French History (Part 15)

Historical Events

Events 1401 - 1,500 of 2,340

  • 1934-09-12 "L'Atalante", French film directed by Jean Vigo, starring Michel Simon, Dita Parlo and Jean Dasté, is released

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1935-01-07 French Foreign minister Pierre Laval and Benito Mussolini sign the Franco-Italian Agreement

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France Pierre Laval
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France
Pierre Laval
  • 1935-05-29 French liner Normandie begins its maiden voyage, arrived in NYC on June 3rd
  • 1935-06-03 French liner SS Normandie sets Atlantic crossing record of four days, three hours and 14 minutes on her maiden voyage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936-01-24 Pierre Laval's second French government falls

Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France Pierre Laval
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France
Pierre Laval
  • 1936-01-24 Albert Sarraut becomes Prime Minister of France

MurderMurder of Interest

1936-04-14 French singer Édith Piaf questioned after nightclub owner and her patron Louis Leplée murdered in Paris

Singer Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf
  • 1936-05-03 French People's Front wins elections
  • 1936-05-16 1st British air hostess Daphne Kearley flies to France
  • 1936-07-14 1 million demonstrate to support French People's Front government
  • 1936-08-07 Twenty-two nations line-up as the first basketball competition in the Olympics Games starts in Berlin; Estonia beats France 34-29 in the first game
  • 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
  • 1936-11-06 Terence Rattigan's "French Without Tears" premieres in London

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
  • 1937-06-19 Franco-troops conquer Bilbao Basques
  • 1937-06-21 French People's front government-Blum falls
  • 1937-10-21 Franco-troops occupies Gijon
  • 1937-11-03 Frenchman Maurice Archambaud cycles world record for distance in one hour, 45.796 km in Vigorelli, Milan, Italy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938-02-27 Britain & France recognize Franco government in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco

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: Luigi Colausig & Silvio Piola each score 2 goals as Italy beats Hungary 4-1 in Paris, France
  • 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 France recognizes Franco's regime in Spain
  • 1939-03-31 Britain & France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany
  • 1939-04-15 Albert Lebrun elected president of France

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1939-04-16 Stalin requests British, French & Russian anti-nazi pact

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1939-04-17 Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-Nazi pact
  • 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 & Britain

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1940-03-18 Benito Mussolini and Italy join Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain

  • 1940-03-19 French government of Édouard Daladier falls
  • 1940-03-20 Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
  • 1940-05-10 French marines stationed on Aruba
  • 1940-05-10 French troops arrive in Zealand, Brabant Netherlands
  • 1940-05-12 French marines occupy St Maarten
  • 1940-05-12 Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
  • 1940-05-15 German armoured division moves into Northern France
  • 1940-05-17 Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins invasion of France
  • 1940-05-19 French counter attack at Pronne under Gen De Gaulle
  • 1940-05-21 Allied counter attack at Atrecht, northern France
  • 1940-05-21 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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"
  • 1940-10-24 Adolf Hitler meets the Head of the French State Marshal 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
  • 1941-04-12 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1401 - 1,500 of 3,021

  • 1865-12-28 Félix Vallotton, Swiss-French painter and writer (Chaste Suzanna), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1925)
  • 1866-01-29 Romain Rolland, French writer (Jean-Christophe) (Nobel 1915)
  • 1866-05-17 Erik Satie, French composer (Gymnopédies), born in Honfleur, Normandy (d. 1925)
  • 1866-09-07 Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist, born in Besançon, Doubs, France (d. 1947)
  • 1866-09-21 Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist (Nobel 1928), born in Rouen, France (d. 1936)
  • 1866-12-04 Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French abstract painter (Dreamy Inspiration), born in Moscow (d. 1944)
  • 1866-12-12 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), born in Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France (d. 1919)
  • 1867-01-20 Yvette Guilbert [Emma Laure Esther Guilbert], French singer and actress, born in Paris, France (d. 1944)
  • 1867-01-21 Maxime Weygard, French general/gov-gen (Algeria)
  • 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 (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 (d. 1927)
  • 1868-05-28 Claude Anet, [Jean Schopfer], French writer (Fille Perdue)
  • 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 diplomat/poet (L'Otage-1909)
  • 1868-10-24 Alexandra David-Néel, Belgian-French explorer and writer, born in Saint-Mandé, France (d. 1969)
  • 1868-11-11 Edouard Vuillard, French painter and graphic artist
  • 1868-12-02 Francis Jammes, French poet/writer (Jammisme)
  • 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 (French Communistic 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)
  • 1870-10-08 Louis Vierne, French organist and composer, born in Poitiers, France (d. 1937)
  • 1870-11-29 Andre Lichtenberger, French sociologist/writer (Le petit roi)
  • 1870-12-02 Francis Louis Casadesus, French violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1870-12-10 Pierre Louÿs, French novelist and poet (Aphrodite, Woman & Puppet), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1925)
  • 1870-12-10 Mary Bonaparte, pretender to the French imperial throne (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 Prize laureate (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 (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 (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, Asnieres France, novelist (Le Feu)
  • 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. 1954)
  • 1873-11-10 Henri Rabnaud, French composer (Le Premer Glaire), born in Paris, France (d. 1949)
  • 1874-01-25 [William] Somerset Maugham, British novelist/poet (Of Human Bondage), born in Paris, France
  • 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)
  • 1875-03-07 Maurice Ravel, French composer (d. 1937)
  • 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, French composer, conductor, music critic and diarist
  • 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 (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)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1401 - 1,500 of 2,540

  • 1907-01-25 René Pottier, French racing cyclist, dies at 27
  • 1907-02-13 Marcel Bertrand, French mine engineer, dies at 59

Person of interestHenri Moissan

1907-02-20 Henri Moissan, French chemist who isolated the element "fluorine" from its compounds (Nobel 1906), dies of appendicitis at 54

Chemist and Nobel Laureate Henri Moissan
Chemist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Moissan
  • 1907-03-07 Victor Alphonse Duvernoy, French pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1907-03-11 Jean Casimir-Perier, French politician (b. 1847)
  • 1907-03-18 Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist and politician (b. 1827)
  • 1907-07-19 Hector H Malot, French lawyer/author (Alone in the World), dies at 77
  • 1907-09-07 R F Armand Sully-Prudhomme, French poet (Poesies, Nobel 1901), dies
  • 1907-11-01 Alfred Jarry, French writer (ubu Roi), dies at 33
  • 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 Edouard Rod, French/Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e), dies at 52
  • 1910-03-20 Nadar [Félix Tournachon], French photographer, 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 mezzo-soprano and composer, 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 (b. 1844)
  • 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 J-Henri Poincaré, French mine engineer/mathematician, dies at 58
  • 1912-08-13 Jules Massenet, French opera composer (Werther, Manon), dies at 70
  • 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-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 Raffenel, French general (3rd Colonial Div, WWI), dies in battle
  • 1914-08-22 Rondoney, French general (3rd Colonial Div, WWI), dies in battle
  • 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 E Vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer, 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 Emile Durkheim, French sociologist (Le suicide), dies
  • 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 Louise J Gautier, French poetess/daughter of Theophile G, 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 in Paris 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 A D Segalen, [Max Anely], French ship's doctor/writer, dies
  • 1919-06-23 Amy G C A Bonet-Maury, French reformed theologist, dies

Person of interestPierre Auguste Renoir

1919-12-03 Pierre A Renoir, French painter/sculptor, 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