The History of the Eiffel Tower

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  • The Eiffel Tower was built.

    The Eiffel Tower was built.
    The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. Its construction took a total of 2 years, 2 months and 5 days.
  • The Noon Cannon is created.

    The Noon Cannon is created.
    A small cannon is fired from the Eiffel Tower at noon, the whole of Paris telling the time by the blast. The cannon blast was also a signal for the closing of all the galleries.
  • The first radio transmission.

    The first radio transmission.
    The first telegraph was linked between the Panthéon and the Eiffel Tower by Messieurs Eugène Ducretet and Ernest Roger. The two locations were a total of 4 kilometers away from each other.
  • First ever "Stair Climbing Championship".

    First ever "Stair Climbing Championship".
    The daily newspaper "Le Sport" consisting of 227 competitors. Everyone was placed in a catergorized group of either veteran, children, runners, walkers, and soccer players. All the groups crowded the starting line, but the victor was Forestier, a young man who took no more than 3 minutes and 12 seconds to reach the second level. His prize was a new Peugeot bike.
  • Officials opt to keep the tower up.

    Officials opt to keep the tower up.
    Originally intended as a temporary exhibit, the Eiffel Tower was almost torn down and scrapped in 1909. City officials opted to save it after recognizing its value as a radiotelegraph station Several years later the Eiffel Tower intercepted enemy radio communications, relayed zeppelin alerts and was used to dispatch emergency troop reinforcements.
  • Franz Reichelt jumps off the Eiffel Tower.

    Franz Reichelt jumps off the Eiffel Tower.
    http://9gag.com/gag/aQqzPpwFranz told officials that he would conduct a parachute test using dummies, but when he showed up that morning he made it clear that he intended to jump. Despite attempts by his friends and spectators to dissuade him, he jumped from the first platform of the tower wearing his invention. The parachute failed to deploy and he crashed into the icy ground at the foot of the tower. Although it was clear that the fall had killed him, he was taken to a nearby hospital where he was officially pronounced
  • Eiffel Tower is closed during WWI.

    Eiffel Tower is closed during WWI.
    The French military used the tower to communicate wirelessly with ships in the Atlantic Ocean and intercept enemy messages during World War I. When the tower played an important role in capturing the infamous spy Mata Hari during World War I, it gained such importance to the French people that there was no more thought of demolishing it
  • Eiffel Tower is closed for WWII.

    Eiffel Tower is closed for WWII.
    Upon the German occupation of Paris in 1940 the lift cables were cut by the French so that Adolf Hitler would have to climb the steps to the summit. The parts to repair them were allegedly impossible to obtain because of the war. Hitler chose to stay on the ground, so it was said that Hitler conquered France, but did not conquer the Eiffel Tower.
  • A fire damaged the top of the tower.

    A fire damaged the top of the tower.
    The fire broke out at 7:21 p.m. in the television broadcast room, an area off limits to tourists. The fourth level belvedere was destroyed and the fittings supporting the mast were badly damaged. Renovations took one year to complete.
  • The 35 millionth visitor.

    The 35 millionth visitor.
    Mr. Legrain-Eiffel, Gustave's grandson, presented the 335 millionth guest, ten year old Julien Bertin, with the keys to a Simca P60 automobile. Unfortunately, the winner is only 10 years old and neither of his parents has a driver’s license.
  • The Eiffel Tower is named a Historical Monument.

    The Eiffel Tower is named a Historical Monument.
    After Culture Minister Andre Malraux registers the Eiffel Tower, it is classified as a historic monument June 24, 1964 and is registered as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1991.
    As France’s symbol in the world, and the showcase of Paris, today it welcomes almost 7 million visitors a year (around 75% of whom are foreigners), making it the most visited monument that you have to pay for in the world.
  • The 100 millionth visitor.

    The 100 millionth visitor.
    The Eiffel Tower welcomes its 100th million visitor, Mrs. Jacqueline Drouillot, a resident of the Nievre province.The singer Mireille Matthieu offers Mrs. Drouillot the keys of a BX Diesel car donated by the Citroen Automobile Compan