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1783: In Annonay in the Ardèche lthe Montgolfier brothers manage for the first time to take off their balloon, inflated with hot air.
1831: Léopold de Saxe Cobourg Gotha is proclaimed King of the Belgians under the title of Leopold I.
1908: The ashes of the writer Emile Zola are transferred to the Pantheon, 6 years after his death.
1936: Following the victory of the Popular Front in the French legislative elections, Leon Blum leader of the SFIO, is the first socialist-led cabinet of the Third Republic. This government will be the source of important social measures, such as paid holidays and the 40-hour week.