Because I am a nerd, I've been collating a certain amount of OMG SHINY into a more usable format:Behold the Timeline
Ignore the specific dates in blue, as those are birth and death dates I'm assigning in my own personal universe; likewise, events in red are personal universe events. Everything in black is what's going on in the world at the specific time. Everything in green is a weather event (thank you, Arago). Everything in purple is a canon event (which isn't easy as Victor gets his timeline screwed up, and I've only gone as far as Valjean retrieving Cosette - Fantine signed a letter a month after she died, her hair apparently never grew back over a year after she sold it, and this is just as far as I've gotten).
I still need to fill in more specifics on some of the nationalist movements and some of the foreign policy stuff, but this collates Wikipedia (French and English editions), the Marxists.org timeline, and anything else I've been able to find. I'll keep updating it as I find more shiny stuff that cries out to be added (because the little details like when the giraffe arrived at the Jardin des Plantes are just fun to throw around) and as we move through the novel on the read-through and I can attempt to nail down some additional plausible timeframes.
What kind of literature and what kind of life is the same question. - Tom Stoppard