From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
“The year 1789 is hereby erased from history” --Joseph Goebbels as newly appointed Nazi Minister for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda, radio broadcast of April 1, 1933
Art and culture
- July 14 - French Revolution (1789-1799) begins: Citizens of Paris storm the Bastille and free seven prisoners. In rural areas, peasants attack noble manors.
- Paul Philidor created what may have been the first true phantasmagoria show in 1789, a combination of séance parlor tricks and projection effects, his show saw success in Berlin, Vienna, and revolution-era Paris in 1793.
- Olaudah Equiano - The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African
- July 19 - John Martin, English painter (died 1854)
- September 15 - James Fenimore Cooper, American writer (died 1851)