier husband in 1389. Continue reading

Marc Sautet Organized Philosophy Cafés

Philosopher, Marc Sautet organized regular philosophy discussion groups at the philosophy café or Café des Phares Continue reading

Georges Méliès

Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès (/meɪˈljɛs/; French: [meljɛs]; 8 December 1861 – 21 January 1938), was a French illusionist and film director who led many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès was well-known for the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted colour. 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

Paris Ballet Performed Without Interruption

Le Triomphe de l'amour (The Triumph of Love), composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully Continue reading

First Professional Female Ballerina

Mlle. Lafontaine was the first professional ballerina to appear in Jean-Baptiste Lully's Le Triomphe de l'amour (The Triumph of Love) at the Paris Opera in 1681. Continue reading