Lyon in History

Historical Events

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

0197-02-19 Lucius Septimius Severus' army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon

Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
Roman Emperor
Septimius Severus
  • 1245-06-28 1st Council of Lyons (13th ecumenical council) opens
  • 1274-05-07 2nd Council of Lyons (14th ecumenical council) opens, convened by Pope Gregory X

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1504-01-31 Under the Treaty of Lyon, French King Louis XII cedes Naples to Ferdinand II of Aragon after defeat in the Italian War of 1499–1504

King of Aragon Ferdinand II of Aragon
King of Aragon
Ferdinand II of Aragon
King of France Louis XII
King of France
Louis XII
  • 1793-08-08 The insurrection of Lyon occurs during the French Revolution.
  • 1822-05-03 Society for the Propagation of the Faith founded in Lyon, France
  • 1830-05-24 "Mary Had A Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is first published by Boston firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon
  • 1835-07-09 St Etienne-Lyons railway opens in France
  • 1894-06-24 Marie François Sadi Carnot is assassinated in Lyon by Italian anarchist Sante Geronimo Caserio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-08-11 Klaus Barbie, Gestapo head of Lyon France leaves for Auschwitz

Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie
Gestapo Chief
Klaus Barbie

Sport awardDavis Cup

1991-12-01 Davis Cup Tennis, Lyon: Frenchman Guy Forget upsets Pete Sampras 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to clinch a 3-1 final win over the US

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 2017-07-05 Arsenal FC breaks club transfer record, paying about €53m for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette

Famous Birthdays

  • 1663-07-20 Pierre Drevet, French engraver, born in Loire-sur-Rhône, Lyon (d. 1738)
  • 1677-04-25 Guillaume Coustou Sr, French sculptor (Chevaux the Marly), born in Lyon, France (d. 1746)
  • 1686-07-06 Antoine de Jussieu, French naturalist, born in Lyon, France (d. 1758)
  • 1697-05-10 Jean Marie I'aine Leclair, French composer and violinist, born in Lyon, France (d. 1764)
  • 1712-03-27 Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon, born in Lyon, France (d. 1779)
  • 1725-09-05 Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician, born in Lyon, France (d. 1799)
  • 1732-11-09 Julie de Lespinasse, French aristocrat, hostess and writer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1776)
  • 1748-04-12 Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, French botanist (Classification of flowering plants), born in Lyon, France (d. 1836)
  • 1769-01-05 Jean Baptiste Say, French economist (Political Economics), born in Lyon, France (d. 1832)
  • 1777-12-04 Juliette Récamier, French socialite, born in Lyon, Kingdom of France (d. 1849)
  • 1804-10-03 Allan Kardec, French author and founder of Spiritism, born in Lyon, France (d. 1869)
  • 1821-04-23 Pierre Dupont, French songwriter, born in Lyon, France (d. 1870)
  • 1823-06-21 Jean Chacornac, French astronomer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1873)
  • 1824-12-14 Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French painter, born in Lyon, Rhône, France (d. 1898)
  • 1835-10-02 Louis-Antoine Ranvier, French anatomist and historian, born in Lyon, France (d. 1922)
  • 1838-01-05 Camille Jordan, French mathematician, born in Lyon, France (d. 1922)
  • 1840-04-12 Edmond Audran, French composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1901)
  • 1844-02-21 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist (Saint-Sulpice, 1870-1933), composer (10 organ symphonies), and professor (American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, 1921-34), born in Lyon, France (d. 1937)
  • 1850-03-09 Alexandre Luigini, French composer (Ballet égyptien), born in Lyon, France (d. 1906)
  • 1873-01-30 Georges Ricard-Cordingley, French painter, born in Lyon, France (d. 1939)
  • 1873-06-28 Alexis Carrel, French surgeon, sociologist and biologist (Nobel 1912), born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France (d. 1944)
  • 1899-07-05 Marcel Achard, French playwright (Jean de la Lune), born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France (d. 1974)
  • 1900-06-29 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, poet and pioneering aviator (The Little Prince), born in Lyon, France (d. 1944)
  • 1904-07-24 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), born in Lyon, France (d. 1991)
  • 1904-12-22 Louis-Eugene-Felix Neel, French physicist (Nobel 1970), born in Lyon, France (d. 2000)
  • 1905-09-30 Savitri Devi [Maximiani Portas], Greek French Nazi writer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1982)
  • 1910-01-10 Jean Martinon, French conductor & composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1976)

Person of interestKlaus Barbie

1913-10-25 Klaus Barbie, Gestapo chief (Butcher of Lyon), born in Godesberg, German Empire (d. 1991)

Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie
Gestapo Chief
Klaus Barbie
  • 1924-09-13 Maurice Jarre, French Academy and Grammy Award-winning film composer (Lawrence Of Arabia; Doctor Zhivago; Witness; Fatal Attraction), born in Lyon, France (d. 2009)
  • 1925-05-15 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), born in Norwich, Norfolk (d. 2014)
  • 1941-04-25 Bertrand Tavernier, French actor (Capt Conan, L627, Daddy Nostalgie), born in Lyon, France
  • 1942-07-04 Stefan Meller, Polish diplomat and 9th Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-06), born in Lyon, France (d. 2008)
  • 1948-08-24 Jean-Michel Jarre, French musician (Oxygène), born in Lyon
  • 1959-04-25 Dominique Blanc, French actress (Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train), born in Lyon, France
  • 1961-09-07 Jean-Yves Thibaudet, French concert pianist, born in Lyon, France
  • 1963-10-05 Sophie Favier, Lyon France, actress (Sans Interdits)
  • 1965-04-19 Natalie Dessay, French soprano and actress, born in Lyon, France
  • 1968-03-09 Youri Djorkaeff, French footballer, born in Lyon, France
  • 1972-04-03 Sandrine Testud, French tennis star (1993 Strasbourg), born in Lyon, France
  • 1987-12-19 Karim Benzema, French football player (Real Madrid, French national team), born in Lyon, France
  • 1991-05-28 Alexandre Lacazette, French soccer player, born in Lyon, France

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

  • 0840-06-06 Agobard, archbishop of Lyon (anti-semite), dies
  • 0852-04-29 Amalarius [Fortunatus] Frankish Bishop of Metz and Lyon, dies at 76
  • 1630-07-26 Charles Emanuel I, the Great, Duke of Savoy (Peace of Lyon), dies
  • 1696-08-02 Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, Scottish military commander (b. 1630)
  • 1912-09-12 Pierre-Hector Cardinal Coullie, Cardinal-Archbishop of Lyon

Person of interestKlaus Barbie

1991-09-25 Klaus Barbie, Gestapo chief (Butcher of Lyon), dies of cancer at 77

Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie
Gestapo Chief
Klaus Barbie
  • 1994-09-16 Albert de Courtray, French archbishop of Lyon/cardinal, dies at 71
  • 2014-12-25 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), dies at 89