French History (Part 20)

Historical Events

Events 1901 - 2,000 of 2,308

Academy Awards

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

Music History

1972-07-09 1st tour by Paul McCartney & Wings in France

  • 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

Historic Event

1973-06-25 Russian communist party leader Leonid 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, in the South Pacific
  • 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 A-300B Airbus hijacked from Athens arrives at Entebbe, Uganda; four hijackers, members of 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

Film & TV History

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

  • 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
  • 1981-03-28 France performs nuclear test
  • 1981-04-10 France performs nuclear test

Historic Event

1981-05-10 François Mitterrand defeats Valery Giscard d'Estang for Presidency of France

  • 1981-05-21 François Mitterrand becomes president of France
  • 1981-06-21 Socialists and communists win French parliamentary election
  • 1981-06-23 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
  • 1981-07-08 France performs nuclear test
  • 1981-07-08 French Prime Minister Maurois nationalizes banks/plane/steel industry in France
  • 1981-07-11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1981-08-03 France performs nuclear test in Pacific
  • 1981-09-18 Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 2,960

  • 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)
  • 1909-11-26 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 de Rothschild, French banker (Banque Rothschild), born in Paris, France (d. 1982)
  • 1910-01-10 Jean Martinon, French conductor & composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1976)

Django ReinhardtDjango Reinhardt (1910-1953)

1910-01-23 Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, born in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium

  • 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)

Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau (1910-1997)

1910-06-11 French oceanic explorer (Calypso), born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, France

Jean AnouilhJean Anouilh (1910-1987)

1910-06-23 French dramatist (Antigone, The Lark), born in Bordeaux, France

  • 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)

Jean GenetJean Genet (1910-1986)

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

  • 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)

Georges PompidouGeorges Pompidou (1911-1974)

1911-07-05 French President (1969-74) and Prime Minister (1962-68), born in Paris, France

  • 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), born in Paris, France (d. 1992)
  • 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)
  • 1913-03-03 Roger Caillois, French writer (Les Jeux et les Hommes)
  • 1913-03-18 Rene Clement, French film director and writer (Is Paris Burning), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1996)
  • 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

Bảo ĐạiBảo Đại (1913-1997)

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

Albert CamusAlbert Camus (1913-1960)

1913-11-07 French playwright (Les Justes - The Just Assassins), novelist (L'Étranger - The Stranger), and philosopher (Nobel Prize for Literature 1957), born in Dréan, Algeria

  • 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, German operatic 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, Japanese founder of several Zen centers in France, born in Saga City, Japan (d. 1982)
  • 1914-12-04 Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (Spy Who Loved Me), born in Paris, France (d. 1993)

Thomas MertonThomas Merton (1915-1968)

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

  • 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 collaborator in World War II called the "Hangman of Lyon" and convicted war 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)
  • 1915-11-09 André François, Hungarian-French cartoonist, born in Temesvár, Austria-Hungary (d. 2005)
  • 1915-11-12 Roland Barthes, French literary critic (L'Empire des Signer) (d. 1980)
  • 1915-12-17 André Claveau, French pop singer and actor (Dors, mon amour), born in Paris; (d. 2003)

Edith PiafEdith Piaf (1915-1963)

1915-12-19 French chanteuse (Little Sparrow, Le Vie En Rose), born in Paris, France

  • 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 2,496

  • 1973-12-26 Steven Geray, American actor (French Line), dies at 69

Georges PompidouGeorges Pompidou (1911-1974)

1974-04-02 French President (1969-74) and Prime Minister (1962-68), dies in Paris at 62

  • 1974-04-10 Roger Bastide, French sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1974-04-18 Marcel Pagnol, French playwright, filmmaker (Topaze; The Baker's Wife), and novelist, dies at 79
  • 1974-06-07 Émilie Charmy, French avant-garde artist, dies at 96

Darius MilhaudDarius Milhaud (1892-1974)

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

  • 1974-07-14 Henri Smajda, Tunisian 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

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker (1906-1975)

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

  • 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

Guy MolletGuy Mollet (1905-1975)

1975-10-03 Prime Minister of France (1956-57), dies of a heart attack 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
  • 1976-02-13 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 (1966 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis), dies at 66
  • 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

André MalrauxAndré Malraux (1901-1976)

1976-11-23 French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), dies at 75

  • 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

René GoscinnyRené Goscinny (1926-1977)

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

  • 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 (The Death of the Author), dies of injuries incurred in an accident at 64
  • 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 road cyclist (Tour de France 1947; World C'ship gold cyclo-cross 1950), dies in a road accident at 59
  • 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, conductor, and educator (Paris Conservatory, 1944-77), 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, Japanese 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
  • 1982-11-22 Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, dies at 90
  • 1982-12-17 Philipp Jarnach, French pianist, composer, and music educator (Hamburg Music Academy, 1949-70), dies at 90
  • 1982-12-18 Bernard Malivoire, French rower (Olympic gold coxed pair 1952), dies at 44
  • 1982-12-19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist and 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
  • 1983-03-14 Maurice Ronet, French film actor, director, and writer (Frantic, Sphinx, Circle of Love), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1983-07-23 Georges Auric, French composer (one of Les Six), dies at 84
  • 1983-10-17 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • 1983-11-20 Marcel Dalio [Israel Moshe Blauschild], French actor (Sabrina, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Casablanca), dies at 83
  • 1983-12-02 Fifi D'Orsay [Yvonne Lussier] Canadian-American vaudeville and film actress and singer known as the "French Bombshell" (The Life Jimmy Dolan; Dixie Jamboree), dies from 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
  • 1984-02-05 Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), dies at 78