History fact: it happened in October in Paris

Published by Manon C. · Updated on 28 October 2021 at 16h01 · Published on 28 October 2021 at 10h11
Discover the major events that occurred in October in Paris over the course of centuries. Incredible stories but true.

Dive into the history of Paris with us and this guide to history facts in Paris returning on the biggest events that occurred in the French capital city for centuries.

October is all about novelties and the opening of the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the consecration of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the installation of the Luxor Obelisk at the center of the Place de la Concorde, and the birth of the Comédie-Française.

Go and discover these incredible but true stories, sometimes striking but always surprising.

It happened in October in Paris:

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On Tuesday October 9, 1860, the Jardin d’Acclimatation opens in the Bois de Boulogne. Quickly, this huge green place moved by a scientific, entertaining and educative goal becomes a very coveted place by Parisians who come to be amaze by the exotic animals and plants, as well as tribes from faraway countries. Experiencing many setbacks during the different wars, the Jardin d’Acclimatation then becomes a theme park where families still enjoy visiting. [Read more]

Éphéméride du 15 octobre à Paris : L'exécution de Mata Hari au Bois de VincennesÉphéméride du 15 octobre à Paris : L'exécution de Mata Hari au Bois de VincennesÉphéméride du 15 octobre à Paris : L'exécution de Mata Hari au Bois de VincennesÉphéméride du 15 octobre à Paris : L'exécution de Mata Hari au Bois de Vincennes History fact, October 15 in Paris: the execution of Mata Hari in the Bois de Vincennes
On October 15, 1917, Mata Hari is shot dead by the French authorities in the Bois de Vincennes. Courtesan, Oriental dancer, spy and double agent, she is sentenced to death for passing intelligence to the enemy after a summary trial. [Read more]

louis-emile-durandelle 1882louis-emile-durandelle 1882louis-emile-durandelle 1882louis-emile-durandelle 1882 History fact, October 16 in Paris: the consecration of the Montmartre Basilica of the Sacred Heart
On October 16, 1919, the Church of Montmartre Sacred Heart is consecrated by Cardinal Vico and raised to the rank as a basilica after 44 years of work. Erected on the heights of the butte Montmrtre, this Romano-Byzantine style religious building is as fascinating as infuriating for some Parisians who consider it has been “built on the blood of the Communards”. [Read more]

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On October 17, 1961, a peaceful protestation held by the National Liberation Front for the independence of Algeria is repressed with blood. In one night, between 30 and 250 Algerians are killed and thrown into the Seine River. [Read more]

Éphéméride du 18 octobre à Paris : L'Affaire des PlacardsÉphéméride du 18 octobre à Paris : L'Affaire des PlacardsÉphéméride du 18 octobre à Paris : L'Affaire des PlacardsÉphéméride du 18 octobre à Paris : L'Affaire des Placards History fact, October 18 in Paris: the Affair of the Placards
In the night of October 18, 1534, posters vehemently criticizing the catholic service are put up in the streets of Paris by Protestants. The Affair of the Placards marks a milestone in the fights between Catholics and Protestants and signs the end of Francis I’s conciliation with Reformers. [Read more]

Intérieur de la Comédie-Française en 1790Intérieur de la Comédie-Française en 1790Intérieur de la Comédie-Française en 1790Intérieur de la Comédie-Française en 1790 History fact, October 21 in Paris: the birth of the Comédie-Française
The Comédie-Française is founded on October 21, 1680 by order of King Louis XIV resulting from the fusion between Molière’s company and the Hôtel de Bourgogne’s. The king’s idea was simple: putting an end to the quarrels between the two rival troupes while reaffirming royalty through the promotion of classic French theater at a time with the Comédie-Italienne is very trendy. [Read more]

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On October 22, 1895, a dramatic rail accident occurred at the Montparnasse railway station. The Paris-Granville train could not brake in time and ends us down the railway station which façade is mostly destroyed because of the violence of the impact. [Read more]

Éphéméride du 25 octobre à Paris : Installation de l'Obélisque de Louxor sur la place de la ConcordeÉphéméride du 25 octobre à Paris : Installation de l'Obélisque de Louxor sur la place de la ConcordeÉphéméride du 25 octobre à Paris : Installation de l'Obélisque de Louxor sur la place de la ConcordeÉphéméride du 25 octobre à Paris : Installation de l'Obélisque de Louxor sur la place de la Concorde History fact, it happened on October 25 in Paris: the Luxor Obelisk is re-erected at the Place de la Concorde
On October 25, 1836, the Luxor Obelisk is re-erected at the center of the Place de la Concorde as ordered by King Louis-Philippe. Gifted to France by the vice-king of Egypt as a token of their good relationship, the monolith makes it to Paris in 1833 after an incredible journey on the sea. [Read more]

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