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  • 1797
    Major Dubied opens the first absinthe distillery in Couvet, Switzerland. Created as an elixir by Dr. Pierre Ordinaire, it was lauded as a 'miracle cure-all.'
  • 1805
    Major Dubied builds a larger distillery in Pontarlier, France.
  • 1850s
    Popularity of the drink grows among the artists, writers, poets and "Bohemia" of Paris. As absinthe becomes the most popular aperitif in France, the hours between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM become known as "l'heure verte" (the green hour).
  • 1858
    Edouard Manet paints The Absinthe Drinker, which causes a stir within the artistic establishment.
  • 1863
    Phylloxera is introduced into Europe whereby it eventually ravages vineyards, devastating the wine industry. Wine becomes expensive and scarce. By that time, production of absinthe has grown so dramatically that it cheaply and easily fills the void left by the scarcity of wine.
  • 1874
    The Old Absinthe House opens in New Orleans.
  • 1876
    Edgar Degas paints the controversial L'Absinthe.
  • 1896
    Henri Privat-Livemont creates Absinthe Robette, a stunning Art Nouveau style advertising poster.
  • 1900
    Temperance and prohibition movements make their way through Europe and the United States. In Europe, the wine industry fuels the movement against absinthe to help bring life back to the floundering industry.
  • 1905
    Jean Lanfray, a drunken farm laborer in Switzerland, murders his pregnant wife and two daughters. The incident became known as the "Absinthe Murder."
  • 2006
    Absinthe historian Ted Breaux begins his lengthy journey to convince the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to allow authentic absinthe to enter the United States.
  • 2007
    On March 5th, the TTB issues its final approval, allowing Lucid Absinthe Superieure to become the first genuine authentic absinthe imported into the U.S. in over 95 years.
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