French History (Part 19)

Historical Events

Events 1801 - 1,900 of 2,193

  • 1966-10-04 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1966-11-26 1st major tidal power plant opens at Rance estuary, France
  • 1967-03-19 French Somaliland (Djibouti) votes to continue association with France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967-04-06 Premier Georges Pompidou forms new French government

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • 1967-04-20 French author Régis Debray caught in Bolivia
  • 1967-07-02 Catherine Lacoste becomes youngest (22), 1st foreigner (France) and 1st amateur to US Women's open golf tournament
  • 1967-09-11 French president De Gaulle visits Poland
  • 1967-11-17 French author Régis Debray sentenced to 30 years in Bolivia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967-11-27 French President Charles de Gaulle said 'Non!' to British entry to the European Common Market for the second time

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1967-12-11 Supersonic airliner prototype "Concorde" 1st shown (France)
  • 1968-02-06 10th Winter Olympic games opens in Grenoble, France
  • 1968-02-10 Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France
  • 1968-02-18 10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble, France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968-04-08 Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • 1968-05-13 1,000,000 French demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle & Georges Pompidou
  • 1968-05-24 French President Charles de Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse
  • 1968-05-27 The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sebastien Charlety.
  • 1968-05-30 President De Gaulle disbands French parliament
  • 1968-06-10 4h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats France 20-2
  • 1968-06-30 Gaullists win French parliamentary election, 358 of 458 seats
  • 1968-07-07 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1968-07-12 Couve de Murville forms government in France
  • 1968-07-13 French government-Couve de Murville forms
  • 1968-07-15 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1968-08-03 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1968-08-24 France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
  • 1968-09-08 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1968-09-11 Air France Flight 1611 crashes off Nice, France, killing 89 passengers and 6 crew.
  • 1968-09-27 France denies UK entry into common market

Music releaseMusic Recording

1968-12-30 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1969-01-04 France begins arms embargo against Israel
  • 1969-03-01 Pirate Radio 259 begins operation off the French coast
  • 1969-03-29 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid
  • 1969-04-28 Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France
  • 1969-05-01 Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting
  • 1969-06-20 Georges Pompidou sworn in as President of France
  • 1969-06-23 French government of Couve de Murville resigns
  • 1969-07-07 Canada's House of Commons approves equality of French-English language
  • 1969-08-23 France's Une De Mai wins International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway Czechoslovakia (1st American to win cycling race title since 1912)
  • 1970-02-10 Dry powder avalanche moving at 120 mph smashes into youth hostel at Val d'Isere, France, killing 40 Belgian, French, & German youths
  • 1970-03-04 French submarine "Eurydice" explodes off Cape Camarat in the Mediterranean, all 57 crew lost
  • 1970-04-16 70 die in a snow crush (France)
  • 1970-05-15 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1970-05-22 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1970-05-28 The formerly united Free University of Brussels officially splits into two separate entities, the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
  • 1970-07-27 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1970-08-02 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • 1970-08-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1970-11-01 Discotheque in Grenoble France burns, all exits padlocked & 142 die
  • 1970-11-01 Fire on Saint-Laurent-du-Pont, France, 144 die
  • 1970-12-23 French author Régis Debray freed in Bolivia

  • 1971-02-24 Algeria nationalizes 51 percent of French oil concessions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971-03-14 The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 1971-07-04 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1971-08-08 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1971-08-14 France performs nuclear test

Film release premierFilm Premier

1971-10-07 "The French Connection" directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey premieres in the US (Academy Awards Best Picture 1972)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1972-02-06 29th Golden Globes: "The French Connection", Gene Hackman, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actor Gene Hackman
Actor
Gene Hackman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972-07-09 1st tour of Paul McCartney & Wings (France)

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1972-07-29 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1973-04-12 France recognizes North Vietnam
  • 1973-06-23 World Court condemns French nuclear tests in the Pacific
  • 1973-06-25 Russian communist party leader Brezhnev visits France
  • 1973-06-28 New Zealand ship HMNZS Otago sails for Mururoa nuclear test zone after France’s refusal to accept an International Court of Justice injunction against its atmospheric nuclear testing
  • 1973-07-21 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa Atoll in the Pacific
  • 1973-07-28 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1973-08-19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1973-08-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1973-08-28 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1973-12-23 French Caravelle airliner crashes in Morocco, 106 killed
  • 1974-03-08 Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France
  • 1974-05-19 Valeri Giscard d'Estaing wins French presidential election
  • 1974-07-17 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974-07-26 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974-07-29 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974-08-15 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974-08-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974-09-13 -17] 3 Japanese kidnap French ambassador in Hague
  • 1974-12-22 Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French
  • 1975-05-14 French press reports massive deportation from Cambodia
  • 1975-06-28 The South African rugby team beats France 33-18 in Pretoria
  • 1975-07-06 Comoros declare independence from France (most of them)
  • 1975-08-21 3 truck pile up kills 10, injures 26 on French highway
  • 1975-09-15 The French département of Corse (the entire island of Corsica) is divided into two: Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud.
  • 1975-10-01 Reunion Island stops printing stamps, France takes over production
  • 1975-11-26 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • 1976-01-21 Supersonic Concorde has its 1st commercial flights
  • 1976-04-03 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1976-05-24 In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines
  • 1976-06-27 Air France Airbus hijacked in Germany to Uganda
  • 1976-06-27 Air France A-300B Airbus hijacked from Athens arrives at Entebbe, Uganda; four hijackers members Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Bader-Meinhof Gang in Germany
  • 1976-07-03 Israel launches rescue of 103 Air France crew and passengers being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers
  • 1976-07-04 Operation Entebbe - Israel rescues 229 Air France hostage passengers In Uganda (3 hostages die along with Ugandan soldiers and Israeli soldier)
  • 1976-07-11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1976-07-23 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-01-11 France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics
  • 1977-01-12 Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1801 - 1,900 of 2,769

  • 1915-11-12 Roland Barthes, French literary critic (L'Empire des Signer)
  • 1915-12-17 André Claveau, French singer (d. 2003)

Person of interestEdith Piaf

1915-12-19 Édith Piaf, [E Giovanna Gassion], chanteuse (Little Sparrow), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • 1916-01-22 Henri Dutilleux, French composer (Tout un monde lointain, L'arbre des songes), born in Angers, France (d. 2013)
  • 1916-02-14 Marcel Bigeard, French general
  • 1916-03-20 Pierre Messmer, PM (France)
  • 1916-05-03 Pierre Emmanuel [Noël Mathieu], French poet (Sodome), born in Gan, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 1984)
  • 1916-05-03 Léopold Simoneau, French-Canadian tenor, born in Saint-Flavien, Quebec, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1916-07-22 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (d. 1949)
  • 1916-08-01 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (d. 2000)
  • 1916-08-24 Léo Ferré, French composer and singer, born in Monaco (d. 1993)
  • 1916-09-21 Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (d. 2003)

Person of interestFrancois Mitterrand

1916-10-26 Francois Mitterrand, 21st President of France (1981-1995), born in Jarnac, France (d. 1996)

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1916-12-07 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (d. 1988)
  • 1916-12-31 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), born in Paris, France
  • 1917-04-04 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist and rebel (barricade uprising), born in Guyotville, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • 1917-04-22 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1917-05-01 Danielle Darrieux, French actress (Alexander the Great, Mayerling)
  • 1917-05-20 Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1967)
  • 1917-05-21 Jean-Louis Curtis, French writer (Just Causes)
  • 1917-07-18 Henri Salvador, French singer (d. 2008)
  • 1917-07-27 Bourvil [André Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), born in Prétot-Vicquemare, France (d. 1970)
  • 1917-08-26 William French Smith, Attorney General (1981-85)
  • 1917-09-11 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner (d. 2001)
  • 1917-09-26 Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (d. 1976)
  • 1917-10-20 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (A Cop), born in Paris, France
  • 1917-11-05 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviatrix (d. 2000)
  • 1917-11-22 Bridget Bate Tichenor (born Bridget Pamela Arkwright Bate), Mexican surrealist painter, born in Paris, France
  • 1918-01-18 Gustave Gingras, French Canadian physician (d. 1996)
  • 1918-01-28 Suzanne Flon, French actress (One Deadly Summer, Moulin Rouge), born in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, Seine (d. 2005)
  • 1918-04-23 Maurice Druon, French writer and journalist (Prix Goncourt), born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • 1918-04-25 Gérard de Vaucouleurs, French astronomer, born in Paris (d. 1995)
  • 1918-07-06 Sebastian Cabot, British actor (Kismet, Family Affair, Time Machine), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1918-10-14 Marcel Chaput, French Canadian politician (d. 1991)
  • 1918-10-19 Louis Althusser, French philosopher (For Marx, Strangled His Wife)
  • 1918-11-07 Paul Aussaresses, French general
  • 1918-11-13 Janine Andrade, French violinist, born in Besançon, France (d. 1997)
  • 1918-12-08 Gérard Souzay, French baritone (d. 2004)
  • 1918-12-16 Pierre Delanoë, French songwriter and lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1919-04-12 Maurice Girodias, French publisher and founder (Olympia Press), born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1919-04-13 Roland Gaucher, French journalist
  • 1919-04-17 Gilles Lamontagne, Canadian politician, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (1984-90), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)
  • 1919-05-14 Solange Chaput-Rolland, French-Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2001)
  • 1919-06-19 Louis Jourdan [Robert Gendre], French actor (The Paradine Case, Count Dracula, Gigi, Octopussy), born in Marseille, France (d. 2015)
  • 1919-06-21 Gérard Pelletier, French-Canadian journalist, politician, and diplomat, born in Victoriaville, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1919-08-10 Sacha Vierny, French cinematographer (d. 2001)
  • 1919-08-11 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (d. 1949)
  • 1919-09-09 Jacques Marin, French character actor (The Vintage, Charade), born in Paris, France (d. 2001)
  • 1919-10-03 Jean Lefebvre, French actor (Diabolical, Now Where Did the Seventh Company Get to?), born in Valenciennes, Nord, France (d. 2004)
  • 1919-11-10 François Périer [Pillu], French actor (Gervaise, Fantasia, Les Mains Sales), born in Paris, France (d. 2002)
  • 1919-12-25 Paul David, French Canadian cardiologist, founder of the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)
  • 1920-01-10 Georges Marchal, French actor (Evil Eden, Gina, Milky Way, La mort en ce jardin), born in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France (d. 1997)
  • 1920-01-22 George Breakston, French-American producer, actor and director (Jungle Stampede, It Happened One Night), born in Paris, France (d. 1973)
  • 1920-02-23 Paul Gérin-Lajoie, French Canadian politician
  • 1920-02-29 Michèle Morgan, French actress (Passage to Marseille), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine (d. 2016)
  • 1920-03-04 Jean Lecanuet, French politician (d. 1993)
  • 1920-03-10 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (d. 1959)
  • 1920-04-04 Éric Rohmer [Maurice Schérer], French director, journalist and teacher (My Night at Maud's, Claire's Knee, Le rayon vert), born in Tulle, Corrèze, France (d. 2010)
  • 1920-04-13 Claude Cheysson, French politician
  • 1920-05-16 Martine Carol [Maryse Mopurer], French actress (Lola Montèsm, Trente et quarante), born in Saint-Mandé, Seine (d. 1967)
  • 1920-05-16 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1920-06-07 Georges Marchais, French political leader (French Communist Party), born in La Hoguette, France (d. 1997)
  • 1920-06-17 Francois Jacob, French biologist/bacteriologist (Nobel 1965), (d. 2013)
  • 1920-10-15 Henri Verneuil, French film director (d. 2002)
  • 1920-10-24 Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician (d. 1996)
  • 1920-10-31 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, born in Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2008)
  • 1921-01-01 Alain Mimoun O'Kacha, Algerian/French cross country (Olympic gold 1956), (d. 2013)
  • 1921-01-26 Eddie Barclay, French producer (Barclay Records) (d. 2005)
  • 1921-02-13 Zao-Wou-Ki, Chinese/French painter and graphic artist
  • 1921-02-28 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)

Person of interestSimone Signoret

1921-03-25 Simone Signoret, French actress (Casque d'Or, Room at the Top), born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1985)

  • 1921-04-09 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France (d. 2008)
  • 1921-04-20 Janine Sutto, French-Canadian actress and comedian (Guide de la petite vengeance), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1921-05-17 Dennis Brain, french-hornist (Serenade), born in London, England
  • 1921-05-19 Daniel Gélin, French actor (Obsession, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born in Angers, Maine-et-Loire (d. 2002)
  • 1921-06-04 Nina Vyroubova, Russ/French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957)
  • 1921-06-10 Jean Robic, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1921-06-21 Jean de Broglie, French politician, born in Paris (d. 1976)
  • 1921-06-26 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent, born in Paris, France (d. 1945)
  • 1921-06-29 Frédéric Dard, French writer (d. 2000)
  • 1921-07-04 Gerard Debreu, French economist (Nobel 1983)
  • 1921-07-12 Bob Fillion, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1921-10-09 Michel Boisrond, French film director (d. 2002)
  • 1921-10-13 Yves Montand [Ivo Livi], Italian-French actor and singer (Z, Napoleon, Grand Prix), born in Monsummano Terme, Italy (d. 1991)
  • 1921-10-22 Georges Brassens, French poet/cabaret singer
  • 1921-11-05 Gyorgy Cziffra, Hungarian/French pianist (Chopin/Liszt)
  • 1922-01-07 Jean-Pierre [Louis] Rampal, Marseilles France, flautist
  • 1922-03-27 Stefan Wul, French sci-fi author (The Temple of the Past), born in Paris (d. 2003)
  • 1922-04-13 Jean Topart, French voice and film actor regarded as "one of the inimitable voices of French cinema" (Fantastic Planet), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1922-04-26 Jeanne Sauvé, French Canadian politician (d. 1993)
  • 1922-06-03 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), born in Brittany, France (d. 2014)
  • 1922-06-18 Claude Helffer, French pianist (d. 2004)
  • 1922-07-02 Pierre Cardin, Italian-born French fashion designer, born in Paris, France
  • 1922-07-03 Francois Reichenbach, French director (La douceur du Village)
  • 1922-07-24 Madeleine Ferron, French Canadian writer
  • 1922-08-18 Alain Robbe-Grillet, French novelist (Voyeur)
  • 1922-08-22 Micheline Presle [Chassagne], French actress (Nea, Donkey Skin), born in Paris, France
  • 1922-09-26 Nicholas Romanov, French-born pretender to the Russian throne
  • 1922-11-09 Raymond Devos, Belgian-French humorist, born in Mouscron, Belgium (d. 2006)
  • 1922-11-21 Maria Casares [Pérez], Spanish-French actress (Orpheus, Lectrice), born in A Coruña, Spain (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1801 - 1,900 of 2,232

  • 1982-10-18 Pierre Mendès-France, French Premier (1954-55), dies at 75
  • 1982-11-04 Jacques Tati, French director (Traffic, Playtime), dies at 74
  • 1982-11-22 Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, dies at 90
  • 1982-12-19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1982-12-24 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), dies at 85
  • 1983-01-27 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), dies at 68
  • 1983-05-25 Jean Rougeau, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1983-07-23 Georges Auric, French composer (It Always Rains on Sunday), dies at 84
  • 1983-09-26 Tino Rossi, French singer and actor, dies at 76
  • 1983-10-17 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • 1983-10-20 Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • 1983-12-02 Fifi D'Orsay, "French Bombshell" (Dixie Jamboree), dies cancer at 79
  • 1983-12-06 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), dies at 82
  • 1984-01-07 Alfred Kastler, French physicist (Nobel 1966 - Hertzian resonances within atoms), dies at 81
  • 1984-04-17 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • 1984-06-25 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (History of Sexuality), dies of AIDs at 57
  • 1984-07-03 Raoul Salan, French general/OAS leader (Algeria), dies at 85
  • 1985-01-14 Jetta Goudal, French actress (White Gold), dies at 86
  • 1985-03-28 Marc Chagall, French painter, dies at 97
  • 1985-05-12 Jean Debuffet, French painter and sculptor (Landscape with 2 Personages), dies at 83
  • 1985-06-18 Paul Colin, French poster designer (b. 1892)

Person of interestSimone Signoret

1985-09-30 Simone Signoret, German/French actress (Room at Top, Gina), dies at 64

  • 1985-10-19 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman (b. 1915)
  • 1985-11-28 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civilization & Capitalism), dies at 83
  • 1986-01-08 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • 1986-01-12 Marcel Arland, French author (L'ordre, Lumière du Soir), dies at 86
  • 1986-01-14 Daniel Balavoine, French singer (b. 1952)

Person of interestSimone de Beauvoir

1986-04-14 Simone de Beauvoir, French author and feminist (The Mandarins, The Second Sex, She Came to Stay), dies of pneumonia at 78

  • 1986-04-15 Jean Genet, French criminal/novelist/dramatist, dies at 75
  • 1986-04-18 Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • 1986-05-07 Gaston Deferre, French politician, dies at 75
  • 1986-06-16 Maurice Duruflé, French composer and organist (b. 1902)
  • 1986-06-19 Coluche, [Michel Colucci], French comic, dies at 41
  • 1986-09-12 Jacques-Henri Lartigue, French photographer, dies at 92
  • 1986-11-13 Thierry Le Luron, French humorist, dies at 34
  • 1986-11-17 Georges Besse, French president-director of Renault, murdered
  • 1986-12-06 Malik Oussekine, Algerian/French student, killed by police at 22
  • 1987-01-31 Yves Allégret, French film director (b. 1907)
  • 1987-03-19 Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
  • 1987-05-03 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], Egyptian-born Italian French singer, commits suicide at 54
  • 1987-08-23 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)
  • 1987-10-03 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Ball of the Voleurs), dies at 77 (b. 1910)
  • 1987-10-22 Angiolino "Lino" Ventura, Italian actor (Happy New Year, Pain in the A--), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1987-10-28 Andre Masson, French surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • 1987-11-24 Jehane Benoît, French Canadian culinary author (b. 1904)
  • 1987-11-28 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, dies at 83
  • 1988-01-04 Lily Laskine, French harpist, dies at 94
  • 1988-01-07 Michel Auclair [Vladimir Vujović], German actor (Funny Face, Day of the Jackal), dies at 65
  • 1988-02-16 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)
  • 1988-02-19 André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1988-03-30 Edgar Faure, French politician (b. 1908)
  • 1988-04-18 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • 1989-02-06 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, dies at 80
  • 1989-02-12 Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • 1989-02-21 Alex Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)
  • 1989-03-19 Alan Civil, British horn player (played horn solo in Beatles "For No One"), dies of liver and kidney failure at 59
  • 1989-06-15 Victor French, actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • 1989-07-20 Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, commander (French resistance), dies
  • 1989-09-04 Georges Simenon, Belgian/French writer/director (Maigret), dies at 86
  • 1989-10-21 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • 1989-12-08 Hans Hartung, German/French painter, dies

Person of interestSamuel Beckett

1989-12-22 Samuel Beckett, Irish French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1990-01-17 Charles Hernu, French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies
  • 1990-03-17 Capucine [Germaine Lefebvre], French actress and fashion model (Pink Panther, What's New Pussycat?), commits suicide at 62
  • 1990-04-21 Erté, French artist
  • 1990-07-03 Maurice Girodias, French publisher and founder (Olympia Press), dies at 71
  • 1990-07-18 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Astérix, Tintin), dies at 79
  • 1990-07-31 Albert Leduc, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 1990-09-30 Michel Levis, French cultural anthropologist/writer, dies
  • 1990-10-23 Louis Althusser, French philosopher, dies
  • 1990-10-29 William French Smith, attorney general (1980), dies at 73 of cancer
  • 1990-11-03 Valerie French, actress (Jubal), dies of leukemia
  • 1991-01-22 Robert Choquette, French Canadian novelist, poet and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • 1991-03-12 Etienne Decroux, French mime (Voyage, Surprise), dies at 92
  • 1991-03-22 Léon Balcer, French Canadian politician (b. 1917)
  • 1991-03-25 Marcel Lefebvre, French Catholic prelate (b. 1905)
  • 1991-04-26 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (b. 1904)
  • 1991-04-29 Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
  • 1991-06-10 Vercors, [Jean Bruller], French writer (Silence of Mer), dies
  • 1991-07-20 Rellys [Henri Marius Bourrelly], French actor (Letters from My Windmill), dies at 86
  • 1991-09-03 Henri de Lubac, French theologist/antifascist, dies
  • 1991-09-25 Viviane Romance [ Pauline Ronacher Ortmanns], French actress (Panic, Queen's Necklace), dies at 79
  • 1991-11-26 François Billetdoux, French author (Word Awake), dies at 64
  • 1991-12-13 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (La marge), dies at 82
  • 1991-12-20 Simone Beck, French chef (b. 1904)
  • 1991-12-25 Orane Demazis, French actress (Marius, Fanny et Caesar), dies at 87
  • 1992-01-24 Charles Moulin, French actor (French Tarzan), dies
  • 1992-03-14 Jean Poiret [Jean-Gustave Poiré], French actor, director, and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles), dies at 65
  • 1992-03-16 Yves Rocard, French physicist (b. 1903)
  • 1992-03-20 Georges Delerue, French composer (Hiroshima, My Love), dies at 67
  • 1992-04-27 Olivier Messiaen, French composer, dies at 83
  • 1992-04-28 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (St Francois d'Assise), dies at 83
  • 1992-05-04 Henri Guillemin, French historian, dies at 89
  • 1992-05-05 Jean-Claude Pascal, French actor (Golden Salamander), dies at 64
  • 1992-06-07 Bill France, Sr., American racing car driver and co-founder of NASCAR, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 82
  • 1992-06-29 Pierre Billotte, French military man (IIGM), dies
  • 1992-07-23 Arletty, French actress (Hotel, Longest Day), dies at 94
  • 1992-08-02 Michel Berges, French composer, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1992-09-19 Jacques Pic, french restaurant owner, dies
  • 1992-10-19 Maurice le Roux, French conductor/composer (Contes immoraux), dies