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

Famous Birthdays

  • 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 "Father of Science Fiction" (Around the World in 80 days), born in Nantes, France (d. 1905)

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne
  • 1836-10-15 James Tissot, French artist, born in Nantes, France (d. 1902)
  • 1862-03-28 Aristide Briand, 11x Prime Minister of France (1909-22) (Nobel Peace Prize 1926), born in Nantes (d. 1932)
  • 1880-05-25 Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist who helped identify the Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome, born in Nantes, France (d. 1967)
  • 1986-12-02 Claudiu Keserü, Romanian football player (FC Nantes Atlantique)