French History (Part 15)

Historical Events

Events 1401 - 1,500 of 2,163

  • 1940-06-22 France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms
  • 1940-06-24 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940-06-25 Adolf Hitler views Eiffel tower & grave of Napoleon in Paris, France

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1940-07-03 British Royal Navy sinks French fleet in Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, to prevent Germany seizing it.
  • 1940-07-04 British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
  • 1940-07-05 Diplomatic relations broken between Britain & Vichy government in France
  • 1940-07-11 Marshall Henri Petain, French hero of World War One, becomes head of the collaborative Vichy government of France.
  • 1940-08-03 German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters & English & French movies
  • 1940-08-07 Churchill recognizes De Gaulle's French government in exile
  • 1940-08-26 Chad is the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor.
  • 1940-08-28 French colonies Cameroon/Congo-Brazzaville support Gen De Gaulle
  • 1940-09-06 Generalissimo Gamelin arrested in France
  • 1940-09-12 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings
  • 1940-09-23 -27] French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees
  • 1940-09-26 Japanese troops attack French Indo-China
  • 1940-10-03 France Vichy government proclaims end to Jewish status
  • 1940-10-04 French Vichy regime proclaims end of "Statute of the Jews"
  • 1941-01-28 French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • 1941-02-26 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
  • 1941-04-12 Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalarn consults with Hitler
  • 1941-06-08 British & French troops overthrow pro-German Syria
  • 1941-06-11 Vichy-French planes bomb Tel Aviv, killing 20 Jews
  • 1941-06-21 2nd French troops occupies Damascus Syria
  • 1941-06-22 Various Communist and Socialist French Resistance movements merge to one group.
  • 1941-07-07 World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops.
  • 1941-08-12 French Marshal Henri Petain gave full support to Nazi Germany
  • 1941-11-26 Lebanon independence first proclaimed by France
  • 1941-12-20 Free France under adm Muselier occupies St-Pierre et Miquelon
  • 1942-02-27 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-03-28 British naval forces raid Nazi occupied French port of St Nazaire
  • 1942-03-30 1st RSHA-transport from France arrives in camp Birkenau
  • 1942-04-17 POW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein.
  • 1942-04-29 Jews forced to wear a Jewish Star in Netherlands & Vichy-France
  • 1942-05-27 Italian army begin siege of French western Fort Bir Hachim
  • 1942-06-14 French government of Reynaud resigns
  • 1942-06-18 Eric Nessler of France stays aloft in a glider for 38h21m
  • 1942-07-16 French police arrest 13,152 Jews in Paris
  • 1942-07-17 Transport #6 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-08-07 Transport 16 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-08-17 Transport #20 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-08-17 US 8th Air Force bombers stage first independent raid on Europe, attack Rouen, France
  • 1942-08-19 WWII: Over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France
  • 1942-08-21 Transport #22 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-08-24 Transport #23 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-08-26 7,000 Jews are rounded up in Vichy-France
  • 1942-08-26 Transport #24 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-08-28 Transport #25 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-09-04 Transport #28 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-09-07 Transport #29 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-09-11 Transport #31 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-09-21 Transport #35 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-09-23 Transport #36 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-09-29 French Government in exile of De Gaulle cancels agreement of Munich
  • 1942-10-22 US gens Clark & Lemnitzer & French gen Mast meet secretly in Algeria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942-11-07 First US president to broadcast in a foreign language-FDR in French

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942-11-08 Operation Torch; began as US and British forces under Eisenhower land in French North Africa

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1942-11-08 Vichy-France drops diplomatic relations with US
  • 1942-11-09 Transport number 44 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-11-11 745 French Jews deported to Auschwitz
  • 1942-11-11 During WW II Germany completes the occupation of France
  • 1942-11-11 Jews in Free Zone of France ordered to wear yellow star of David
  • 1942-11-11 Transport #45 departs with French Jews to Nazi-Germany
  • 1942-11-14 Last Vichy-French troops in Algeria surrender
  • 1942-11-24 French collaborator Marquis de Brinon establishes "African Falanx"
  • 1942-11-27 French navy at Toulon scuttles ships & subs so Nazis cannot seize them
  • 1943-01-30 German assault on French in Tunisia
  • 1943-02-11 Transport #47 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1943-03-04 Transport #50 departs with French Jews to Maidanek/Sobibor
  • 1943-05-20 French, British & US victory parade in Tunis Tunisia
  • 1943-05-27 French resistance under Jean Moulin meets secretly in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-05-30 French general Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1943-07-31 Transport #58 departs with French Jews to nazi Germany
  • 1943-09-09 US, British & French troops land in Salerno (operation Avalanche)
  • 1943-09-12 Free French lands on Corsica
  • 1943-10-04 Corsica freed by Free French
  • 1943-11-08 France arrests government of Lebanon after they abolish the French mandate
  • 1943-11-22 France officially recognises the independence of Lebanon, releasing the imprison Lebanese government
  • 1943-12-17 Transport 63 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1943-12-27 France transfers most of her powers in Lebanon to Lebanese government
  • 1944-03-21 Gen Eisenhower postpones invasion of the soth of France until after Normandy
  • 1944-03-27 1,000 Jews leave Drancy, France, for Auschwitz concentration camp
  • 1944-04-06 Jewish nursery at Izieu-Ain, France, overrun by Nazis
  • 1944-04-13 Transport #71 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1944-05-30 Transport number 75 departs with French Jews to Nazi Germany
  • 1944-06-04 1st British gliders touch down on French soil for D-Day
  • 1944-06-04 French general De Gaulle arrives in London
  • 1944-06-05 1st British gliders touched down on French soil for D-Day invasion
  • 1944-06-06 Operation Neptune, D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France in WWII
  • 1944-06-10 Nazi murders in Oradour-sur-Glane, France
  • 1944-06-14 General Charles de Gaulle lands at Courselles France
  • 1944-06-17 -19] French troops under Lattre de Tssigny conquer Elba
  • 1944-06-19 French troops free Elba
  • 1944-06-27 Cherbourg, France liberated by Allies
  • 1944-06-30 French Cotentin Peninsula in allied hands
  • 1944-07-06 French General Charles de Gaulle arrives in Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-07-06 US General Patton lands in France

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • 1944-07-07 RAF Bomber Command drop 2,572 tons of bombs on Caen, France

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1944-07-21 British premier Winston Churchill flies to France, meets Montgomery

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1401 - 1,500 of 2,721

  • 1888-09-12 Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer, "thank heaven for little girls" (Gigi), born in Paris
  • 1888-10-06 Roland Garros, French pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1888-11-09 Jean Monnet, French economist/EG-pioneer/chairman (EGKS)
  • 1888-11-16 Henri [Ferdinand M J] Bosco, French author/poet (Gogol)
  • 1888-12-16 Alphonse Juin, French marshal
  • 1889-01-22 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (d. 1935)
  • 1889-02-23 Musidora, French actress and director (d. 1957)
  • 1889-07-05 Jean Cocteau, France, writer/artist/director (Le Potamak, Orphée)
  • 1889-10-25 Abel Gance, French film director (d. 1981)
  • 1889-11-26 Albert Dieudonné, French actor and novelist (d. 1976)
  • 1890-02-02 Jean J M de Lattre de Tassigny, French gen (Indo-China)
  • 1890-04-06 Andre L Danjon, French astronomer
  • 1890-04-23 Marcel L'Herbier, French director/screenwriter (El Dorado)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1890-05-19 Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Vetnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), born in Nghệ An Province, French Indochina (d. 1969)

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1890-07-11 Georg Annenkov, Russian/French painter
  • 1890-07-14 Ossip Zadkine, [Zadkin], Russ/French sculptor (Destroyed City)
  • 1890-08-15 Jacques Ibert, composer (Escales), born in Paris, France
  • 1890-08-19 Yves Alix, French painter/graphic artist
  • 1890-10-29 Claire Goll, German-French writer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1977)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1890-11-22 Charles de Gaulle, President of France (1958-69), born in Lille, France (d. 1970)

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1890-12-20 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born actress (d. 1958)
  • 1891-01-22 Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La Souris Boiteuse)
  • 1891-02-27 Georges E Migot, French composer
  • 1891-03-29 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), born in Saint-Dié (d. 1950)
  • 1891-04-19 Francoise Rosay, actress (Interlude, Women in Prison, Saraband), born in Paris, France
  • 1891-08-22 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish/French/US painter/cubist sculptor
  • 1891-11-17 Jean Del Val, [Gautier], France, actor (Sainted Devil, Flying Deuces)
  • 1891-12-30 Antoine Pinay, French premier (1952)/minister of Foreign affairs
  • 1892-01-22 Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder
  • 1892-03-10 Arthur Honegger, Le Havre, France, composer (King David, Pacific 231)
  • 1892-03-16 Caesar Vallejo, Peruvian/French poet (Los Heraldos Negros)
  • 1892-04-19 Germaine Tailleferre, [Les Six], Pau-St-Maur France, composer
  • 1892-06-27 Paul Colin, French poster designer (d. 1985)
  • 1892-07-31 Joseph Charbonneau, French-Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop (d. 1959)
  • 1892-08-15 Louis-Victor prince of Broglie, France, physicist (Nobel 1929)
  • 1892-08-21 Charles Vanel, Rennes France, actor (Wages of Fear)
  • 1892-09-04 Darius Milhaud, Aix-en-Provence France, composer (Maximilien)
  • 1892-10-19 Alexander A Alekhine, Russian/French chess champ (1927-35, 37-46)
  • 1892-11-23 Erté, French artist (d. 1990)
  • 1893-01-03 Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, French novelist/essayist (Gilles)
  • 1893-02-03 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (d. 1978)
  • 1893-03-09 Hans Münch, Swiss conductor and composer, born in Mulhouse, France (d. 1983)
  • 1893-04-18 Violette Morris, French athlete (d. 1944)
  • 1893-05-14 Louis Verneuil, French playwright (d. 1952)
  • 1893-08-31 Lily Laskine, French harpist (d. 1988)
  • 1893-11-19 René Voisin, French classical trumpet player (d. 1952)
  • 1893-12-16 Vladimir Golschmann, conductor with Immortal Downbeat, born in Paris, France
  • 1894-04-23 George Renevant, actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), born in Paris, France
  • 1894-05-27 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (d. 1961)
  • 1894-06-13 Jacques-Henri Lartigue, France, photographer
  • 1894-09-15 Jean Renoir, French director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion)
  • 1894-10-30 Jean Rostand, French biologist (d. 1977)
  • 1894-12-24 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot
  • 1895-01-07 Marie-Dominique Chenu, French Roman Catholic theologist
  • 1895-02-28 Marcel Pagnol, French playwright/director (Marchands de Gloire)
  • 1895-03-30 Jean Giono, French writer (World Chant)
  • 1895-04-30 Philippe Panneton, French Canadian physician, diplomat and writer (d. 1960)
  • 1895-07-25 Yvonne Printemps, Ermont France, singer/actress (Le Duel)
  • 1895-08-22 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician (d. 1966)
  • 1895-11-07 Jakob Kaplan, French head rabbi (1955-81)
  • 1895-12-14 Paul Eluard, French poet (d. 1952)
  • 1896-02-08 Orville Caldwell, Ca, actor (Patsy, French Doll, Last Warning)
  • 1896-02-18 Andre Breton, French writer (d. 1966)
  • 1896-02-19 André Breton, French poet (d. 1966)
  • 1896-02-20 Henri de Lubac sj, French theologist/anti-fascist
  • 1896-04-04 Tristan Tzara, [Samuel Rosenfeld] French poet (Approximate Man)
  • 1896-04-21 Henry M de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte)
  • 1896-07-10 Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator (d. 1981)
  • 1896-07-27 Henri Longchambon, French politician (d. 1969)
  • 1896-08-31 Félix-Antoine Savard, French-Canadian priest and novelist (d. 1982)
  • 1896-09-04 Antonin Artaud, Marseilles France, songwriter/dir (Theatre Seraphin)
  • 1896-09-16 Andre Cheron, French chess/bridge theorist
  • 1896-09-25 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, born in Moscow (d. 1970)
  • 1896-10-08 Julien Duvivier, French film director (d. 1967)
  • 1896-10-23 André Lévêque, French engineer (d. 1930)
  • 1897-01-17 Marcel Petiot, French mass murderer (d. 1946)
  • 1897-01-21 René Iché, French sculptor (d. 1954)
  • 1897-02-02 Aimé Avignon, France's former oldest living man (d. 2007)
  • 1897-02-27 Bernard F Lyot, French astronomer (Lyot filter)
  • 1897-04-04 Pierre Fresnay, actor (Grand Illusion), born in Paris, France
  • 1897-04-23 Harold French, director (Encore)/actor
  • 1897-06-29 Fulgence Charpentier, French-Canadian journalist (d. 2001)
  • 1897-09-10 Georges Bataille, French writer (d. 1962)
  • 1897-10-03 Louis Aragon, French writer (d. 1982)
  • 1897-10-16 Louis de Cazenave, France's oldest living man
  • 1897-12-19 Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, France, anti-Semite/nazi collaborator
  • 1897-12-23 Julien Carette, actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), born in Paris, France
  • 1898-01-20 Colin Clive, [Greig], St Malo France, actor (Bride of Frankenstein)
  • 1898-02-10 Joseph Kessel, French journalist/writer (Army of the Shadows)
  • 1898-03-04 Georges Dumézil, French philologist (d. 1940)
  • 1898-04-01 Roger Bastide, French sociologist
  • 1898-04-12 Lily Pons, Draguignan France, opera singer/actress (That Girl From Paris) (d. 1976)
  • 1898-05-15 Arlette-Leonie Arletty, [Bathiat], Courbevoie France, actress (Maxime)
  • 1898-08-08 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans)
  • 1898-08-22 Francine Larrimore, Verdun France, actress (John Meade's Woman)
  • 1898-09-30 Renée Adorée, French actress (d. 1933)
  • 1898-10-10 Lilly Daché, French-born milliner (d. 1989)
  • 1898-10-31 Alfred Sauvy, French statistician (Affluence & Population)
  • 1898-11-14 Benjamin Fondane, Romanian-French writer and filmmaker (d. 1944)
  • 1898-12-13 Daniel Lazarus, French composer (d. 1964)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1401 - 1,500 of 2,192

  • 1934-07-27 Louis HG Lyautey, French minister of Defense (1916-17), dies at 79
  • 1934-07-29 Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1883)
  • 1934-10-05 Jean Vigo, French filmer, dies
  • 1934-10-09 J-Louis-F Barthou, French writer/premier/foreign minister, murdered
  • 1934-10-15 Raymond Poincaré, premier/president France (1913-20), dies at 74
  • 1934-11-30 Hélène Boucher, French aviatrix (b. 1908)
  • 1935-02-12 Auguste Escoffier, French chef (b. 1846)
  • 1935-05-01 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (b. 1889)
  • 1935-05-17 Paul Dukas, French composer (b. 1865)
  • 1935-05-19 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1935-06-27 Eugene Augustin Lauste, French inventor (b. 1857)
  • 1935-07-02 Alfred Dreyfus, french colonel, dies
  • 1935-07-03 André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (b. 1878)
  • 1935-07-12 Alfred Dreyfus, French officier (Dreyfus Affair), dies
  • 1935-08-30 Henri Barbusse, French writer (Le feu), dies at 62
  • 1935-09-19 Jules M Cambron, French gov-gen to Algeria/ambassador, dies
  • 1935-10-04 Jean Béraud, French painter (b. 1849)
  • 1935-12-25 Paul Bourget, French novelist and critic (b. 1852)
  • 1936-01-07 Guy d'Hardelot, French composer, best known for Because (b. 1858)
  • 1936-02-09 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist, dies at 57
  • 1936-02-28 Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)
  • 1936-03-16 Marguerite Durand, French journalist and feminist (b. 1864)
  • 1936-04-02 Jean-Baptiste Eugène Estienne, French general (b. 1860)
  • 1936-06-12 Isidore Weiss, French world checker champion, dies
  • 1936-08-02 Louis Blériot, French aviator who made the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier than air aircraft, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1936-08-17 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Surgery & Foules), dies at 36
  • 1936-08-22 Juliette Adam-Lamber, French author (Salon/Nouvelle Revue), dies at 99
  • 1936-09-05 Gustave Kahn, French Symbolist poet and art critic (b. 1859)
  • 1936-11-10 Louis Gustave Binger, French officer and explorer (b. 1856)
  • 1937-03-12 Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert Widor, French organist/composer, dies at 93
  • 1937-06-18 Gaston Doumergue, premier/president of France (1913..34), dies
  • 1937-09-21 Henri [Lucien] Capitant, French lawyer, dies at 72
  • 1937-10-16 Jean de Brunhoff, French writer (b. 1899)
  • 1937-12-28 Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62
  • 1938-01-21 George Melies, French early filmmaker (A Trip to the Moon), dies at 76
  • 1938-04-15 Caesar Vallejo, Peru/French poet (Trilce, Russia & 1931), dies at 46
  • 1938-12-14 Marie FM Emmanuel, French composer/musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76
  • 1939-01-28 William Butler Yeats, Irish poet (Nobel), dies in France at 73
  • 1939-06-17 Eugene Weldman, last guillotined in France
  • 1939-06-18 French LM "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish actor, dies at 73
  • 1939-09-20 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1855)
  • 1940-05-23 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • 1940-06-20 Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • 1940-06-21 Edouard Vuillard, French painter/graphic artist, dies
  • 1940-08-31 Georges Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1871)
  • 1940-09-27 Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • 1940-10-24 Pierre Weiss, French physicist (theory of ferromagnetism) dies at 75
  • 1940-12-13 Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, French physicist (b. 1851)
  • 1941-01-04 Henri Bergson, French philosopher (Le Rire, Nobel 1928), dies at 81
  • 1941-02-06 Maximilien Luce, French painter, dies at 82
  • 1941-02-20 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1941-04-04 Andre Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88

Industrialist André Michelin
Industrialist
André Michelin
  • 1941-07-26 Marx Dormoy, French socialist, killed by a time bomb
  • 1941-08-29 Henri Louis, French officer/resistance fighter, executed at 40
  • 1941-08-29 Jan L G "Yvan" Doornik, Dutch resist fighter in France, executed at 36
  • 1941-11-06 Maurice Leblanc, French novelist (b. 1864)
  • 1941-11-26 Ernest Lapointe, French-Canadian politician (b. 1876)
  • 1941-12-11 Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician (b. 1856)
  • 1942-01-05 Yves Paringaux, French chief of staff, murdered
  • 1942-01-06 Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
  • 1942-03-30 Alfred Coville, French historian (Lesson premier Valois), dies at 81
  • 1942-04-17 Jean Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
  • 1942-07-03 Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general (b. 1856)
  • 1942-07-14 Neel [Cornelia H] Doff, Neth/French/Belgian painter's model, dies
  • 1942-09-05 François de Labouchère, French aviator of World War II, compagnon de la Libération. (b. 1917)
  • 1942-12-24 Jean LXF Darlan, French admiral, murdered by gaullists
  • 1943-02-14 Frieda Reiss, French 11 month old baby, murdered in Auschwitz
  • 1943-03-23 Andre Lichtenberger, French Sudan writer (Le Petit Roi), dies at 72
  • 1943-04-07 Alexandre Millerand, President of France (b. 1859)
  • 1943-07-08 Jean "Max" Moulin, French resistance fighter, executed
  • 1943-08-24 Simone Weil, French philosopher and social activist (b. 1909)
  • 1943-10-24 Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, French Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • 1943-11-19 Andre Antoine, French stage manager (Theatre Antoine), dies at 85
  • 1944-01-31 Jean Giraudoux, French writer (b. 1882)
  • 1944-02-04 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
  • 1944-03-05 Max Jacob, French writer, dies in nazi concentration camp at 67
  • 1944-03-22 ... Pucheu, French Internal minister to Vichy, executed
  • 1944-04-13 Paul Hazard, French literature historian, dies at 65
  • 1944-04-26 Violette Morris, French athlete (b. 1893)
  • 1944-06-10 French Duwaer, Dutch printer/resistance fighter, executed
  • 1944-06-16 Marc Bloch, French historian (executed) (b. 1886)
  • 1944-07-07 Georges Mandel, [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader (-1940), is executed by the Milice at 59
  • 1944-10-05 Joseph B "Aristide" Maillol, French sculptor/graphic artist, dies
  • 1944-10-24 Louis Renault, French automobile manufacturer (b. 1877)
  • 1944-11-05 Alexis Carrel, French surgeon and biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1873)
  • 1944-12-13 Vassily Kandinsky, Russian-born German, French abstract painter, dies at 78
  • 1944-12-22 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, dies on 69th birthday
  • 1944-12-30 Romain Roland, French writer/pacifist (Nobel 1915), dies at 78
  • 1945-01-19 Ernest B Allo, French theologist, dies at 71
  • 1945-03-16 Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, French writer/poet, commits suicide at 52
  • 1945-07-20 Paul Valéry, French author and poet (b. 1871)
  • 1945-09-15 André Tardieu, Prime Minister of France (b. 1876)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945-10-15 Pierre Laval, Prime Minister of France (1931-32 and 1935-36) and Head of Vichy France (1942-44), executed by firing squad for high treason at 62

Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France Pierre Laval
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France
Pierre Laval
  • 1945-10-26 Paul Pelliot, French explorer (b. 1878)
  • 1945-12-11 Charles Fabry, French physicist (b. 1867)
  • 1946-04-28 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (b. 1870)
  • 1946-09-20 Raimu, French actor (b. 1883)
  • 1946-12-19 Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)
  • 1947-01-17 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French Archbishop of Quebec (b. 1883)
  • 1947-01-23 Pierre Bonnard, French painter/illustrator, dies at 79