TODAY IN HISTORY: Moulin Rouge Opens Its Doors (Oct. 6th)
On October 6, 1889, the famous Moulin Rouge opened its doors in Paris’s 18th district. The Eiffel Tower was constructed the same year, showcasing the cultural pioneering that dominated Paris at the time. The Moulin Rouge quickly became a world-renowned cabaret, immortalized internationally by the art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec among others. At the top of the venue’s decorated résumé is its recognition as the birthplace of the can-can dance, a furious-paced line dance marked with high-kicks, splits, and cartwheels that remains popular to this day.