Marseille in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1524-08-19 Emperor Charles V's troops besiege Marseille, France

King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1720-05-25 The Ship "Le Grand St Antoine" reaches Marseille, bringing Europe's last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000.
  • 1891-04-01 Painter Gauguin leaves Marseille for Tahiti
  • 1900-11-22 Paul Kruger, exiled President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, is given a popular welcome when he lands at Marseilles, France
  • 1934-10-09 Regicide at Marseille: The assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia and Louis Barthou, Foreign Minister of France.
  • 1944-08-23 Allied troops capture Marseille, France
  • 1944-08-28 Last German troops in Marseille surrendered & Toulon cleared
  • 1991-05-29 35th European Cup: Red Star Belgrade beats Marseille (0-0, 5-3 on penalties) at Bari
  • 1993-05-26 1st UEFA Champions League Final: Marseille beats Milan 1-0 at Munich
  • 1994-12-26 French commandos terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille

Famous Birthdays

  • 1808-02-20 Daumier, Marseilles France, artist
  • 1896-09-04 Antonin Artaud, Marseilles France, songwriter/dir (Theatre Seraphin)
  • 1902-08-09 Zino Francescatti, Marseilles France, violinist (NY Phil-1939)
  • 1903-05-08 Joseph Desire Fernandel, Marseilles France, comedian (Grand Chef)
  • 1919-06-19 Louis Jourdan, French actor (Gigi, Octopussy), born in Marseille, France (d. 2015)
  • 1919-12-13 Hans-Joachim Marseille, German flying ace of World War II (d. 1942)
  • 1922-01-07 Jean-Pierre [Louis] Rampal, Marseilles France, flautist
  • 1924-09-12 Jean Le Poulain, Marseille, France, actor (Divine)
  • 1939-07-31 France Nuyen, Marseilles France, actress (St Elsewhere, Diamond Head)
  • 1957-10-10 Craig Marseilles, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Gold Coast), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1977-02-23 Dally Randriantefy, Antananarivo Madag, tennis star (1993 Marseille)

Famous Deaths

  • 1867-08-23 Auguste-Marseille Barthélemy, French poet (b. 1796)
  • 1977-09-10 Hamida Djandoubi, Tunisian convicted murderer who was the last person to be executed in Western Europe, is beheaded in Marseille by guillotine at 28