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

Paris Restaurants Offered Forks

Tour d' Argent restaurant in Paris, France offered clientele forks in the 17th century. Continue reading

French Publication Recommends Condom Usage

The publication L'Escole des Filles, from Paris, France recommended condom usage Continue reading

Can-Can Dance Performed in Paris

The first Can-Can dance was performed by dancer, Elise Sargent at the Jardin Mabille Continue reading

Origins of Polka Dance

The Polka folk dance originated in Bohemia, Czech Republic in 1830. Continue reading

First Automobile Club Founded

The Automobile Club de France was founded in Paris in 1895. Continue reading

Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal (/pæˈskæl, pɑːˈskɑːl/; French: [blɛz paskal]; 19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian. Continue reading

Horse-Drawn Omnibus Service in France

Horse-drawn omnibus service was offered in Paris, France at the encouragement of Blaise Pascal in 1662. Continue reading

Abbot Suger

Suger's family origins are unknown. Several times in his writings he suggests that his was a humble background, though this may just be a topos or convention of autobiographical writing. Continue reading

Dentistry Discipline Recognized by the University of Paris

The University of Paris added dentistry instruction as a formal discipline in 1580. Continue reading