Toulon in History

Historical Events

  • 1707-08-22 Prince Eugenius van Savoye siege of Toulon
  • 1744-02-08 French and Spanish fleet leave Toulon
  • 1744-02-09 Battle at Toulon (French/Spanish vs English fleet of Adm Matthews)
  • 1744-02-22 Battle of Toulon or Battle of Cape Sicié: British vs. French & Spanish fleet
  • 1911-09-25 French battleship Liberte explodes at Toulon Harbor, 285 killed
  • 1928-10-03 French submarine "Ondine" sinks returning to Toulon, drowning 42
  • 1942-11-27 French navy at Toulon scuttles ships & subs so Nazis cannot seize them
  • 1944-08-28 Last German troops in Marseille surrendered & Toulon cleared
  • 2015-05-02 Toulon win the 2015 European Rugby Champions Cup final at Twickenham
  • 2019-07-22 French submarine Minerve rediscovered off coast of Toulon, France, after disappearing in 1968 with loss of 52 crew

Famous Birthdays

  • 1649-04-03 Joseph François Salomon, French composer, born in Toulon, France (d. 1732)
  • 1849-07-19 Ferdinand Brunetière, French writer and critic, born in Toulon, Var, France (d. 1906)
  • 1883-12-17 Raimu [Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire], French actor (The Baker's Wife, Marius, Fanny), born in Toulon, Var, France (d. 1946)
  • 1927-10-24 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, born in Toulon, France (d. 2001)
  • 1928-01-06 Capucine [Germaine Lefebvre], French actress and fashion model (Pink Panther, What's New Pussycat?), born in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France (d. 1990)
  • 1938-05-15 Mireille Darc, French actress (Week End, Hurried Man), born in Toulon
  • 1963-11-21 Peter Bosz, Dutch soccer star (Toulon/Feyenoord)
  • 1965-09-19 Sabine Paturel, French singer (Les Bêtises) and actress, born in Toulon, France