the first line of Au clair de la lune was recorded
by Édouard-Léon Scott on his Phonautograph. This is "the earliest
clearly recognizable record of the human voice yet recovered." See
for a comprehensive story of this recording and its restoration.
celebration: Glass of French wine while viewing the moon and
holding one lit candle.
from "Au Clair de la Lune", traditional French folk song, reprinted
in a French children's book Vieilles Chansons pour les Petits Enfants:
Avec Accompagnements by Widor, Charles Marie, 1844-1937 (book text),
Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel,1855-1913 (illustration)- source