French History (Part 17)

Historical Events

Events 1601 - 1,700 of 2,308

  • 1948-08-04 The women's shot put introduced to track & field program at the London Olympics; inaugural gold medallist Micheline Ostermeyer of France who also won the women's discus gold
  • 1948-08-06 17 year old American Bob Mathias scores 7,139 points to edge out Ignace Heinrich of France by just 165 in the decathlon at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-13 José Beyaert of France wins the cycling road race at the London Olympics; Belgium takes gold in the teams section beating Great Britain & France
  • 1948-08-13 The United States successfully defends its Olympic basketball title with a 65-21 win over France at the London Games
  • 1948-09-05 In France, Robert Schuman becomes President of the Council while being Foreign minister, As such, he is the negotiator of the major treaties of the end of World War II.
  • 1949-05-23 Federal Republic of [West] Germany created out of the American, British and French occupation zones

Historic Event

1949-06-14 French-allied State of Vietnam is officially formed during the First Indochina War, Bảo Đại installed as Emperor

  • 1949-07-19 Laos becomes associated state within French Union
  • 1949-10-28 Georges Bidault elected president of France

Battle of Interest

1950-01-01 Ho Chi Minh begins offensive against French troops in Indo China

  • 1950-02-07 Georges Bidault forms French government
  • 1950-05-09 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman calls for European community EGKS
  • 1950-06-03 French expedition reaches top of Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal
  • 1950-06-12 2 Air France DC-4s crash near Bahrain, about 100 die
  • 1950-06-24 French government led by prime Minister Georges Bidault resigns
  • 1950-07-02 Henri Queuille is elected the seventh Prime Minister of the Fourth French Republic
  • 1950-07-13 René Pleven forms French government
  • 1950-07-19 French/Vietnamese offensive against Viet Minh
  • 1950-09-09 Mass arrests of communists in France
  • 1950-09-16 Viet Minh offensive against French bases in Vietnam
  • 1950-10-05 "Pardon Our French" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 100 performances
  • 1950-11-07 French women & children leaves Hanoi/Tonkin-delta
  • 1950-12-30 Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia become Independent states within the French Union
  • 1951-01-06 "Pardon Our French" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 100 performances
  • 1951-02-28 French government of Pleven dissolves
  • 1951-03-23 Wages in France increase 11%
  • 1951-04-18 France, West Germany & Benelux form European Steel & Coal Community
  • 1951-05-15 Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum

Election of Interest

1951-06-18 Charles de Gaulle wins French parliamentary election

Sports History

1951-09-11 Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes.

  • 1951-10-31 French Second Chamber accepts the Schuman Plan
  • 1951-11-29 1st underground atomic explosion at Frenchman Flat in Nevada
  • 1952-01-24 Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base
  • 1952-02-01 General strike against French colonial rule in Tunisia
  • 1952-02-19 French offensive at Hanoi
  • 1952-02-29 Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy of Great Britain
  • 1952-02-29 Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of France
  • 1952-03-08 Antoine Pinay forms French government
  • 1952-10-25 French president inaugurates Donzère-Mondragonstuw Dam
  • 1952-12-08 French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
  • 1952-12-22 French government of Pinay, resigns
  • 1953-01-08 René Mayer forms French government
  • 1953-05-21 French government of René Mayer resigns
  • 1953-05-25 1st atomic cannon electronically fired at Frenchman Flat, Nevada
  • 1953-06-27 Joseph Laniel appointed French premier
  • 1953-08-13 4-5 million French go on strike against economizations

Historic Event

1953-09-03 French minister François Mitterrand, resigns due to colonial policy

  • 1953-09-29 US government gives France $385 million for combat in Indo-China
  • 1953-10-22 Laos gains full independence from France
  • 1953-10-23 France grants Laos' sovereignty
  • 1953-11-06 French National Meeting grants Saarland more autonomy
  • 1953-11-09 Cambodia (aka Kampuchea) gains independence from France, within the French Union
  • 1953-11-30 French parachutist under Colonel De Castries attacks Dien Bien Phu
  • 1953-12-24 René Coty elected president of France
  • 1954-04-21 USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
  • 1954-05-07 French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
  • 1954-05-07 US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership of NATO
  • 1954-06-04 France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union
  • 1954-06-18 Pierre Mendès forms French government
  • 1954-08-11 Formal peace treaty ends over 7 yrs of fighting in Indochina between the French and the Communist Viet Minh
  • 1954-10-02 Former French possession of Chandernagore made part of West Bengal, India
  • 1954-10-10 Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops
  • 1954-10-23 Britain, France & US agree to end occupation of Germany
  • 1954-10-31 Algerian Revolution against French begins
  • 1954-11-01 India takes over administration of 4 French Indian settlements
  • 1954-11-01 The Front de Libération Nationale fires the first shots of the Algerian War of Independence against France.
  • 1954-11-13 1st Rugby League World Cup, Parc des Princes, Paris: Great Britain beats France, 16-12; Man of The Match: GB second rower Don Robinson
  • 1954-11-24 France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria

Historic Event

1954-12-06 Simone de Beauvoir receives the Prix Goncourt prize in French literature

  • 1955-02-23 Edgar Faure forms French government
  • 1955-04-24 Gaullists lose elections in France
  • 1955-05-07 USSR signs peace treaty with France & Great Britain
  • 1955-05-15 Vienna Treaty: Britain, France, US & USSR restore Austria's independence
  • 1955-06-13 Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans, France

Historic Event

1955-06-25 Notre Dame du Haut chapel designed by Le Corbusier is consecrated in Ronchamp, France

  • 1955-07-28 The Union Mundial pro Interlingua is founded at the first Interlingua congress in Tours, France.
  • 1955-08-20 Hundreds killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco & Algeria
  • 1956-01-02 Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections

Historic Event

1956-01-31 French government of Guy Mollet forms

  • 1956-02-06 French Prime Minister Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers
  • 1956-03-02 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declaring independence from France
  • 1956-03-03 Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)
  • 1956-03-20 Tunisia gains independence from France when the Protocol agreement signed between the two countries
  • 1956-03-27 French commandos land in Algeria
  • 1956-04-11 French government decides to send 200,000 reservists to Algeria
  • 1956-04-28 Last French troops leave Vietnam
  • 1956-05-10 French government sends 50,000 reservists to Algeria
  • 1956-05-27 French raid in Algiers
  • 1956-07-05 France raises tobacco tax 20% due to war in Algeria
  • 1956-07-20 France recognizes Tunisian independence
  • 1956-07-23 The Loi Cadre is passed by the French Republic in order to order French overseas territory affairs
  • 1956-08-29 French government routes troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis
  • 1956-10-22 France intercept Moroccan plane, arrest Ben Bella
  • 1956-10-31 Britain and France join Israeli forces in Egypt and begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal
  • 1956-11-05 Britain and France land airborne forces at Port Said in Egypt, escalating the Suez Crisis
  • 1956-12-01 Algerian-born French long-distance runner Alain Mimoun wins the men's marathon in 2:25:00.0 at the Melbourne Olympics; first time runners follow painted line
  • 1956-12-03 Britain and France pull troops out of Egypt
  • 1956-12-22 Last British & French troops leave Egypt
  • 1957-01-01 France returns Saar to becomes the 10th state of German Federal Rep
  • 1957-05-21 French government of Guy Mollet resigns

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1601 - 1,700 of 2,961

  • 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 Bosco, French author and poet (Gogol), born in Avignon, France (d. 1976)
  • 1888-12-16 Alphonse Juin, French general and Marshal, born in Bône, French Algeria (d. 1967)
  • 1889-02-23 Musidora [Jeanne Roques], French actress and director (Les vampires, Judex), born in Paris, France (d. 1957)

Jean CocteauJean Cocteau (1889-1963)

1889-07-05 French poet, filmmaker and painter (Les Enfants Terribles), born in Maisons-Laffitte, France

  • 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)
  • 1890-01-01 Alice Tissot, French actress (Italian Straw Hat), born in Paris, France (d. 1971)
  • 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)

Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh (1890-1969)

1890-05-19 Vietnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), born in Nghệ An Province, French Indochina

  • 1890-07-11 Georg Annenkov, Russian/French painter
  • 1890-07-14 Ossip Zadkine [Zadkin], Russian French sculptor (Destroyed City), born in Vitsebsk, Russian Empire (d. 1967)
  • 1890-08-15 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), born in Paris, France (d. 1962)
  • 1890-08-19 Yves Alix, French painter and graphic artist, born in Fontainebleau, France (d. 1969)
  • 1890-10-29 Claire Goll, German-French writer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1977)

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle (1890-1970)

1890-11-22 French army general and President of France (1958-69), born in Lille, France

  • 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 Moïse Kisling, Polish-French painter (La Souris Boiteuse), born in Kraków, Grand Duchy of Cracow, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • 1891-02-12 Maurice Yvain, French operetta composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1891-03-29 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), born in Saint-Dié (d. 1950)
  • 1891-04-02 Max Ernst, German-French surrealist painter and sculptor (founded surrealism), born in Brühl, German Empire (d. 1976)
  • 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)
  • 1891-08-24 Germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Kniertje in On hope), born in Halluin, France (d. 1960)
  • 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), born in Reims, France (d. 1975)
  • 1891-12-30 Antoine Pinay, French premier (1952)/minister of Foreign affairs
  • 1892-01-22 Marcel Dassault [Bloch], French airplane builder

Arthur HoneggerArthur Honegger (1892-1955)

1892-03-10 Swiss composer (King David; Pacific 231), born in Le Havre, France

  • 1892-03-16 Caesar Vallejo, Peruvian/French poet (Los Heraldos Negros)
  • 1892-04-19 Germaine Tailleferre [Taillefesse], French composer (Le Marin du Bolivar; L'adieu du cavalier), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France (d. 1983)
  • 1892-06-27 Paul Colin, French poster designer, born in Nancy, France (d. 1985)
  • 1892-06-30 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner, Wooden Crosses,, Pastoral Symphony), born in Philippeville, Constantine, France (d. 1963)
  • 1892-07-26 Philipp Jarnach, French pianist, composer, and music educator (Hamburg Music Academy, 1949-70), born in Noisy-le-Sec, France (d. 1982)
  • 1892-07-31 Joseph Charbonneau, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (1940-50), born in Lefaivre, Canada (d. 1959)
  • 1892-08-15 Louis Victor de Broglie, French quantum physicist (studied electrons, Nobel Prize for Physics, 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)

Darius MilhaudDarius Milhaud (1892-1974)

1892-09-04 French composer (Maximilien), born in Marseille, France

  • 1892-11-17 Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, born in Vienna (d. 1982)
  • 1892-11-23 Erté [Romain de Tirtoff], Russian-French artist and designer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1990)
  • 1893-01-03 Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, French novelist and 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 and spy for Nazi Germany, born in Paris (d. 1944)
  • 1893-05-14 Louis Verneuil, French playwright (d. 1952)
  • 1893-08-21 (Marie-Juliette) "Lili" Boulanger, French composer (first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize), born in Paris (d. 1918)
  • 1893-08-31 Lily Laskine, French harpist, born in Paris (d. 1988)
  • 1893-11-19 René Voisin, French classical trumpet player, born in Angers, France (d. 1952)
  • 1893-12-16 Vladimir Golschmann, French-American conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1931-57), born in Paris, France (d. 1972)
  • 1894-01-12 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), born in Lievin, France (d. 1975)
  • 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 and painter, born in Courbevoie, France (d. 1986)
  • 1894-09-15 Jean Renoir, French film director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion) and actor (Rules of the Game), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1894-10-30 Jean Rostand, French biologist and philosopher, born in Paris (d. 1977)
  • 1894-12-24 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot, born in Paris, France (d. 1917)
  • 1895-01-07 Marie-Dominique Chenu, French Roman Catholic theologist, born in Soisy-sur-Seine, Essonne (d. 1990)
  • 1895-02-28 Marcel Pagnol, French playwright/director (Marchands de Gloire)
  • 1895-03-30 Jean Giono, French writer (World Chant)
  • 1895-06-12 Eugénie Brazier, French chef who was the 1st woman to earn 3 Michelin stars (1933), and the 1st person earn 3 Michelin stars for 2 restaurants, born in La Tranclière, Ain, France (d. 1977)
  • 1895-07-25 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz; Voyage to America), born in Ermont, France (d. 1977)
  • 1895-09-24 André F. Cournand, French physician and physiologist (Nobel 1956), born in Paris (d. 1988)

Eugene BullardEugene Bullard (1895-1961)

1895-10-09 1st African-American military pilot, flew for France in World War I as part of the French Foreign Legion, born in Columbus, Georgia

  • 1895-11-07 Jacob Kaplan, French Grand Rabbi (1955-81), born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1895-12-14 Paul Éluard, French communist and poet, born in Saint-Denis, France (d. 1952)
  • 1896-02-08 Orville Caldwell, American actor (Patsy, French Doll, Last Warning), born in Oakland, California (d. 1967)

André BretonAndré Breton (1896-1966)

1896-02-18 French writer and poet, founder of Surrealism, born in Tinchebray, France

  • 1896-02-20 Henri de Lubac sj, French theologist/anti-fascist
  • 1896-03-10 Harry Krimer, French actor (Napoleon, Les vagabonds magnifiques, La course du flambeau), born in Paris, France (d. 1991)
  • 1896-04-04 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), born in Moinești, Romania (d. 1963)
  • 1896-04-21 Henry de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1896-06-16 Jean-Pierre Peugeot III, French auto manufacturer (Peugeot) (d. 1966)
  • 1896-07-27 Henri Longchambon, French politician, born in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 1969)
  • 1896-08-31 Félix-Antoine Savard, French Canadian priest and novelist, born in Quebec, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1896-09-04 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), born in Marseille, France (d. 1948)
  • 1896-09-16 André Chéron, French chess and bridge theorist (d. 1980)
  • 1896-09-25 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, born in Moscow (d. 1970)
  • 1896-10-08 Julien Duvivier, French film director (La Bandera), born in Lille, France (d. 1967)
  • 1896-10-23 André Lévêque, French engineer, born in Beauvais, France (d. 1930)
  • 1897-01-17 Marcel Petiot, French mass murderer (d. 1946)
  • 1897-01-21 René Iché, French sculptor (d. 1954)
  • 1897-02-02 Aimé Avignon, France's former oldest living man (d. 2007)
  • 1897-02-27 Bernard F Lyot, French astronomer (Lyot filter)
  • 1897-04-04 Pierre Fresnay, French actor (Monsieur Vincent, Grand Illusion), born in Paris, France (d. 1975)
  • 1897-04-16 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, born in St. Gilles, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1897-06-29 Fulgence Charpentier, French Canadian journalist, born in Sainte-Anne-de-Prescott, Ontario, Canada (d. 2001)
  • 1897-09-10 Georges Bataille, French writer (d. 1962)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1601 - 1,700 of 2,496

  • 1936-11-10 Louis Gustave Binger, French officer and explorer (b. 1856)
  • 1937-03-12 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist (Saint-Sulpice, 1870-1933), composer (10 organ symphonies), and professor (American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, 1921-34), dies at 93
  • 1937-06-02 Louis Vierne, French organist (Notre-Dame, 1900-37), and composer (Messe solennelle), dies at the console at 66
  • 1937-06-18 Gaston Doumergue, 60th Prime Minister of France (1913-14 and 1934) and 1st protestant French President (1924-31), dies at 73
  • 1937-08-23 Albert Roussel, French composer (Rapsodie Flamende), dies at 68
  • 1937-09-02 Pierre de Coubertin, French educator and historian (founder International Olympic Committee; President IOC 1896–1925), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1937-09-21 Henri Capitant, French lawyer (Loi Falcidie), dies at 72
  • 1937-10-16 Jean de Brunhoff, French children's book author (Babar the Elephant), dies at 37

Maurice RavelMaurice Ravel (1875-1937)

1937-12-28 French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), dies at 62

  • 1938-01-21 George Méliès, French early filmmaker (A Trip to the Moon), dies at 76
  • 1938-04-15 Caesar Vallejo, Peruvian-French poet (Trilce, Russia & 1931), dies at 46
  • 1938-12-14 Maurice Emmanuel, French composer & musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76
  • 1939-01-28 W. B. Yeats, Irish poet (Wild Swans at Coole-Nobel 1923), dies 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”
  • 1940-05-23 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • 1940-06-19 Maurice Jaubert, French composer and soldier, dies a few hours after being fatally wounded in action at 40
  • 1940-06-20 Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • 1940-06-21 Édouard Vuillard, French painter and graphic artist, dies at 71
  • 1940-08-31 George Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic Bishop of Montreal and rector of the Université de Montréal, dies at 68
  • 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

Manuel AzañaManuel Azaña (1880-1940)

1940-11-04 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

  • 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
  • 1941-07-08 Philippe Gaubert, French flautist, conductor (Paris Opéra, 1919-41), composer, and teacher (Paris Conservatoire), dies of a stroke at 62
  • 1941-07-26 Henri Lebesgue, French mathematician (Lebesgue integration), dies at 66
  • 1941-07-26 Marx Dormoy, French socialist, killed by a time bomb
  • 1941-08-29 Henri Louis, French officer/resistance fighter, executed at 40
  • 1941-08-29 Jan Louis Guillaume Doornik, Dutch resistance fighter in France, executed at 36
  • 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 Baptiste Perrin, French physicist, (1926 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovery of sedimentation equilibrium), dies at 71
  • 1942-07-03 Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general during WWI, dies at 86
  • 1942-07-14 Neel Doff, Dutch Belgian writer, writing in French, dies at 84
  • 1942-09-05 François de Labouchère, French aviator of World War II, compagnon de la Libération. (b. 1917)

François DarlanFrançois Darlan (1881-1942)

1942-12-24 French Admiral of the Fleet during WWII and Vichy Prime Minister (1941-42), assassinated at 61 in his headquarters in French North Africa by resistance fighter Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle

  • 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 Moulin, French hero of the Résistance during World War II, executed at 44
  • 1943-08-24 Simone Weil, French philosopher and social activist (b. 1909)
  • 1943-11-19 André Antoine, French actor and stage manager (founded Théâtre-Libre), dies at 85
  • 1944-01-31 Jean Giraudoux, French writer and playwright (The Madwoman of Chaillot), dies at 61
  • 1944-02-04 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress, dies at 79
  • 1944-03-05 Max Jacob, French poet and writer, dies in nazi concentration camp at 67
  • 1944-03-22 Pierre Pucheu, French Internal minister to Vichy government, executed by firing squad at 44
  • 1944-04-13 Paul Hazard, French critic and literature historian, dies at 65
  • 1944-04-26 Violette Morris, French athlete & spy for Nazi Germany, dies at 51
  • 1944-04-30 Paul Poiret, French couturier, the most fashionable dress designer of pre-World War I, dies at 65
  • 1944-06-10 French Duwaer, Dutch printer/resistance fighter, executed
  • 1944-06-16 Marc Bloch, French historian and member of the French resistance, executed by firing squad by the Gestapo at 57
  • 1944-07-07 Georges Mandel [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader, is executed by the Milice at 59
  • 1944-07-31 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, poet and pioneering aviator (The Little Prince), dies during a reconnaissance mission at 44
  • 1944-10-20 Gabriel Grovlez, French pianist, conductor (Opéra de Paris, 1914-34), and composer (L'Almanach aux images), dies at 65
  • 1944-10-24 Louis Renault, French automobile manufacturer, dies at 67 (b. 1877)
  • 1944-11-05 Alexis Carrel, French surgeon, sociologist and biologist (Nobel 1912), dies at 71
  • 1944-12-02 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian-French prose writer, novelist, poet, and dramatist (Futurism e Futurista), dies of cardiac arrest at 67
  • 1944-12-13 Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French abstract painter (Dreamy Inspiration), dies at 78
  • 1944-12-22 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, dies on 69th birthday
  • 1944-12-30 Romain Roland, French writer/pacifist (Nobel 1915), dies at 78
  • 1945-01-19 Ernest B Allo, French theologist, dies at 71
  • 1945-02-05 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent, is executed by Nazis at 23
  • 1945-03-16 Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, French writer/poet, commits suicide at 52
  • 1945-03-31 Maurice Donnay, French playwright (Lovers), dies at 85
  • 1945-07-20 Paul Valéry [Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry], French author, philosopher and poet (La Jeune Parque), dies at 73
  • 1945-09-15 André Tardieu, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1929-30, 1930, 1932), dies at 68

Pierre LavalPierre Laval (1883-1945)

1945-10-15 Prime Minister of France (1931-32 and 1935-36) and Head of Vichy France (1942-44), executed by firing squad for high treason at 62

  • 1945-10-26 Paul Pelliot, French Sinologist and Orientalist best known for his explorations of Central Asia and his discovery of many important Chinese texts among the Dunhuang manuscripts, dies at 67
  • 1945-12-11 Charles Fabry, French physicist, discoverer of ozone layer in upper atmosphere, dies at 78
  • 1946-04-28 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician, dies at 76
  • 1946-09-20 Raimu [Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire], French actor (The Baker's Wife, Marius, Fanny), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1946-12-19 Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)
  • 1947-01-17 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French cardinal and Archbishop of Quebec, dies at 63
  • 1947-01-23 Pierre Bonnard, French painter and illustrator, dies at 79
  • 1947-05-31 Henri Casadesus, French violist and composer (Preludes for Viola d'amour), dies at 67
  • 1947-08-21 Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French automobile designer and manufacturer (Automobiles E. Bugatti), dies at 65
  • 1947-11-25 Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (b. 1876)
  • 1947-12-07 Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist, dies at 81
  • 1948-01-19 Tony Garnier, French architect (b. 1869)
  • 1948-02-06 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator, dies at 38
  • 1948-03-03 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51
  • 1948-03-04 Antonin Artaud, French poet/actor (Napoleon), dies at 51
  • 1948-06-06 Louis Lumière, French inventor, with brother Auguste made 1st motion picture in 1895, dies at 83
  • 1949-03-13 Henri Giraud, French general (b. 1879)
  • 1949-04-13 C. V. France, British actor (The Skin Game, Adventure in Blackmail), dies at 80
  • 1949-06-02 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1949-08-31 André-Louis Debierne, French chemist and physicist (actinium, worked with Marie Curie), dies at 75
  • 1949-09-11 Henri Rabaud, French composer and conductor (L'ete), dies at 75
  • 1949-09-24 Pierre de Bréville, French composer, author and professor (Une histoire du théâtre lyrique en France), dies at 88
  • 1949-10-27 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (b. 1919)
  • 1949-10-27 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (NBA, NYSAC, The Ring middleweight titles 1948-49), dies in a plane crash at 33
  • 1950-01-22 Corinne Luchaire, French actress (b. 1921)
  • 1950-02-10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
  • 1950-02-27 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), dies at 58
  • 1950-03-02 M Joseph V d'Arbaud, French poet/author (Li cant palustre), dies at 76
  • 1950-03-06 Albert Lebrun, President of France (1932-40), dies at 78