Nantes in History

Historical Events

  • 0843-06-24 Vikings destroy Nantes
  • 1434-04-14 The foundation stone of Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes, France is laid
  • 1440-09-13 Gilles de Rais is finally taken into custody upon an accusation brought against him by the Bishop of Nantes.
  • 1598-04-13 Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1685-10-18 French King Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes cancelling rights of French Protestants

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1944-08-06 US 20th Army corp under general Walker occupies Nantes
  • 2019-01-21 A light aircraft carrying EPL team Cardiff City's record signing Emiliano Sala of French club FC Nantes disappears near the Channel islands en route to Wales

Famous Birthdays

  • 1477-01-25 Anna Duchess of Brittany, heir to the Duchy of Brittany, only woman to be French Consort Queen twice to Charles VIII (1891-98), Louis XII (1499-1514), born in Nantes, France (d. 1514)
  • 1792-09-05 Alexis-Charles-Maximilien Thibault, French composer, born in Nantes, France (d. 1853)
  • 1806-09-05 Christophe Léon Louis Juchault de Lamoricière, French general, born in Nantes, France (d. 1865)

Person of interestJules Verne

1828-02-08 Jules Verne, French writer known as the "Father of Science Fiction" (Around the World in 80 days), born in Nantes, France (d. 1905)

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne
  • 1836-10-15 James Tissot, French artist, born in Nantes, France (d. 1902)
  • 1846-11-04 Gaston Serpette, French composer, born in Nantes, France (d. 1904)
  • 1846-12-02 Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau, French politician (29th Prime Minister of France), born in Nantes, France (d. 1904)

Person of interestAristide Briand

1862-03-28 Aristide Briand, 11 time Prime Minister of France (1909-22) and 1926 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Nantes, France (d. 1932)

11x Prime Minister of France Aristide Briand
11x Prime Minister of France
Aristide Briand
  • 1877-12-08 Paul Ladmirault, French composer, born in Nantes, France (d. 1944)
  • 1880-05-25 Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist who helped identify the Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome, born in Nantes, France (d. 1967)
  • 1882-09-13 Henri Potiron, French composer, born in Rezé-lès-Nantes, Loire-Atlantique (d. 1972)
  • 1931-07-24 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, born in Nantes, France (d. 1998)
  • 1970-12-03 Christian Karembeu, French soccer midfielder (53 caps; Nantes, Olympiacos), born in Lifou, New Caledonia
  • 1986-12-02 Claudiu Keșerü, Romanian soccer forward (37 caps; FC Nantes, Steaua București), born in Oradea, Romania
  • 1988-06-01 Christine and the Queens [Héloïse Letissier], French singer-songwriter (Chaleur humaine), born in Nantes, France