Strasbourg in History

Historical Events

  • 1357-11-25 Charles IV issues letter of protection of Jews of Strasbourg Alsace

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1538-05-26 Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.

Protestant Reformer and Theologian John Calvin
Protestant Reformer and Theologian
John Calvin
  • 1792-04-25 "La Marseillaise", later the national anthem of France, is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg
  • 1794-11-22 Strasbourg Alsace-Lorraine, prohibits circumcision and wearing of beards
  • 1952-09-15 European Parliament forms in Strasbourg
  • 1963-11-27 The Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law on Patents for Invention is signed at Strasbourg.
  • 1988-05-11 KV Mechelen of Belgium win 28th European Cup Winner's Cup against Ajax of Netherlands 1-0 in Strasbourg

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1988-10-12 Pope John Paul II is the target of anti-papal heckling by Protestant leader Ian Paisley at a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourgh, France

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2016-11-13 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Strasbourg, France: Czech pair Karolína Plíšková & Barbora Strýcová beats Caroline Garcia & Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-5, 7-5 to wrap up 3-2 win and 3rd straight title

Famous Birthdays

  • 1539-04-17 Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter (Strasbourg astronomical clock), born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1584)
  • 1568-04-17 Christophe Thomas Walliser, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1648)
  • 1724-05-07 Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general, born in Strasbourg, Alsace, France (d. 1797)
  • 1730-10-14 Jean-Joseph Rodolphe, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1812)
  • 1749-05-05 Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1794)
  • 1752-04-05 Sébastien Érard, French musical instruments maker, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1831)
  • 1753-03-09 Jean-Baptiste Kléber, French general, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1800)
  • 1756-05-23 Nicolas-Joseph Hüllmandel, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)
  • 1759-04-18 Jacques Widerkehr, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)
  • 1759-05-06 François Andrieux, French playwright, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1833)

Person of interestMadame Tussaud

1761-12-07 Marie Tussaud, French founder of Madame Tussaud's wax museum, born in Strasbourg (d. 1850)

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • 1765-12-15 Philippe-Jacques Pfeffinger, composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1821)
  • 1775-04-11 Charles-Francois Dumonchau, French pianist and composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1820)
  • 1781-03-18 Gustave Vogt, French composer, born in Strasbourg (d. 1870)
  • 1786-08-25 Ludwig I, King of Bavaria (1825-48), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1868)
  • 1788-06-21 Princess Augusta of Bavaria, born in Strasbourg (d. 1851)
  • 1806-06-02 Isaac Strauss, French violinist, conductor and composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1888)
  • 1810-03-09 Jean-Georges Kastner, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1867)
  • 1816-08-21 Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, French chemist, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1856)
  • 1832-01-06 Gustave Doré, French painter and sculptor, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1883)
  • 1837-12-09 Émile Waldteufel, French composer, born in Strasbourg (d. 1915)
  • 1858-09-15 Charles Eugène, vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer and a hermit, born in Strasbourg, French Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1897-05-06 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1979)
  • 1910-08-29 Georges Loinger, French resistance fighter (WWII), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 2018)
  • 1923-03-22 Marcel Marceau, Strasbourg France, mime (Barbarella, Silent Movie)
  • 1926-01-15 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1996)
  • 1938-08-18 Joe Frank [Joseph Langermann], American radio personality (KCRW), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 2018)
  • 1949-10-22 Arsène Wenger, French football manager (Arsenal 1996-2018), born Strasbourg, France
  • 1953-12-24 François Loos, French politician, born in Strasbourg, France
  • 1966-06-27 Mercedes Paz, Argentine tennis star (1990 Strasbourg), born in Tucumán, Argentina
  • 1972-04-03 Sandrine Testud, French tennis star (1993 Strasbourg), born in Lyon, France
  • 1972-04-22 Sabine Appelmans, Aalst Belg, tennis star (Strasbourg doubles final)
  • 1982-01-12 Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player, born in Strasbourg, France

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1849-05-29 Bacteriologist Louis Pasteur (26) weds secretary Marie Laurent (23) in Strasbourg, France

Bacteriologist Louis Pasteur
Bacteriologist
Louis Pasteur

Famous Deaths

  • 1584-01-04 Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter (Strasbourg astronomical clock), dies at 44