French History (Part 21)

Historical Events

Events 2001 - 2,100 of 2,328

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1981-05-21 Francois Mitterrand becomes president of France
  • 1981-06-21 Socialists/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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1985-04-30 "Shoah", French documentary about the Holocaust, directed by Claude Lanzmann, starring Richard Glazar and Raul Hilberg, premieres in Paris
  • 1985-05-08 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Sinking ShipThe 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.
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The Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbour
The Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbour
  • 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 attack on Rainbow Warrior
  • 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.”
  • 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
  • 1985-12-04 French President Mitterrand receives Polish leader Jaruzelski

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Dictator and President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
Dictator and President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-03-20 Jacques Chirac forms French government

President of France Jacques Chirac
President of France
Jacques Chirac
  • 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" 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 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,981

  • 1915-03-07 Jacques Chaban-Delmas, French politician
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1915-12-17 André Claveau, French pop singer and actor (Dors, mon amour), born in Paris; (d. 2003)

Person of interestEdith Piaf

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

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • 1916-01-22 Henri Dutilleux, French composer (Tout un monde lointain, L'arbre des songes), born in Angers, France (d. 2013)
  • 1916-02-14 Marcel Bigeard, French general
  • 1916-03-20 Pierre Messmer, PM (France)
  • 1916-05-03 Pierre Emmanuel [Noël Mathieu], French poet (Sodome), born in Gan, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 1984)
  • 1916-05-03 Léopold Simoneau, French-Canadian tenor, born in Saint-Flavien, Quebec, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1916-07-22 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (d. 1949)
  • 1916-08-24 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, French composer, born in Feodosia (d. 1997)

Person of interestFrancois Mitterrand

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

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1916-12-31 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), 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 singer, 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, Attorney General (1981-85)
  • 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, 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, French songwriter and lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1919-04-12 Maurice Girodias, French publisher and founder (Olympia Press), born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1919-04-13 Roland Gaucher, French journalist, 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 writer and musician (d. 1959)
  • 1920-04-04 Éric Rohmer [Maurice Schérer], French director, journalist and teacher (My Night at Maud's, Claire's Knee, Le rayon vert), born in Tulle, Corrèze, France (d. 2010)
  • 1920-04-13 Claude Cheysson, French politician (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 Martine Carol [Maryse Mopurer], French actress (Lola Montèsm, Trente et quarante), born in Saint-Mandé, Seine (d. 1967)
  • 1920-05-16 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1920-06-07 Georges Marchais, French political leader (French Communist Party), born in La Hoguette, France (d. 1997)
  • 1920-06-17 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

Person of interestJean-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)

Person of interestSimone Signoret

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

  • 1921-04-09 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France (d. 2008)
  • 1921-04-20 Janine Sutto, French-Canadian actress and comedian (Guide de la petite vengeance), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1921-05-17 Dennis Brain, french-hornist (Serenade), born in London, England
  • 1921-05-19 Daniel Gélin, French actor (Obsession, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born in Angers, Maine-et-Loire (d. 2002)
  • 1921-06-04 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957), born in Gurzuf, Crimea, Ukrainian S.S.R. (d. 2007)
  • 1921-06-10 Jean Robic, French cyclist (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 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 [Louis] Rampal, Marseilles France, flautist
  • 1922-03-27 Stefan Wul, French sci-fi author (The Temple of the Past), born in Paris (d. 2003)
  • 1922-04-11 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2001 - 2,100 of 2,523

  • 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 composer, dies at 90
  • 1982-12-18 Bernard Malivoire, French cox pair (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 44
  • 1982-12-19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1982-12-24 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), dies at 85
  • 1983-01-27 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), dies at 68
  • 1983-03-14 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, "French Bombshell" (Dixie Jamboree), dies cancer at 79
  • 1983-12-06 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), dies at 82
  • 1984-01-07 Alfred Kastler, French physicist (Nobel 1966 - Hertzian resonances within atoms), dies at 81
  • 1984-02-05 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, French painter, dies at 97
  • 1985-05-12 Jean Debuffet, French painter and sculptor (Landscape with 2 Personages), dies at 83
  • 1985-06-18 Paul Colin, French poster designer, dies at 92

Person of interestSimone 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 cellist (b. 1906)
  • 1986-01-12 Marcel Arland, French author (L'ordre, Lumière du Soir), dies at 86
  • 1986-01-14 Daniel Balavoine, French singer-songwriter, dies in a helicopter crash at 33

Person of interestSimone de Beauvoir

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

  • 1986-04-15 Jean Genet, French criminal & writer, dies 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 composer and organist (b. 1902)
  • 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 1929), dies at 94
  • 1987-05-03 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], Egyptian-born Italian French singer, commits suicide at 54
  • 1987-08-23 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)
  • 1987-10-03 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Ball of the Voleurs), dies at 77 (b. 1910)
  • 1987-10-28 Andre Masson, French surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • 1987-11-05 Georges Franju, French director (Judex, L'homme sans visage), 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

Person of interestSamuel Beckett

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

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1990-01-17 Charles Hernu, French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies
  • 1990-03-17 Capucine [Germaine Lefebvre], French actress and fashion model (Pink Panther, What's New Pussycat?), commits suicide at 62
  • 1990-04-21 Erté, French artist
  • 1990-07-03 Maurice Girodias, French publisher and founder (Olympia Press), dies at 71
  • 1990-07-18 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Astérix, Tintin), dies at 79
  • 1990-09-30 Michel Levis, French cultural anthropologist/writer, dies
  • 1990-09-30 Michel Leiris, French cultural anthropologist, 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, attorney general (1980), 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/antifascist, dies
  • 1991-09-10 Yves Montand [Ivo Livi], Italian-French actor and singer (Z, Napoleon, Grand Prix), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1991-09-25 Viviane Romance [Pauline Ronacher Ortmanns], French actress (Panic, Queen's Necklace), dies at 79
  • 1991-11-26 François Billetdoux, French author (Word Awake), dies at 64
  • 1991-12-13 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (La marge), dies at 82
  • 1991-12-17 Armand Frappier, French-Canadian physician and microbiologist, dies at 87
  • 1991-12-20 Simone Beck, French chef (b. 1904)