Béziers' important dates

 120 000 BC
Some nomads tribes live on the place (attested by the discovery of primitives tools as the  'biface lancéolé')
 5000/1800 BC
First sedentary inhabitants on the Béziers' hill
 600 BC
Construction of the Ensérune Oppidum.
 600/500 BC
Construction by the Greeks of the first Béziers/Betara city (more than 40 hectares (480,000 sq. yard) !)
 around 400 BC
Total Blackout : The city seems to be deserted (epidemics ?)
 350/281 BC
Volces occupation.
 219/218 BC
Hannibal passing
 200 BC
Gallic Longostaletes settlement
 121/118 BC
Construction of the Domitian way
 105 BC
Kimris army and Teutons occupation
 31/36 BC
Béziers become the Julia baeterrae Roman colony
Viticultural crisis and vineyard destroyed
Construction of the Roman Amphitheater
 around 250
Saint Aphrodise is beheaded - Construction of the firsts remparts
Council (conciliabule), probably in the first church St Aphrodise, about the Arian heresy (against St Hilaire de Poitiers)
Visigoths occupation
 around 500
The IVth century ancient Romana necroplolis (St Aphrodise) shelters St Aphrodise's body and his devoted
 around 650
Firsts (?) parts of St Nazaire church
The Biterrois support rebellion against the king Wamba
Saracenic occupation (under Ambessa rules - vineyard destroyed - churches sacked
Francs occupation (Charles Martel) - Fortifications destroyed.
 around 800
Construction of the St Jacques church
Enlargement of St Nazaire - the St Aphrodise church is in abandonment
 beginning 900
St Aphrodise church restoration
 beginning 1000
Construction of the Sainte Madeleine church
 around 1090
Construction of the Saint Félix church
St Nazaire church becomes a cathedral (roman parts)
 october 15th 1167
Assassination of Raimond Trencavel the 1st inside the Madeleine church
 XIIth century
Construction of the Old Bridge (on the ancient roman bridge's bases)
 july 22th 1209
Béziers is burnt by the Simon de Montfort's army. The Madeleine and St Nazaire churches are burnt too.
St Nazaire is rebuilt.
The region passes under French kingdom rules.
Black death epidemic
The British are attempting an invasion (Prince of Wales)
 september 8th 1381
People revolt (the Bernard Pourquier's one) against the notables
the Old Bridge is repaired
 april 1436
Black Death epidemic
 january 1420-august 21
Rebellion against the dauphin Charles
Old Bridge enlargement
 february 1506
Great cold wave : the Orb river and the Capestang mere are frozen
François 1er creates the seneschalsy
 august 13th 1533
François 1er, his wife Eléonore, their children, the king and the queen of Navarre stay for a while in Béziers
A peddler is burnt to have sold heretic books
Establishing of the Friday market by the Seneschal Philippe de Levis
Protestants occupation
 décember 29th 1564
Charles IX (14 years old) and Catherine de Médicis spend a few days in Béziers (the mother queen is accommodated to the hôtel de Sorgues, 7 Mayran street). They can see the traditional spectacle : the galleys fight (with wheels) on the Carmes place (Victory place today)
The Duc de Montmorency is building the Citadelle (on the actual place Jean Jaurès)
 june 29th 1609
Birth of Pierre-Paul Riquet
 july 18th 1622
Louis XIII spend three weeks/a month in Béziers.
He lodges in the bishopric
Black Death epidemic
Henry 2 de Montmorency's rebellion then writing of the Edit de Béziers with the king, the queen and Richelieu. Destruction of the Citadelle
Molière creates and play in Béziers "Le Dépit Amoureux"
 january 3rd 1660
Visit of Louis XIV
 october 1st 1680
Pierre-Paul Riquet dies in Toulouse
 may 24th 1681
Inauguration of the Canal du Midi - Fonseranes' festivities
Building of St Jacques' barracks
Re-establishment of the friday market by Louis XIV
Black Death epidemic
 july 9th 1745
Little earthquake + one more 2 days later
The city hall's central part is inaugurated
 january 1790
The first street lamps illuminate the city !
 may 17th 1792
The Caritat (charity) feasts become the Freedom feasts
 may 19th 1803
The Caritat feasts come back
 may 30th 1814
Riots against alcohol' taxes
Battlements destruction
Riots against alcohol' taxes (again...)
Paul Riquet's statue and Old Graveyard inauguration
 april 1844
Discovery of 10 roman marble heads (kept in a Toulouse museum...)
Construction of the Theatre
 april 1846
Inauguration of the Pont-Neuf (new bridge) (the work had began in 1841)
 december 3rd-6th 1851
Republicans fight against Louis Napoléon Bonaparte's coup d'etat (bloody repression)
The railroad arrives and inauguration of the Gare du Midi  on april 22th - Bridge-canal on the Orb river
End of the Allées P.Riquet and Poets square installations
Inauguration of the railroad of the Gare du Nord which serves the hinterland. (it was to the left of the current 'Nouvelle Poste')
Construction of the "Caisse d'Epargne" (a bank avenue Clémenceau)
Construction of the Halles
Construction of the National Street (Alphonse Mas) and Republic Street
Construction of the Arenas
 june 20th 1899
Jean Moulin's birth
 july 2nd 1905
Assembly against viticultural crisis
 mars 24th 1907
1851 casualties' monument
 may 12 1907
Meetings and assemblies against viticultural crisis
Post Office construction (close to the city hall)
 Saturday august 1st 1914
The General Mobilization's order is placarded. 'Le Petit Méridional' - attests of a 'real patriotism' in Béziers
 october 17th 1914
The whole city wait - at the station - for the come back of a country child's - G. de Montal - corpse, hurt at war on september 26th 1914 and died in the Chambéry's hospital. The whole population stays at obsequies
 june 1936
Big strikes
 december 26th 1940
First resistants under arrest
 november 11th 1942
German troops arrival
 june 7th 1944
18 resistants shot by the Germans on the Champ de Mars
 july 5th 1944
German bombing
 august 5th 1944
Anglo-American bombing
 august 22th 1944
Béziers is liberated
Construction of the sub-prefecture
 december 3rd 1947
Strikes and incidents all around the City Hall
ASB becomes champion of the French Rugby cup
North Africa repatriated's arrival
Construction of the Devèze
Swimming pool's inauguration
 june 1968
Big strikes
Demolition of the Gare du Nord
Occitanie bridge' Inauguration
Mediterranean Stadium' Inauguration
Installation of the New Port - Construction of the l'IUT (University technical institute)
New hospital in Montimaran
CIRDOC building - University center of Dugesclin
Destruction of the old barracks  (located on the place of the Médiathèque)
Beginning of the  rond point d'Hours' developing
Connecting the A75 with the A9 - Inauguration of the Polygon
Destruction of the Cité Million and the old post office
Commissioning of the new roundabout 'Tressol'
New Palais de Justice in front of the Polygon
Ring road becomes a 2x2 ways