Rouen in History

Historical Events

  • 1204-06-01 King Philip Augustus of France conquers Rouen
  • 1419-01-19 French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War

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1431-01-09 Judges' investigations for the trial of Joan of Arc begin in Rouen, France, the seat of the English occupation government

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • 1431-05-30 Hundred Years' War: 19 year old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal in Rouen, France

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1591-08-19 French King Henry IV occupies Rouen

  • 1615-06-02 First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France
  • 1869-11-17 Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race, racing 13K Paris to Rouen
  • 1940-06-10 German 5th Armoured division occupies Rouen
  • 1942-08-17 US 8th Air Force bombers stage first independent raid on Europe, attack Rouen, France

Famous Birthdays

  • 1102-10-25 William Clito, Count of Flanders (1127-28), born in Rouen, France (d. 1128)
  • 1442-04-28 Edward IV, King of England (1461-70, 71-83), born in Rouen, Normandy (d. 1483)
  • 1443-05-17 Edmund, Earl of Rutland, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England, born in Rouen, Normandy (d. 1460)
  • 1606-06-06 Pierre Corneille, French poet and dramatist (El Cid, Horace), born in Rouen, France (d. 1684)
  • 1625-08-20 Thomas Corneille, French playwright (Timocrates), born in Rouen, France (d. 1709)
  • 1642-02-18 Marie Champmeslé, French actress (Fête de Vénus), born in Rouen, France (d. 1698)
  • 1643-11-22 René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, French explorer (Louisiana), born in Rouen, France (d. 1687)
  • 1715-01-12 Jacques Duphly, French composer and harpsichordist, born in Rouen (d. 1789)
  • 1791-09-26 Théodore Géricault, French painter (The Raft of the Medusa), born in Rouen, Normandy, France (d. 1824)
  • 1821-12-12 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (Madame Bovary), born in Rouen, France (d. 1880)
  • 1821-12-15 Auguste Vaucorbeil, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1884)
  • 1840-10-04 Charles Lenepveu, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1910)
  • 1866-09-21 Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1928), born in Rouen, France (d. 1936)
  • 1886-05-03 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1971)
  • 1898-10-29 Emmanuel Bondeville, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1987)
  • 1899-08-09 Armand Salacrou, French playwright, born in Rouen, France (d. 1989)
  • 1913-04-14 Jean Fournet, French conductor, born in Rouen, France (d. 2008)
  • 1928-03-01 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director, born in Rouen, Haute-Normandie (d. 2016)
  • 1947-06-28 Anny Duperey, French film and television actress, born in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

Person of interestFrançois Hollande

1954-08-12 François Hollande, 24th President of France (Socialist: 2012-17), born in Rouen, France

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande

Famous Deaths

  • 1037-03-16 Robert I, Archbishop of Rouen
  • 1590-05-09 Karel "Cardinal" van Bourbon, archbishop of Rouen, dies at 66