French History (Part 18)

Historical Events

Events 1701 - 1,800 of 2,308

  • 1957-06-16 French offensive in Algeria
  • 1957-09-19 Dalida is the 1st artist to be awarded a gold record in France for 300,000 sales of "Bambino"
  • 1957-09-30 French government of Mauroy resigns due to Algeria

Nobel Prize

1957-10-17 French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

  • 1957-11-06 Felix Gaillard becomes Prime Minister of France
  • 1958-02-08 French planes bomb Sakiet, Tunisia, 75 die
  • 1958-03-12 3rd Eurovision Song Contest: Andre Claveau for France wins singing "Dors, mon amour" in Hilversum
  • 1958-04-16 French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis
  • 1958-05-13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • 1958-05-13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government

Historic Event

1958-05-28 French government of Prime Minister Pierre Pflimlin resigns; 200,000 demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle

  • 1958-06-01 Charles de Gaulle elected premier of France
  • 1958-06-04 French Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers
  • 1958-06-06 French Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle says Algeria will always be French
  • 1958-06-21 French franc devalues
  • 1958-09-28 France adopts constitution
  • 1958-09-28 Guinea votes for independence from France
  • 1958-09-30 French Guinee becomes independent republic Guinea
  • 1958-10-02 Guinea (French Guinea) gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 1958-10-04 French Fifth Republic is established
  • 1958-10-14 Malagasy Republic becomes autonomous republic in French Community
  • 1958-11-24 Mali becomes an autonomous state within French Community
  • 1958-11-25 Senegal becomes an autonomous state in French Community
  • 1958-11-28 Chad becomes an autonomous republic within French community
  • 1958-11-28 Congo & Mauritania become autonomous members of French Community
  • 1958-12-04 Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community
  • 1958-12-11 Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) gains autonomy from France

Ballon d'Or

1958-12-16 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's French midfielder Raymond Kopa wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of German winger Helmut Rahn and French forward Just Fontaine

Historic Publication

1959-10-29 "Asterix" is first published in the French magazine "Pilote" by Rene Goscinny, illustrated by Albert Uderzo

  • 1959-12-02 Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus
  • 1960-01-01 Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
  • 1960-01-01 Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France
  • 1960-01-24 Algeria uprises against French President de Gaulle
  • 1960-02-13 France becomes the 4th nuclear nation by exploding the 70 kilo-ton "Gerboise Bleue" atomic bomb in the French Algerian Sahara desert [1]
  • 1960-02-13 France performs 1st nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • 1960-03-04 French freighter "La Coubre" explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100

Film Release

1960-03-17 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France

  • 1960-03-18 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London
  • 1960-04-01 2nd French atom bomb explodes (Sahara)
  • 1960-04-01 France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds, Algeria
  • 1960-04-04 Senegal declares independence from France
  • 1960-04-27 Togo (formerly French Togo) declares independence from French administration
  • 1960-05-11 French liner "France" launched
  • 1960-06-20 Federation of Mali and Senegal become independent of France
  • 1960-06-25 Madagascar gains independence from France
  • 1960-06-26 Madagascar (formerly Malagasy Rep) declares independence from France
  • 1960-08-01 Benin (Dahomey) gains independence from France
  • 1960-08-03 Niger gains independence from France
  • 1960-08-05 Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France
  • 1960-08-07 Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) gains independence from France
  • 1960-08-11 Chad declares Independence from France
  • 1960-08-13 Central African Republic & Chad proclaim independence from France
  • 1960-08-15 Congo (formerly Congo/Brazzaville) declares Independence from France
  • 1960-08-17 Gabon gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 1960-09-22 Mali (formerly French Sudan) declares independence from France
  • 1960-10-19 France grants Mauritania independence
  • 1960-11-22 French National Meeting decide to build own nuclear weapons
  • 1960-11-28 Mauritania gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 1960-11-30 French Senate condemns building own nuclear weapons
  • 1960-12-07 Ivory Coast claims independence from France
  • 1960-12-27 France performs nuclear test
  • 1961-01-08 The French vote for Algerian independence from French rule in the wake of seven years of guerrilla war
  • 1961-04-21 French army revolts in Algeria
  • 1961-04-22 Uprising of French parachutist of General Salan and Challe in Algeria
  • 1961-04-23 Algiers putsch by French generals
  • 1961-04-25 France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • 1961-04-26 French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria
  • 1961-07-20 French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte
  • 1961-07-29 Wallis and Futuna Islands become French overseas territory
  • 1961-11-07 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1962-02-05 French President de Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence
  • 1962-02-08 In Paris, 8 people killed at a protest against independence for the French colony Algeria
  • 1962-02-16 "La Jetée", French film directed by Chris Marker, starring Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich and Jacques Ledoux, is released
  • 1962-02-18 France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war
  • 1962-03-14 Disarmament conference opens in Geneva without France
  • 1962-03-18 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • 1962-03-25 French OAS-leader ex-general Jouhaud arrested
  • 1962-04-08 Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France

Election of Interest

1962-04-14 Georges Pompidou becomes Prime Minister of France after the resignation of Michel Debré

  • 1962-05-01 1st French underground nuclear test in the Sahara at Ecker, Algeria
  • 1962-06-03 Air France Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff from Paris, kills 130
  • 1962-06-22 French Boeing 707 crashes at Guadeloupe, 113 killed
  • 1962-06-30 French Foreign Legion leaves Algeria
  • 1962-07-01 Algeria votes for independence from France
  • 1962-07-03 Algerian Revolution against French rule ends (Algeria gains independence on 5th July)
  • 1962-07-05 Algeria gains independence after 132 years of French rule
  • 1962-07-20 France and Tunisia recover diplomatic relations

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1701 - 1,800 of 2,961

  • 1897-10-03 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), born in Paris, France (d. 1982)
  • 1897-10-16 Louis de Cazenave, France's oldest living man
  • 1897-12-19 Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, French anti-Semite/nazi collaborator
  • 1897-12-23 Julien Carette, French actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), born in Paris, France (d. 1966)
  • 1898-02-10 Joseph Kessel, French journalist/writer (Army of the Shadows)
  • 1898-03-04 Georges Dumézil, French philologist (d. 1940)
  • 1898-04-01 Roger Bastide, French sociologist
  • 1898-04-12 (Alice) "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), born in Draguignan, France (d. 1976)
  • 1898-05-15 "Arletty" Arlette-léonie Bathiat, French actress (Maxime), born in Courbevoie, France (d. 1992)
  • 1898-07-09 Marcel Delannoy, French composer, born in La Ferté-Alais, Essonne, France (d. 1962)
  • 1898-08-08 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans), born in Algiers, French Algeria (d. 1982)
  • 1898-08-22 Francine Larrimore, French actress (John Meade's Woman), born in Verdun, France (d. 1975)
  • 1898-09-30 Renée Adorée [Jeanne de la Fontein], French actress (The Big Parade), born in Lille, Nord, France (d. 1933)
  • 1898-10-10 Lilly Daché, French-American milliner and fashion designer, born in Bègles, France (d. 1989)
  • 1898-10-31 Alfred Sauvy, French statistician (Affluence & Population), born in Villeneuve-de-la-Raho, France (d. 1990)
  • 1898-11-14 Benjamin Fondane, Romanian-French writer and filmmaker (d. 1944)
  • 1898-12-13 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1964)
  • 1899-01-07 Francis Poulenc, French pianist and composer (Concert champêtre; Les Biches), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)
  • 1899-01-12 Pierre Bernac, French baritone, born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1899-02-15 Georges Auric, French composer (one of Les Six), born in Lodève, Hérault, France (d. 1983)
  • 1899-03-25 Jacques Audiberti, French poet (Race of Men)
  • 1899-04-07 Robert Casadesus, French concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1899-05-14 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (d. 1993)
  • 1899-05-15 Jean-Etienne Valluy, French general (d. 1970)
  • 1899-05-24 Henri Michaux, Belgian-born French poet and writer (Miserable Miracle), born in Namur, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • 1899-06-20 Jean Moulin, French hero of the Résistance during World War II, born in Béziers, France (d. 1943)
  • 1899-07-05 Marcel Achard, French playwright (Jean de la Lune), born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France (d. 1974)
  • 1899-08-09 Armand Salacrou, French playwright, born in Rouen, France (d. 1989)
  • 1899-08-28 Charles Boyer, French actor (Algiers, Fanny, Barefoot in the Park), born in Figeac, Lot, France (d. 1978)
  • 1899-10-13 Marcelle de Manziarly, French pianist and composer, born in Kharkiv, Russian Empire (d. 1989)
  • 1899-11-17 Roger Vitrac, French poet and dramatist (Coup of Trafalgar), born in Pinsac, France (d. 1952)
  • 1899-11-23 Marcel Dalio [Israel Moshe Blauschild], French actor (Sabrina, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Casablanca), born in Paris, France (d. 1983)
  • 1899-12-09 Jean de Brunhoff, French children's book author (Babar the Elephant), born in Paris (d. 1937)
  • 1899-12-31 Gaston Glass, American-French actor & producer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1900-01-03 Maurice Jaubert, French composer, born in Nice (d. 1940)
  • 1900-01-05 Yves Tanguy, French surrealist painter, born in Paris, France (d. 1955)
  • 1900-01-06 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Sarabande, Jeunesse), born in Chasselay, Rhône, France (d. 1936)
  • 1900-01-20 Colin Clive, British actor (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Mad Love), born in St Malo, France (d. 1937)
  • 1900-02-21 Madeleine Renaud, French actress and theater director (Plaisir), born in Paris, Ile-de-France (d. 1994)
  • 1900-03-19 [Jean] Frederic Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1935)
  • 1900-04-13 Pierre Molinier, French painter and photographer, born in Agen, France (d. 1976)
  • 1900-04-23 Harold French, British director and actor (The Cavalier of the Streets, Trio, Quartet), born in Lambeth, London (d. 1997)
  • 1900-04-23 Henry Barraud, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1997)
  • 1900-04-28 Maurice Thorez, French politician and secretary-general (French Communist Party), born in Noyelles-Godault, Pas-de-Calais, France (d. 1964)
  • 1900-06-29 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, poet and pioneering aviator (The Little Prince), born in Lyon, France (d. 1944)
  • 1900-09-06 Julien Green, American-French writer (Frere Francois), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • 1900-09-19 Solomon Pimsleur, French composer, born in Parigi, France (d. 1962)
  • 1900-10-13 Marius-François Gaillard, French pianist (DeBussy), conductor and composer (La passion noire), born in Paris (d. 1973)

Ngô Đình DiệmNgô Đình Diệm (1901-1963)

1901-01-03 President and authoritarian leader of South Vietnam (1954-63), born in Quảng Bình, French Indochina

  • 1901-01-05 Henri Honoré d'Estienne d'Orves, French officer/resistance fighter, born in Verrières-le-Buisson, France (d. 1941)
  • 1901-01-08 Edmond Vandercammen, French-Belgian painter and poet (Grand Combat), born in Ohain, Belgium (d. 1980)
  • 1901-02-15 Andre Parrot, French archaeologist/theologist (Assur)
  • 1901-02-20 René Jules Dubos, French US microbiologist/author (Health & Disease)
  • 1901-03-04 Jean Joseph Rabearivelo, Malagasy-French poet (d. 1937)
  • 1901-03-19 Jo Mielziner, set designer (Carousel, Death of a Salesman), born in Paris, France
  • 1901-04-05 Alexander Alexeieff, Russian-French painter and graphic artist, born in Kazan, Russia (d. 1982)
  • 1901-04-13 Jacques Lacan, French psychoanalyst and semanticist, born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • 1901-04-13 René Pleven, Prime Minister of France (1950-52), born in Rennes, France (d. 1993)
  • 1901-04-20 Michel Leiris, French cultural anthropologist, born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1901-05-21 Suzanne Lilar [Verbist], France Belgian writer (Le burlador)
  • 1901-07-31 Jean Dubuffet, French painter and sculptor (Landscape with 2 Personages), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1985)
  • 1901-08-05 Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (Four Bags Full, Rouge et noir), born in Luzarches, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 2000)
  • 1901-09-16 Andree Joly Bunet, French pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • 1901-09-20 Leo Justinus Kauffmann, Alsatian composer, born in Dannemarie, France (d. 1944)
  • 1901-09-25 Robert Bresson, French film director (A Man Escaped, Balthazar, at Random), born in Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 1999)
  • 1901-10-03 Jean Grémillon, French film director, born in Bayeux, France (d. 1959)
  • 1901-10-10 Alberto Giacometti, Swiss-French painter and sculptor, born in Borgonovo, Stampa, Graubünden, Switzerland (d. 1966)

André MalrauxAndré Malraux (1901-1976)

1901-11-03 French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), born in Paris, France

  • 1901-12-09 Jean Mermoz, French pilot, born in Aubenton, Aisne, France (d. 1936)
  • 1902-01-11 Maurice Duruflé, French organist (St. Etienne-du-Mond, 1929-75), composer (Requiem, Op. 9), and teacher (Paris Conservatory, 1943-70), born in Louviers (d. 1986)
  • 1902-01-31 Jean C M Picart le Doux, French carpet designer
  • 1902-02-26 Vercors [Jean Bruller], French writer (Le Silence de la Mer)
  • 1902-03-29 Marcel Aymé, French novelist and playwright, born in Joigny, France (d. 1967)
  • 1902-04-03 Henri Garat, French actor and singer (Les dieux s'amusent; Congress Dances), born in Paris, France (d. 1959)
  • 1902-04-04 Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin, French poet and author (Lutin Sauvage), born in Verrières-le-Buisson, Essonne, Paris (d. 1969)
  • 1902-04-13 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), born in Paris, France (d. 1988)
  • 1902-05-03 Alfred Kastler, French physicist (Nobel 1966 - Hertzian resonances within atoms), born in Guebwiller, Alsace, German Empire (d. 1984)
  • 1902-06-28 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1902-08-03 Ray Block, French orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason), born in Alsace-Lorraine (d. 1982)
  • 1902-08-11 Christian Castries, French general (Dien Bien Phu)
  • 1902-08-24 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civilization & Capitalism), born in Luméville, France (d. 1985)
  • 1902-09-22 F R Boschvogel [Frans Ramon], Flemish writer (War of Worlds), born in Aartrijk, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • 1902-11-29 Georges Poulet, French-Belgian critic (Temps Humain), born in Chênée, Belgium (d. 1991)
  • 1902-12-22 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, French WW II hero (liberator of Paris), born in Belloy-Saint-Léonard, France (d. 1947)
  • 1903-01-10 Jean Morel, French-born American conductor, born in Abbeville, France (d. 1975)
  • 1903-02-21 Anaïs Nin, French-Cuban writer (Delta of Venus), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1977)
  • 1903-02-21 Raymond Queneau [M Presle], French author (Un Enfant a Dit), born in La Havre, France (d. 1976)
  • 1903-05-08 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1971)
  • 1903-05-22 Yves Rocard, French physicist (helped develop the atomic bomb for France), born in Vannes, France (d. 1992)
  • 1903-06-08 Marguerite Yourcenar, French-American novelist (Memoirs of Hadrian, The Abyss), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1903-06-18 Raymond Radiguet, French journalist/writer (Le diable ouch corps)
  • 1903-07-25 André Fleury, French organist and composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1995)
  • 1903-08-18 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), born in Paris (d. 1983)
  • 1903-08-19 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), born in Corbeil-Essonnes, Essonne, France (d. 1978)
  • 1903-08-31 Vladimir Jankélévitch, French philosopher, born in Bourges, France (d. 1985)

Claudette ColbertClaudette Colbert (1903-1996)

1903-09-13 French-born American actress (It Happened One Night, Texas Lady), born in Paris

  • 1903-09-29 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar; Vogue), born in Paris (d. 1989)
  • 1903-10-16 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (d. 2003)
  • 1903-11-01 Jean Tardieu, French dramatist, born in St Germain de Joux (d. 1995)
  • 1903-11-09 Leon-Etienne Duval, French prelate and cardinal of the Catholic Church in Algeria, born in Chênex, Haute-Savoie, France (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1701 - 1,800 of 2,496

Léon BlumLéon Blum (1872-1950)

1950-03-30 Prime Minister of France (People's Front Government), dies at 77

  • 1950-06-02 Stanislas Bizot, French draughts champion (1925), dies at 70
  • 1950-12-31 Charles Koechlin, French composer (The Jungle Book), dies at 83
  • 1951-01-03 [Ferdinand] Fred Barlow, French composer (Mam'zelle Prud'homme), dies at 69
  • 1951-01-07 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (b. 1886)

André GideAndré Gide (1869-1951)

1951-02-19 French writer (Lafcadio's Adventures-Nobel 1947), dies of pneumonia at 81

  • 1951-05-06 Élie Cartan, French mathematician (b. 1869)
  • 1951-06-02 Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier], French philosopher, dies at 83

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain (1856-1951)

1951-07-23 French marshal and Chief of the French State (1940-44), dies at 95

  • 1951-08-16 Louis Jouvet, French actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 1951-09-07 John French Sloan, American painter and etcher, dies at 80
  • 1951-10-29 Jean De Raymond, French High Director of Cambodia, assassinated by a Viet-Minh agent (b. 1907)
  • 1952-01-22 Roger Vitrac, French poet and dramatist (Mysteries of Love), dies at 52
  • 1952-03-11 Pierre Renoir, French stage and film actor and director (b. 1885)
  • 1952-11-18 Paul Éluard, French communist and poet, dies at 56
  • 1953-03-23 Raoul Dufy, painter, Forcalquier, France
  • 1953-03-24 Felix M Abel, French dominican/biblical scholar, dies at 74
  • 1953-04-02 Jean Epstein, French director (Vive la Vie), dies at 56
  • 1953-04-04 Rachilde [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author, dies at 93
  • 1953-04-29 Moïse Kisling, Polish-French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62

Django ReinhardtDjango Reinhardt (1910-1953)

1953-05-16 Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European jazz musician, dies at 43

  • 1953-07-16 Hilaire Belloc, Anglo-French author (Path to Rome), dies at 82
  • 1953-08-17 Johannes Tielrooy, Dutch literary professor (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
  • 1953-09-15 Jacques Thibaud, French violinist, dies at 72
  • 1953-12-02 Francis Picabia, French avante-garde artist, writer and typographist (Amorous Parade), dies at 74
  • 1954-04-10 Auguste Lumière, French engineer and filmmaker who made the 1st movie (Workers Leaving Lumière Factory), dies at 81
  • 1954-04-28 Léon Jouhaux, French socialist & co-founder UN's ILO (Nobel Peace Prize 1951), dies at 74
  • 1954-06-27 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist, composer and conductor, dies at 83

ColetteColette (1873-1954)

1954-08-03 French author, novelist (Gigi, La Vagabonde) and actress, dies at 81

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse (1869-1954)

1954-11-03 French painter and sculptor (Dance II), dies at 84

  • 1954-12-23 René Iché, French sculptor (b. 1897)
  • 1955-01-15 Yves Tanguy, French-American sailor/surrealistic painter, dies
  • 1955-02-14 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), dies at 77
  • 1955-02-23 Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright (L'otage-1909), dies at 86
  • 1955-03-16 Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (b. 1914)
  • 1955-04-10 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher and paleontologist (The Phenomenon of Man), dies at 73
  • 1955-05-04 George Enesco, Romanian violinist, conductor, and composer (Romanian Dances), dies at 73
  • 1955-05-04 Louis Breguet, French aviation pioneer, dies at 75
  • 1955-06-11 Jacques Lemaigre-Dubreuil, French industrialist, murdered
  • 1955-11-05 Maurice Utrillo, French artist (b. 1883)
  • 1955-11-22 Guy Ropartz, French composer, dies at 91 (b. 1864)
  • 1956-01-05 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 80
  • 1956-02-03 Émile Borel, French mathematician (b. 1871)
  • 1956-02-05 Savielly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74
  • 1956-02-18 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • 1956-02-28 Emile Buisson, French murderer executed (b. 1902)

Irene Joliot-CurieIrene Joliot-Curie (1897-1956)

1956-03-17 French chemist and physicist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935) and daughter of Marie Curie, dies of leukemia at 58

  • 1956-05-05 Karel Rudolph Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French Dictionary), dies at 88
  • 1956-06-08 Marie Laurencin, French painter, dies at 72
  • 1956-09-26 Lucien Febvre, French historian (Un Destin, Martin Luther), dies at 78
  • 1956-10-16 Jules Rimet, French football administrator (3rd President of FIFA 1921-54), dies at 83
  • 1956-11-22 Vincent de Moro-Giafferi, French criminal attorney, dies at 77
  • 1957-02-19 Maurice Garin, Italian-born French road bicycle racer (winner of Tour de France in 1903), dies at 85
  • 1957-02-25 Mark Aldanov, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), dies at 70
  • 1957-03-16 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor, dies at 81
  • 1957-03-26 Édouard Herriot, French politician (served 3 times as Prime Minister of France), dies at 84
  • 1957-07-08 Henry Février, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1957-07-24 Sacha Guitry, French actor and playwright (Deburan, The Story of a Cheat), dies at 72
  • 1957-12-06 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French engineer and aviation pioneer who contributed to early heavier-than-air flight in Europe, dies at 76
  • 1957-12-26 Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (Pathé Brothers, 1896), dies at 93
  • 1958-01-30 Jean Crotti, Swiss-French artist, dies at 79
  • 1958-02-12 Marcel Cachin, French politician and co-founder of the French Communist Party, dies at 88
  • 1958-02-24 Fernand Baldensperger [Fernand Baldenne], French poet, dies at 86
  • 1958-04-18 Maurice Gamelin, French general (unable to stop the German assault on France, May 1940), dies at 85
  • 1958-04-18 Maurice-Gustave Gamelin, French general (WW1; WW2), dies at 85

Henri FarmanHenri Farman (1874-1958)

1958-07-17 British-French aviator who broke several aviation records, dies at 84

  • 1958-08-14 Frederic Joliot-Curie, French nuclear physicist (Nobel 1936), dies
  • 1958-08-17 Florent Schmitt, French composer (La tragédie de Salome; Psalm 47), and music critic (Le Temps), dies at 87
  • 1959-06-02 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, dies in a car crash at 46
  • 1959-06-23 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (b. 1920)
  • 1959-06-23 Jean Gallon, French composer, dies at 80
  • 1959-07-17 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Le chasseur de la nuit), dies at 72
  • 1959-08-13 Henri Garat [Garascu], French actor (Congress Dances), and singer ("Les dieux s'amusent"), dies at 57
  • 1959-08-16 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), dies at 80
  • 1959-09-09 Max d'Ollone, French composer and writer (Le Ménestrel), dies at 84
  • 1959-09-22 Benjamin Peret, French writer and poet (Le grand jeu), dies at 60
  • 1959-10-31 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (b. 1885)
  • 1959-11-19 Joseph Charbonneau, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 67
  • 1959-11-25 Jean Grémillon, French film director, dies at 58
  • 1959-11-27 Gérard Philipe, French actor (Caligula, Devil in the Flesh), dies of cancer at 36
  • 1959-12-10 Henri Vidal, French actor (Fabiola), dies of a heart attack at 40

Albert CamusAlbert Camus (1913-1960)

1960-01-04 French playwright (Les Justes - The Just Assassins), novelist (L'Étranger - The Stranger), and philosopher (Nobel Prize for Literature 1957), dies in an auto accident at 46

  • 1960-05-23 Georges Claude, French engineer and inventor (neon light), dies at 89
  • 1960-06-17 Pierre Reverdy, French poet (Nord-Sud), dies at 70
  • 1961-03-07 Max Hymans, French WW II resistance fighter and Head of Air France, dies at 60
  • 1961-05-03 Maurice [Jean Jacques] Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher, dies at 53
  • 1961-06-09 Camille Guérin, French scientist (b. 1872)
  • 1961-07-01 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (Die Nacht), dies at 67
  • 1961-09-21 Maurice Delage, French composer, dies at 81

Eugene BullardEugene Bullard (1895-1961)

1961-10-12 1st African-American military pilot, flew for France in World War I as part of the French Foreign Legion, dies of stomach cancer at 66

  • 1961-10-14 Paul Ramadier, French lawyer and politician (Prime Minister, 1947), dies at 73
  • 1962-01-06 Jacob "Jaap" Nanninga, Dutch painter (France, N Africa), dies at 57
  • 1962-01-21 André Lhote, French painter and art historian (Traité du paysage), dies at 76
  • 1962-02-05 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • 1962-04-22 Solomon Pimsleur, French composer, dies at 61
  • 1962-06-06 Yves Klein, French sculptor and painter, dies at 34
  • 1962-06-15 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, dies at 84
  • 1962-07-08 Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)
  • 1962-09-14 Marcel Delannoy, French composer, dies at 64