French History (Part 15)

Historical Events

Events 1401 - 1,500 of 2,204

  • 1940-05-10 French troops arrive in Zealand/Brabant Netherlands
  • 1940-05-12 French marines occupy St Maarten
  • 1940-05-12 Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
  • 1940-05-15 German armoured division moves into Northern France
  • 1940-05-17 Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium & begins invasion of France
  • 1940-05-19 French counter attack at Pronne under Gen De Gaulle
  • 1940-05-21 Allied counter attack at Atrecht, northern France
  • 1940-05-21 Reynaud forms French government
  • 1940-05-24 German tanks reach Atrecht France
  • 1940-05-27 British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII
  • 1940-05-28 British-French troops capture Narvik, Norway
  • 1940-05-29 In WW II, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium & Lille in France

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1940-05-31 Winston Churchill flies to Paris to meet with French Marshal Philippe Pétain who announces he is willing to make a separate peace with Germany

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1940-06-03 Last British & French troops evacuated from Dunkirk
  • 1940-06-04 British complete the "Miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats
  • 1940-06-05 Battle of France begins in WW II

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1940-06-05 General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defense

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1940-06-07 British/French troops evacuate Narvik
  • 1940-06-10 French government moves to Bordeaux
  • 1940-06-10 Italy declares war on France & Britain during WW II
  • 1940-06-15 World War II: France surrenders to NAZI Germany, German troops occupy Paris
  • 1940-06-17 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
  • 1940-06-17 World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France
  • 1940-06-18 General Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy Nazi occupiers
  • 1940-06-22 France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms
  • 1940-06-24 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II

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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 World War II: 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
  • 1942-10-05 Budy Massacre at Auschwitz sub-camp, 90 French-Jewish women beaten to death by prison guards
  • 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

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1401 - 1,500 of 2,799

  • 1884-01-31 Nicholas Joy, actor (Boss Lady), born in Paris, France
  • 1884-06-13 Etienne Gilson, French philosopher (d. 1978)
  • 1884-06-18 Edouard Daladier, premier France (1933..40)
  • 1884-06-19 Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, French Dadaist artist and writer (d. 1974)
  • 1884-06-27 Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (La psychanalyse du feu)
  • 1884-06-30 Georges Duhamel, French author (d. 1966)
  • 1884-07-06 Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac, French painter/cartoonist
  • 1884-08-04 Henri Cornet, French cyclist (d. 1941)
  • 1884-08-27 Vincent Auriol, president of France (1947-53)
  • 1884-09-24 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (d. 1963)
  • 1885-02-01 Camille Chautemps, premier France
  • 1885-02-21 Sacha Guitry, France, actor/playwright (Story of a Cheat)
  • 1885-06-05 Georges Mandel, [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader, born in Chatou, Yvelines (d. 1944)
  • 1885-06-26 Andre Maurois, [Emile Herzog], French writer (Balzac)
  • 1885-07-05 Andre Lhote, French painter/art historian (Traité du paysage)
  • 1885-07-11 Roger de la Fresnaye, French sculptor/painter
  • 1885-07-26 Andre Maurois, Elbeuf, France, novelist/biographer
  • 1885-08-12 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (d. 1959)
  • 1885-08-26 Jules Romains, France, novelist/playwright/poet (Men of Good Will)
  • 1885-10-11 Francois Mauriac, France, novelist/poet/playwright (Nobel 1952)
  • 1885-11-14 Sonia Delaunay, Russian-born French artist (Orphism), born in Hradyzk, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1885-12-23 Pierre Brissaud, French artist (d. 1964)
  • 1886-01-18 Antoine Pevsner, French sculptor
  • 1886-03-04 Paul Bazelaire, French cellist (d. 1958)
  • 1886-03-07 Raymond Largay, Wisc, actor (April in Variety Girl), born in Paris, France
  • 1886-05-03 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (d. 1971)
  • 1886-05-24 Paul Paray, French conductor and composer (d. 1979)
  • 1886-06-29 Robert Schuman, French premier
  • 1886-10-03 Henri Alain-Fournier, French novelist (Great Adventure)
  • 1886-10-26 Mark Aldanov, [Landau], Russian/French chemist (Myslitel) [OS]
  • 1886-11-07 Mark Aldanov, [Landau], Russian/French chemist/writer [OS=Oct 26]
  • 1886-11-15 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (d. 1951)
  • 1886-11-27 Tsugouharu T Foujita, Japans/French painter
  • 1887-02-21 Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1887-05-07 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Gaspard of the Montagnes)
  • 1887-05-31 Saint-John Perse, France, poet/diplomat (Nobel 1960) [or Mar 31]
  • 1887-07-02 Marcel Tabuteau, Compiègne France, oboist (Philadelphia Orch 1915-54)
  • 1887-07-06 Marc Chagall, Russian-French artist (I & The Village), born in Vitebsk, Russian Empire (d. 1985)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1887-07-28 Marcel Duchamp, French sculptor and painter (Nude Descending a Staircase), born in Blainville-Crevon, France (d. 1968)

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp
  • 1887-09-15 Jean/Hans Arp, French/Swiss sculptor, artist and poet
  • 1887-09-16 Hans/Jean Arp, French/Swiss painter/poet/sculptor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1887-10-06 Le Corbusier [Charles Jeanneret], Swiss French architect, city planner and artist (Urbanisme), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds (d. 1965))

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 1887-10-24 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (d. 1917)
  • 1887-12-24 Louis Jouvet, Crozon France, actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise)
  • 1888-02-20 Georges Bernanos, France, novelist (Diary of a Country Priest)
  • 1888-03-17 Paul Ramadier, French politician (d. 1961)
  • 1888-03-18 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor
  • 1888-04-23 Georges Vanier, French-Canadian soldier and diplomat (d. 1967)
  • 1888-05-15 Jean Wahl, French philosopher
  • 1888-05-27 Louis Durey, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • 1888-07-13 Jean Murat, Pergneux France, actor (Eternal Rain, Carnival Flanders)
  • 1888-07-26 Marcel Jouhandeau, French writer, dies at 90
  • 1888-08-05 Victor Francen, Belgium, actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio)
  • 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)
  • 1889-09-13 Pierre Reverdy, French poet (Nord-Sud), born in Occitanie (d. 1960)
  • 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
  • 1891-09-11 Noel Gallon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1966)
  • 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)
  • 1892-11-17 Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, born in Vienna (d. 1982)
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1401 - 1,500 of 2,253

  • 1929-03-20 Ferdinand Foch, Marshal of France (WW I), dies at 77
  • 1929-04-22 Henry Lerolle, French painter (b. 1848)
  • 1929-06-25 Georges Courteline [Moineaux], French playwright, dies
  • 1929-08-10 Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (b. 1878)
  • 1929-09-30 Charles E Bonin, French explorer/diplomat (China), dies
  • 1929-10-01 Antoine Bourdelle, French sculptor (b. 1861)
  • 1929-11-24 Georges Clemenceau, French journalist/premier (1917-20), dies at 88
  • 1929-12-20 Emile Loubet, French premier (1892)/president (1899-1906), dies at 90
  • 1930-01-13 C-E Auguste Rateau, French inventor (R-steam turbine), dies at 66
  • 1930-01-27 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 1931-01-03 Joseph J C Joffre, French marshal, dies at 78
  • 1931-01-09 Claude Anet [Jean Schopfer], French writer (La fille perdue), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931-04-04 Andre Michelin, French industrialist, tire manufacturer and publisher of the Michelin Guide, dies at 78

Industrialist André Michelin
Industrialist
André Michelin
  • 1931-05-31 Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau, French Canadian cardinal, archbishop of Quebec (b. 1866)
  • 1931-06-22 Armand Fallières, French president (b. 1841)
  • 1931-08-31 Marcel Planiol, French private law scholar, dies
  • 1931-12-02 Paul-Marie-Theodore-Vincent D'indy, French count/composer, dies at 80
  • 1931-12-13 Gustave le Bon, French psychologist (b. 1840)
  • 1932-02-16 Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1841)
  • 1932-02-28 Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)
  • 1932-03-07 Aristide Briand, 11 x Prime Minister of France (Nobel Peace Prize 1926), dies at 69
  • 1932-04-10 Andre Baillon, Belgian/French author (& sabots), dies at 56
  • 1932-05-01 Paul Doumer, Pres France (1931-32), assassin by Russia's Paul Gargalov
  • 1932-05-07 Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), dies at 53
  • 1932-07-20 René Bazin, French novelist (b. 1853)
  • 1932-09-13 Paul Gorguloff, murderer of French President Doumer, beheaded
  • 1932-10-29 Joseph F F Babinski, Polish/French neurologist (B-Reflex), dies
  • 1932-11-19 Marie MJ Poupelet, French sculptor/poster artist, dies
  • 1933-02-12 Henri Duparc, French composer, dies at 85
  • 1933-10-29 Paul, [Prudent] Painlevé, French mathematician/minister/premier, dies
  • 1933-11-03 Emile Roux, French scientist (b. 1853)
  • 1934-01-08 Alexandre Stavisky, French swindler, dies
  • 1934-01-13 Paul Ulrich Villard, French Chemist and Physicist who discovered gamma rays, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1934-07-04 Marie Skłodowska-Curie, French-Polish Physicist/Chemist, 1st woman to win Nobel Prize (1903, 1911) dies at 66 of radiation poisoning

Physicist Marie Curie
Physicist
Marie Curie
  • 1934-07-08 Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer (b. 1848)
  • 1934-07-25 François Coty, French perfume manufacturer (b. 1874)
  • 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)
  • 1935-07-03 André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (b. 1878)
  • 1935-07-12 Alfred Dreyfus, French officier (Dreyfus Affair), dies at 75
  • 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)
  • 1936-10-26 Bob Dellemijn, Lourdes-ganger/Franco-volunteer, dies in battle at 18
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940-11-04 Manuel Azaña, Prime Minister of Spain (1931-33) and 2nd President of the Spanish Republic (1936-39), dies of a heart attack at 60 while in exile in France

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • 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)
  • 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