French History (Part 20)

Historical Events

Events 1901 - 2,000 of 2,328

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1974-10-27 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
  • 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
  • 1978-08-14 French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 2,981

  • 1908-11-28 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French social anthropologist and ethnologist (structuralism), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1908-12-10 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (L'Ame en Bourgeon), born in Avignon, France (d. 1992)
  • 1909-01-02 Rene Etiemble, French literature historian (Parlez-vous Franglais)
  • 1909-02-03 Simone Weil, social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WWII), born in Paris, France
  • 1909-02-03 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, born in Carcassonne (d. 1989)
  • 1909-03-07 Leo Malet, French crime novelist
  • 1909-03-14 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (Margin)
  • 1909-03-22 Gabrielle Roy, French-Canadian novelist (Tin Flute)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1910-06-23 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Thieves' Carnival), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1987)
  • 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)
  • 1910-12-19 Jean Genet, criminal/novelist/dramatist (The Blacks), born in Paris, France
  • 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 director (Judex, L'homme sans visage), 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. 1950)
  • 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 singer and songwriter (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 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 2,523

  • 1971-05-28 Jean Vilar, French stage and film actor and director (Théâtre National Populaire), dies at 59
  • 1971-05-30 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, dies at 85
  • 1971-06-25 Charles Vildrac, French author, poet and playwright (La Brouille, Michel Auclair, Notes sur la technique poétique), dies at 88
  • 1971-12-15 Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • 1972-01-01 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor & singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • 1972-02-21 Eugène Tisserant, French Catholic candinal (b. 1884)
  • 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 pianist (b. 1899)
  • 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-Francois Gaillard, French composer, 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
  • 1974-06-22 Darius Milhaud, French composer (Maximilien), dies at 81
  • 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 revue artist (Folies-Bergere), dies 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 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies at 71
  • 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 (b. 1903)
  • 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 singer (b. 1939)
  • 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 conductor 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