Pierre Riquet

Paul Riquet was born in Béziers, Hérault, France, the eldest son of solicitor, state prosecutor and businessman Guillaume Riquet. Continue reading

Canal du Midi First Built

Engineer Pierre Riquet constructed the Canal du Midi tunnel in France 1681 with a length of 515 feet (157 meters). 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