French History (Part 20)

Historical Events

Events 1901 - 2,000 of 2,319

  • 1970-11-01 Fire at Club Cinq-Sept Discotheque in Saint-Laurent-du-Pont, France, kills 146, as all emergency exits were padlocked
  • 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
  • 1971-08-15 Despite crashing out on lap 36, Scotsman Jackie Stewart clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the Austrian Grand Prix at Österreichring; French Tyrrell driver François Cevert wins the race

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 awardsGolden Globes

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
  • 1972-04-10 44th Academy Awards: "The French Connection", Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win
  • 1972-06-15 Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
  • 1972-07-05 Pierre Messmer appointed French premier

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
  • 1972-09-02 French track cyclist Daniel Morelon successfully defends his Olympic sprint title beating Australian John Nicholson for the gold medal in Munich

  • 1972-09-07 American Rod Milburn with a world record 13.24 wins the 110m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; just 0.10 seconds ahead of Frenchman Guy Drut
  • 1973-04-12 France recognizes North Vietnam
  • 1973-05-14 French film "Day for Night" written and directed by François Truffaut, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Léaud premieres at Cannes (Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film)
  • 1973-06-23 World Court condemns French nuclear tests in the Pacific

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973-06-25 Russian communist party leader Leonid Brezhnev visits France

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • 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

  • 1974-10-27 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:46:24) in Neuf-Brisach, France
  • 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
  • 1976-04-03 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
  • 1976-07-04 Israel launches hostage rescue mission of 106 Air France crew and passengers held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers. Three hostages die along with all the hijackers, numerous Ugandan soldiers and Yonatan Netanyahu, an 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
  • 1977-01-31 Frenchman Francois Claustre freed, after 33 months as hostage in Chad
  • 1977-02-19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

  • 1977-03-19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-03-20 Communists and socialists win French municipal elections
  • 1977-05-01 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:35:15.4) in Oyarzun, Spain
  • 1977-05-07 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London
  • 1977-06-27 Djibouti (Afars & Issas) claims Independence from France
  • 1977-07-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-09-10 Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by Guillotine in France
  • 1977-11-12 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-11-24 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-12-17 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978-02-01 Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl

Film Director Roman Polanski
Film Director
Roman Polanski
  • 1978-02-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-03-16 Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast
  • 1978-03-17 Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast
  • 1978-03-22 France performs nuclear test
  • 1978-04-26 France sends troops to Chad
  • 1978-06-26 Brittany separatists bomb Palace of Versailles in France
  • 1978-07-19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-07-26 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-11-02 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

  • 1978-11-30 France performs nuclear test
  • 1978-12-18 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-12-19 France performs nuclear test
  • 1979-03-09 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1979-07-09 A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by famed "Nazi hunters" Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
  • 1979-07-27 France performs nuclear Test
  • 1979-07-28 France performs nuclear Test
  • 1979-09-20 Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman.
  • 1980-02-16 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
  • 1980-02-23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1980-03-03 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1980-03-06 French Academy, founded in 1635, elects it 1st woman novelist (Marguerita Youcenar)
  • 1980-03-23 France performs nuclear test
  • 1980-04-01 France performs nuclear test
  • 1980-04-03 France performs nuclear test
  • 1980-05-30 1st papal visit to France since 1814
  • 1980-07-06 France performs nuclear test
  • 1980-07-18 Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly, France
  • 1980-07-30 Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
  • 1980-09-06 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets women's 100k world record (7h 27m 22s) in Amiens, France
  • 1980-11-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1981-02-01 French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
  • 1981-02-26 French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
  • 1981-03-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 2,973

  • 1909-03-07 Leo Malet, French crime novelist (Nestor Burma novels), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1996)
  • 1909-03-14 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (Margin)
  • 1909-03-22 Gabrielle Roy, French Canadian novelist (Tin Flute), born in St. Boniface, Manitoba (d. 1973)
  • 1909-03-31 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator
  • 1909-04-07 Robert Charroux, French writer (d. 1978)
  • 1909-04-17 Alain Poher, French politician and President of the European Parliament (1966-69), born in Ablon-sur-Seine, France (d. 1996)
  • 1909-05-11 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne (d. 1993)
  • 1909-05-21 Guy de Rothschild, French banker ( Rothschild Frères), born in Paris, France (d. 2007)
  • 1909-06-28 French van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, born in Borsbeek, Antwerp
  • 1909-07-04 Madeleine Barot, French activist and theologian, born in Châteauroux, France (d. 1995)
  • 1909-07-20 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (d. 1969)
  • 1909-08-31 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), born in Châtellerault, Poitou-Charentes (d. 2015)
  • 1909-09-23 Susan Travers, English-French Foreign Legion soldier, born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1909-09-26 Bill France, Sr., American auto racer (co-founder of NASCAR), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1909-10-19 Marguerite Perey, French physicist (d. 1975)
  • 1909-10-20 Monique Hare, French pianist
  • 1909-11-26 Eugene Ionesco, Romanian-French playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), born in Slatina, Romania (d. 1994)
  • 1910-01-03 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Coalinga, California (d. 2000)
  • 1910-01-07 Alain JG de Rothschild, French banker/baron
  • 1910-01-10 Jean Martinon, French conductor & composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1976)

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

1910-01-23 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, born in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium (d. 1953)

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • 1910-01-26 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (d. 1989)
  • 1910-02-09 Jacques Monod, French biochemist
  • 1910-06-08 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer, born in Paris (d. 2003)

Person of interestJacques Cousteau

1910-06-11 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanic explorer (Calypso), born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, France (d. 1997)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau

Person of interestJean Anouilh

1910-06-23 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Antigone, The Lark), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1987)

Dramatist Jean Anouilh
Dramatist
Jean Anouilh
  • 1910-07-27 Julien Gracq [Louis Poirier], French writer (Andre Breton), born in Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2007)
  • 1910-08-14 Pierre Schaeffer, French electronics engineer and composer, born in Nancy, France (d. 1995)
  • 1910-09-08 Jean-Louis Barrault, French stage actor, director and producer (Les Enfants du Paradis), born in Le Vésinet, Seine-et-Oise, France (d. 1994)
  • 1910-09-14 Gaston Defferre, French Socialist politician, born in Marsillargues, France (d. 1986)
  • 1910-09-20 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), born in Paris (d. 1996)

Person of interestJean Genet

1910-12-19 Jean Genet, French novelist (The Thief's Journal, Our Lady of the Flowers) and playwright (The Balcony, The Maids), born in Paris, France

Novelist and Playwright Jean Genet
Novelist and Playwright
Jean Genet
  • 1911-01-05 Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (Lili, Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker), born in Paris, France (d. 2001)
  • 1911-01-16 Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar
  • 1911-01-16 Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • 1911-02-02 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer
  • 1911-02-03 Jehan [Ariste] Alain, French organist/composer
  • 1911-04-10 Maurice Schumann, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-73), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • 1911-04-17 Hervé Bazin, French writer (Head Against the Wall), born in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 1996)
  • 1911-04-23 Simone Simon, French actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 2005)
  • 1911-04-27 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Astérix, Tintin), born in Paris (d. 1990)

Person of interestGeorges Pompidou

1911-07-05 Georges Pompidou, President/Prime Minister of France (1962-74), born in Paris, France (d. 1974)

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • 1911-08-23 Albert Alberts, Dutch writer and journalist (French battle), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1911-08-23 Carl Dolmetsch, French music director (Haslemere Festival), born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1997)
  • 1911-10-12 Louis de Guiringaud, French foreign minister (1976-78), born in Limoges, France (d. 1982)
  • 1911-10-14 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975), born in Nam Định Province, French Indochina (d. 1990)
  • 1911-11-01 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, born in Moscow (d. 2007)
  • 1911-11-12 Luc Estang [Lucien Bastard], French writer (Stigmates)
  • 1911-11-17 Christian Fouchet, French diplomat (d. 1974)
  • 1911-12-05 Alfred Manessier, French painter (leaded windows), born in Saint-Ouen, Somme, France (d. 1993)
  • 1912-01-15 Michel Debré, French politician, born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • 1912-02-03 Jacques Soustelle, French minister of information
  • 1912-02-20 Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
  • 1912-03-25 Jean Vilar, French stage and film actor and director (Théâtre National Populaire), born in Sète, France (d. 1971)
  • 1912-04-12 Georges Franju, French film director (Judex; Les Yeux sans visage - Eyes Without A Face), born in Fougères, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1987)
  • 1912-04-21 Marcel Camus, French film director (Orfeu Negro), born in Chappes, France (d. 1982)
  • 1912-04-28 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII), born in Amiens, France (d. 1995)
  • 1912-05-29 Lucie Aubrac [Bernard], history teacher and French resistance member, born in Paris, France (d. 2007)
  • 1912-06-29 Émile Peynaud, French oenologist, born in Madiran, Gers, France (d. 2004)
  • 1912-07-04 Viviane Romance [Pauline Ronacher Ortmanns], French actress (Panic, Queen's Necklace), born in Roubaix, Nord, France (d. 1991)
  • 1912-07-18 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, born in Marmande, Lot-et-Garonne, France (d. 1959)
  • 1912-08-05 Abbé Pierre, French Catholic priest (d. 2007)
  • 1912-08-15 Julia Child, American chef, author and television personality (The French Chef), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2004)
  • 1913-01-02 Leon P Teisserenc de Bort, French meteorologist
  • 1913-03-03 Roger Caillois, French writer (Les Jeux et les Hommes)
  • 1913-03-18 Rene Clement, director/writer (Is Paris Burning), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1913-04-11 Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (for Jackie Kennedy), born in Paris, France (d. 2006)
  • 1913-04-14 Jean Fournet, French conductor, born in Rouen, France (d. 2008)
  • 1913-05-18 Charles Trenet, French pop singer and songwriter ("Boum!"; "La Mer"), born in Narbonne, France (d. 2001)
  • 1913-06-26 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician, born in Basse-Pointe, Martinique (d. 2008)
  • 1913-07-17 Roger Garaudy, French philosopher
  • 1913-10-10 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), born in Tananarive, Madagascar (d. 2005)
  • 1913-10-19 Jean Urruty, French Jai-Alai champion

Person of interestBảo Đại

1913-10-22 Bảo Đại, Vietnamese emperor and chief of state (Annam 1926-1945; State of Vietnam, 1949-1955), born in Hue, French Indochina

Emperor of Vietnam Bảo Đại
Emperor of Vietnam
Bảo Đại

Person of interestAlbert Camus

1913-11-07 Albert Camus, French author (The Just-Nobel 1957), born in Dréan, Algeria (d. 1960)

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus
  • 1913-12-11 Jean Marais, French actor (Donkey Skin, Orpheus), born in Cherbourg, Manche, France (d. 1998)
  • 1914-01-05 Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1955)
  • 1914-01-10 Claude Gallimard, French publisher (d. 1991)
  • 1914-01-23 Napoleon L Bonaparte, French pretender to the throne, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1997)
  • 1914-02-11 French Duynstee, Dutch constitutional lawyer
  • 1914-02-19 Jacques Dufilho, French comedian (d. 2005)
  • 1914-04-04 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), born in Saigon, French IndoChina (d. 1996)
  • 1914-04-25 Claude Mauriac, French writer (Le Temps immobile), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1914-04-27 Albert Soboult, French historian, born in Ammi Moussa, French Algeria (d. 1982)
  • 1914-05-04 Emmanuel Roblès, Algerian-French novelist and playwright (Lesson Hauteurs), born in Oran, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • 1914-05-11 Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998)
  • 1914-05-18 Pierre Balmain, French fashion designer, born in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France (d. 1982)
  • 1914-06-26 Wolfgang Windgassen, tenor (Stuttgart Opera), born in Annemasse, France (d. 1974)
  • 1914-07-31 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), born in Courbevoie, France (d. 1983)
  • 1914-07-31 Raymond Aubrac, French resistance leader, born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1914-11-25 Léon Zitrone, Russian-born French journalist and television host (d. 1995)
  • 1914-11-29 Taisen Deshimaru, Saga City Japan, found several Zen centers in France
  • 1914-12-04 Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (Spy Who Loved Me), born in Paris, France (d. 1993)

Person of interestThomas Merton

1915-01-31 Thomas Merton, French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • 1915-03-05 Laurent Schwartz, French mathematician (d. 2002)
  • 1915-03-07 Jacques Chaban-Delmas, French politician, French Prime Minister and President of the National Assembly, born in Paris, France (d. 2000)
  • 1915-04-03 Paul Touvier, French-Nazi WW II criminal, born in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jabron, France (d. 1996)
  • 1915-04-09 Albert Rémy, French actor (Grand Prix, The 400 Blows, The Train), born in Sèvres, Seine, France (d. 1967)
  • 1915-05-15 Gus Viseur, French button accordionist (d. 1974)
  • 1915-11-04 Lloyd James Austin, Australian linguist and literary scholar, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 2,513

  • 1972-04-12 Henri Potiron, French composer, dies at 89
  • 1972-08-14 Jules Romains, French novelist (Death of Nobody), dies at 86
  • 1972-08-14 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • 1972-09-19 Robert Casadesus, French concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), dies at 73
  • 1972-09-21 Henry de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte), dies at 76
  • 1972-09-28 Maurice Thiriet, French composer, dies at 66
  • 1973-05-21 George Breakston, French-American producer, actor and director (Jungle Stampede, It Happened One Night), dies at 53
  • 1973-05-26 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, dies at 81
  • 1973-07-23 Marius-François Gaillard, French pianist (DeBussy), conductor and composer (La passion noire), dies at 72
  • 1973-08-17 Jean Barraqué, French composer, dies at 44 (b. 1928)
  • 1973-11-03 Marc Allégret, French director and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1973-11-17 Mirra Richard [The Mother], French-born Indian spiritual leader (Sri Aurobindo), dies at 95
  • 1973-12-25 Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  • 1973-12-26 Steven Geray, American actor (French Line), dies at 69

Person of interestGeorges Pompidou

1974-04-02 Georges Pompidou, French President (1969-1974) and Prime Minister (1962-1968), dies in Paris at 62

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • 1974-04-10 Roger Bastide, French sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1974-04-18 Marcel Pagnol, French novelist & filmmaker (Topaz), dies at 79
  • 1974-06-07 Émilie Charmy, French avant-garde artist, dies at 96

Person of interestDarius Milhaud

1974-06-22 Darius Milhaud, French composer (Maximilien), dies at 81

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud
  • 1974-07-14 Henri Smajda, Tunis/French publisher (Combat), commits suicide at 77
  • 1974-09-04 Marcel Achard, French playwright (La forges the Paris), dies at 75
  • 1974-12-20 André Jolivet, French composer (Jeune France, Mana), dies at 69
  • 1975-01-09 Pierre Fresnay, French actor (Monsieur Vincent, Grand Illusion), dies at 77
  • 1975-03-07 Francine Larrimore, French actress (John Meade's Woman), dies at 76

Person of interestJosephine Baker

1975-04-12 Josephine Baker, American-French song and dance revue artist (Folies-Bergere), actress, and civil rights activist, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 68

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • 1975-08-31 Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24
  • 1975-09-20 Saint-John Perse, French diplomat and poet (Nobel 1960), dies at 78
  • 1975-10-03 Guy Mollet, Prime Minister of France (1956-57), dies at 69
  • 1975-10-28 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 1975-11-22 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, dies in diving accident at 36
  • 1975-12-25 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Library Gallimard), dies at 94
  • 1976-01-05 Georges E Migot, French composer, dies at 84
  • 1976-02-13 Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies of pancreatic cancer at 77
  • 1976-02-20 René Cassin, French jurist and judge (Nobel Peace Prize 1968), dies at 88
  • 1976-03-01 Jean Martinon, French conductor & composer, dies at 66
  • 1976-03-19 Albert Dieudonné, French actor and novelist (Backbiters, Napoleon), dies at 86
  • 1976-04-01 Max Ernst, German-French surrealist painter and sculptor (founded surrealism), dies at 85
  • 1976-05-31 Jacques Monod, French biochemist, dies
  • 1976-09-10 George Baxter, French actor (Flying Saucer, Lili, Caged), dies at 71
  • 1976-10-25 Raymond Queneau [M Presle], French writer (Last Days), dies at 73
  • 1976-11-15 Jean Gabin, French actor (Moulin Rouge, La Grande Illusion), dies at 72

Person of interestAndré Malraux

1976-11-23 André Malraux [Berger], French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), dies at 75

Novelist André Malraux
Novelist
André Malraux
  • 1977-01-14 Anaïs Nin, French author (Henry and June), dies of cervical cancer at 73
  • 1977-01-18 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • 1977-02-09 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • 1977-03-02 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, dies at 81
  • 1977-04-11 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1977-05-30 Claire Goll, German-French writer, dies at 86
  • 1977-09-04 Jean Rostand, French biologist and philosopher, dies at 82

Person of interestRené Goscinny

1977-11-05 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), dies of cardiac arrest during a routine stress test at 51

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1977-11-18 Victor Francen, Belgian actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), dies at 89
  • 1978-03-11 Claude François, French pop singer-songwriter ("Comme d'habitude"), electrocuted in a home mishap at 39
  • 1978-03-19 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (b. 1893)
  • 1978-06-24 Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)
  • 1978-08-26 Charles Boyer, French actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
  • 1978-09-19 Étienne Gilson, French philosopher and historian, dies at 94
  • 1978-11-16 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), dies at 75
  • 1978-12-14 Salvador de Madariaga y Rojo, Spanish writer (Englishmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards) & diplomat, dies at 92
  • 1979-01-11 Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, German-French art dealer and publisher, dies at 94
  • 1979-02-12 Jean Renoir, French film director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion) and actor (Rules of the Game), dies at 84
  • 1979-03-16 Jean Monnet, French political economist and diplomat, dies at 90
  • 1979-04-01 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • 1979-07-03 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • 1979-07-11 Claude Wagner, French-Canadian judge and politician, dies at 54
  • 1979-07-23 Joseph Kessel, French journalist and novelist (b. 1898)
  • 1979-08-22 James T. Farrell, American writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • 1979-10-10 Paul Paray, French organist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1951-62), and composer, dies at 93
  • 1979-10-22 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • 1979-11-02 Jacques Mesrine, French "enemy of the state", shot to death
  • 1979-11-26 Marcel L'Herbier, French director and screenwriter (El Dorado), dies at 91
  • 1979-12-05 Sonia Delaunay, Russian-born French artist (Orphism), dies at 94
  • 1980-03-25 Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)
  • 1980-04-24 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • 1980-06-18 André Leducq, French cyclist (Tour de France 1930, 32; Olympic gold road race 1924), dies at 76
  • 1980-08-01 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 1980-08-11 Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1910)
  • 1980-10-06 Jean Robic, French cyclist (b. 1921)
  • 1980-12-02 Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born French writer (b. 1914)
  • 1981-03-15 René Clair, French film director (I Married a Witch, It Happened Tomorrow), dies at 82
  • 1981-04-15 French Duynstee, Dutch states rights leader, dies at 67
  • 1981-09-21 Tony Aubin, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1981-10-30 Georges Brassens, French screenwriter, dies
  • 1981-11-10 Abel Gance, French movie director (J'accuse), dies at 92
  • 1982-01-01 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans), dies at 83
  • 1982-01-13 Marcel Camus, French film director (Orfeu Negro), dies at 69
  • 1982-01-30 Félix Labisse, French painter (libidoscaphes), dies at 76
  • 1982-03-03 Georges Perec, French writer, dies at 45
  • 1982-03-29 Ray Block, French orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan; Jackie Gleason), dies at 79
  • 1982-04-15 Louis de Guiringaud, French foreign minister (1976-78), commits suicide at 70
  • 1982-04-30 Taisen Deshimaru, founder of several Zen centers in France, dies at 67
  • 1982-05-10 Jean C M Picart le Doux, French designer, dies
  • 1982-07-18 Lionel Daunais, French-Canadian singer and composer, dies at 80
  • 1982-07-21 Jean J A Girault, French director (Gendarme Saint-Tropez), dies at 58
  • 1982-08-09 Alexandre Alexeieff, Russian-French filmmaker (pinscreen animation) and artist, dies at 81
  • 1982-09-11 Albert Soboult, French historian, dies at 68
  • 1982-09-14 Christian Ferras, French violinist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1982-10-10 Jean Effel, French painter and journalist (b. 1908)
  • 1982-10-18 Pierre Mendès-France, French Premier (1954-55), dies at 75
  • 1982-10-22 Savitri Devi [Maximiani Portas], Greek French Nazi writer, dies at 77
  • 1982-11-04 Jacques Tati, French director (Traffic, Playtime), dies at 74