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

Historic Expedition

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

  • 1895-06-13 Emile Levassor wins the first automobile race in history the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris, taking 48 hours and 48 minutes (1,178 km)
  • 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)

World Record

1994-09-02 Spanish road cyclist Miguel Induráin sets UCI hour world record distance 53.04 kilometers in Bordeaux, France


Famous Birthdays

  • 1242-06-25 Beatrice of England, Duchess of Brittany, daughter of Henry III of England, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1275)

Richard II

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

  • 1610-02-13 Jean de la Badie, French theologian, founder of Labadists, born in Bourg, Bordeaux, France (d. 1674)
  • 1728-04-16 Joseph Black, Scottish chemist and physicist known for his discoveries of magnesium, latent heat and carbon dioxide, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1799)
  • 1741-07-27 François-Hippolyte Barthélémon, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1808)
  • 1758-08-14 Carle Vernet, French painter and lithographer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1836)
  • 1774-02-16 Pierre Rode, French composer and violinist, born in Bordeaux, Aquitaine (d. 1830)
  • 1826-07-10 Theodore Lajarte, French writer on music and composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1890)
  • 1838-07-23 Édouard Colonne, French composer and violinist, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1910)
  • 1840-04-20 Odilon Redon [Bertrand-Jean Redon], French symbolist painter, born in Bordeaux (d. 1916)
  • 1841-05-22 Catulle Mendès, French poet, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1909)
  • 1872-07-28 Albert Sarraut, French Radical politician, Prime Minister of France (1933 and 36), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1962)
  • 1873-04-18 Jean Roger-Ducasse, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1954)
  • 1885-07-05 André Lhote, French painter and art historian (Traité du paysage), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1962)
  • 1885-10-11 Francois Mauriac, French novelist, poet and playwright (Nobel 1952), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1970)
  • 1890-12-20 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born pianist, singer and actress (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France (d. 1958)
  • 1900-04-23 Henry Barraud, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1997)
  • 1902-04-13 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), born in Paris, France (d. 1988)

Jean Anouilh

1910-06-23 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Antigone, The Lark), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1987)

  • 1912-01-06 Jacques Cesar Ellul, French philosopher & sociologist, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1994)
  • 1913-03-18 Rene Clement, director/writer (Is Paris Burning), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1920-01-14 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1928-05-13 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 2013)
  • 1928-07-14 Pierre Olaf [Trivier], French actor (Camelot, Don't Drink the Water, Kraft Music Hall), born in Caudéran, Bordeaux (d. 1995)
  • 1945-11-01 Rick Grech, British rock musician (Blind Faith; Traffic), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1990)
  • 1947-01-26 Patrick Dewaere [PJMH Bordeaux], French actor (Les Valseuses)
  • 1962-11-12 Wim Kieft, Dutch soccer player (Ajax/Gir de Bordeaux/PSV)
  • 1981-02-28 Florent Serra, French tennis player, born in Bordeaux, France

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1982-12-08 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • 1988-01-20 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), dies at 86