French History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 2,329

  • 0303-09-25 On a voyage preaching the gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona is beheaded in Amiens, France.
  • 0451-06-20 Battle of the Catalaunian Plains: Roman and Visigoths forces defeat Attila the Hun in north east France
  • 0506-09-10 35 bishops of Visigothic Gaul meet in the Council of Agde, shedding light on the moral conditions of the clergy and laity in southern France
  • 0754-07-28 Pope Stephen II, [III] makes Pippin de Korte, King of France
  • 0823-04-05 Pope Peschalis I crowns Lotharius I as co-emperor of France
  • 0843-08-10 Treaty of Verdun: Brothers Lotharius I, Louis the German & Charles the Bald divide France
  • 0881-08-03 Battle at Saucourt: French King Louis III beats the Vikings
  • 0891-09-01 Northmen defeated near Louvaine, France
  • 0921-11-07 Treaty of Bonn: East France & West France recognize each other
  • 0922-06-09 French republic chooses Robert I, King of France
  • 0923-06-15 Battle of Soissons: King Robert I of France is killed and King Charles the Simple is arrested by the supporters of Duke Rudolph of Burgundy
  • 0939-10-02 Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans
  • 0954-11-12 Lotharius becomes king of France
  • 0979-06-08 Louis V de Luie, crowned King of France
  • 0987-06-19 Louis IV, crowned king of France
  • 0987-12-30 French King Hugo Capet crowns his son Robert the compassionate king

  • 0999-04-02 Gerbert of Aurillac elected as 1st French Pope
  • 1027-05-14 Robert II of France names his son Henry I as junior King of the Franks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1059-05-23 Henri I crowns his son King Philip I (called the Amorous) of France

King of France King Philip I
King of France
King Philip I
  • 1070-06-04 Roquefort cheese created in a cave near Roquefort, France
  • 1108-08-03 Louis VI, "the Fat One," King of France, crowned
  • 1119-06-28 Battle of Sarmada - Emir Ilghazi defeats French Crusaders
  • 1131-10-25 Crowning of Louis VII the Young, King of France
  • 1140-06-03 French scholar Peter Abelard is found guilty of heresy
  • 1148-07-24 Louis VII of France lays siege to Damascus during the Second Crusade
  • 1180-09-18 Philip Augustus becomes king of France
  • 1194-06-10 Major fire at Chartres Cathedral, France, leads to it rebuilt as the high point of French Gothic style
  • 1198-12-26 French bishop Odo van Sully condemns Zottenfeest

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1199-03-25 Richard I, Lion Heart, King o f England, is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France, leads to his death on April 6

  • 1200-05-22 Treaty of Le Goulet signed between France and England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1202-04-28 King Philip II expels King John of England ("Lackland") from France

King of England King John
King of England
King John
  • 1204-06-01 King Philip Augustus of France conquers Rouen
  • 1212-06-20 French and Spanish crusaders unite against the Almohaden at Toledo
  • 1214-01-08 Earl Ferrand of Flanders drops ties with France
  • 1214-07-02 Battle of La Roche-aux-Moines (Angers), part of King John of England attempt to reclaim Normandy from France
  • 1214-07-27 1st battle of Bouvines - King Philip II of France vs Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV and King John of England; as a result John lost Normandy and his other possessions in France (hence his nickname John "Lackland")

  • 1216-05-21 French crown prince Louis enters England, having been invited by barons at war with King John.
  • 1217-05-20 Second Battle of Lincoln fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke
  • 1217-08-24 Battle of South Foreland: English fleet beats France
  • 1217-09-12 French prince Louis & English King Henry III sign peace treaty
  • 1223-07-14 Louis VIII becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Philip II
  • 1249-02-16 Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols
  • 1250-04-13 The Seventh Crusade is defeated in Egypt, Louis IX of France captured

Victory in BattleBattle of Fariskur

1250-07-03 Louis IX of France is captured by Baibars' Mamluk army at the Battle of Fariskur while he is in Egypt conducting the Seventh Crusade; he later has to ransom himself
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Louis IX being taken prisoner by Baibars' Mamluk army
Louis IX being taken prisoner by Baibars' Mamluk army
  • 1253-07-23 Jews are expelled from Vienne France by order of Pope Innocent IV
  • 1259-12-04 Treaty of Paris: English King Henry III and French King Louis IX end 100 years of conflict between the Capetian and Plantagenet dynasties
  • 1260-10-24 The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 1269-06-19 King Louis IX of France decrees all Jews must wear a yellow badge in public or be fined 10 livres of silver
  • 1270-10-30 The Eighth Crusade and siege of Tunis ended by agreement between Charles I of Sicily (brother to King Louis IX of France, who had died months earlier) and the sultan of Tunis.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1275-05-23 King Edward I of England orders cessation of persecution of French Jews

King of England Edward I
King of England
Edward I
  • 1288-04-24 Jews of Troyes France are accused of ritual murder
  • 1295-07-05 Scotland and France form an alliance, the beginnings of the Auld Alliance, against England
  • 1296-01-09 Earl Floris V signs accord with French King
  • 1302-05-18 Bruges Matins; the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by local Flemish militia
  • 1302-07-11 Battle of the Golden Spurs (Guldensporenslag in Dutch) near Kortrijk, Belgium. Flemish coalition defeat French army
  • 1303-05-20 Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to the English and arranges marriage of English Prince Edward to French Princess Isabella
  • 1303-09-08 Anagni: French King Philip IV captures Pope Boniface VIII
  • 1304-08-10 -11] Battle at Zierik Sea: Dutch & French fleet beat Flemish fleet
  • 1304-08-11 Sea battle of Zierikzee, Franco-Holland forces defeat Flemish fleet
  • 1305-06-23 French-Flemish peace treaty signed at Athis-sur-Orge
  • 1306-07-22 King Phillip the Fair, orders expulsion of Jews out of France
  • 1307-10-13 French King Philip IV has Grand Master Jacques de Molay and Knights Templar arrested and charged of idolatry and corruption
  • 1310-05-11 Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics
  • 1314-03-18 Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake by King Philip IV of France
  • 1315-04-30 French chamberlain Enguerrand de Marigny is hanged on the public gallows at Montfaucon after being convicted of sorcery
  • 1317-01-09 Phillips V, the Tall, crowned king of France
  • 1321-08-21 160 Jews of Chincon France, burned at stake
  • 1322-06-24 Jews are expelled from France for 3rd time
  • 1328-05-29 French King Philip VI Valois crowned at the Cathedral in Reims, France
  • 1328-08-23 Battle at Kassel: French troops stop uprising of Flemish farmers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1340-01-26 English king Edward III proclaimed king of France

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1340-06-24 English fleet destroys the French at the battle of Sluys (the Hundred Years War)
  • 1340-09-25 England & France sign disarmament treaty
  • 1346-08-26 Battle of Crécy, south of Calais in northern France; Edward III's English longbows defeat Philip VI's army, cannons used for first time in battle
  • 1352-01-06 French King Jean II introduces Order of the Star

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1356-09-19 English forces under Edward the Black Prince defeat French at Battle of Poitiers and capture the French King during the Hundred Years War

Prince of Wales Edward the Black Prince
Prince of Wales
Edward the Black Prince
  • 1358-05-28 Daint-Leu at Oise begins French boer uprising
  • 1358-06-10 French Jacquerie peasant leader Guillaume Cale captured at the Battle of Mello
  • 1360-03-15 French attack English south coast, raiding Winchelsea
  • 1360-05-08 Treaty of Brétigny signed by English & French, ending the first phase of the Hundred Years' War
  • 1360-12-05 The French Franc is created
  • 1362-04-06 Tard-Venus robber bands strike at Brignais, France
  • 1364-09-29 Battle of Auray, English forces defeat French in Brittany

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1369-03-14 Battle of Montiel: Peter of Castile (Peter the Cruel) with support from England is defeated by an alliance between the French and his half-brother Henry II

King of Castille and Leon Peter the Cruel
King of Castille and Leon
Peter the Cruel
  • 1377-06-29 French raid at Rye, England
  • 1380-11-14 King Charles VI of France crowned at age 12
  • 1380-11-16 French King Charles VI declares no taxes for ever
  • 1382-03-01 Maillotin uprising against taxes in France
  • 1382-11-27 Battle of Westrozebeke/Roosebeke. French army defeats the Flemish army. Flemish leader Philip Van Artevelde killed and corpse displayed
  • 1389-10-30 French King Charles VI visits pope Clemens VII
  • 1390-07-01 French and Genuese armada sails out against barbarian pirates
  • 1392-06-13 Assassination attempt on Pierre de Craon Van Clisson of France fails
  • 1394-09-17 Jews are expelled from France by order of King Charles VI
  • 1394-11-03 Jews are expelled from France by Charles VI
  • 1415-10-25 Battle of Agincourt: Henry V's forces defeat larger French army and the longbow defeats the armoured knight
  • 1419-01-19 French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War
  • 1420-05-21 Treaty of Troyes: Henry V of England and his heirs would inherit the throne of France upon the death of King Charles VI of France
  • 1421-03-22 Battle of Baugé - French defeat English
  • 1422-10-28 Charles V's son succeeds him as king Charles VII of France
  • 1423-07-31 Hundred Years' War: Battle of Cravant - the French army is defeated by the English on the banks of the river Yonne in Burgundy

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 2,981

  • 0040-06-13 Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England, born in Gallia Narbonensis (Roman province in Southern France) (d. 93)
  • 0582-08-13 Arnulf of Metz, French bishop and saint, born in Lay-Saint-Christophe, France (d. 640)
  • 0801-09-08 Ansgar, German Catholic archbishop and Saint, born in Amiens, France (d. 865)
  • 0823-06-13 Charles II the Bald, King of France (843-77) and Holy Roman mperor (875-77), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 877)
  • 0879-09-17 Charles III "The Simple", King of France (893-923) (d. 929)
  • 0972-03-27 Robert II of France [the Pious, the Wise], King of the Franks (996-1031), born in Orléans, France (d. 1031)
  • 1002-06-21 Pope Leo IX [Bruno, Graf von Egisheim und Dagsburg], Catholic Church's 151st pope (1049-54), born in Egisheim, Alsace, Upper Lorraine, France (d. 1054)
  • 1008-05-04 Henry I, King of the Franks (1031-60), born in Reims, France (d. 1060)
  • 1024-05-13 Hugh of Cluny, French saint, born in Semur-en-Brionnais, Brionnais (d. 1109)
  • 1040-02-22 Rashi, French rabbi (d. 1105)

Person of interestKing Philip I

1052-05-23 Philip I of France, King of the Franks (1060-1108), born in Champagne-et-Fontaine, France (d. 1108)

King of France King Philip I
King of France
King Philip I
  • 1075-02-16 Ordericus Vitalis, French monk/historian/poet
  • 1081-12-01 Louis VI of France (d. 1137)
  • 1102-10-25 William Clito, Count of Flanders (1127-28), born in Rouen, France (d. 1128)
  • 1113-08-24 Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, conquered Normandy, born in Le Mans, France (d. 1151)
  • 1156-10-27 Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse (1194-1222), born in Saint-Gilles, Gard, France (d. 1222)
  • 1160-06-23 Johannes de Matha, French saint/founder (Trinitarians)
  • 1160-10-04 Alys, Countess of the Vexin, Daughter of Louis VII of France (d. 1220)
  • 1165-08-21 Philip II Augustus, 1st great Capetian king of France (1179-1223), born in Gonesse, France (d. 1223)
  • 1170-04-05 Isabella of Hainault, Queen of France (1180-90), born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1190)
  • 1170-04-23 Isabelle of Hainaut, queen of France, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1190)
  • 1187-09-05 Louis VIII [Coeur-de-Lion], King of France (1223-26), born in Paris (d. 1226)
  • 1188-03-04 Blanche of Castile, wife of Louis VIII of France (d. 1252)
  • 1201-10-09 Robert de Sorbon, French theologian and founder of the Sorbonne College, born in Sorbon, France (d. 1274)
  • 1213-03-09 Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy, French crusader, born in Villaines-en-Duesmois, France (d. 1271)
  • 1214-04-25 Louis IX (Saint Louis), King of France (1226-70), born in Poissy, France (d. 1270)
  • 1220-11-11 Alphonse of Toulouse, son of Louis VIII of France, born in Poissy, France (d. 1271)
  • 1242-06-25 Beatrice of England, Duchess of Brittanny, daughter of Henry III of England, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1275)
  • 1244-10-13 Jacques de Molay, French last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, born in Molay, Haute-Saône, France (d. 1314)
  • 1245-04-03 Philips III, King of France (1270-85), born in Poissy, France (d. 1285)
  • 1245-04-30 Philip III "the Bold", King of France (1270-85), born in Poissy, France (d. 1285)
  • 1249-09-04 Amadeus V de Great, Count of Flanders and Savoy, born in Le Bourget-du-Lac, France (d. 1323)
  • 1254-05-13 Maria of Brabant, wife of Philip III and Queen consort of France (1274-85), born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1321)
  • 1270-03-12 Prince Charles, Count of Valois (1284-1325), son of King Philip III of France, born in France (d. 1325)
  • 1289-10-04 Louis X, King of France (1314-16), born in Paris (d. 1316)
  • 1291-10-31 Philippe de Vitry, French composer and poet, born in Paris (d. 1361)
  • 1315-05-20 Bonne of Luxembourg, wife of John II of France (d. 1349)
  • 1316-11-15 Jean I, King of France (Nov 15-19, 1316), born in Paris (he lived only 5 days)
  • 1319-04-16 John II, the Good, King of France (1350-64), born in Le Mans, France (d. 1364)
  • 1319-09-05 Peter IV, King of Aragon (1336-87), born in Perpignan, France (d. 1387)
  • 1321-09-29 John of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (d. 1387)
  • 1326-05-08 Joan I, Countess of Auvergne, queen of France (1350-60) (d. 1360)
  • 1330-09-28 Nicolas Flamel, French alchemist (d. 1418)
  • 1330-10-25 Louis II, Count of Flanders, born in Male Castle, Flanders, France (d. 1384)
  • 1338-01-21 King Charles V, (Charles the Wise), of France (1364-80)
  • 1338-02-03 Jeanne de Bourbon, wife of Charles V of France (d. 1378)
  • 1339-07-23 Louis I, Duke of Anjou and King of Naples (Battle at Poitiers), born in Château de Vincennes, France (d. 1384)
  • 1340-11-30 John, Duke of Berry, French art collector and third son of King John II of France and Bonne of Luxemburg, born in Château de Vincennes, France (d. 1416)
  • 1344-09-18 Marie of Valois, Princess of France, born in Château De Saint Germain-En-, Ile-De-France, France (d. 1404)
  • 1363-12-14 Jean de Gerson, French theologian, born in Gerson-lès-Barby, Champagne, France (d. 1429)

Person of interestRichard II

1367-01-06 Richard II, King of England (1377-99), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1400)

King of England Richard II
King of England
Richard II
  • 1368-12-03 Charles VI "the Well-Beloved", King of France (1380-1422), born in Paris, Île-de-France, France (d. 1422)
  • 1371-05-28 John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy (1404-19), born in Rouvres, France (d. 1419)
  • 1372-03-13 Louis I, Duke of Orléans, Brother of Charles VI of France, born in Paris (d. 1407)
  • 1383-09-04 Amadeus VIII, Duke of Savoye and last antipope (Felix V, 1439-48), born in Chambéry, France (d. 1451)
  • 1387-09-16 Henry V, King of England (1413-22) and France (1416-19), born in Monmouth Castle, Monmouth, Principality of Wales (date disputed) (d. 1422)
  • 1393-08-24 Arthur III, Duke of Brittany, born in Château de Suscinio, Sarzeau, France (d. 1458)
  • 1394-11-24 Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (d. 1465)
  • 1397-08-05 Guillaume Dufay, Franco-Flemish composer and theorist (d. 1474)
  • 1401-08-16 Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, dauphine of France (d. 1436)
  • 1402-11-23 Jean de Dunois, French soldier (d. 1468)
  • 1403-02-22 Charles VII, King of France (1422-61), drove the English out from Northern France, (d. 1461)
  • 1403-06-11 John IV, Duke of Brabant, born in Arras, France (d. 1427)
  • 1404-10-14 Marie of Anjou, Queen of France (1422-61), born in Angers, France (d. 1463)
  • 1409-03-02 John II, French duke of Alencon/co-fighter of Jeanne d'arc

Person of interestJoan of Arc

1412-01-15 Joan of Arc, Roman Catholic Saint and national heroine of France (legendary date), born in Domrémy, duchy of Bar, France (d. 1431)

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • 1423-07-03 Louis XI, King of France (1461-83), born in Bourges, France (d. 1483)

Person of interestMargaret of Anjou

1430-03-23 Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI of England, born in Pont-à-Mousson, Lorraine, France (d. 1482)

Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England Margaret of Anjou
Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England
Margaret of Anjou
  • 1433-11-10 Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1467-77), born in Dijon, France (d. 1477)
  • 1451-05-02 René II, Duke of Lorraine, born in Angers, France (d. 1508)
  • 1462-06-27 Louis XII, the Just, King of France (1498-1515), born in Château de Blois, France (d. 1515)
  • 1464-04-23 Joan of France, Queen of France (1498) and catholic saint who founded several religious orders, born in Nogent-le-Roi (d. 1505)
  • 1465-02-04 French van Brederode, leader of Hoeksen
  • 1466-03-21 French van Brederode, leader Hoeksen
  • 1470-06-30 Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98) who invaded Italy, born in Château d'Amboise, France (d. 1498)
  • 1476-09-11 Louise of Savoy, French mother of King Francois I, born in Pont-d'Ain, France (d. 1531)
  • 1484-04-23 Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italian-French physician and scholar (On the Subtlety of Things), born in Riva, Italy (d. 1558)
  • 1486-10-10 Charles III, Duke of Savoy (1504-53), born in Chazey-sur-Ain, France (d. 1553)
  • 1489-06-04 Antoine, Duke of Lorraine, born in Bar-le-Duc, France (d. 1544)

Person of interestJacques Cartier

1491-12-31 Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France, born in St. Malo, Brittany (d. 1557)

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier
  • 1492-04-11 Marguerite of Navarre, Queen of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre, born in Angoulême, France (d. 1549)
  • 1493-03-15 Anne Pierre Adrien duke of Montmorency, marshal of France
  • 1494-02-04 Francois Rabelais, French satirist (Gargantua and Pantagruel), born in La Devinière, Touraine, Kingdom of France (d. 1553)

Person of interestFrancis I of France

1494-09-12 King Francis I of France (1515-47), born in Cognac, France (d. 1547)

  • 1494-12-20 Oronce Finé, French mathematician & cartographer, born in Briançon, France (d. 1555)
  • 1496-03-18 Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VII of England and queen consort of Louis XII of France (d. 1533)
  • 1498-04-09 John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman, born in Bar-le-Duc, Lorraine (d. 1550)
  • 1498-11-15 Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1558)
  • 1499-09-03 Diane de Poitiers, French mistress of Henry II of France, born in Saint-Vallier, Drôme, France (d. 1566)
  • 1499-10-14 Claude of France, Duchess of Brittany amd wife of Francis I of France, born in Romorantin-Lanthenay, France (d. 1524)

Person of interestNostradamus

1503-12-14 Nostradamus [Michel de Nostre-Dam], French astrologist and prophet (Les Propheties), born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France (d. 1566)

Astrologer/Prophet Nostradamus
  • 1506-02-02 René de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (d. 1583)
  • 1506-04-13 Peter Faber, French Jesuit theologian (co-founder of Society of Jesus), born in Villaret, Duchy of Savoy Holy Roman Empire (d. 1546)
  • 1507-09-27 Guillaume Rondelet, French naturalist famous for his study of marine animals, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1566)

Person of interestJohn Calvin

1509-07-10 John Calvin [Jehan Cauvin], Protestant religious reformer and theologian (Calvinism), born in Picardy, France (d. 1564)

Protestant Reformer and Theologian John Calvin
Protestant Reformer and Theologian
John Calvin
  • 1509-08-03 Étienne Dolet, French scholar and printer, born in Orléans, France (d. 1546)
  • 1510-10-25 Renée of France, French princess and Duchess of Ferrara, born in Château de Blois, Touraine, France (d. 1574)
  • 1513-10-30 Jacques Amyot, French humanist, translator and Abbot of Bellozanne, born in Melun (d. 1593)
  • 1515-11-22 Marie Guise, Queen consort of Scotland upon her marriage to King James V of Scotland in 1538, born in Bar-le-Duc, Duchy of Bar (d. 1560)
  • 1515-12-22 Mary of Guise [Mary of Lorraine], pro-French Queen of Scots (1538-42) and Regent of Scotland (1554-60), born in Bar-le-Duc, France (d. 1560)

Famous Weddings

The Most Expensive Divorce in HistoryThe Most Expensive Divorce in History

1152-05-18 Eleanor of Aquitaine marries Henri of Anjou, handing the future King Henry II of England most of France, allowing future kings of England to claim France for centuries thereafter
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An artist's impression of what Eleanor could have looked like
An artist's impression of what Eleanor could have looked like
  • 1160-11-13 Marriage of Louis VII of France with Adele of Champagne.
  • 1491-12-06 King Charles VIII of France marries Anna of Bretagne
  • 1514-10-09 King Louis XII of France marries Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VII (sister of Henry VIII)

LoveWedding of Interest

1533-10-28 Prince Henry of France (later Henry II) (14) marries Florentine noblewoman Catherine de' Medici (14)

King of France Henry II
King of France
Henry II

LoveWedding of Interest

1558-04-24 Mary, Queen of Scots marries French dauphin Francis

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots

LoveWedding of Interest

1572-08-18 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) marries his cousin Margaret of Valois in Paris

LoveWedding of Interest

1625-06-13 English king Charles I marries French princess Henrietta Maria at Canterbury cathedral in Canterbury, England

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I

LoveWedding of Interest

1660-06-09 French King Louis XIV (21) marries Maria Theresa of Spain (21) at Saint-Jean-de-Luz

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
Queen of Louis XIV Maria Theresa of Spain
Queen of Louis XIV
Maria Theresa of Spain
  • 1661-03-16 Princess Henrietta of Orange-Nassau (16) weds Philippe of France, Duke of Orléans (20)
  • 1684-01-12 French King Louis XIV marries Madame Maintenon
  • 1725-09-05 French King Louis XV marries Polish princess Mary Lesczynski
  • 1736-02-12 Maria Theresa Habsburg marries French Stefanus (emperor Francois I)

LoveWedding of Interest

1770-05-16 Marie Antoinette (14) marries future King Louis XVI (15) of France

Queen of France Marie Antoinette
Queen of France
Marie Antoinette
King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI

LoveWedding of Interest

1771-05-14 King of France Louis XVIII weds princess Maria Giuseppina of Savoy at the Palace of Versailles

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France

LoveWedding of Interest

1796-03-09 French Leader Napoléon Bonaparte (26) marries 1st wife Joséphine de Beauharnais (32), changing her name from Rose

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

LoveWedding of Interest

1849-05-29 Bacteriologist Louis Pasteur (26) weds secretary Marie Laurent (23) in Strasbourg, France

Bacteriologist Louis Pasteur
Louis Pasteur
  • 1850-03-14 French writer and playwright Honoré de Balzac marries Ewelina Hańska in Berdyczów, Ukraine
  • 1853-01-30 Emperor and French President Napoleon III marries Eugenie de Montijo, Countess of Teba

LoveWedding of Interest

1895-07-26 Physicist and chemist Marie Curie (27) weds physicist Pierre Curie (36) in Sceaux, France

Physicist Marie Curie
Marie Curie

LoveWedding of Interest

1919-02-15 Author Maurice Maeterlinck (56) weds actress Renée Dahon (27) in Nice, France

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck

LoveWedding of Interest

1921-04-07 French president Charles de Gaulle (30) weds Yvonne Vendroux (20)

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle

LoveWedding of Interest

1925-01-28 Actress Gloria Swanson (25) weds aristocrat Henri de la Falaise (26) in Paris, France

LoveWedding of Interest

1926-10-04 Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie (29) weds physicist Frédéric Joliot (26) in Paris, France

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Irene Joliot-Curie

LoveWedding of Interest

1929-12-07 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (52) weds Andrée Joséphine Carron in Aix-les-Bains, France

48th Shia Imam Aga Khan III
48th Shia Imam
Aga Khan III

LoveWedding of Interest

1935-08-19 French singer Édith Piaf (19) weds Andrew Johnseppe in Belleville, Paris

Singer Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf

LoveWedding of Interest

1937-06-03 Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII) weds Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson in France

King of the United Kingdom Edward VIII
King of the United Kingdom
Edward VIII
Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson

LoveWedding of Interest

1940-12-03 Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus (27) weds pianist and mathematician Francine Faure (25) in Lyon, France

Author Albert Camus
Albert Camus
  • 1944-10-09 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (67) weds 1930 Miss France Yvonne Blanche Labrousse (38) in Geneva, Switzerland

LoveWedding of Interest

1962-08-17 Actor Jack Lemmon (37) weds actress and model Felicia Farr (29) in Paris, France

  • 1962-10-09 French singer Édith Piaf (46) marries French Greek actor Théo Sarapo (26)

LoveWedding of Interest

1971-05-12 Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger (27) weds actress and model Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias (31) at St Tropez Town Hall, France

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

LoveWedding of Interest

1983-08-06 Film director Philippe de Broca (50) weds actress Margot Kidder (34) in France

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca

LoveWedding of Interest

1984-09-14 Stage and screen actor Gene Wilder (51) weds "Saturday Night Live" actress-comedian Gilda Radner (38) in France

  • 1993-04-21 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman weds Suzanne Accosta on French Riveria

LoveWedding of Interest

1994-12-17 Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora

LoveWedding of Interest

1995-05-27 "Friends" actress Lisa Kudrow (31) weds French advertising executive Michel Stern (37) in Malibu

Actress Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow
  • 1999-07-28 "Sixteen Candles" actress Molly Ringwald (31) weds French writer Valery Lamerignere in Bordeaux, France
  • 2003-09-25 Prince of Venice and Piedmont Emanuele Filiberto (31) weds French actress Clotilde Courau (34) at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome
  • 2005-12-03 French heiress Athina Onassis (20) weds Olympic gold medalist equestrian Alvaro de Miranda Neto (32) in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2006-05-06 Race car driver "Champ Car World Series" two time winner Sebastien Bourdais (27) weds Claire Bagot at Cathedral Saint-Julien in Le Mans, France
  • 2006-07-29 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (39) weds singer Kid Rock (35) at Thunder Gulch yacht in Saint-Tropez, France
  • 2006-09-16 Aga Khan's son Prince Hussain weds Kristin White on the grounds of Chateau de Chantilly in France

LoveWedding of Interest

2007-07-07 Actress and model Eva Longoria (37) weds NBA player Tony Parker (30) at The Church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, France

Actress Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria

LoveWedding of Interest

2007-10-20 Future French President Emmanuel Macron (30) marries teacher Brigitte Trogneux (54)

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron

LoveWedding of Interest

2008-02-02 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • 2008-03-23 France's former first lady Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz (50) weds Moroccan-born public relations executive Richard Attias (48) in Manhattan, New York

LoveWedding of Interest

2009-02-14 Actress Salma Hayek (42) weds French billionaire and PPR CEO Francois-Henri Pinault (46) in Paris

Actress Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek

LoveWedding of Interest

2010-03-15 Stand-up comedian and writer Sacha Baron Cohen (40) weds actress Isla Fisher (36) in Paris, France

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
Actress Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher

LoveWedding of Interest

2010-07-31 R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (31) weds Grammy Award winning rapper Swizz Beatz (33) at a private home on the French island of Corsica

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
  • 2011-08-27 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy
  • 2011-09-03 English DJ and musician Mark Ronson (36) weds french actress Josephine De La Baume (27) in Aix-en-Provence, France

LoveWedding of Interest

2013-05-04 Actress Keira Knightley (28) weds musician James Righton (29) in France

LoveWedding of Interest

2013-07-01 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne (28) weds Canadian singer Chad Kroeger (38) at the Château de La Napoule, a reconstructed medieval castle on the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France.

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

LoveWedding of Interest

2013-07-13 "Catwoman" actress Halle Berry (46) weds actor Olivier Martinez (47) at Chateau des Conde in Vallery, France

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry

LoveWedding of Interest

2014-08-23 Actress Angelina Jolie (39) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (50) in Correns, France

Actress Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt

LoveWedding of Interest

2014-09-08 Actress Ashley Tisdale (29) weds singer Christopher French at a private ceremony in Santa Barbara, California

Actress and Singer Ashley Tisdale
Actress and Singer
Ashley Tisdale

Famous Divorces

  • 1499-01-08 Louis XII of France after papal divorce marries Anne, Duchess of Brittany to keep duchy for the crown

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1809-12-16 Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress Joséphine by French Senate

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Famous Deaths

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  • 0394-09-08 Arbogast, French general, commits suicide
  • 0511-11-11 Clovis, king of Salische France, founder of Merovingische, dies at 45
  • 0511-11-27 Clovis, 1st King of France, dies at about 45
  • 0524-06-21 Chlodomir, king of the France to Orleans (511-24), dies at about 28
  • 0545-06-03 Chlotilde, wife of French King Clovis and saint, dies at about 70
  • 0558-12-23 Childebert, king of France (511-58), dies at about 62
  • 0561-11-29 Chlotarius I, king of the France (558-61), dies at about 61
  • 0593-03-28 Guntram, French King in Burgundy, dies at about 67
  • 0660-12-01 Eligius [Eloy], French patron saint of horses, goldsmiths and metalworkers who as bishop of Tournay-Noyon spent 20 years converting the pagan population of Flanders to Christianity, dies at around 72
  • 0711-04-14 Childebert III, king of French, dies at about 27
  • 0768-09-24 Pippin III, the short, King of France, dies at 53
  • 0794-08-10 Fastrada, 3rd wife of French King Charles the Great, dies at 30
  • 0804-05-19 Alcuin of York, English scholar, dies in Tours France at 69
  • 0833-07-20 Ansegis/Ansegius, French abbot of Fontenelle/author, dies at about 63
  • 0840-03-14 Eginhard, French nobleman/biographer (Vita Karoli Magni), dies at 69
  • 0840-06-20 Louis de Vrome, emperor of French rich, dies
  • 0843-04-19 Judith, French empress/2nd wife of Louis de Vrome, dies
  • 0855-09-29 Lotharius I, Romanian-French emperor (signed Treaty of Verdun), dies
  • 0856-02-04 Hrabanus Maurus, East France, archbishop of Mainz, dies
  • 0875-08-12 Louis II, king of Italy/emperor of France, dies at about 50
  • 0875-12-16 Ado of Vienne, French archbishop of Vienne, dies at about 75
  • 0876-08-28 Louis the German, King of East France Empire (833-76), dies
  • 0876-09-08 Lodewijk de Duitser, king of East French Republic (833-76), dies at 72
  • 0877-10-06 Charles II the Bald, King of France (843-77) and Holy Roman emperor (875-77), dies at 54
  • 0882-08-05 King Louis III of France (b. 863)
  • 0882-08-25 Louis III, King of France (879-82), dies at 19
  • 0884-12-12 Carloman, co-king of France (879, 882-884), dies
  • 0898-01-01 Odo of France, Count of Paris (888-98), dies at ~39
  • 0899-12-08 Arnulf of Carinthia, last emperor of Austria-France, dies
  • 0923-06-15 Robert I, King of France (922-23), dies in battle
  • 0929-10-07 Charles III, the Plain, King of France (893-929), dies
  • 0936-01-15 King Rudolph of France (923-936), dies at 45 or 46
  • 0943-11-02 Queen Emma of France, (b. 894)
  • 0954-09-10 Louis IV, of overseas, King of France, dies
  • 0986-03-01 King Lothair of France (b. 941)
  • 0986-03-02 Lotharius, King of France (954-86), dies at 44
  • 0987-05-21 Louis V, last Carlovingians King of France (966-987), dies
  • 0987-05-22 Louis V le Faineant, the Lazy, king of France (986-87), poisoned at 20
  • 0996-10-24 Hugo Capet, king of France (987-96), dies at 58
  • 1003-05-12 Gerbert, French scholar, dies in Rome
  • 1003-05-12 Pope Sylvester/Silvester II, [Gerbert van Aurillac], 1st French Pope (999-1003), dies
  • 1004-11-13 Abbo van Fleury, [Floriacensis], French abbott/saint, dies
  • 1031-07-20 Robert II of France [the Pious, the Wise], King of the Franks (996-1031), dies during a civil war at 59
  • 1067-09-01 Baldwin V, Count of Flanders/guardian of King of France, dies
  • 1088-01-06 Berengarius of Tours, French theologist, dies
  • 1089-05-28 Lanfrance, Archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • 1099-07-29 Urban II, [Odo van Lagery], French Pope (1088-99), dies
  • 1101-10-18 Hugh "the Great", Count of Vermandois, son of Henry I of France (1085-1101), dies of battle wounds at 44
  • 1109-01-26 Albericus of Côteaux, French saint, dies
  • 1111-03-07 Bohemund I of Tarente, French ruler of Antioch, dies
  • 1112-10-05 Sigebert of Gembloux, French chronicler
  • 1113-06-19 Odo/Odardus van Kamerijk, French writer/bishop of Kamerijk, dies
  • 1115-07-08 Peter the Hermit, French priest, led the People's Crusade, dies at about 64
  • 1116-12-23 Ivo van Chartres, French canonist/bishop of Chartres/saint, dies
  • 1130-01-07 Baldricus Burgoliensis, French historian/archbishop, dies at about 83
  • 1133-12-18 Hildebert, French writer and bishop
  • 1137-08-01 Louis VI, King of France, dies (1108-37)
  • 1142-04-21 Pierre Abélard, French writer (b. 1079)
  • 1151-01-13 Abbot Suger, French abbot who built St Denis, statesman and historian (b. 1081)
  • 1153-08-20 Bernard[us] van Clairvaux, French saint, dies
  • 1154-11-18 Adélaide de Maurienne, wife of Louis VI of France (b. 1092)
  • 1160-07-20 Peter Lombard, French theologian
  • 1171-06-09 Jacob Ben Meir, [Rabbenu Tam], French Tosofist, dies
  • 1174-07-11 Amalrik I, [Morri], French King of Jerusalem, dies
  • 1180-09-18 Louis VII, King of France, dies
  • 1180-09-19 Louis VII, the Younger, King of France (1137-80), dies at 59
  • 1187-07-04 Reinoud van Châtillon, French prince of Antioch, dies
  • 1188-10-11 Robert I of Dreux, son of Louis VI of France
  • 1190-03-15 Isabella of Hainault, Queen of France (1180-90), dies following a complicated childbirth at 19
  • 1197-09-22 Petrus Cantor, French theologist (Verbum Abbreviatum), dies
  • 1198-03-11 Marie de Champagne, daughter of Louis VII of France (b. 1145)
  • 1199-04-06 Pierre Basile, French soldier
  • 1201-07-20 Agnes of France, queen of France, dies [or 7/18]
  • 1205-09-03 Petrus van Poitiers, French theologist (Sententiarum libri V), dies
  • 1206-06-04 Adèle of Champagne, wife of Louis VII of France
  • 1208-01-15 Peter of Castelnau, French nobleman, murdered
  • 1213-12-17 Jean de Matha, French saint, dies at 53
  • 1214-07-27 Stefan van Longchamp, French knight, dies in battle
  • 1217-08-24 Eustace "the Monk", French buccaneer, dies in battle
  • 1218-06-25 Simon de Montfort the elder, 5th Earl of Leicester, French crusader dies in the siege of Toulouse
  • 1223-07-14 King Philip II of France (1180-1223) dies at 57
  • 1226-11-08 Louis VIII, the Lion, King of France (1223-26), dies at 39
  • 1236-12-23 Philippus Cancellarius, French theologist/poet (Summa Cum Laude), dies
  • 1245-02-08 Johannes de Rupella/de la Rochelle, French theologist, dies
  • 1250-02-08 Robert I of Artois, French crusader (b. 1216)
  • 1252-11-26 Blanche of Castile, Queen of Louis VIII of France (b. 1188)
  • 1263-03-19 Hugo of St-Cher/a S Caro, French cardinal, dies
  • 1264-10-02 Urbanus IV, [Jacques Pantaleon], French Pope (1261-64), dies
  • 1270-08-25 Louis IX (Saint Louis), King of France (1226-70), dies from plague at 56
  • 1271-01-28 Isabella of Aragon, wife of Philip III and Queen consort of France (1270-1), dies of complications from childbirth at 22 or 23
  • 1271-08-21 Alphonse of Toulouse, son of Louis VIII of France, dies at 50
  • 1271-10-27 Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy, French crusader, dies at 59
  • 1274-07-15 John F Bonaventura, Ital/French theologist/dominican/saint, dies
  • 1274-08-15 Robert de Sorbon, French theologian and founder of the Sorbonne College, dies at 72
  • 1285-10-05 Philip III "the Bold", King of France (1270-85), dies of dysentry at 40
  • 1295-12-21 Marguerite Berenger of Provence, wife of Louis IX of France (bc. 1221)
  • 1296-11-01 Guillaume Durand, French writer (b. 1230)
  • 1297-08-19 Saint Louis of Toulouse, French Catholic bishop (b. 1274)
  • 1298-03-14 Petrus Johannis Olivi, South France theologist, dies
  • 1298-09-11 Philip of Artois, French soldier (b. 1269)