Rouen in History

Historical Events

  • 1204-06-01 King Philip Augustus of France conquers Rouen

Victory in Battle

1419-01-19 French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years' War

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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)

Edward IV

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)

Théodore Géricault

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


Famous Deaths

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