French History (Part 15)

Historical Events

Events 1401 - 1,500 of 2,308

Historic Event

1937-06-21 French People's Popular Front government of Socialist Léon Blum falls

  • 1937-11-03 Frenchman Maurice Archambaud cycles world record for distance in one hour, 45.796 km in Vigorelli, Milan, Italy

Appointment of Interest

1938-04-10 Second government of Blum replaced by Édouard Daladier's government in France

  • 1938-05-03 Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain
  • 1938-06-19 FIFA World Cup Final, Stade Olympique de Colombes, Paris, France: Luigi Colausig & Silvio Piola each score 2 goals as Italy beats Hungary, 4-1
  • 1938-07-04 France-Turkish friendship treaty

Treaty of Interest

1938-12-06 French/German non-attack treaty drawn (Ribbentrop-Bonnet Pact)

Agreement of Interest

1939-04-16 The Soviet Union proposes an alliance with Britain and France to counter Nazi Germany; the Soviets would later sign a secret agreement with the Nazis

  • 1939-05-20 1st regular transatlantic airmail (Pan Am: NY to Marsseille France)
  • 1939-06-17 Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre
  • 1939-06-23 France turns over Sanjak of Alexandretta (Hatay) to Turkey
  • 1939-07-07 "The Rules of the Game", French film directed by Jean Renoir, starring Nora Gregor and Paulette Dubost, premieres in Paris
  • 1939-09-03 World War II: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada
  • 1939-09-19 British Expeditionary Force reaches France

Historic Event

1939-10-06 Adolf Hitler denies he intends to go to war against France and Britain

Agreement of Interest

1940-03-18 Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler meet at Brenner Pass where the Italian dictator agrees he will, in due course, join Germany's impending war effort in the west

  • 1940-03-19 French government of Édouard Daladier falls
  • 1940-03-20 Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
  • 1940-05-12 French marines occupy St Maarten
  • 1940-05-12 Nazi blitzkrieg and conquest of France begins with the crossing of the Muese River
  • 1940-05-15 German armoured division moves into Northern France
  • 1940-05-17 Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins invasion of France

Historic Event

1940-05-19 French counter attack at Pronne under General Charles de Gaulle

  • 1940-05-21 Allied counter attack at Atrecht, northern France
  • 1940-05-21 Paul Reynaud forms French government
  • 1940-05-24 German tanks reach Atrecht, France
  • 1940-05-28 British-French troops capture Narvik, Norway
  • 1940-05-29 In WWII, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium and Lille in France

Historic Event

1940-05-31 Winston Churchill flies to Paris to meet with French Marshal Philippe Pétain who announces he is willing to make a separate peace with Germany

Miracle of Dunkirk

1940-06-03 Last British and French troops evacuated from Dunkirk

  • 1940-06-04 British complete the "Miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats
  • 1940-06-05 Battle of France begins in WW II
  • 1940-06-05 General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defense
  • 1940-06-07 British/French troops evacuate Narvik
  • 1940-06-10 French government moves to Bordeaux
  • 1940-06-10 Italy declares war on France and Great Britain as part of its Axis alliance with Nazi Germany
  • 1940-06-15 World War II: France surrenders to NAZI Germany, German troops occupy Paris
  • 1940-06-17 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
  • 1940-06-17 World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France
  • 1940-06-18 General Charles de Gaulle makes his first speech on the BBC to the French people, since arriving in London, an appeal to defy Nazi occupiers - regarded as the beginning of French Resistance during WWII
  • 1940-06-22 France surrenders to Nazi Germany, with the northern half of the country occupied and the south established as the Nazi client state Vichy France
  • 1940-06-23 After conquering France, Adolf Hitler visits Paris and views the Eiffel Tower and the grave of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • 1940-06-24 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II
  • 1940-07-03 British Royal Navy damages the French fleet in Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, to prevent Germany seizing it
  • 1940-07-04 British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
  • 1940-07-05 Diplomatic relations broken between Britain and Vichy government in France

Historic Event

1940-07-11 Marshall Philippe Pétain, French hero of World War I, becomes head of the Vichy collaborationist government of France

  • 1940-08-03 German occupiers in France impose censorship rules on film, requiring approval prior to exhibition, and forbidding depiction of German losses in WWI
  • 1940-08-07 Churchill recognizes De Gaulle's French government in exile
  • 1940-08-26 Chad is the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor
  • 1940-08-28 French colonies Cameroon/Congo-Brazzaville support Gen De Gaulle
  • 1940-09-06 Generalissimo Gamelin arrested in France

Dog Unearths Cave of Antiquity

1940-09-12 Four teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux, France discover 17,000 year old drawings now known as the Lascaux Cave Paintings

  • 1940-09-23 -27] French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees
  • 1940-09-26 Japanese troops attack French Indo-China
  • 1940-10-03 France Vichy government proclaims end to Jewish status
  • 1940-10-04 French Vichy regime proclaims end of "Statute of the Jews"
  • 1940-10-24 Adolf Hitler meets the Head of the French State Marshal Philippe Pétain
  • 1941-01-28 French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • 1941-02-26 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
  • 1941-06-08 British & French troops overthrow pro-German Syria
  • 1941-06-11 Vichy-French planes bomb Tel Aviv, killing 20 Jews
  • 1941-06-21 2nd French troops occupies Damascus, Syria
  • 1941-06-22 Various Communist and Socialist French Resistance movements merge to one group
  • 1941-07-07 World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops
  • 1941-08-12 French Marshal Philippe Pétain gives full support to Nazi Germany
  • 1941-11-26 Lebanon independence first proclaimed by France
  • 1941-12-20 Free France under adm Muselier occupies St-Pierre et Miquelon
  • 1942-02-27 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-03-28 British naval forces raid Nazi occupied French port of St Nazaire
  • 1942-03-30 1st RSHA-transport from France arrives in camp Birkenau
  • 1942-04-17 POW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein
  • 1942-04-29 Jews forced to wear a Jewish Star in Netherlands & Vichy-France
  • 1942-05-27 Italian army begin siege of French western Fort Bir Hachim
  • 1942-06-14 French government of Reynaud resigns
  • 1942-06-18 Eric Nessler of France stays aloft in a glider for 38h21m
  • 1942-07-16 French police arrest 13,152 Jews in Paris
  • 1942-07-17 Transport #6 departs Pithiviers, France with 928 French Jews sent to Aushwitz Concentration camp; 45 survive until the war's end
  • 1942-08-07 Transport 16 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-08-17 Transport #20 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-08-17 US 8th Air Force bombers stage first independent raid on Europe, attack Rouen, France
  • 1942-08-19 World War II: Over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France
  • 1942-08-21 Transport #22 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-08-24 Transport #23 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-08-26 7,000 Jews are rounded up in Vichy-France
  • 1942-08-26 Transport #24 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-08-28 Transport #25 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-09-04 Transport #28 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-09-07 Transport #29 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-09-11 Transport #31 departs with French Jews to Nazi Germany
  • 1942-09-21 Transport #35 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-09-23 Transport #36 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-09-29 French Government in exile of De Gaulle cancels agreement of Munich

Historic Event

1942-10-05 Budy Massacre at Auschwitz sub-camp, 90 French-Jewish women beaten to death by prison guards


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1401 - 1,500 of 2,960

  • 1867-10-03 Pierre Bonnard, French painter and illustrator, born in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine, France (d. 1947)

Marie CurieMarie Curie (1867-1934)

1867-11-07 Polish-French scientist who discovered radium and the 1st woman to win a Nobel Prize (1903, 1911), born in Warsaw, Poland

  • 1867-11-27 Charles Koechlin, French composer (The Jungle Book), born in Paris (d. 1950)
  • 1868-03-03 Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier], French philosopher/writer
  • 1868-04-01 Edmond Rostand, French poet/playwright (Cyrano de Bergerac)
  • 1868-04-17 Karel Rudolph Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French Dictionary), born in Amsterdam (d. 1956)
  • 1868-05-06 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), born in Paris (d. 1927)
  • 1868-05-28 Claude Anet [Jean Schopfer], French writer (Fille Perdue), born in Morges, Switzerland (d. 1931)
  • 1868-06-30 C. V. France, British actor (The Skin Game, Adventure in Blackmail), born in Bradford, England (d. 1949)
  • 1868-08-06 Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright (L'Otage-1909), born in Villeneuve-sur-Fère, France (d. 1955)
  • 1868-10-24 Alexandra David-Néel, Belgian-French explorer and writer, born in Saint-Mandé, France (d. 1969)
  • 1868-11-11 Édouard Vuillard, French painter and graphic artist, born in Cuiseaux, Saône-et-Loire, France (d. 1940)
  • 1868-12-02 Francis Jammes, French poet and writer (Jammisme), born in Tournay, Hautes-Pyrénées, France (d. 1938)
  • 1869-04-05 Albert Roussel, French composer (Rapsodie Flamende), born in Tourcoing, France (d. 1937)
  • 1869-04-12 Henri Désiré Landru, French sex murderer, born in Paris (d. 1922)
  • 1869-09-20 Marcel Cachin, French politician and co-founder of the French Communist Party, born in Plourivo, Côtes d'Armor, France (d. 1958)

André GideAndré Gide (1869-1951)

1869-11-22 French writer (Lafcadio's Adventures-Nobel 1947), born in Paris

  • 1870-03-11 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (d. 1946)
  • 1870-06-18 Edouard Le Roy, French philosopher and mathematician
  • 1870-07-10 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), born in Poissy, France (d. 1953)
  • 1870-07-27 Hilaire Belloc, Anglo-French author (Path to Rome), born in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Seine-et-Oise, France (d. 1953)
  • 1870-09-24 Georges Claude, French engineer and inventor (neon light), born in Paris (d. 1960)
  • 1870-09-30 Jean Perrin, French physicist, studied Brownian motion (Nobel 1926), born in Lille, France (d. 1942)
  • 1870-10-08 Louis Vierne, French organist (Notre-Dame, 1900-37), and composer (Messe solennelle), born in Poitiers, France (d. 1937)
  • 1870-11-29 Andre Lichtenberger, French sociologist and writer (Le petit roi), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1940)
  • 1870-12-02 Francis Casadesus, French violinist, composer and conductor, born in Paris (d. 1954)
  • 1870-12-10 Mary Bonaparte, eldest surviving daughter of Prince Napoléon Bonaparte of Canino and Christine Ruspoli (d. 1947)
  • 1870-12-10 Pierre Louÿs, French novelist and poet (Aphrodite, Woman & Puppet), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1925)
  • 1871-01-07 Émile Borel, French mathematician and politician (d. 1956)
  • 1871-03-03 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (d. 1957)
  • 1871-04-03 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), born in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 1956)
  • 1871-05-06 Victor Grignard, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - development of the Grignard reaction), born in Cherbourg, France (d. 1935)
  • 1871-07-10 Marcel Proust, French intellectual and novelist (Remembrance of Things Past), born in Paris, France (d. 1922)
  • 1871-08-02 John French Sloan, American painter and etcher, born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania (d. 1951)
  • 1871-08-29 Albert Lebrun, President of France (1932-40), born in Mercy-le-Haut, France (d. 1950)
  • 1872-01-18 Paul Leautaud [Maurice Boissard], French writer (Petit ami)
  • 1872-01-23 Paul Langevin, French physicist, born in Paris, France (d. 1946)
  • 1872-02-01 Paul Fort, French poet/founder of Vers et Prose
  • 1872-03-19 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), born in Warsaw (d. 1918)

Léon BlumLéon Blum (1872-1950)

1872-04-09 Prime Minister of France (People's Front Government), born in Paris

  • 1872-05-10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (d. 1950)
  • 1872-07-05 Édouard Herriot, French politician (served 3 times as Prime Minister of France), born in Troyes, France (d. 1957)
  • 1872-09-20 Maurice Gamelin, French Army general (unable to stop the German assault on France (May 1940)), born in Paris (d. 1958)
  • 1872-11-15 Robert de Flers, French author and playwright (Habit Vert), born in Pont-l'Évêque, France (d. 1927)
  • 1872-12-22 Camille Guérin, French veterinarian and bacteriologist, born in Poitiers, France (d. 1961)
  • 1873-01-02 Thérèse de Lisieux, French Roman-Catholic nun (d. 1897)
  • 1873-01-08 Lucien Capet, French composer and violinist, born in Paris, France (d. 1928)

ColetteColette (1873-1954)

1873-01-28 French author, novelist (Gigi, La Vagabonde) and actress, born in Paris, France

  • 1873-01-30 Georges Ricard-Cordingley, French painter, born in Lyon, France (d. 1939)
  • 1873-02-03 Ernest B Allo, French theologist
  • 1873-05-17 Henri Barbusse, French novelist (Le Feu), born in Asnieres, France (d. 1935)
  • 1873-06-28 Alexis Carrel, French surgeon, sociologist and biologist (Nobel 1912), born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France (d. 1944)
  • 1873-09-08 Alfred Jarry, French writer (Ubu Roi), born in Layal, Mayenne, Paris (d. 1907)
  • 1873-10-14 Jules Rimet, French football administrator (3rd President of FIFA 1921-54), born in Theuley, Franche-Comté, France (d. 1956)
  • 1873-11-10 Henri Rabnaud, French composer (Le Premer Glaire), born in Paris, France (d. 1949)
  • 1874-01-25 W. Somerset Maugham, British novelist & poet (Of Human Bondage), born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1874-05-03 François Coty, French perfume manufacturer, born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1934)

Henri FarmanHenri Farman (1874-1958)

1874-05-26 British-French aviator who broke several aviation records, born in Paris

  • 1874-07-14 Andre Debierne, French chemist and physicist (Actinium)
  • 1874-08-09 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French singer, composer, conductor, and music critic, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1947)
  • 1874-10-21 Albert Aftalion, Bulgaria/French economist
  • 1874-11-26 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss-French author (Ecoute Israel), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1963)
  • 1875-01-01 Charles Rist, French economist
  • 1875-02-21 Jeanne Louise Calment, French world's oldest woman (d. 1997 at 122)

Maurice RavelMaurice Ravel (1875-1937)

1875-03-07 French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), born in Ciboure, France

  • 1875-04-04 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Boston Symph Orch 1919-24), born in Paris, France (d. 1964)
  • 1875-04-27 André Baillon, Belgian-French author (Un homme si simple), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1932)
  • 1875-04-27 Maurice de Broglie, French physicist (studied X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy), born in Paris, France (d. 1960)
  • 1875-06-13 Max d'Ollone, French composer and writer (Le Ménestrel), born in Besançon, France (d. 1959)
  • 1875-06-28 Henri Lebesgue, French mathematician (Lebesgue integration), born in Beauvais, Oise, France (d. 1941)
  • 1875-07-31 Harry Northrup [Henri N.], French-born American poet and actor (The Heart of Maryland, The Unchastened Woman), born in Paris, France (d. 1936)
  • 1875-10-02 Henry Février, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1957)
  • 1875-12-22 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, born in Avignon (d. 1944)
  • 1876-02-19 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor (Princesse X), born in Hobita (d. 1957)
  • 1876-03-04 Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (d. 1947)
  • 1876-03-29 Joseph Schmidlin, German church historian and antifascist, born in Petit-Landau, France (d. 1941)
  • 1876-04-04 Maurice de Vlaminck, Fauvist painter (Village in the Snow), born in Paris, France (d. 1958)
  • 1876-07-12 Max Jacob, French poet and writer, born in Quimper, Brittany, France (d. 1944)
  • 1876-09-22 André Tardieu, French politician, Prime Minister of France (192-30, 1930, 1932), born in Paris, France (d. 1945)
  • 1876-10-06 Ernest Lapointe, French Canadian politician (d. 1941)
  • 1876-12-22 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian-French prose writer, novelist, poet, and dramatist (Futurism e Futurista), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1944)
  • 1877-01-26 Kees van Dongen, Netherland, French painter
  • 1877-01-29 Georges Catroux, French general (d. 1969)
  • 1877-02-12 Louis Renault, French automobile executive, born in Paris, France (d. 1944)
  • 1877-02-17 André Maginot, French politician, advocated for the Maginot Line, born in Paris, France (d. 1932)
  • 1877-02-19 Louis Aubert French composer (Habanera), born in Paramé, France (d. 1968)
  • 1877-04-24 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), born in Paris (d. 1955)
  • 1877-05-26 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (La Mort de Sparte), born in Guebwiller, Alsace-Lorraine (d. 1968)
  • 1877-06-03 Raoul Dufy, French Fauvist painter (Palm), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1953)
  • 1877-06-11 Renee Vivien, English-born poet, wrote in French, born in London (d. 1909)
  • 1877-06-14 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano, born in Paris (d. 1970)
  • 1877-09-17 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, born in Gien, Loire (d. 1930)
  • 1877-09-26 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, born in Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland (d. 1962)
  • 1878-01-14 Victor Segalen, French naval doctor & writer, born in Brest, France (d. 1919)
  • 1878-02-05 André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (d. 1935)
  • 1878-02-21 Mirra Richard [The Mother], French-born Indian spiritual leader (Sri Aurobindo), born in Paris, France (d. 1973)
  • 1878-02-28 Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (d. 1929)
  • 1878-04-02 Émilie Charmy, French avant-garde artist, born in Saint-Etienne, France (d. 1974)
  • 1878-04-24 Jean Crotti, Swiss-French artist, born in Bulle, Fribourg, Switzerland (d. 1958)
  • 1878-05-28 Paul Pelliot, French Sinologist and Orientalist best known for his explorations of Central Asia and his discovery of many important Chinese texts among the Dunhuang manuscripts, born in Paris (d. 1945)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1401 - 1,500 of 2,496

  • 1909-12-04 Paul-Albert Besnard, French painter and graphic artist (Elle), dies at 60
  • 1910-01-04 Leon Delagrange, French aviation pioneer, dies
  • 1910-01-25 Leon Walras, French economist (School of Lausanne), dies at 75
  • 1910-01-29 Édouard Rod, French-Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e), dies at 52
  • 1910-03-20 Nadar [Félix Tournachon], French photographer and balloonist, took the first aerial photograph, dies at 89
  • 1910-03-26 Auguste Charlois, French astronomer (b. 1864)
  • 1910-03-28 Édouard Colonne, French violinist and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1910-05-16 Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter, dies at 53
  • 1910-05-18 Pauline Viardot, French pianist, mezzo-soprano, and composer (Cendrillon), dies at 88
  • 1910-05-20 Jean-Baptiste Theodore Weckerlin, French composer, dies at 88
  • 1910-05-22 Jules Renard, French writer (Le plaisir the rompre), dies at 46
  • 1910-08-16 Charles Lenepveu, French composer, dies at 69
  • 1910-08-20 Arthur Coquard, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1910-08-30 Albert Vandal, French earl and historian (Napoleon), dies at 57
  • 1910-09-02 Henri Rousseau, French post-impressionist painter (The Dream, The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope), dies of a blood clot at 66
  • 1910-09-30 Maurice Lévy, French engineer (b. 1838)
  • 1911-06-07 Maurice Rouvier, French statesman and Prime Minister of France (1905-06), dies at 69
  • 1911-09-11 Louis Henri Boussenard, French novelist (b. 1847)
  • 1911-09-27 Auguste Michel-Lévy, French geologist and petrologist, dies at 67
  • 1911-10-18 Alfred Binet, French child psychologist who invented the first practical IQ test (Binet–Simon test), dies at 54
  • 1912-04-14 Henri Brisson, French statesman (b. 1835)
  • 1912-06-11 Leon Dierx, French poet (Amants), dies at 74
  • 1912-06-12 Frederic Passy, French economist/pacifist (Nobel 1901), dies
  • 1912-07-17 Henri Poincaré, French mathematician (Poincaré conjecture), dies at 58

Jules MassenetJules Massenet (1842-1912)

1912-08-13 French opera composer (Werther; Manon), dies of abdominal cancer at 70

  • 1913-06-21 Gaston Tarry, French mathematician, dies at 69
  • 1913-07-08 Louis Hémon, French novelist (Maria Chapdelaine), dies at 32

Frederic MistralFrederic Mistral (1830-1914)

1914-03-25 French Provencal poet (Nobel 1904), dies at 83

  • 1914-07-31 A J Jean Jaurès, French socialist (L'Humanité/Les Preuves), murdered=
  • 1914-08-04 Jules Lemaître, French critic and dramatist, dies at 61
  • 1914-08-22 Léon Amédée François Raffenel, French general (3rd Colonial Div, WWI), dies during Battle of Rossignol at 58
  • 1914-08-22 Rondony, French general (3rd Colonial Div, WWI), dies during Battle of Rossignol at 58
  • 1914-09-05 Charles Péguy, French poet, essayist and editor (b. 1873)
  • 1914-09-22 Alain-Fournier, French writer (Le Grand Meaulnes), dies in battle at 27
  • 1914-09-29 Jean Bouin, French middle distance runner (Olympic silver 1912), dies fighting in WWI at 25
  • 1915-02-12 Émile Waldteufel, French pianist and composer (Estudiantina), dies at 77
  • 1915-09-27 Remy de Gourmont, French poet, dies at 57
  • 1915-10-24 Désiré Charnay, French traveller and archaeologist, dies at 87
  • 1916-05-27 Joseph Gallieni, French general (Battle of Marne) and military governor of Paris, dies at 67
  • 1916-06-07 Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (b. 1847)
  • 1916-06-24 Victor Chapman, French-American pilot renowned during WW1 (1st American pilot to die in WW1), succumbs to wounds at age 26
  • 1916-07-06 Odilon Redon [Bertrand-Jean Redon], French symbolist painter (b. 1840)
  • 1916-09-14 Pierre Duhem, French naturalist, philosopher and historian, dies at 55
  • 1916-12-01 Charles Eugène, vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer (Morocco) and ascetic, killed in the Sahara during an uprising at 58
  • 1916-12-09 P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73
  • 1917-02-06 Édouard Drumont, French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
  • 1917-02-16 Octave Mirbeau, French writer (b. 1848)
  • 1917-07-12 François Fournier, Swiss-French postage stamp forger, dies at 71
  • 1917-09-11 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot, dies at 22
  • 1917-09-20 Herbert Morris, Jamaican deserter in France, executed at 17

Edgar DegasEdgar Degas (1834-1917)

1917-09-27 French impressionist painter, sculptor and artist (The Bellelli Family), dies at 83

  • 1917-11-03 Léon Bloy, French novelist and essayist, dies at 71
  • 1917-11-13 Émile Durkheim, French sociologist (Le suicide), dies at 59
  • 1917-11-14 William Smith, British deserter in France, executed at 20

Auguste RodinAuguste Rodin (1840-1917)

1917-11-17 French sculptor (Baiser, Thinker), dies at 77

  • 1917-12-26 Judith Gautier, French poetess, novelist (Le Dragon Impérial) and daughter of Theophile Gautier, dies at 71
  • 1918-01-09 Émile Reynaud, French scientist (invented 1st animated images), dies at 73
  • 1918-03-04 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer and conductor, dies at 58
  • 1918-03-15 Lili [Marie-Juliette Olga] Boulanger, French composer (first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize), dies at 24

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy (1862-1918)

1918-03-25 French composer (Nocturnes, La Mer), dies of cancer at 55

  • 1918-04-05 Paul Vidal de la Blanche, French geographer, dies at 73
  • 1918-05-19 Gervais Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace, dies at 33
  • 1918-07-19 Joost van Vollenhoven, Neth, gov-gen (French West-Africa), dies
  • 1918-08-12 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), dies of cancer at 46
  • 1918-10-05 Roland Garros, French stunt flyer, dies
  • 1918-10-19 Joseph Lesage, French painter/etcher (WWI), dies at 34
  • 1918-12-02 Edmond Rostand, French poet and dramatist (b. 1868)
  • 1919-02-02 Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1919-05-04 Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Slovak politician, French general and astronomer (b. 1880)
  • 1919-05-21 Victor Segalen [Max Anely], French ship's doctor and writer, dies
  • 1919-06-23 Amy G C A Bonet-Maury, French reformed theologist, dies

Pierre Auguste RenoirPierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

1919-12-03 French Impressionist painter and sculptor (Bal du moulin de la Galette, Luncheon of the Boating Party), dies at 78

  • 1920-01-01 Paul Adam, French writer (L'enfant d'Austerlitz), dies at 57
  • 1920-02-12 Jean Allemane, French socialist/communard (allemanisten), dies at 77
  • 1920-06-15 Michel-Gaston Carraud, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1920-06-27 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist ("O Canada"), dies at 81
  • 1920-07-10 Eugénie de Montijo, Emperor of France (1853-71), dies at 94
  • 1920-11-25 Gaston Chevrolet, French auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1920), dies in a racing accident at 28
  • 1920-12-12 Paul Lacôme, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1921-05-13 Jean Aicard, French poet and novelist (b. 1848)
  • 1921-06-05 Georges Feydeau, French playwright (Chat and Poche), dies at 58
  • 1921-07-11 Gabriel Lippmann, French physicist and inventor, dies at 75
  • 1921-12-16 Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer (Samson et Dalila; Organ Symphony), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • 1922-02-25 Henri Désiré Landru, French sex murderer, guillotined at 52
  • 1922-03-22 Louis-Antoine Ranvier, French anatomist and historian, dies at 86
  • 1922-05-18 Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1907), dies at 76
  • 1922-09-04 Georges Sorel, French philosopher and theorist of Sorelianism, dies at 74
  • 1922-09-05 Georgette Agutte, French painter (b. 1867)
  • 1922-11-18 Marcel Proust, French intellectual and author (Recherche du Temps Perdu), dies at 51
  • 1923-03-22 Theophile Delcasse, French statesman, dies at 71

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1923-03-26 French actress (Camille, Queen Elizabeth), dies of uremia at 78

  • 1923-05-14 Charles de Freycinet, French prime minister (b. 1828)
  • 1923-05-30 Camille Chevillard, French composer, dies at 63
  • 1923-06-10 Pierre Loti [Julien Viaud], French sea officer and writer, dies at 73
  • 1923-07-14 Louis Ganne, French conductor and operetta composer (Les saltimbanques (The Acrobats)), dies at 61
  • 1923-09-12 Jules Violle, French physicist and inventor, dies at 81
  • 1923-11-05 Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French novelist (b. 1880)
  • 1923-11-19 Frans Netscher, Dutch author and journalist (In 3rd Chamber), dies at 59
  • 1923-11-26 Alexander Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian journalist, newspaper editor, novelist, and historian, dies at 60
  • 1923-12-08 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk and musicologist, dies at 88