Marseille in History

Historical Events


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1524-08-19 Emperor Charles V's troops besiege Marseille, France

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1720-05-25 The Ship "Le Grand St Antoine" reaches Marseille, bringing Europe's last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000

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1891-04-01 French painter Paul Gauguin leaves Marseille for Tahiti

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin
  • 1900-11-22 Paul Kruger, exiled President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, is given a popular welcome when he lands at Marseilles, France
  • 1944-08-23 Allied troops capture Marseille, France
  • 1944-08-28 Last German troops in Marseille surrendered & Toulon cleared
  • 1991-05-29 35th European Cup: Red Star Belgrade beats Marseille (0-0, 5-3 on penalties) at Bari
  • 1993-05-26 1st UEFA Champions League Final: Marseille beats Milan 1-0 at Munich
  • 1994-12-26 French commandos terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille

Famous Birthdays

  • 1592-07-10 Pierre d'Hozier, French genealogist, born in Marseille, France (d. 1660)
  • 1622-10-16 Pierre Paul Puget, French artist, born in Marseille, France (d. 1694)
  • 1646-04-20 Charles Plumier, French botanist (Frangipani genus Plumeria is named after him), born in Marseille, France (d. 1704)
  • 1749-06-26 Louis Joseph Claude Saint-Amans, French composer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1820)
  • 1808-02-20 Daumier, Marseilles France, artist
  • 1816-09-04 François Bazin, French composer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1878)
  • 1867-06-11 Charles Fabry, French physicist, discoverer of ozone layer in upper atmosphere, born in Marseille, France (d. 1945)
  • 1892-09-04 Darius Milhaud, French composer (Maximilien), born in Marseille, France (d. 1974)
  • 1896-09-04 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), born in Marseille, France (d. 1948)
  • 1902-08-09 Zino Francescatti, Marseilles France, violinist (NY Phil-1939)
  • 1903-05-08 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1971)
  • 1905-12-12 Rellys [Henri Marius Bourrelly], French actor (Letters from My Windmill), born in Marseille (d. 1991)
  • 1911-04-23 Simone Simon, French actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 2005)
  • 1917-07-03 Hélène Cordet, actress (The Limping Man), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1996)
  • 1919-06-19 Louis Jourdan [Robert Gendre], French actor (The Paradine Case, Count Dracula, Gigi, Octopussy), born in Marseille, France (d. 2015)
  • 1919-12-13 Hans-Joachim Marseille, German flying ace of World War II (d. 1942)
  • 1922-01-07 Jean-Pierre [Louis] Rampal, Marseilles France, flautist
  • 1924-09-12 Jean Le Poulain, French actor (Divine), born in Marseille, France (d. 1988)
  • 1939-07-31 France Nuyen, Vietnamese-French actress (St Elsewhere, Diamond Head), born in Marseilles, France
  • 1942-12-19 Jean-Patrick Manchette, French thriller writer (3 to Kill, The Prone Gunman), born in Marseille, France (d. 1995)
  • 1945-05-12 Patrick Ricard, French businessman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, born in Marseille, France (d. 2012)
  • 1946-08-15 Jean-Claude Arnault, French Swedish photographer involved in Nobel Prize scandal, born in Marseille, France
  • 1953-12-03 Robert Guediguian, French director (The Snows of Kilimanjaro), born in Marseille, France
  • 1957-10-10 Craig Marseilles, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Gold Coast), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968-01-22 Frank Lebœuf, French actor, sports commentator and former footballer (1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Marseille, France
  • 1972-06-23 Zinédine Zidane, French soccer midfielder/Real Madrid manager (Champions League 2016-17-18, World Cup 1998), born in Marseille, France
  • 1977-02-23 Dally Randriantefy, Malagasy tennis player (1993 Marseille), born in Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • 1978-06-26 Alex Dana, French singer (L5's singer), born in Marseille, France

Famous Deaths

  • 1867-08-23 Auguste-Marseille Barthélemy, French poet (b. 1796)
  • 1934-10-09 Regicide at Marseille: Vlado Chernozemski assassinates King Alexander I of Yugoslavia and Louis Barthou, Foreign Minister of France
  • 1977-09-10 Hamida Djandoubi, Tunisian convicted murderer who was the last person to be executed in Western Europe, is beheaded in Marseille by guillotine at 28