French History (Part 21)

Historical Events

Events 2001 - 2,100 of 2,309

  • 1981-09-18 Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
  • 1981-10-09 Abolition of capital punishment in France.
  • 1981-11-07 France performs nuclear test
  • 1981-12-05 France performs nuclear test
  • 1981-12-08 France performs nuclear test
  • 1982-02-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1982-03-20 France performs nuclear test
  • 1982-07-21 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1982-07-25 France performs nuclear Test
  • 1982-07-31 46 kids & 7 adults die as 2 buses and several cars collide near Beaune, France
  • 1982-07-31 Finland, Italy, Germany, Austria and France form American European Football Federation (AEFF)
  • 1982-09-24 US, Italian & French peacekeeping troops begin arriving in Lebanon
  • 1982-10-11 English ship Mary Rose, which sank during an engagement with France in 1545, raised at Portsmouth, England

Historic Event

1983-01-19 Klaus Barbie, SS chief in Lyon in Nazi-occupied France, arrested in Bolivia

  • 1983-02-06 Trial of former Gestapo commandant Klaus Barbie begins in France for war crimes during World War II
  • 1983-04-05 France throws out 47 Soviet diplomats
  • 1983-04-19 France performs nuclear test
  • 1983-04-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1983-05-25 France performs nuclear test
  • 1983-07-05 France invades Algeria
  • 1983-07-15 8 killed, 54 wounded, by Armenian extremists bomb at Orly, France
  • 1983-07-20 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1983-08-04 France performs nuclear test
  • 1983-12-03 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1983-12-07 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1984-04-21 Centers for Disease Cont says virus discovered in France causes AIDS
  • 1984-05-08 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1984-05-12 France performs nuclear test

Sports History

1984-06-27 UEFA European Championship Final, Parc des Princes, Paris, France: Michel Platini & Bruno Bellone score as France beats Spain, 2-0

  • 1984-07-17 Pierre Mauroy resigns as Prime Minister of France
  • 1984-08-11 101,799 fans at soccer match Brazil vs France
  • 1984-08-25 French airship capsizes
  • 1984-10-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1984-11-02 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1984-12-01 France performs nuclear test
  • 1984-12-05 French colonies killed 10 Kanaken in New Caledonia
  • 1984-12-06 France performs nuclear test
  • 1985-03-10 French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
  • 1985-04-03 French government adopts equal electoral system
  • 1985-04-30 "Shoah", French documentary about the Holocaust, directed by Claude Lanzmann, starring Richard Glazar and Raul Hilberg, premieres in Paris
  • 1985-04-30 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1985-05-08 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

1985-07-10 French foreign intelligence agents blow up the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor, New Zealand to prevent it interfering with French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira is killed.

  • 1985-07-24 French DGSE officers Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart are arrested and charged with murder over the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior
  • 1985-08-03 Train crash at Flaujac, France: 35 killed
  • 1985-08-26 French government denies knowledge of bombing of the Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland New Zealand
  • 1985-09-01 US-French expedition locates wreckage of Titanic off Newfoundland
  • 1985-09-22 French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius appears on TV to confess "Agents of the DGSE sank this boat [Rainbow Warrior]. They acted on orders.”

Sports History

1985-10-06 French McLaren driver Alain Prost clinches his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a 4th placing in the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch

  • 1985-10-17 French author Claude Simon wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 1985-11-03 French McLaren driver Alain Prost wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 4th in the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 20 points from Italian Michele Alboreto
  • 1985-11-26 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Historic Event

1985-12-04 French President François Mitterrand receives Polish leader Wojciech Jaruzelski

Historic Event

1986-02-07 Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France: Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti

  • 1986-02-16 French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
  • 1986-03-08 4 French TV crew members are abducted in west Beirut Lebanon

Historic Event

1986-03-20 Jacques Chirac forms French government

  • 1986-04-26 France performs nuclear test
  • 1986-05-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1986-05-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1986-05-30 France performs nuclear test
  • 1986-09-07 NBC premiere of "The French Connection" film based TV sequel "Popeye Doyle"
  • 1986-10-26 French McLaren driver Alain Prost retains his Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with victory in season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 2 points from Nigel Mansell
  • 1986-11-12 France performs nuclear test
  • 1986-12-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1986-12-10 France performs nuclear test
  • 1986-12-24 French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released
  • 1987-01-07 French airplanes harass Libyan positions in Duadi Doum
  • 1987-04-18 Pat Knauff, France sets 1-leg downhill ski speed record (115.012 mph)
  • 1987-05-05 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1987-06-03 "Little Shop of Horrors" released in France
  • 1987-06-03 "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" film released in France
  • 1987-06-20 1st Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: New Zealand fly-half Grant Fox lands 4 penalties, a conversion and drop goal as the All Blacks beat France, 29-9
  • 1987-07-04 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life imprisonment in France
  • 1987-07-17 Iran and France break diplomatic relations
  • 1987-08-11 France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 1987-08-30 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
  • 1987-09-20 French driver Alain Prost wins Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril; his record 28th Formula 1 victory
  • 1987-10-03 Michael Pruffer of France skis 135.26 MPH at Portillo, Chile
  • 1987-10-15 The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England
  • 1987-10-23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1987-11-05 France performs nuclear test
  • 1987-11-19 France performs nuclear test
  • 1987-11-29 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1987-12-01 Digging begins to link England & France under English Channel
  • 1988-05-08 François Mitterrand elected President of France
  • 1988-05-11 France performs nuclear test
  • 1988-06-30 French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre is excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church
  • 1988-08-30 France performs nuclear test

Historic Event

1988-10-12 Pope John Paul II is the target of anti-papal heckling by Protestant leader Ian Paisley at a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourgh, France

  • 1988-10-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1988-11-05 France performs nuclear test
  • 1988-11-23 France performs nuclear test
  • 1988-11-30 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • 1989-01-05 2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test
  • 1989-01-14 29 year old French woman gives birth to sextuplets in Paris
  • 1989-05-11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1989-05-24 French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice
  • 1989-07-14 Jessye Norman sings French national anthem, La Marseillaise at the Place de la Concorde, Paris, to celebrate 200th anniversary of the French Revolution
  • 1989-08-18 ArenaBowl III, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Pittsburgh Gladiators 39-26, George LaFrance MVP

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,962

  • 1916-03-20 Pierre Messmer, PM (France)
  • 1916-05-03 Léopold Simoneau, French Canadian tenor, born in Saint-Flavien, Quebec, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1916-05-03 Pierre Emmanuel [Noël Mathieu], French poet (Sodome), born in Gan, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 1984)
  • 1916-07-22 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (d. 1949)
  • 1916-08-24 Léo Ferré, French composer and singer, born in Monaco (d. 1993)
  • 1916-09-21 Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (French Minister of Culture), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 2003)
  • 1916-09-25 Tolia Nikiprowetzky, Russian-French composer, ethno-musicologist and broadcaster, born in Feodosia, Crimea, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1916-12-31 Suzy Delair, French actress (The Murderer Lives at Number 21; Utopia; White Paws), and singer, born in Paris, France (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • 1917-07-03 Hélène Cordet, French actress (The Limping Man), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1996)
  • 1917-07-18 Henri Salvador, French-Caribbean pop singer, guitarist, and cabaret artist, born in Cayenne, French Guiana (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, American lawyer and US Attorney General (1981-85), born in Wilton, New Hampshire (d. 1990)
  • 1917-09-11 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner, born in Paris (d. 2001)
  • 1917-09-20 Fernando Rey [Arambillet], Spanish actor (The French Connection, Matter of Time), born in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain (d. 1994)
  • 1917-10-20 Jean-Pierre Melville, French director (A Cop), born in Paris, France
  • 1917-11-05 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviator, born in Challans, Vendée, France (d. 2000)
  • 1917-11-22 Bridget Bate Tichenor (born Bridget Pamela Arkwright Bate), Mexican surrealist painter, born in Paris, France
  • 1917-12-05 Simone Gallimard, French editor and publisher (d. 1995)
  • 1918-01-28 Suzanne Flon, French actress (One Deadly Summer, Moulin Rouge), born in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, Seine (d. 2005)
  • 1918-03-28 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, born in Simferopol, Crimea (d. 1995)
  • 1918-04-11 Jean-Claude Servan-Schreiber, French journalist, born in Paris
  • 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)
  • 1918-10-10 Jean Gimpel, French author and medievalist, born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1918-10-19 Louis Althusser, French philosopher (For Marx, Strangled His Wife)
  • 1918-11-07 Paul Aussaresses, French Army general, born in Saint-Paul-Cap-de-Joux, France (d. 2013)
  • 1918-11-13 Janine Andrade, French violinist, born in Besançon, France (d. 1997)
  • 1918-12-08 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, born in Angers, France (d. 2004)
  • 1918-12-16 Pierre Delanoë [Leroyer], French songwriter and lyricist, born in Paris (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, born in Paris (d. 2007)
  • 1919-05-14 Solange Chaput-Rolland, French Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2001)
  • 1919-06-21 Gérard Pelletier, French Canadian journalist, politician, and diplomat, born in Victoriaville, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1919-07-19 Robert Pinget, French novelist (The Interrogation) and playwright, born in Geneva (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)
  • 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)
  • 1920-02-01 Zao Wou-Ki, Chinese French painter (Juin-Octobre 1985), born in Beijing, China (d. 2013)
  • 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 novelist (L'Écume des jours - Froth On The Daydream), and songwriter ("Le Déserteur" (The Deserter)), born in Ville d'Avray, France (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 (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Paris (d. 2012)
  • 1920-04-17 Genevieve [Ginette Auger], French actress and singer (The Jack Paar Show), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1920-04-25 Jean Carmet, French actor (Cache Cash, Miss Mona, Night Magic), born in Bourgueil, Indre-et-Loire, France (d. 1994)
  • 1920-05-16 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1920-05-16 Martine Carol [Maryse Mopurer], French actress (Lola Montèsm, Trente et quarante), born in Saint-Mandé, Seine (d. 1967)
  • 1920-06-07 Georges Marchais, French political leader (French Communist Party), born in La Hoguette, France (d. 1997)
  • 1920-06-17 François Jacob, French biologist and bacteriologist (Nobel 1965), born in Nancy, France (d. 2013)
  • 1920-08-02 Louis Pauwels, French writer and editor, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1997)
  • 1920-10-15 Henri Verneuil, French-Armenian playwright and film director (Mélodie en sous-sol), born in Rodosto, Ottoman Turkey (d. 2002)
  • 1920-10-24 Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician, born in Paris (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, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), born in Telagh, Algeria (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

Jean-Bédel Bokassa

1921-02-22 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, President (1966-1976) & later Emperor (1976-1979) of the Central African Republic, born in Bobangui, then French Equatorial Guinea (d. 1996)

  • 1921-02-28 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)

Simone 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, British classical horn player (Serenade), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 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, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova Prize, 1957), born in Gurzuf, Crimea, Ukrainian S.S.R. (d. 2007)
  • 1921-06-10 Jean Robic, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1947; World C'ship gold cyclo-cross 1950), born in Vouziers, France (d. 1980)
  • 1921-06-19 Louis Jourdan [Louis Robert Gendre], French actor (The Paradine Case, Count Dracula, Gigi, Octopussy), born in Marseille, France (d. 2015)
  • 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 (San-Antonio), born in Bourgoin-Jallieu, Isère, France (d. 2000)
  • 1921-07-04 Gérard Debreu, French-American economist (Nobel Prize, 1983), born in Calais, France (d. 2004)
  • 1921-07-27 Émile Genest, French Canadian actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Les Plouffe), born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 2003)
  • 1921-08-27 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, born in Nice, France (d. 1996)
  • 1921-10-09 Michel Boisrond, French film director and screenwriter, born in Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais, France (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 György Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1921-11-26 Françoise Gilot, French painter, designer, and author (Life with Picasso), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1922-01-07 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), born in Marseilles, France (d. 2000)
  • 1922-03-27 Stefan Wul, French sci-fi author (The Temple of the Past), born in Paris (d. 2003)
  • 1922-04-11 Antoine Blondin, French writer (L'Europe buissonnière), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 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)
  • 1922-05-29 Iannis Xenakis, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2001)
  • 1922-06-03 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), born in Brittany, France (d. 2014)
  • 1922-06-18 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 2004)
  • 1922-07-02 Pierre Cardin, Italian-French fashion designer, born in San Biagio di Callalta, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1922-07-03 François Reichenbach, French director (La douceur du Village), born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • 1922-08-04 Charley Harper, American modernist artist, born in Frenchton, West Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 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, born in Antibes, France (d. 2014)
  • 1922-10-03 Marcel van Thienen, French composer, born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1998)
  • 1922-11-09 Raymond Devos, Belgian-French humorist, born in Mouscron, Belgium (d. 2006)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2001 - 2,100 of 2,498

  • 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
  • 1984-03-06 Pierre Cochereau, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1984-06-25 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (History of Sexuality), dies of AIDs at 57
  • 1984-07-03 Raoul Salan, French Army general and leader of OAS; Secret Army Organization (Algeria), dies at 85
  • 1985-01-14 Jetta Goudal, French actress (White Gold), dies at 86
  • 1985-03-28 Marc Chagall [Moise Shagal], Jewish Belarusan-French modernist painter and stained glass artist (La Mariée; I and the Village), dies at 97
  • 1985-05-12 Jean Dubuffet, French painter and sculptor (Landscape with 2 Personages), dies at 83
  • 1985-06-18 Paul Colin, French poster designer, dies at 92

Simone Signoret

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

  • 1985-11-28 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civilization & Capitalism), dies at 83
  • 1986-01-08 Pierre Fournier, French Grammy Award-winning cellist and teacher dies at 79
  • 1986-01-12 Marcel Arland, French author (L'ordre, Lumière du Soir), dies at 86
  • 1986-01-14 Daniel Balavoine, French singer-songwriter, dies in a helicopter crash at 33

Simone 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

Jean Genet

1986-04-15 Jean Genet, French novelist (The Thief's Journal, Our Lady of the Flowers) and playwright (The Balcony, The Maids), dies of throat cancer at 75

  • 1986-04-18 Marcel Dassault [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • 1986-05-07 Gaston Defferre, French Socialist politician, dies at 75
  • 1986-06-03 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, dies at 89
  • 1986-06-16 Maurice Duruflé, French organist (St. Etienne-du-Mond, 1929-75), composer (Requiem, Op. 9), and teacher (Paris Conservatory, 1943-70), dies at 84
  • 1986-06-19 Coluche [Michel Colucci], French comedian (My Best Friend's Girl), dies at 41
  • 1986-09-12 Jacques-Henri Lartigue, French photographer and painter, 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
  • 1986-12-15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • 1987-01-31 Yves Allégret, French film director, dies at 79
  • 1987-03-19 Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
  • 1987-03-19 Louis Victor de Broglie, French quantum physicist (studied electrons, Nobel Prize for Physics, 1929), dies at 94
  • 1987-05-03 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, commits suicide at 54
  • 1987-08-23 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)

Jean Anouilh

1987-10-03 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Antigone, The Lark), dies at 77

  • 1987-10-28 Andre Masson, French surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • 1987-11-05 Georges Franju, French film director (Judex; Les Yeux sans visage - Eyes Without A Face), dies at 75
  • 1987-11-28 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, dies at 83
  • 1987-12-17 Marguerite Yourcenar, French-American novelist (Memoirs of Hadrian, The Abyss), dies at 84
  • 1988-01-04 Lily Laskine, French harpist, dies at 94
  • 1988-02-01 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), dies at 59
  • 1988-02-19 André F. Cournand, French physician and physiologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 92
  • 1988-03-01 Jean Le Poulain, French actor (Divine), dies at 63
  • 1988-03-30 Edgar Faure, Prime Minister of France (1952, 52-56) and writer, dies at 79
  • 1988-04-18 Pierre Desproges, French humorist, dies at 48
  • 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)
  • 1989-04-15 Charles Vanel, French actor & director (Wages of Fear), dies at 96
  • 1989-05-12 Marcelle de Manziarly, French pianist and composer, dies at 89
  • 1989-06-15 Victor French, American actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • 1989-07-20 Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, commander (French resistance), dies
  • 1989-08-22 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar, Vogue), dies at 85
  • 1989-09-04 Georges Simenon, Belgian born writer and director (Maigret detective novels), dies at 86
  • 1989-10-21 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • 1989-12-08 Hans Hartung, German-French painter, dies at 85

Samuel Beckett

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

  • 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
  • 1990-09-30 Michel Leiris, French cultural anthropologist and writer, dies at 89
  • 1990-10-15 Delphine Seyrig, French actress (Freak Orlando, Reperages) dies of lung disease at 58
  • 1990-10-23 Louis Althusser, French philosopher, dies
  • 1990-10-29 William French Smith, American lawyer, US Attorney General (1980-5), dies at 73 of cancer
  • 1990-11-03 Valerie French, British actress (Jubal), dies of leukemia at 62
  • 1991-01-04 Harry Krimer, French actor (Napoleon, Les vagabonds magnifiques, La course du flambeau), committed suicide at 94
  • 1991-03-02 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), dies at 62
  • 1991-03-12 Etienne Decroux, French mime (Voyage, Surprise), dies at 92
  • 1991-03-25 Marcel Lefebvre, French Catholic prelate (b. 1905)
  • 1991-04-26 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), dies at 86
  • 1991-04-29 Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
  • 1991-06-07 Antoine Blondin, French writer (L'Europe buissonnière), dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1991-07-27 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 89
  • 1991-09-03 Henri de Lubac, French theologist and antifascist, dies at 95
  • 1991-09-25 Viviane Romance [Pauline Ronacher Ortmanns], French actress (Panic, Queen's Necklace), dies at 79
  • 1991-11-09 Yves Montand [Ivo Livi], Italian-French actor (Z; Napoleon; Grand Prix), and singer, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 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
  • 1991-12-17 Armand Frappier, French Canadian physician and microbiologist, dies at 87
  • 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 (helped develop the atomic bomb for France), dies at 88
  • 1992-03-20 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon, A Little Romance), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1992-04-27 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (L'Ame en Bourgeon; 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 auto racer (co-founder of NASCAR), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 82
  • 1992-06-29 Pierre Billotte, French military officer (Battle for France WWII), dies at 86
  • 1992-07-23 Arletty, French actress (Hotel, Longest Day), dies at 94
  • 1992-07-24 Arletty [Arlette-léonie Bathiat], French actress and model, dies at 94
  • 1992-09-19 Jacques Pic, french restaurant owner, dies
  • 1992-10-19 Maurice Le Roux, French conductor and film score composer (Kamouraska), dies at 69
  • 1992-10-26 Jerome Andrews, American-French dancer and choreographer, dies at 84
  • 1992-11-24 Xavier Darasse, French organist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1992-11-29 Jean Dieudonné, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1993-01-13 Rene Pleven, Prime Minister of France (1950-51, 51-52), dies at 91
  • 1993-01-29 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies at 65