French History (Part 15)

Historical Events

Events 1401 - 1,500 of 2,189

  • 1940-05-28 British-French troops capture Narvik, Norway
  • 1940-05-29 In WWII, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium and Lille in France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
French General Philippe Pétain
French General
Philippe Pétain
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940-06-05 General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defense

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 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 on BBC tells French to defy Nazi occupiers
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940-06-23 After conquering France, Adolf Hitler visits Paris and views the Eiffel Tower and the grave of Napoleon Bonaparte

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 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
  • 1940-07-11 Marshall Henri Petain, French hero of World War One, becomes head of the collaborative Vichy government of France
  • 1940-08-03 German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters & English & French movies
  • 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
  • 1940-09-12 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as 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"
  • 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
  • 1941-04-12 Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalarn consults with Adolf Hitler
  • 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 Henri Petain gave 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 with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 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
  • 1942-10-05 Budy Massacre at Auschwitz sub-camp, 90 French-Jewish women beaten to death by prison guards
  • 1942-10-22 US gens Clark & Lemnitzer & French gen Mast meet secretly in Algeria

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1942-11-07 First US President to broadcast in a foreign language-FDR in French

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942-11-08 Operation Torch; began as US and British forces under Eisenhower land in French North Africa

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1942-11-08 Vichy-France drops diplomatic relations with US
  • 1942-11-09 Transport number 44 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942-11-11 745 French Jews deported to Auschwitz
  • 1942-11-11 During WW II Germany completes the occupation of France
  • 1942-11-11 Jews in Free Zone of France ordered to wear yellow star of David
  • 1942-11-11 Transport #45 departs with French Jews to Nazi-Germany
  • 1942-11-14 Last Vichy-French troops in Algeria surrender
  • 1942-11-24 French collaborator Marquis de Brinon establishes "African Falanx"
  • 1942-11-27 French navy at Toulon scuttles ships & subs so Nazis cannot seize them
  • 1943-01-30 German assault on French in Tunisia
  • 1943-02-11 Transport #47 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1943-03-04 Transport #50 departs with French Jews to Maidanek/Sobibor
  • 1943-05-20 French, British and US victory parade in Tunis, Tunisia
  • 1943-05-27 French resistance under Jean Moulin meets secretly in Paris
  • 1943-05-30 French general Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers
  • 1943-07-31 Transport #58 departs with French Jews to Nazi Germany
  • 1943-09-09 US, British & French troops land in Salerno (operation Avalanche)
  • 1943-09-12 Free French lands on Corsica
  • 1943-10-04 Corsica freed by Free French
  • 1943-11-08 France arrests government of Lebanon after they abolish the French mandate
  • 1943-11-22 France officially recognises the independence of Lebanon, releasing the imprisoned Lebanese government
  • 1943-12-17 Transport 63 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1943-12-27 France transfers most of her powers in Lebanon to Lebanese government
  • 1944-03-16 French Vichy Internal minister Pierre Pucheu sentenced to death for treason
  • 1944-03-21 General Eisenhower postpones invasion of the south of France until after Normandy
  • 1944-03-27 1,000 Jews leave Drancy, France, for Auschwitz concentration camp
  • 1944-04-06 Jewish nursery at Izieu-Ain, France, overrun by Nazis
  • 1944-04-13 Transport #71 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1944-05-30 Transport number 75 departs with French Jews to Nazi Germany

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1401 - 1,500 of 2,765

  • 1885-08-12 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (d. 1959)
  • 1885-08-26 Jules Romains, French novelist/playwright/poet (Men of Good Will)
  • 1885-10-11 Francois Mauriac, French novelist, poet and playwright (Nobel 1952), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1970)
  • 1885-11-14 Sonia Delaunay, Russian-born French artist (Orphism), born in Hradyzk, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1885-12-23 Pierre Brissaud, French artist (d. 1964)
  • 1886-01-18 Antoine Pevsner, French sculptor
  • 1886-03-04 Paul Bazelaire, French cellist (d. 1958)
  • 1886-03-07 Raymond Largay, American actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (d. 1974)
  • 1886-05-03 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1971)
  • 1886-05-24 Paul Paray, French conductor and composer, born in Le Tréport, France (d. 1979)
  • 1886-06-29 Robert Schuman, Luxembourg-born French statesman and Prime Minister of France (1947-48), born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (d. 1963)
  • 1886-10-03 Henri Alain-Fournier, French novelist (Great Adventure)
  • 1886-10-26 Mark Aldanov,, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), born in Kiev (d. 1957)
  • 1886-11-15 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (d. 1951)
  • 1886-11-27 Tsugouharu T Foujita, Japans/French painter
  • 1887-02-21 Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1887-05-07 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Gaspard of the Montagnes), born in Ambert, France (d. 1959)
  • 1887-05-31 Saint-John Perse, French poet/diplomat (Nobel 1960) [or Mar 31]
  • 1887-07-02 Marcel Tabuteau, Compiègne France, oboist (Philadelphia Orch 1915-54)
  • 1887-07-06 Marc Chagall, Russian-French artist (I & The Village), born in Vitebsk, Russian Empire (d. 1985)

Person of interestMarcel Duchamp

1887-07-28 Marcel Duchamp, French sculptor and painter (Nude Descending a Staircase), born in Blainville-Crevon, France (d. 1968)

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp
  • 1887-09-16 Jean Arp [Hans Arp], French-Swiss sculptor, artist and poet, born in Strassburg, Germany (d. 1966)

Person of interestLe Corbusier

1887-10-06 Le Corbusier [Charles Jeanneret], Swiss French architect, city planner and artist (Urbanisme), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds (d. 1965))

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 1887-10-24 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (d. 1917)
  • 1887-12-24 Louis Jouvet, French actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), born in Crozon, Finistère, France (d. 1951)
  • 1888-02-20 Georges Bernanos, French novelist (Diary of a Country Priest)
  • 1888-03-17 Paul Ramadier, French politician (d. 1961)
  • 1888-03-18 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor
  • 1888-04-23 Georges Vanier, French-Canadian soldier and 19th Governor General of Canada, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1967)
  • 1888-05-15 Jean Wahl, French philosopher
  • 1888-05-27 Louis Durey, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • 1888-07-13 Jean Murat, French actor (Eternal Rain, Carnival Flanders), born in Périgueux, Dordogne, France (d. 1968)
  • 1888-07-26 Marcel Jouhandeau, French writer, born in Guéret, France (d. 1979)
  • 1888-08-05 Victor Francen, Belgian actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), born in Tienen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1888-09-12 Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer (Thank heaven for little girls), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1888-10-06 Roland Garros, French pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1888-11-09 Jean Monnet, French political economist and diplomat, born in Cognac, France (d. 1979)
  • 1888-11-16 Henri [Ferdinand M J] Bosco, French author/poet (Gogol)
  • 1888-12-16 Alphonse Juin, French marshal
  • 1889-01-22 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (1923 Tour de France), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • 1889-02-23 Musidora [Jeanne Roques], French actress and director (Les vampires, Judex), born in Paris, France (d. 1957)
  • 1889-07-05 Jean Cocteau, French poet and writer (Les Enfants Terribles), born in Maisons-Laffitte, France (d. 1963)
  • 1889-09-13 Pierre Reverdy, French poet (Nord-Sud), born in Occitanie (d. 1960)
  • 1889-10-25 Abel Gance, French movie director (J'accuse), born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • 1889-11-26 Albert Dieudonné, French actor and novelist (Backbiters, Napoleon), born in Paris, France (d. 1976)
  • 1890-02-02 Jean J M de Lattre de Tassigny, French gen (Indo-China)
  • 1890-04-06 Andre L Danjon, French astronomer
  • 1890-04-23 Marcel L'Herbier, French director and screenwriter (El Dorado), born in Paris (d. 1979)

Person of interestHo Chi Minh

1890-05-19 Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Vetnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), born in Nghệ An Province, French Indochina (d. 1969)

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1890-07-11 Georg Annenkov, Russian/French painter
  • 1890-07-14 Ossip Zadkine, [Zadkin], Russ/French sculptor (Destroyed City)
  • 1890-08-15 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), born in Paris, France (d. 1962)
  • 1890-08-19 Yves Alix, French painter and graphic artist
  • 1890-10-29 Claire Goll, German-French writer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1977)

Person of interestCharles de Gaulle

1890-11-22 Charles de Gaulle, President of France (1958-69), born in Lille, France (d. 1970)

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1890-12-20 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born pianist, singer and actress (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France (d. 1958)
  • 1891-01-22 Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La Souris Boiteuse)
  • 1891-02-27 Georges E Migot, French composer
  • 1891-03-29 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), born in Saint-Dié (d. 1950)
  • 1891-04-19 Francoise Rosay [Françoise Bandy de Nalèche], French actress (Interlude, Women in Prison, Saraband), born in Paris, France (d. 1974)
  • 1891-08-22 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, born in Druskininkai, Lithuania (d. 1973)
  • 1891-09-11 Noel Gallon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1966)
  • 1891-11-17 Jean Del Val, [Gautier], French actor (Sainted Devil, Flying Deuces)
  • 1891-12-30 Antoine Pinay, French premier (1952)/minister of Foreign affairs
  • 1892-01-22 Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder
  • 1892-03-10 Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer (King David, Pacific 231), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1955)
  • 1892-03-16 Caesar Vallejo, Peruvian/French poet (Los Heraldos Negros)
  • 1892-04-19 Germaine Tailleferre, [Les Six], Pau-St-Maur France, composer
  • 1892-06-27 Paul Colin, French poster designer, born in Nancy, France (d. 1985)
  • 1892-07-31 Joseph Charbonneau, French-Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (1940-50), born in Lefaivre, Canada (d. 1959)
  • 1892-08-15 Louis de Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), born in Dieppe, France (d. 1987)
  • 1892-08-21 Charles Vanel, French actor and director (Wages of Fear), born in Rennes, France (d. 1989)
  • 1892-09-04 Darius Milhaud, French composer (Maximilien), born in Marseille, France (d. 1974)
  • 1892-10-19 Alexander A Alekhine, Russian/French chess champ (1927-35, 37-46)
  • 1892-11-17 Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, born in Vienna (d. 1982)
  • 1892-11-23 Erté, French artist (d. 1990)
  • 1893-01-03 Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, French novelist/essayist (Gilles)
  • 1893-02-03 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (d. 1978)
  • 1893-03-09 Hans Münch, Swiss conductor and composer, born in Mulhouse, France (d. 1983)
  • 1893-04-18 Violette Morris, French athlete (d. 1944)
  • 1893-05-14 Louis Verneuil, French playwright (d. 1952)
  • 1893-08-31 Lily Laskine, French harpist, born in Paris (d. 1988)
  • 1893-11-19 René Voisin, French classical trumpet player (d. 1952)
  • 1893-12-16 Vladimir Golschmann, conductor with Immortal Downbeat, born in Paris, France
  • 1894-04-23 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), born in Paris, France (d. 1969)
  • 1894-05-27 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (Die Nacht), born in Courbevoie, Seine, France (d. 1961)
  • 1894-06-13 Jacques-Henri Lartigue, French photographer
  • 1894-09-15 Jean Renoir, French director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion)
  • 1894-10-30 Jean Rostand, French biologist (d. 1977)
  • 1894-12-24 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot
  • 1895-01-07 Marie-Dominique Chenu, French Roman Catholic theologist
  • 1895-02-28 Marcel Pagnol, French playwright/director (Marchands de Gloire)
  • 1895-03-30 Jean Giono, French writer (World Chant)
  • 1895-04-30 Philippe Panneton, French Canadian physician, diplomat and writer (d. 1960)
  • 1895-07-25 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), born in Ermont, France (d. 1977)
  • 1895-08-22 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician, born in Pierreville, Quebec (d. 1966)
  • 1895-11-07 Jacob Kaplan, French Grand Rabbi (1955-81), born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1895-12-14 Paul Eluard, French poet (d. 1952)
  • 1896-02-08 Orville Caldwell, American actor (Patsy, French Doll, Last Warning), born in Oakland, California (d. 1967)

Person of interestAndré Breton

1896-02-18 André Breton, French writer and poet, founder of Surrealism, born in Tinchebray, France (d. 1966)

Writer and Surrealist André Breton
Writer and Surrealist
André Breton

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1401 - 1,500 of 2,229

  • 1931-06-22 Armand Fallières, French president (1906-13), dies at 89
  • 1931-08-31 Marcel Planiol, French private law scholar, dies
  • 1931-12-02 Vincent D'indy, French composer and teacher, dies at 80
  • 1931-12-13 Gustave le Bon, French psychologist (b. 1840)
  • 1932-02-16 Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1841)
  • 1932-02-28 Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)
  • 1932-03-07 Aristide Briand, 11 x Prime Minister of France (Nobel Peace Prize 1926), dies at 69
  • 1932-04-10 André Baillon, Belgian-French author (& sabots), dies at 56
  • 1932-05-01 Paul Doumer, President France (1931-32), assassin by Russia's Paul Gargalov
  • 1932-05-07 Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), dies at 53
  • 1932-07-20 René Bazin, French novelist (b. 1853)
  • 1932-09-13 Paul Gorguloff, murderer of French President Doumer, beheaded
  • 1932-10-29 Joseph Babinski, Polish-French neurologist (Babinski reflex), dies at 74
  • 1932-11-19 Marie MJ Poupelet, French sculptor/poster artist, dies
  • 1933-02-12 Henri Duparc, French composer, dies at 85
  • 1933-10-29 Paul, [Prudent] Painlevé, French mathematician/minister/premier, dies
  • 1933-11-03 Emile Roux, French scientist (b. 1853)
  • 1934-01-08 Alexandre Stavisky, French swindler, dies
  • 1934-01-13 Paul Ulrich Villard, French Chemist and Physicist who discovered gamma rays, dies at 73
  • 1934-07-08 Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer, dies at 1934
  • 1934-07-25 François Coty, French perfume manufacturer, dies at 60
  • 1934-07-27 Louis HG Lyautey, French minister of Defense (1916-17), dies at 79
  • 1934-07-29 Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1883)
  • 1934-10-05 Jean Vigo, French actor and director (Zero For Conduct, L'Atlante), dies of complications from tuberculosis at 29
  • 1934-10-09 J-Louis-F Barthou, French writer/premier/foreign minister, murdered
  • 1934-10-15 Raymond Poincaré, French president and Prime Minister (1912), dies at 74
  • 1934-11-30 Hélène Boucher, French aviatrix (b. 1908)
  • 1935-02-12 Auguste Escoffier, French chef and writer (Le Guide Culinaire), dies at 88
  • 1935-05-01 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (1923 Tour de France), dies of a gunshot wound at 46
  • 1935-05-17 Paul Dukas, French composer (b. 1865)
  • 1935-05-19 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1935-06-27 Eugene Augustin Lauste, French inventor (b. 1857)
  • 1935-07-03 André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (b. 1878)
  • 1935-07-12 Alfred Dreyfus, French Jewish artillery officer (Dreyfus Affair), dies at 75
  • 1935-08-30 Henri Barbusse, French writer (Le feu), dies at 62
  • 1935-09-19 Jules M Cambron, French gov-gen to Algeria/ambassador, dies
  • 1935-10-04 Jean Béraud, French painter (b. 1849)
  • 1935-12-25 Paul Bourget, French novelist and critic (b. 1852)
  • 1936-01-07 Guy d'Hardelot, French composer, best known for Because (b. 1858)
  • 1936-02-09 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist, dies at 57
  • 1936-02-28 Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)
  • 1936-03-16 Marguerite Durand, French journalist and feminist (b. 1864)
  • 1936-04-02 Jean-Baptiste Eugène Estienne, French general (Father of The Tank), dies at 75
  • 1936-06-12 Isidore Weiss, French world checker champion, dies
  • 1936-08-02 Louis Blériot, French aviator who made the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier than air aircraft, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1936-08-17 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Surgery & Foules), dies at 36
  • 1936-08-22 Juliette Adam-Lamber, French author (Salon/Nouvelle Revue), dies at 99
  • 1936-09-05 Gustave Kahn, French Symbolist poet and art critic (b. 1859)
  • 1936-10-26 Bob Dellemijn, Lourdes-ganger/Franco-volunteer, dies in battle at 18
  • 1936-11-10 Louis Gustave Binger, French officer and explorer (b. 1856)
  • 1937-03-12 Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert Widor, French organist/composer, dies at 93
  • 1937-06-18 Gaston Doumergue, 60th Prime Minister of France (1913-14 and 1934) and 1st protestant French President (1924-31), dies at 73
  • 1937-09-21 Henri [Lucien] Capitant, French lawyer, dies at 72
  • 1937-10-16 Jean de Brunhoff, French writer (b. 1899)
  • 1937-12-28 Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62
  • 1938-01-21 George Melies, French early filmmaker (A Trip to the Moon), dies at 76
  • 1938-04-15 Caesar Vallejo, Peru/French poet (Trilce, Russia & 1931), dies at 46
  • 1938-12-14 Marie FM Emmanuel, French composer/musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76
  • 1939-01-28 William Butler Yeats, Irish poet (Nobel), dies in France at 73
  • 1939-06-17 Eugene Weldman, the last person to be publicly guillotined in France, dies at 31. When asked if he had remorse for his victims he had killed, he replied, “Remorse, what for? I didn’t even know them”
  • 1939-06-18 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), dies at 73
  • 1939-09-20 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1855)
  • 1940-05-23 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • 1940-06-20 Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • 1940-06-21 Edouard Vuillard, French painter and graphic artist, dies
  • 1940-09-27 Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • 1940-10-24 Pierre Weiss, French physicist (theory of ferromagnetism) dies at 75

Person of interestManuel Azaña

1940-11-04 Manuel Azaña, Prime Minister of Spain (1931-33) and 2nd President of the Spanish Republic (1936-39), dies of a heart attack at 60 while in exile in France

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • 1940-12-13 Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, French physicist and inventor of the moving-coil D'Arsonval galvanometer, dies at 89
  • 1941-01-04 Henri Bergson, French philosopher (Le Rire, Nobel 1928), dies at 81
  • 1941-02-06 Maximilien Luce, French painter, dies at 82
  • 1941-02-20 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)
  • 1941-07-26 Marx Dormoy, French socialist, killed by a time bomb
  • 1941-08-29 Henri Louis, French officer/resistance fighter, executed at 40
  • 1941-11-06 Maurice Leblanc, French novelist (b. 1864)
  • 1941-11-26 Ernest Lapointe, French-Canadian politician (b. 1876)
  • 1941-12-11 Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician, died at 85
  • 1942-01-05 Yves Paringaux, French chief of staff, murdered
  • 1942-01-06 Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
  • 1942-03-30 Alfred Coville, French historian (Lesson premier Valois), dies at 81
  • 1942-04-17 Jean Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
  • 1942-07-03 Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general (b. 1856)
  • 1942-07-14 Neel [Cornelia H] Doff, Neth/French/Belgian painter's model, dies
  • 1942-09-05 François de Labouchère, French aviator of World War II, compagnon de la Libération. (b. 1917)
  • 1942-12-24 Jean LXF Darlan, French admiral, murdered by gaullists
  • 1943-03-23 Andre Lichtenberger, French Sudan writer (Le Petit Roi), dies at 72
  • 1943-04-07 Alexandre Millerand, President of France (b. 1859)
  • 1943-07-08 Jean "Max" Moulin, French resistance fighter, executed
  • 1943-08-24 Simone Weil, French philosopher and social activist (b. 1909)
  • 1943-10-24 Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, French Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • 1943-11-19 Andre Antoine, French stage manager (Theatre Antoine), dies at 85
  • 1944-01-31 Jean Giraudoux, French writer (b. 1882)
  • 1944-02-04 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
  • 1944-03-05 Max Jacob, French poet and writer, dies in nazi concentration camp at 67
  • 1944-03-22 ... Pucheu, French Internal minister to Vichy, executed
  • 1944-04-13 Paul Hazard [Paul-Gustave-Marie-Camille Hazard], French critic and literature historian, dies at 65
  • 1944-04-26 Violette Morris, French athlete (b. 1893)
  • 1944-06-10 French Duwaer, Dutch printer/resistance fighter, executed
  • 1944-06-16 Marc Bloch, French historian (executed) (b. 1886)
  • 1944-07-07 Georges Mandel [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader, is executed by the Milice at 59