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Eiffel tower opens
- The Eiffel Tower is dedicated in Paris in a ceremony presided over by Gustave Eiffel On this day in1889, the tower’s designer, and attended by French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard, a handful of other dignitaries, and 200 construction workers.
- The French government planned an international exposition and announced a design competition for a monument to be built on the Champ-de-Mars in central Paris to honor of the centenary of the French Revolution.
- 100 designs were submitted. The Centennial Committee chose Eiffel’s plan of an open-lattice wrought-iron tower that would reach almost 1,000 feet above Paris and be the world’s tallest man-made structure.