French History (Part 15)

Historical Events

Events 1401 - 1,500 of 2,319

  • 1936-08-10 First time the Olympic cycling road race is conducted as a mass start event with Frenchmen Robert Charpentier and Guy Lapébie taking gold and silver, and France winning the teams gold medal
  • 1936-10-02 French franc devalued, relatively late and after Britain (1931) and the US (1933)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936-11-05 French writer Andre Gide criticizes Soviet regime

Writer André Gide
André Gide

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937-06-01 Edith Wharton suffers a heart attack and collapses at the French country home of Ogden Codman

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Edith Wharton
Pulitzer prize winning novelist
Edith Wharton
  • 1937-06-04 Léon Blum becomes premier of People's front government of France

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1937-06-19 Francisco Franco's troops conquer the Bilbao Basques

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1937-06-21 French People's Popular Front government of Socialist Léon Blum falls
  • 1937-10-21 Francisco Franco's troops occupy Gijon
  • 1937-11-03 Frenchman Maurice Archambaud cycles world record for distance in one hour, 45.796 km in Vigorelli, Milan, Italy

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

Prime Minister of France Édouard Daladier
Prime Minister of France
Édouard Daladier
  • 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

AgreementTreaty of Interest

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

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop
  • 1939-02-06 Spanish government flees to France

  • 1939-02-27 Britain and France recognize Francisco Franco's government in Spain
  • 1939-03-31 Britain & France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany
  • 1939-04-15 Albert Lebrun elected president of France

AgreementAgreement 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

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

AgreementAgreement 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

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
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

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

Victory in BattleMiracle of Dunkirk

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

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British troops await evacuation at Dunkirk
British troops await evacuation at Dunkirk
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  • 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 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

French General Philippe Pétain
French General
Philippe Pétain
  • 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

Dog Unearths Cave of AntiquityDog 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

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Marcel Ravidat, second from left in beret, with his friends at the cave entrance in 1940
Marcel Ravidat, second from left in beret, with his friends at the cave entrance in 1940
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  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941-04-12 Vichy-France's head of government Admiral François Darlan consults with Adolf Hitler

Admiral and Prime Minister of Vichy France François Darlan
Admiral and Prime Minister of Vichy France
François Darlan
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
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 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 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1401 - 1,500 of 2,973

  • 1867-05-04 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer and organist, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1949)
  • 1867-06-11 Charles Fabry, French physicist, discoverer of ozone layer in upper atmosphere, born in Marseille, France (d. 1945)
  • 1867-08-23 Marcel Schwob, French writer and journalist (Le Croisade des Enfants), born in Chaville, France (d. 1905)
  • 1867-10-03 Pierre Bonnard, French painter and illustrator, born in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine, France (d. 1947)

Person of interestMarie Curie

1867-11-07 Marie Curie, Polish-French scientist who discovered radium and the 1st woman to win a Nobel Prize (1903, 1911), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1934)

Physicist Marie Curie
Marie Curie
  • 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)

Person of interestAndré Gide

1869-11-22 Andre Gide, French writer (Lafcadio's Adventures-Nobel 1947), born in Paris (d. 1951)

Writer André Gide
André Gide
  • 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/writer (Le petit roi)
  • 1870-12-02 Francis Casadesus, French violinist, composer and conductor, born in Paris (d. 1954)
  • 1870-12-10 Pierre Louÿs, French novelist and poet (Aphrodite, Woman & Puppet), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1925)
  • 1870-12-10 Mary Bonaparte, eldest surviving daughter of Prince Napoléon Bonaparte of Canino and Christine Ruspoli (d. 1947)
  • 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)
  • 1872-04-09 Léon Blum, Prime Minister of France (People's Front Government), born in Paris (d. 1950)
  • 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 marquess of Flers, French author (Habit Vert)
  • 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)

Person of interestColette

1873-01-28 Colette [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist and performer (Gigi), born in Paris, France

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
  • 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)

Person of interestHenri Farman

1874-05-26 Henri Farman, British-French aviator who broke several aviation records, born in Paris (d. 1958)

Aviator Henri Farman
Henri Farman
  • 1874-07-14 Andre Debierne, French chemist/physicist (Actinium)
  • 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)

Person of interestMaurice Ravel

1875-03-07 Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), born in Ciboure, France (d. 1937)

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • 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)
  • 1875-06-13 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)
  • 1875-08-09 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French singer, composer, conductor, and music critic, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1947)
  • 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, Prime Minister of 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 Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera)
  • 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)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1401 - 1,500 of 2,513

  • 1908-02-14 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1908-05-23 Francois Coppee, French poet, dies

Person of interestHenri Becquerel

1908-08-25 Henri Becquerel, French physicist who discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), dies at 55

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • 1908-11-08 Victorien Sardou, French opera author (Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77
  • 1908-11-16 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-Canadian politician (7th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia), dies at 78
  • 1908-11-27 Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist and palaeontologist, dies at 81
  • 1908-12-13 Augustus Le Plongeon, French-American photographer and antiquitarian, dies at 83
  • 1909-11-18 Renee Vivien, British-born poet, wrote in French, dies at 32
  • 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/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

Person of interestJules Massenet

1912-08-13 Jules Massenet, French opera composer (Werther, Manon), dies at 70

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

Person of interestFrederic Mistral

1914-03-25 Frederic Mistral, French poet (Nobel Prize for Literature 1904), dies at 83

Provencal Poet Frederic Mistral
Provencal Poet
Frederic Mistral
  • 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 marathoner (Olympic silver 1912), dies in battle
  • 1915-02-12 Émile Waldteufel, French composer, dies at 77
  • 1915-02-16 Emil Waldteufel [Charles Levy], French composer (Estudiantina), dies
  • 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)
  • 1916-06-23 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 and a hermit, dies 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
  • 1917-09-27 Edgar Degas, 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

Person of interestAuguste Rodin

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

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin
  • 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 (b. 1844)
  • 1918-03-04 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer, 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

Person of interestClaude Debussy

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

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
  • 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

Person of interestPierre Auguste Renoir

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

Painter & Sculptor Pierre Auguste Renoir
Painter & Sculptor
Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • 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-born American race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1892)
  • 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

Person of interestSarah Bernhardt

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

Stage and Film Actress Sarah Bernhardt
Stage and Film Actress
Sarah Bernhardt