Today in Voltaire History

Playwright Topics: Anton Chekhov - Edward Albee - George Bernard Shaw - Neil Simon - Oscar Wilde - Samuel Beckett - Tennessee Williams - William Shakespeare

Related Topics: Philosophy

Historical Events

Events 1 - 8 of 8

1718-11-18 - Voltaire's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris
1730-12-11 - Voltaire's "Brutus" premieres in Paris
1732-08-13 - Voltaire's "Zaire," premieres in Paris
1753-03-25 - Voltaire leaves the court of Frederik II of Prussia
1762-03-10 - French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform
1765-01-11 - Frisia bans Voltaires "Traité sur la tolérance"
1765-03-09 - After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son had actually committed suicide.
1778-03-30 - Playwright Voltaire crowned with laurel wreath

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 3 of 3

1694-11-21 - Voltaire, [Francois-Marie Arouet], France, writer, essayist, philosopher and playwright (Candide) (d. 1778)
1706-12-17 - Gabrielle Chôtelet, [La belle Emilie], French writer (Voltaire)
1904-08-04 - Theodore Newton, NJ, actor (Ace of Aces, Voltaire)

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 4 of 4

1749-12-10 - Gabrielle Chôtelet, [La belle Emilie], writer (Voltaire), dies at 42
1778-05-30 - Voltaire, [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer (Candide), dies at 42
1946-02-05 - George Arliss, actor/writer (Dr Syn, Voltaire), dies at 77
1963-02-28 - Theodore Newton, actor (Voltaire, Ace of Aces), dies at 58


Search On this Day in History

Day  Month  Year  Type

Keyword(s)