Paris in History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 607

  • 1943-05-27 French resistance under Jean Moulin meets secretly in Paris

Theater Premiere

1944-02-04 Jean Anouilh's play "Antigone" premieres in Paris

Historic Event

1944-05-27 Jean-Paul Sartres' "Huis Clos" premieres in Paris

  • 1944-06-18 Farewell concert of conductor Willem Mengelberg in Paris
  • 1944-07-18 Allies air raid railways at Vaires, Paris
  • 1944-08-18 Paris rail workers strike against Nazi occupiers
  • 1944-08-18 US 15th Army Corps reaches Mantes-Gassicourt near Paris
  • 1944-08-19 Nazis give parts of Paris to Resistance
  • 1944-08-19 Paris police strike against nazi occupiers
  • 1944-08-19 US 15th Army Corps occupies Mantes-Gassicourt at Paris

Historic Event

1944-08-22 Adolf Hitler orders Paris to be destroyed [or 23rd]

  • 1944-08-23 General George Leclerc's troops advance towards Paris
  • 1944-08-24 General LeClerc's troops open assault on Paris

Historic Event

1944-08-25 French General Charles de Gaulle walks the Champs Elysees in Paris after the liberation of the city from Nazi occupation

  • 1944-08-26 US 12nd Army Corps crosses river Seine East of Paris
  • 1944-08-29 15,000 American troops liberating Paris march down Champs Elysees
  • 1944-08-31 French provisional government moves from Algiers to Paris
  • 1945-12-19 Jean Giraudoux' "La Folle de Chaillot" premieres in Paris
  • 1946-05-01 The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy
  • 1946-06-03 1st bikini bathing suit displayed in Paris
  • 1946-07-05 Louis Reard's design for a bikini swimsuit debuts at the Paris fashion show
  • 1946-11-08 Jean-Paul Sartre's "La Putain Respecteuse" premieres in Paris

Historic Event

1947-02-06 Magnum Photos founded in Paris by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymour

Music Premiere

1947-10-30 Darius Milhaud's 3rd Symphony "Hymnus Ambrosianus," premieres in Paris

  • 1948-04-16 Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris

Theater Premiere

1948-10-27 Albert Camus' play "The State of Siege (L'État de siège)" premieres in Paris

  • 1949-02-17 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Andrea Kekesy and Ede Kiraly of Hungary
  • 1949-02-17 Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Paris won by Alena Vrzanova of CZE
  • 1949-02-17 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button of the USA
  • 1949-12-15 Albert Camus' play "The Just Assassins (Les Justes)" premieres in Paris
  • 1950-05-11 Eugene Ionesco's first play "La Cantatrice Chauve" (The Bald Soprano) premieres in Paris
  • 1950-05-12 Darius Milhaud's opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris
  • 1950-06-04 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)
  • 1950-09-19 European Payment Union forms in Paris
  • 1950-09-30 1st congress of International Astronautical Federation opens in Paris
  • 1950-10-25 Jean Anouilh's play "La Répétition ou l'Amour puni" premieres in Paris at the Théâtre Marigny
  • 1951-05-15 Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum
  • 1951-08-26 Dutch professor Jacob Jongbloed demonstrates an artificial heart in Paris
  • 1951-09-26 Prof Youngblood demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
  • 1952-01-10 Jean Anouilh's "La valse des toréadors" premieres in Paris

Historic Event

1952-02-02 Hubert de Givenchy presents his first collection in Paris with Bettina Graziani opening the show

  • 1952-02-29 Dick Button leads an unprecedented American sweep when he wins World Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris; beats compatriots James Grogan and Hayes Alan Jenkins for his 5th straight world title
  • 1952-02-29 Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy of Great Britain
  • 1952-02-29 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk & Paul Falk of West Germany
  • 1952-02-29 Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of France

Historic Event

1953-01-05 Samuel Beckett's "En Attendant Godot" premieres in Paris

  • 1954-05-10 Bolshoi Ballet does not appear in Paris

Historic Event

1954-12-13 Elsa Schiaparelli's House of Schiaparelli at Place Vendôme in Paris closes

  • 1955-10-13 1st edition of L'express publishes in Paris
  • 1956-06-13 1st European Cup Final, Paris: Héctor Rial scores twice as Real Madrid beats Stade de Reims, 4-3 to claim inaugural title
  • 1957-04-04 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony premieres French Radio National Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Paris
  • 1957-05-11 Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia
  • 1958-02-15 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
  • 1958-02-15 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN
  • 1958-02-15 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA
  • 1958-02-15 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA
  • 1958-03-26 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris
  • 1958-10-26 PanAm flies first transatlantic jet from New York to Paris
  • 1959-04-27 "Today" show goes abroard 1st time (Paris France)

Theater Premiere

1959-10-28 Jean Genet's play "Les Negres" premieres in Paris

  • 1960-02-27 Five Nations Rugby Championship is won jointly by England and France with the pivotal game a 3-3 draw between the teams at Stade Colombes, Paris
  • 1960-05-16 Big 4 summit in Paris collapses as USSR levels spy charges against US
  • 1960-05-18 Jean Genet's play "Le Balcon" (The Balcony) premieres in Paris
  • 1960-07-10 UEFA European Championship Final, Parc des Princes, Paris, France: Viktor Ponedelnik scores in extra time as Soviet Union beats Yugoslavia, 2-1

The Orient Express

1961-05-28 Last trip (Paris to Bucharest) on the Orient Express (after 78 years)

  • 1961-05-31 US President John F. Kennedy visits Charles de Gaulle in Paris
  • 1961-06-16 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris
  • 1961-10-17 Battle of Paris-police kill 210 Algerians
  • 1962-02-08 In Paris, 8 people killed at a protest against independence for the French colony Algeria
  • 1962-04-14 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 11-0 win over Ireland at Stade Colombes, Paris
  • 1962-06-03 Air France Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff from Paris, kills 130
  • 1962-06-14 The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris - later becoming the European Space Agency
  • 1964-10-20 Riot at Rolling Stones conecrt in Paris leads to 150 arrests
  • 1964-10-27 "Ben Franklin in Paris" opens at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 215 performances
  • 1965-03-20 Wales misses out on a 4th Grand Slam after losing to France, 22-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris despite winning the Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1968-03-22 Student riot in Nanterre near Paris
  • 1968-05-01 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • 1968-05-06 Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1,000 injured
  • 1968-05-10 Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the US and North Vietnam
  • 1968-05-11 Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured
  • 1968-05-24 French President Charles de Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse
  • 1969-01-18 Expanded 4 party Vietnam peace talks began in Paris
  • 1969-01-25 US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
  • 1969-03-05 Gold reaches then record high ($47 per ounce) in Paris
  • 1970-04-18 France beats England, 35-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris to earn a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship with Wales

Music History

1971-03-11 Jim Morrison leaves for Paris to re-orient himself emotionally and creatively, and to avoid the jail sentence given to him in Miami, Florida. He never returns to the US.

  • 1971-03-27 Wales clinches its 17th Five Nations Rugby Championship, 6th Grand Slam and 12th Triple Crown with a 9-5 win over France at Stade Colombes, Paris

Sports History

1971-12-12 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase finishes ATP Masters Grand Prix with a perfect 6-0 record to win the rich season ending event at the Coubertin Stadium, Paris

  • 1973-01-08 Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris
  • 1973-02-04 An International inspection team is sent to Vietnam to observe progress on the Paris truce agreement
  • 1973-06-03 At Paris air show, Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner ("Concorde-ski"), crashes, 15 killed
  • 1973-07-11 Brazilian Boeing 707 crashes near Paris, 122 killed
  • 1973-09-26 Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic (Washington, D.C. to Paris) in record-breaking time (3h33m).
  • 1974-02-26 Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris
  • 1974-03-03 Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashes in the Ermenonville Forest outside Paris, killing all 346 people onboard
  • 1974-03-08 Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 771

  • 1893-12-16 Vladimir Golschmann, French-American conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1931-57), born in Paris, France (d. 1972)
  • 1894-04-23 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), born in Paris, France (d. 1969)
  • 1894-09-15 Jean Renoir, French film director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion) and actor (Rules of the Game), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1894-10-30 Jean Rostand, French biologist and philosopher, born in Paris (d. 1977)
  • 1894-12-17 David Butler, American director (April in Paris, Calamity Jane), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1894-12-24 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot, born in Paris, France (d. 1917)
  • 1895-03-28 Christian Herter, American Republican politician, 59th Governor of Massachusetts (1953-57) and US Secretary of State (1959-61), born in Paris, France (d. 1966)
  • 1895-09-24 André F. Cournand, French physician and physiologist (Nobel 1956), born in Paris (d. 1988)
  • 1895-10-31 B. H. Liddell Hart, English military historian and publicist (The Rommel Papers), born in Paris (d. 1970)
  • 1895-11-07 Jacob Kaplan, French Grand Rabbi (1955-81), born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1896-03-10 Harry Krimer, French actor (Napoleon, Les vagabonds magnifiques, La course du flambeau), born in Paris, France (d. 1991)
  • 1896-04-21 Henry de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1897-10-03 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), born in Paris, France (d. 1982)
  • 1897-12-23 Julien Carette, French actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), born in Paris, France (d. 1966)
  • 1898-04-12 (Alice) "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), born in Draguignan, France (d. 1976)
  • 1898-11-11 René Clair, French film director (I Married a Witch, It Happened Tomorrow), born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • 1898-12-13 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1964)
  • 1899-01-07 Francis Poulenc, French pianist and composer (Concert champêtre; Les Biches), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)
  • 1899-01-12 Pierre Bernac, French baritone, born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1899-05-24 Suzanne Lenglen, French tennis player (French C'ships 1925-26, Wimbledon 1919-23, 25), born in Paris, France (d. 1938)
  • 1899-11-16 Mary Margaret McBride, American radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC), born in Paris, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1899-11-23 Marcel Dalio [Israel Moshe Blauschild], French actor (Sabrina, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Casablanca), born in Paris, France (d. 1983)
  • 1899-12-09 Jean de Brunhoff, French children's book author (Babar the Elephant), born in Paris (d. 1937)
  • 1899-12-31 Gaston Glass, American-French actor & producer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1900-01-05 Yves Tanguy, French surrealist painter, born in Paris, France (d. 1955)
  • 1900-02-21 Madeleine Renaud, French actress and theater director (Plaisir), born in Paris, Ile-de-France (d. 1994)
  • 1900-04-06 Andres Sas, Belgian Peruvian composer, born in Paris (d. 1967)
  • 1900-06-12 Amadeo Roldán, Cuban composer and violinist, born in Paris (d. 1939)
  • 1900-09-06 Julien Green, American-French writer (Frere Francois), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • 1900-10-13 Marius-François Gaillard, French pianist (DeBussy), conductor and composer (La passion noire), born in Paris (d. 1973)
  • 1900-11-25 Arthur Schwartz, American composer (I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans; That's Entertainment), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1901-03-19 Jo Mielziner, set designer (Carousel, Death of a Salesman), born in Paris, France
  • 1901-04-13 Jacques Lacan, French psychoanalyst and semanticist, born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • 1901-04-20 Michel Leiris, French cultural anthropologist, born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1901-09-16 Andree Joly Bunet, French pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1993)

André MalrauxAndré Malraux (1901-1976)

1901-11-03 French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), born in Paris, France

  • 1902-04-03 Henri Garat, French actor and singer (Les dieux s'amusent; Congress Dances), born in Paris, France (d. 1959)
  • 1902-04-04 Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin, French poet and author (Lutin Sauvage), born in Verrières-le-Buisson, Essonne, Paris (d. 1969)
  • 1902-04-13 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), born in Paris, France (d. 1988)
  • 1902-06-28 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1902-12-22 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, French WW II hero (liberator of Paris), born in Belloy-Saint-Léonard, France (d. 1947)
  • 1903-02-28 Vincente Minnelli, director (An American in Paris, Gigi), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1903-05-08 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1971)
  • 1903-08-18 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), born in Paris (d. 1983)
  • 1903-08-19 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), born in Corbeil-Essonnes, Essonne, France (d. 1978)

Claudette ColbertClaudette Colbert (1903-1996)

1903-09-13 French-born American actress (It Happened One Night, Texas Lady), born in Paris

  • 1903-09-29 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar; Vogue), born in Paris (d. 1989)
  • 1904-01-18 Henri-Georges Adam, French engraver & sculptor (Grand Nude), born in Paris, France (d. 1967)
  • 1904-05-17 Jean Gabin, French actor (Moulin Rouge, La Grande Illusion), born in Paris, France (d. 1976)
  • 1904-06-18 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer (Bootleggers), born in Paris, France (d. 2003)

René LacosteRené Lacoste (1904-1996)

1904-07-02 French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), born in Paris, France

  • 1904-09-04 Christian-Jaque [Christian Maudet], French film director (Fearless Little Soldier, Race for Life, The Pearls of the Crown), born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1904-12-06 Ève Curie, French author and daughter of Madame Curie, born in Paris (d. 2007)
  • 1905-04-02 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1905-04-08 George Baxter, French actor (Flying Saucer, Lili, Caged), born in Paris, France (d. 1976)
  • 1905-04-26 Jean Vigo, French actor and director (Zero For Conduct, L'Atlante), born in Paris, France (d. 1934)
  • 1905-06-21 Jacques Goddet, French sports journalist and publisher (Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2000)

Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

1905-06-21 French existentialist philosopher and writer (Le Mur, Nobel 1964; declined), born in Paris

  • 1905-06-26 Jan Louis Guillaume Doornik, Dutch resistance fighter in France, born in Paris (d. 1941)
  • 1905-08-08 André Jolivet, French composer (Jeune France; Mana), born in Paris, France (d. 1974)
  • 1905-10-26 George Flahiff, Canadian Cardinal, born in Paris, Ontario, Canada (d. 1989)
  • 1905-12-22 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), born in Paris, France (d. 1972)
  • 1906-03-25 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, born in Nogent-sur-Marne, near Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1906-04-28 Pierre Boileau, French novelist (Vertigo), born in Paris, France (d. 1989)
  • 1906-05-06 André Weil, French mathematician (foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry), born in Paris (d. 1998)

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker (1906-1975)

1906-06-03 American-French song and dance revue artist (Folies-Bergere), actress, and civil rights activist, born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1906-06-24 Pierre Fournier, French cellist, and teacher (Paris Conservatoire, 1937-49), born in Paris, France (d. 1986)
  • 1906-12-27 Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer and actor (An American in Paris; Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • 1907-05-26 Jean Bernard, French physician and haematologist, born in Paris (d. 2006)
  • 1907-07-14 Annabella [Suzanne G Charpentier], French actress (Dinner at Ritz), born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • 1907-12-08 Tony Aubin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1981)

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

1908-01-09 French author & feminist (The Mandarins, The Second Sex), born in Paris, France

  • 1908-01-26 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist (Quintette du Hot Club de France), born in Paris, France (d. 1997)
  • 1908-04-29 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1908-08-13 Gene Raymond [Raymond Guion], American actor (Paris 7000, Love on a Bet, Fireside Theater), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1908-11-04 Pauline Trigère, French-American fashion designer (Bell Bottoms), born in Paris (d. 2002)
  • 1909-02-03 Simone Weil, social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WWII), born in Paris, France
  • 1909-04-29 Daniel Mayer, French journalist and resistance fighter, born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1909-10-28 Claude Bourdet, French human rights activist and journalist, born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1910-03-24 Jacques Chailley, French musicologist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1999)
  • 1910-06-08 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer, born in Paris (d. 2003)
  • 1910-09-20 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), born in Paris (d. 1996)

Jean GenetJean Genet (1910-1986)

1910-12-19 French novelist (The Thief's Journal, Our Lady of the Flowers) and playwright (The Balcony, The Maids), born in Paris

  • 1911-01-05 Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (Lili, Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker), born in Paris, France (d. 2001)
  • 1911-04-10 Maurice Schumann, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-73), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • 1911-04-27 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Astérix, Tintin), born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1911-05-05 Gilles Grangier, French film director (Archimède le clochard), born in Paris (d. 1996)

Georges PompidouGeorges Pompidou (1911-1974)

1911-07-05 French President (1969-74) and Prime Minister (1962-68), born in Paris, France

  • 1911-10-14 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975), born in Nam Định Province, French Indochina (d. 1990)
  • 1911-12-25 Louise Bourgeois, French American artist (Femme Maison), born in Paris, France (d. 2010)
  • 1912-01-15 Michel Debré, French politician, born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • 1912-05-29 Lucie Aubrac [Bernard], history teacher and French resistance member, born in Paris, France (d. 2007)

Gene KellyGene Kelly (1912-1996)

1912-08-23 American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and film director (An American in Paris; On The Town; Singin' in the Rain), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • 1912-09-13 Reta Shaw, American actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir, Mary Poppins, Picnic), born in South Paris, Maine (d. 1982)
  • 1913-03-18 Rene Clement, French film director and writer (Is Paris Burning), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1996)
  • 1913-04-11 Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (for Jackie Kennedy), born in Paris, France (d. 2006)
  • 1914-04-25 Claude Mauriac, French writer (Le Temps immobile), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1914-07-31 Raymond Aubrac, French resistance leader, born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1914-09-08 Dimitrios I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (1973-91), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1991)
  • 1914-12-04 Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (Spy Who Loved Me), born in Paris, France (d. 1993)

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