Dive into the history of Paris in our company thanks to this article about history facts returning on the main events that took place in the French capital city over the centuries.
And to be honest, September has not been a bed of roses for Parisians. Although paced with tragic events, the capital city has also been the place for merrier events such as the announcement of the 3rd Republique on the place de l'Hôtel de Ville.
Read and discover these incredible but true stories.
It happened in September in Paris:
History fact, September 1st in Paris: the creation of the Sorbonne
The Sorbonne is created on September 1st 1257 by king Louis IX’s chaplain and confessor, Robert de Sorbon. Initially devoted to penniless students, the school quickly becomes the greatest European cultural and scientific center because of the quality and richness of the teaching. [Read more]
History fact, September 2 in Paris: the September Massacres
On September 2, 1792, Sans-culottes storm Paris prisons and slaughter a thousand inmates suspected of being against the revolution and rooting for the return of the king. [Read more]
History fact, September 4 in Paris: Gambetta announces the Third Republic
Leon Gambetta announces the Third Republic on September 4, 1870 on the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, following the fall of the Second Empire caused by Napoleon III’s defeat in Sedan and faced with the Parisian people’s obstinacy. [Read more]
History fact, it happened on September 7 in Paris: Paris taxis requisitioned, the “Taxis de la Marne”
On September 6 and 7, 1914, 1,300 Paris taxis are requisitioned by the French army to send backup soldiers to the front for the Battle of the Marne. The “Taxis de la Marne” will carry 6,000 infantrymen and enable to stop the advance of the German armies to Paris. [Read more]
History fact, September 10 in Paris: a tornado hits the heart of Paris
On September 10, 1896, a tornado takes shape in the heart of Paris, a stone’s throw from the Place Saint-Sulpice. In only a few minutes, the phenomenon travels the city and destroys everything in its path. [Read more]
History fact, September 15 in Paris: attack of the Drugstore Publicis in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
On September 1974, a grenade blows up at the Drugstore Publicis in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, killing 2 and injuring 34. The attack is attributed to revolutionary terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez aka Carlos. [Read more]
History fact, September 17 in Paris: bomb attack in front of the rue de Rennes Tati store
On September 17, 1986, Paris is once again the target of a terror attack, rue de Rennes. For two weeks, attacks have increased in the capital city, claimed by a pro-Irani terrorist network working for the Lebanese Hezbollah. The bomb – placed in front of the Tati store – kills 7 and injures 55 people, putting an end to the “dark September”. [Read more]
History fact, September 23 in Paris: Le Neptune balloon mail’s first flight during the Siege of Paris
On September 23, 1870, as Paris is besieged by the Prussian army, the first balloon mail takes off from the Place Saint-Pierre. Called Le Neptune, the aircraft takes off with 125 kilograms (275lbs) of official dispatches for members of the government withdrawn in Tours. [Read more]
History fact, September 28 in Paris: department store Le Printemps catches fire
In the morning of September 28, 1921, 40 years after a first fire, the Le Printemps department store is theater of a fire that ruined the inside of the second building under construction. [Read more]