The Eiffel Tower Short Story

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The Story of the Iron Lady The Eiffel Tower with its lights, which were added in 1978, is considered a piece of art by France’s copyright laws. The laws protect art for 70 years after its creator’s death. Consequently, it is illegal to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower at night due to the addition of its lights. Though it is mainly a tourist attraction the Eiffel Tower was used as a centerpiece for the World Fair, was built to be one of the most stable structures, and was used to help the citizens of Paris for more than a century. It all began when the World Fair was set to take place in Paris, France on May 6, 1889. France wanted to make a memorial for the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution and asked artists and engineers to draft design plans for a…show more content…
In Paris to tell time a cannon was fired at noon, so citizens could set their watches since 1900; later, the cannon was replaced with a giant clock that was 20 feet in 1907. Fourteen years later the first live radio transmission on the tower occurred in 1921. Keeping the theme of large items, a huge thermometer was installed on the Eiffel Tower in 1934, and it was 160 meters tall. Later, one of the most familiar items today would become popular, the television, which caused the TV antenna to be installed on the Eiffel Tower in 1936. Another large item added to the Eiffel Tower was a large chandelier, which was added onto the bottom of the first floor in 1937 for the Arts and Techniques Exhibit, which contained ten kilometers of fluorescent tubes. Much later in 1978, 30,000 lights were installed on the Eiffel Tower, and 11 years later was the 100th year anniversary of the Eiffel Tower in 1989. In only 11 years the Eiffel Tower would be entering the new millennium. On December 31, 1999 Instead of watching the ball drop, France had a spectacular light show at the Eiffel Tower
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