Bordeaux in History

Historical Events

  • 1305-06-05 Archbishop Bertrand the Got of Bordeaux elected Pope Clement V
  • 1453-10-19 French retake Bordeaux following the Battle of Castillon
  • 1653-07-31 Fronde-leaders surrender in Bordeaux

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1804-08-03 Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt lands at Bordeaux, France completing his 5 year expedition to Latin America

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • 1895-06-13 Emile Levassor wins 1st Paris-Bordeaux-Paris auto race (24 kph)
  • 1895-07-11 First ever automobile race: Paris to Bordeaux 1,178 km in 48 hours, 48 minutes
  • 1914-09-02 -3] Gen von Hausen & countess of France regime flees to Bordeaux
  • 1940-06-10 French government moves to Bordeaux
  • 1940-06-16 General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
  • 1940-06-17 General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
  • 1944-08-31 French troops liberate Bordeaux
  • 1950-06-04 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1367-01-06 Richard II, Bordeaux, France, King of England (1377-99) (d. 1400)
  • 1774-02-16 Pierre Rode, French composer and violinist, born in Bordeaux, Aquitaine (d. 1830)
  • 1901-05-18 Henri-Pierre Sauguet, Bordeaux France, composer (La Chotte)
  • 1902-04-13 Philippe de Rothschild, manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), born in Paris, France
  • 1913-03-18 Rene Clement, Bordeaux France, director/writer (Is Paris Burning)
  • 1920-01-14 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux)
  • 1945-11-01 Rick Grech, Bordeaux France, rock bassist (Blind Faith, Traffic)
  • 1947-01-26 Patrick Dewaere, [PJMH Bordeaux], France, actor (Les Valseuses)
  • 1962-11-12 Wim Kieft, Dutch soccer star (Ajax/Gir de Bordeaux/PSV)

Famous Weddings

  • 1999-07-28 "Sixteen Candles" actress Molly Ringwald (31) weds French writer Valery Lamerignere in Bordeaux, France

Famous Deaths

  • 0732-10-11 Abd ar-Rahman, Yemenite general strategist (Bordeaux occupier), dies
  • 1982-12-08 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • 1988-01-20 Philippe de Rothschild, Bordeaux Vineyard manager, dies in Paris at 86