French History (Part 16)

Historical Events

Events 1501 - 1,600 of 2,308

  • 1942-10-22 Operation Flagpole: US Major General Mark Clark & Brigadier General Lyman Lemnitzer meet Vichy French Général Charles Mast secretly in small fishing village of Cherchell, Algeria to finalize plans for Allied Invasion of North Africa

Historic Communication

1942-11-07 1st US President to broadcast in a foreign language - FDR, in French

Historic Event

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

  • 1942-11-08 Vichy-France drops diplomatic relations with US
  • 1942-11-09 Transport number 44 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany

Historic Event

1942-11-11 745 French Jews deported to Auschwitz

  • 1942-11-11 Germany completes its WWII occupation of France
  • 1942-11-11 Jews in the Free Zone of France ordered to wear a 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

Historic Event

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 Drancy (France) internment camp, taking 1,500 French Jews to Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi German occupied Poland; an estimated 91 survived
  • 1944-05-30 Transport number 75 departs with French Jews to Nazi Germany
  • 1944-06-04 French General Charles de Gaulle arrives in London

D-Day

1944-06-05 As part of Operation Tonga, the 1st British gliders touch down on French soil to prepare for the D-Day invasion

  • 1944-06-06 Operation Overlord: As part of the D-Day landings, the 82nd Airborne Division arrives at the French town of Sainte-Mère-Église
  • 1944-06-06 Operation Overlord: D-Day begins as the 156,000-strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, during World War II
  • 1944-06-07 British forces attack Bréville in France during the Normandy invasion while other British forces attempt to encircle Caen
  • 1944-06-10 Nazi forces carry out a massacre of 642 civilians in the French village Oradour-sur-Glane
  • 1944-06-14 General Charles de Gaulle lands at Courselles France
  • 1944-06-17 -19] French troops under Lattre de Tssigny conquer Elba
  • 1944-06-19 French troops free Elba
  • 1944-06-27 Cherbourg, France liberated by Allies
  • 1944-06-30 French Cotentin Peninsula in allied hands
  • 1944-07-06 French General Charles de Gaulle arrives in Washington, D.C.

Historic Event

1944-07-06 US General George S. Patton lands in France

  • 1944-07-07 RAF Bomber Command drop 2,572 tons of bombs on Caen, France

Meeting of Interest

1944-07-21 British premier Winston Churchill flies to France, meets Montgomery

Historic Event

1944-07-28 Adolf Hitler routes 4 division of South France to Normandy

  • 1944-07-28 US 8th Army corp occupies Coutances France
  • 1944-07-31 Transport #77 departs with French Jews to Nazi Germany
  • 1944-08-10 US/French offensive at Alencon
  • 1944-08-11 French 5th Armour division recaptures Sées

Historic Event

1944-08-11 Klaus Barbie, Gestapo head of Lyon France leaves for Auschwitz

  • 1944-08-15 Operation Anvil: Allies land on French Mediterranean sea coast
  • 1944-08-20 French General Charles de Gaulle returns to France
  • 1944-08-22 Last transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1944-08-23 Allied troops capture Marseille, France
  • 1944-08-25 France 2nd Tank division under General Leclerc reaches Notre Dame
  • 1944-08-25 US Army XII Corps reaches Troyes, France
  • 1944-08-31 French provisional government moves from Algiers to Paris
  • 1944-08-31 French troops liberate Bordeaux
  • 1944-09-03 Canadian troops liberate Abbeville, France
  • 1944-09-03 French troops liberate Lyon
  • 1944-10-05 Suffrage is extended to women in France
  • 1945-01-03 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill visits France

Historic Event

1945-04-26 Marshal Philippe Pétain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during World War II, arrested for treason

Nazi Germany Surrenders

1945-05-08 German General Wilhelm Keitel formally surrenders to the Allies represented by the United States, the UK, France and the Soviet Union in Berlin

  • 1945-06-04 US, Soviet Union, Britain and France agree to divide up occupied Germany
  • 1945-06-05 USA, UK, USSR, France declare supreme authority over Germany

Victory in Battle

1945-07-31 Pierre Laval, fugitive former leader of Vichy France, surrenders to Allied soldiers in Austria

Nuremberg Trials

1945-08-08 US, USSR, Britain and France sign Treaty of London which sets down procedures for the Nuremberg war trials of Nazi leaders

Historic Event

1945-08-14 Ho Chi Minh's Viet Minh movement launch a coordinated uprising against French rule across Vietnam following the Japanese surrender

  • 1945-09-02 Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam independent from France (National Day)
  • 1945-10-21 Women in France allowed to vote for 1st time
  • 1945-10-24 In France PC/PS/MRP win parliamentary election (25/24/23%)
  • 1946-01-07 Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union
  • 1946-01-20 F Gouin follows De Gaulle as temporary leader of French government
  • 1946-03-06 France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese federation
  • 1946-03-19 French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique & Reunion become overseas "departments" of France
  • 1946-04-07 Syria's independence from France is officially recognised.
  • 1946-04-12 Syria gains independence from France
  • 1946-04-17 Syria declares independence from French administration
  • 1946-06-24 Georges Bidault elected premier of France
  • 1946-11-10 Communists win many seats at French parliamentary election
  • 1946-11-23 French Navy fire in Haiphong, Vietnam, kills 6,000
  • 1946-11-28 French Fourth Republic government led by Georges Bidault resigns

Election of Interest

1946-12-13 Léon Blum elected French premier

Historic Event

1946-12-16 French fashion designer Christian Dior and his backer Marcel Boussac found fashion house Christian Dior

  • 1946-12-19 War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi
  • 1946-12-24 French Fourth Republic is founded
  • 1946-12-31 French troops leave Lebanon
  • 1947-01-16 Vincent Aurial elected President of France
  • 1947-02-12 French fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the "New Look"
  • 1947-02-27 French explorer Paul-Emile Victor founds French Polar Expeditions to oversee French scientific missions
  • 1947-04-16 -17] Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp
  • 1947-07-02 Military coup discovered in France
  • 1947-10-19 De Gaulles RPF wins French municipal elections
  • 1947-11-23 French government of Schumann forms
  • 1948-03-18 France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
  • 1948-07-19 French government of Schuman resigns

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 2,960

  • 1878-06-06 Vincent de Moro-Giafferi, French criminal attorney, born in Paris (d. 1956)
  • 1878-06-17 Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), born in Champigny-sur-Marne (d. 1932)
  • 1878-06-25 Jean Gallon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1959)
  • 1878-07-22 Lucien Febvre, French historian (Un destin: Martin Luther)
  • 1878-08-30 Paul Hazard [Paul-Gustave-Marie-Camille Hazard], French critic and literature historian, born in Nordpeene, France (d. 1944)
  • 1878-10-02 François Conrad Schlumberger, French physicist, born in Guebwiller, Upper Rhine (d. 1936)
  • 1878-10-15 Paul Reynaud, Premier of France (May-June 1940), born in Barcelonette, France (d. 1966)
  • 1878-10-17 Henri Mulet, French organist, cellist, and composer (Carillon-Sortie; Esquisses Byzantines), born in Paris (d. 1967)
  • 1878-11-14 Julie Manet, French painter, daughter of Berthe Morisot (d. 1966)
  • 1878-11-23 André Caplet, French composer and conductor (Conte Fantastic; Le miroir de Jesus), born on a boat sailing between Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) and Honfleur (Calvados) in France (d. 1925)
  • 1879-01-18 Henri Giraud, French general (French Committee of National Liberation in WWII), born in Paris, France (d. 1949)
  • 1879-01-22 Francis Picabia, French avante-garde artist, writer and typographist (Amorous Parade), born in Paris, France (d. 1953)
  • 1879-02-09 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist
  • 1879-04-04 Gabriel Grovlez, French pianist, conductor (Opéra de Paris, 1914-34), and composer (L'Almanach aux images), born in Lille, France (d. 1944)
  • 1879-04-20 Paul Poiret, French couturier, the most fashionable dress designer of pre-World War I, born in Paris (d. 1944)
  • 1879-06-05 René Pottier, French racing cyclist (Tour de France 1906), born in Moret-sur-Loing, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. 1907)
  • 1879-07-01 Leon Jouhaux, French socialist and co-founder UN's ILO (Nobel 1951), born in Paris (d. 1954)
  • 1879-07-03 Philippe Gaubert, French flautist, conductor (Paris Opéra, 1919-41), composer, and teacher (Paris Conservatoire), born in Cahors, France (d. 1941)
  • 1879-07-05 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1959)
  • 1879-09-30 Henri Casadesus, French violist and composer (Preludes for Viola d'amour), born in Paris, France (d. 1947)
  • 1879-12-22 Stanislas Bizot, French draughts champion (1925), born in Nice, France (d. 1950)
  • 1880-01-02 Louis Breguet, French aviation pioneer
  • 1880-02-20 Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French aristocrat and novelist (d. 1923)
  • 1880-05-25 Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist who helped identify the Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome, born in Nantes, France (d. 1967)
  • 1880-07-21 Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Slovak politician, French general and astronomer (d. 1919)
  • 1880-08-26 Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet and art critic (coined the term 'Cubism'), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1918)
  • 1880-08-29 Marie-Louise Meilleur, French Canadian supercentenarian lived past 117, born in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada (d. 1998)
  • 1880-09-06 Jean-Louis Pisuisse, Dutch night club performer (French governess), born in Flushing, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • 1880-10-12 Louis Hémon, French novelist (Maria Chapdelaine), born in Brest, France (d. 1913)
  • 1881-01-18 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Librairie Gallimard) [or 1908]
  • 1881-02-04 Fernand Léger, French painter (d. 1955)
  • 1881-03-23 Roger Martin du Guard, French novelist (Les Thibault-Nobel 1937)
  • 1881-05-01 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher and paleontologist (The Phenomenon of Man), born in Orcines, Auvergne, France (d. 1955)
  • 1881-08-29 Valery-Nicolas Larbaud, French novelist and translator (Enfantines), born in Vichy, France (d. 1957)
  • 1881-09-15 Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French automobile designer and manufacturer (Automobiles E. Bugatti), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1947)
  • 1881-10-02 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, born in Mulhouse (d. 1951)
  • 1881-11-08 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French engineer and aviation pioneer who contributed to early heavier-than-air flight in Europe, born in Paris (d. 1957)
  • 1882-03-19 Gaston Lachaise, American sculptor (Standing Woman), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • 1882-03-20 René Coty, Le Harve France, president of France (1953-58)
  • 1882-05-13 Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, born in Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise (d. 1963)
  • 1882-09-13 Henri Potiron, French composer, born in Rezé-lès-Nantes, Loire-Atlantique (d. 1972)
  • 1882-10-29 Jean Giraudoux, French writer and playwright (The Madwoman of Chaillot), born in Bellac, Haute-Vienne, France (d. 1944)
  • 1882-11-18 Jacques Maritain, French Catholic philosopher (exponent of St Thomas), born in Paris (d. 1973)
  • 1882-11-22 Charles Vildrac, French author, poet and playwright (La Brouille, Michel Auclair, Notes sur la technique poétique), born in Paris, France (d. 1971)
  • 1883-02-03 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter

Pierre LavalPierre Laval (1883-1945)

1883-06-28 Prime Minister of France (1931-32 and 1935-36) and Head of Vichy France (1942-44), born in Châteldon, France

  • 1883-07-23 Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, British field marshal, born in Bragnieres-de-Bigorre, France (d. 1963)
  • 1883-08-19 (Gabrielle) "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel), born in Saumur, France (d. 1971)
  • 1883-10-31 Marie Laurencin, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1956)
  • 1883-11-02 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French cardinal and Archbishop of Quebec, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1947)
  • 1883-12-16 Max Linder [Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle], French actor, comic and director (Seven Years Bad Luck: Max Prend un Bain), born in Saint-Loubès, Gironde, France (d. 1925)
  • 1883-12-17 Raimu [Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire], French actor (The Baker's Wife, Marius, Fanny), born in Toulon, Var, France (d. 1946)
  • 1883-12-22 Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (Ionisation; Poème électronique), born in Burgundy, France (d. 1965)
  • 1883-12-25 Maurice Utrillo, French painter (Port St Martin, Montmartre), born in Montmartre , Paris, France (d. 1955)
  • 1884-01-02 Jacques Chardonne [Boutelleau], French writer (l'Epithalame)
  • 1884-01-28 Lucien H d'Azambuja, French astronomer (chromosome of sun)
  • 1884-01-31 Nicholas Joy, French actor (Gentleman's Agreement, Desk Set, Boss Lady), born in Paris, France (d. 1964)
  • 1884-06-13 Étienne Gilson, French philosopher and historian, born in Paris (d. 1978)

Édouard DaladierÉdouard Daladier (1884-1970)

1884-06-18 72nd Prime Minister of France (1933, 1934 and 1938-40) and PM at the start of World War II, born in Carpentras, Vaucluse, France

  • 1884-06-19 Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, French Dadaist artist and writer, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1974)
  • 1884-06-25 Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, German-French art dealer and publisher, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1884-06-27 Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (La psychanalyse du feu), born in Bar-sur-Aube, France (d. 1962)
  • 1884-06-30 Georges Duhamel, French author (Vie et aventures de Salavin, 5 vol.), born in Paris (d. 1966)
  • 1884-07-06 André Dunoyer de Segonzac, French painter and cartoonist, born in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, France (d. 1974)
  • 1884-08-27 Vincent Auriol, President of France (1947-53), born in Revel, France (d. 1966)
  • 1885-02-01 Camille Chautemps, premier France
  • 1885-02-21 Sacha Guitry, French actor and playwright (Deburan, The Story of a Cheat), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1885-03-14 Gervais Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace, born in Chamalières, France (d. 1918)
  • 1885-03-28 Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, French composer, born in Saint-Quentin, France (d. 1931)
  • 1885-06-05 Georges Mandel [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader, born in Chatou, Yvelines (d. 1944)
  • 1885-06-29 André Gailhard, French classical music composer, born in Paris (d. 1966)
  • 1885-07-05 André Lhote, French painter and art historian (Traité du paysage), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1962)
  • 1885-07-11 Roger de la Fresnaye, French sculptor/painter
  • 1885-07-26 Andre Maurois [Emile Herzog], French writer (Balzac), born in Elbeuf, France (d. 1967)
  • 1885-08-12 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (d. 1959)
  • 1885-08-26 Jules Romains, French novelist, playwright and poet (Men of Good Will), born in Saint-Julien-Chapteuil, France (d. 1972)
  • 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, composer, and poet, born in Sedan, France (d. 1958)
  • 1886-05-03 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1971)
  • 1886-05-24 Paul Paray, French organist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1951-62), 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 (Le Grand Meaulnes), born in La Chapelle-d'Angillon, Cher, France (d. 1914)
  • 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 Foujita, Japanese-French painter and printmaker, born in Tokyo (d. 1968)
  • 1887-02-21 Savielly Tartakower, Austrian-Polish-French chess player, born in Rostov-on-Don, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1887-05-07 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Gaspard of the Montagnes), born in Ambert, France (d. 1959)
  • 1887-05-31 Saint-John Perse [Alexis Leger], French diplomat and poet (Nobel Prize for Literature 1960), born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (d. 1975)
  • 1887-07-02 Marcel Tabuteau, French-American oboist (Philadelphia Orch 1915-54), born in Compiègne, Oise, France (d. 1966)
  • 1887-07-06 Marc Chagall [Moise Shagal], Jewish Belarusan-French modernist painter and stained glass artist (La Mariée; I and the Village), born in Liozna, Russian Empire (now Belarus) (d. 1985)

Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp (1887-1968)

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

  • 1887-09-16 (Hans) "Jean" Arp, German-French sculptor, artist and poet, born in Strassburg, Alsace-Lorraine, German Empire (now Strasbourg, France) (d. 1966)
  • 1887-09-16 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1887-10-05 René Cassin, French jurist and judge (Nobel Peace Prize 1968), born in Bayonne, Basque Country, France (d. 1976)

Le CorbusierLe Corbusier (1887-1965)

1887-10-06 Swiss French architect, city planner and artist (Urbanisme), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds

  • 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1501 - 1,600 of 2,496

  • 1923-12-12 Raymond Radiguet, French journalist/writer (Ball du Comte), dies at 20
  • 1924-01-16 Maurice de Plessys, French poet (Palace Occidental), dies at 59
  • 1924-03-22 Robert Nivelle, French military officer, dies at 67
  • 1924-04-14 Roland Napoléon Bonaparte, French prince and president of the Société de Géographie, dies at 65
  • 1924-05-15 Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant, French diplomat and pacifist (Nobel 1909), dies at 71
  • 1924-05-29 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies
  • 1924-06-11 Theodore Dubois, French composer, dies at 86
  • 1924-10-12 Anatole France [Jacques Anatole Thibault], French writer (Thaïs, Wickerwork Woman, Nobel 1921), dies at 80
  • 1924-11-04 Gabriel Urbain Fauré, French organist, composer (Requiem; Ballade), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1905-20), dies at 79
  • 1925-04-22 André Caplet, French composer & conductor (Conte Fantastic, Le miroir de Jesus), dies from WWI gas attack issues at 45

John FrenchJohn French (1852-1925)

1925-05-22 1st Earl of Ypres and British WWI field marshal, dies at 72

  • 1925-06-01 Lucien Guitry, French actor (La Dame aux camélias), dies at 64
  • 1925-06-04 Pierre Louÿs, French writer (Aphrodite), dies at 54
  • 1925-06-07 Camille Flammarion, French astronomer, Mars researcher and popularizer of astronomy, dies at 83
  • 1925-07-01 Erik Satie, French pianist and composer (Music In The Shape OF A Pear; Dreamy Fish), dies at 59
  • 1925-09-07 René Viviani, French historian and 61st Prime Minister of France (1914-15), dies at 61
  • 1925-09-29 Léon-Victor-Auguste Bourgeois, French Prime Minister (1895-96, Nobel 1920), dies at 74
  • 1925-11-01 Max Linder [Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle], French actor, comic and director (Seven Years Bad Luck: Max Prend un Bain), commits suicide at 41
  • 1925-11-27 Roger de la Fresnaye, French sculptor and painter, dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • 1926-02-05 André Gedalge, French composer (le Petit Savoyard, Phoebé) and Mayor of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne, dies at 69
  • 1926-03-05 Clément Ader, French aviation pioneer (b. 1841)
  • 1926-05-03 Victor, Prince Napoléon [Napoléon V], French pretender to the throne, dies at 63
  • 1926-07-02 Emile Coué, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion), dies
  • 1926-09-21 Leon Charles Thevenin, French telegraph engineer (b. 1857)

Claude MonetClaude Monet (1840-1926)

1926-12-05 French impressionist painter (Water Lilies, Haystacks, Poplars), dies from lung cancer at 86

  • 1926-12-12 Jean Richepin, French poet/writer (Contes sans morale), dies at 77
  • 1927-03-23 Paul César Helleu, French artist (b. 1859)
  • 1927-04-15 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 58
  • 1927-06-05 Paul Lacombe, French composer, dies at 89
  • 1927-07-30 Robert de Flers, French writer and playwright (Monsieur Bretonneau), dies at 54
  • 1928-08-13 Fernand de La Tombelle, French organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1928-10-23 François Victor Alphonse Aulard, French historian, dies at 79
  • 1928-12-18 Lucien Capet, French composer and violinist, dies at 55
  • 1929-01-29 La Goulue [Louise Weber], French can-can dancer (Moulin Rouge), known as the Queen of Montmartre, dies at 62
  • 1929-03-20 Ferdinand Foch, French Allied military commander and marshal of France during WW I, dies at 77
  • 1929-04-22 Henry Lerolle, French painter, dies at 80
  • 1929-06-25 Georges Courteline [Moineau], French playwright, dies at 71
  • 1929-08-10 Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (b. 1878)
  • 1929-09-30 Charles Bonin, French explorer and diplomat (China), dies at 64
  • 1929-10-01 Antoine Bourdelle, French sculptor, dies at 67

Georges ClémenceauGeorges Clémenceau (1841-1929)

1929-11-24 Prime Minister of France (Radical-Socialist Party: 1906-09, 1917-20) who defended Dreyfuss, dies at 88

  • 1929-12-20 Emile Loubet, French premier (1892)/president (1899-1906), dies at 90
  • 1930-01-13 Auguste Rateau, French mining engineer and inventor (Rateau steam turbine), dies at 66
  • 1930-01-27 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 1931-01-03 Joseph J C Joffre, French marshal, dies at 78
  • 1931-01-09 Claude Anet [Jean Schopfer], French writer (La fille perdue), dies at 62

André MichelinAndré Michelin (1853-1931)

1931-04-04 French industrialist, tire manufacturer (Michelin) and publisher of the Michelin Guide, dies of respiratory failure at 78

  • 1931-06-22 Armand Fallières, French president (1906-13), dies at 89
  • 1931-08-31 Marcel Planiol, French private law scholar, dies at 77
  • 1931-10-07 Daniel Chester French, American sculptor (Minute Man), dies at 81
  • 1931-11-30 Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, French composer, dies at 46

Vincent d'IndyVincent d'Indy (1851-1931)

1931-12-02 French composer (Symphony on a French Mountain Air), 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)

Aristide BriandAristide Briand (1862-1932)

1932-03-07 11 time Prime Minister of France (1909-22) and 1926 Nobel Peace Prize winner, 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, Russian murderer of French President Paul Doumer, beheaded at 37
  • 1932-10-17 Jane Poupelet, French sculptor and graphic artist (la bande à Schnegg), dies at 58
  • 1932-10-29 Joseph Babinski, Polish-French neurologist (Babinski reflex), dies at 74
  • 1933-02-12 Henri Duparc, French composer, dies at 85
  • 1933-10-29 Albert Calmette, French physician, bacteriologist and immunologist (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin), dies at 70
  • 1933-10-29 Paul Painlevé, French Prime Minister (1917, 1925), dies at 69

Émile RouxÉmile Roux (1853-1933)

1933-11-03 French physician, bacteriologist, Immunologist who developed the 1st diphtheria vaccine and co-founded the Pasteur Institute, dies at 79

  • 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

Marie CurieMarie Curie (1867-1934)

1934-07-04 Polish-French scientist who discovered radium and the 1st woman to win a Nobel Prize (1903, 1911), dies at 66

  • 1934-07-08 Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer, dies at 86
  • 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
  • 1934-10-05 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, French Premier and Foreign Minister, assassinated by Croatian nationalist at 72
  • 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 & writer (Le Guide Culinaire), dies at 88
  • 1935-05-17 Paul Dukas, French composer (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), dies at 69
  • 1935-05-19 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, German-American violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1935-06-27 Eugene Augustin Lauste, French inventor (b. 1857)
  • 1935-07-03 André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (b. 1878)

Alfred DreyfusAlfred Dreyfus (1859-1935)

1935-07-12 French Jewish artillery officer (Dreyfus Affair), dies at 75

  • 1935-08-30 Henri Barbusse, French novelist (Le feu), dies at 62
  • 1935-09-19 Jules Cambon, French ambassador, to U.S. (1897), Spain (1902–07) and Germany (1907–14), dies at 90
  • 1935-10-04 Jean Béraud, French Belle Époque painter, dies at 86
  • 1935-12-25 Paul Bourget, French novelist and critic, dies at 83
  • 1936-01-07 Guy d'Hardelot [Helen Rhodes], French composer (Because), dies at 78
  • 1936-02-09 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist, dies at 57
  • 1936-02-28 Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1928), dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1936-05-09 François Conrad Schlumberger, French physicist, dies at 57
  • 1936-06-12 Isidore Weiss, French checker player (world champion x 7), dies at 69
  • 1936-07-02 Harry Northrup [Henri N.], French-born American poet and actor (The Heart of Maryland, The Unchastened Woman), dies at 60
  • 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, French author (Salon/Nouvelle Revue) and feminist, 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