French History (Part 23)

Historical Events

Events 2201 - 2,300 of 2,309

Historic Publication

2005-06-03 'The Knight of Sainte-Hermine' by Alexandre Dumas is published in France by Editions Phébus, completed by Claude Schopp, 135 years after the author's death.

  • 2005-11-27 First partial human face transplant is completed for Isabelle Dinoire in Amiens, France.
  • 2006-01-12 French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
  • 2006-01-12 The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.

Film & TV History

2006-02-07 Uma Thurman is named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature

  • 2006-03-18 France wins Six Nations Rugby Championship on points difference over Ireland, with a 21-16 win over Wales at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Ireland receives consolation prize of the Triple Crown Trophy
  • 2006-03-28 At least 1 million union members, students and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government's proposed First Employment Contract law.
  • 2006-07-09 FIFA World Cup Final, Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany: Italy beats France, 5-3 on penalties; 1-1 after extra time
  • 2007-04-03 Conventional train world speed record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.

Historic Event

2007-05-16 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

  • 2008-03-15 Wales beats France, 29-12 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship with a 19th Triple Crown
  • 2008-03-22 French Swimmer Alain Bernard sets world record of 47.50 for 100m freestyle long course after winning the European LC Championships 2008

World Record

2008-08-11 The US 4 x 100m freestyle replay team of Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones & Jason Lezak beats France by 8 seconds to win gold and smash world record at the Beijing Olympics

  • 2008-08-14 French swimmer Alain Bernard wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the Beijing Olympics beating Eamon O'Sullivan of Australia by 0.11
  • 2008-08-22 Anne-Caroline Chausson of France and Māris Štrombergs of Latvia win the inaugural gold medals in BMX, winning the women's and men's events respectively at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2009-05-15 French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies announce French narrowly avoided recession in 2008, gross domestic product shrank 1.2% in 1st quarter of 2009 after falling by 1.5% in final quarter of 2008
  • 2009-06-01 Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. All 228 passengers and crew were killed.

Historic Event

2010-02-18 Bibliothèque nationale de France purchases the memoirs of Giacomo Casanova a for €7 million

  • 2010-02-24 Europe risks a double-dip recession after bad results emerge from France, Germany and Italy, it is reported today; the Eurozone only grew by 0.1% in the last quarter of 2009
  • 2010-03-20 France edges England, 12-10 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; France's 17th title

Historic Event

2011-01-16 French politician Marine Le Pen becomes the leader of the National Front Party

  • 2011-02-25 French fashion house Christian Dior suspends its chief designer John Galliano after he is arrested for an anti-semitic verbal attack in Paris
  • 2011-10-23 7th Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Tournament favourites New Zealand edge France, 8-7; crowd 61,079
  • 2012-03-17 Wales beats France, 16-9 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to wrap up the Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; Welsh fullback Leigh Halfpenny kicks 3 penalties and a conversion

Election of Interest

2012-05-06 François Hollande elected 24th President of France

  • 2012-06-17 France's Socialist Party wins a majority in the legislative election
  • 2012-11-09 An Algerian C-295 military transport plane crashes near Avignon, France, killing 6 people
  • 2013-01-12 A failed attempt to rescue a French hostage in Bulo Marer, Somalia, results in 18 deaths
  • 2013-02-04 Paris, France annuls 213 year old law banning women from wearing trousers
  • 2013-04-09 The French Senate approves a bill for same-sex marriage
  • 2013-04-23 The French National Assembly passes an amended bill legalizing same-sex marriage
  • 2013-04-28 3 people are killed and 14 are injured after a gas explosions causes a building to collapse in Reims, France
  • 2013-05-12 Paris Saint-Germain win the Ligue 1 French football title

Music History

2013-07-17 U2 singer Bono is made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

  • 2013-07-29 €103 million of diamonds is stolen from the Carton Intercontinental Hotel, Cannes, France
  • 2013-08-11 2 people are killed and 30 are injured after a bus crash in the Alps of southern France

Sports History

2013-12-29 7-time world F1 motor racing champion Michael Schumacher suffers a serious head injury in a ski accident in the French Alps; his condition still remains unclear

  • 2014-03-15 Ireland edges France, 22-20 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis to beat England on points difference and win Six Nations Rugby Championship; final international match for Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll with record 141 caps
  • 2014-07-02 Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is criminally charged with corruption by French prosecutors
  • 2014-07-29 France contributes 8 million Euros in aid to Gaza

Sports History

2014-10-05 French F1 driver Jules Bianchi collides with recovery vehicle during Japanese Grand Prix, dies 10 months later; first F1 death due to racing accident in 21 years (Ayrton Senna 1994)

  • 2014-12-07 Mayor of Paris calls for diesel cars to be banned from the French Capital by 2020, in order to reduce pollution
  • 2015-02-01 France defeats Qatar, 25-22 to win the World Men's Handball Championship in Lusail, Qatar

Film & TV History

2015-02-20 Kristen Stewart is the first American actress to win a French César Award as Best Supporting Actress for "Clouds of Sils Maria"

  • 2015-03-21 Ireland retains Six Nations Rugby Championship with 40-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield; England needs 26 point win over France for title but can only beat Les Bleus, 55-35 at Twickenham
  • 2015-03-24 Germanwings flight on route between Barcelona and Düsseldorf crashes in the French Alps killing all 150 on board
  • 2015-07-04 Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran)

Historic Event

2015-08-13 US Government formally returns to France Picasso's painting La Coiffeuse, stolen from Paris' National Museum of Modern Art in 2001

  • 2015-10-03 Flash floods on the French Riviera kill at least 19 people
  • 2015-11-15 France launches air strikes on Isis stronghold Raqqa in Syria in wake of terror attack on Paris
  • 2015-11-16 French President François Hollande declares the country at war with ISIS in an address to parliament
  • 2015-11-18 French police raid terrorist cell in Saint Denis, killing 2 including the leader of the Paris terror attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud
  • 2016-01-31 "World's best chef" French-Swiss Benoît Violier found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world's best by La Liste
  • 2016-02-16 Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy is placed under investigation for campaign funds
  • 2016-02-24 Oldest Muslim graves in Europe, from the 8th century, identified at a burial site in Nimes, France
  • 2016-03-19 England beats France 31-21 at Stade de France, Paris to claim Six Nations Rugby Championship; secure their first Grand Slam since 2003; Owen Farrell with 7 goals, England's 2nd-highest points scorer behind Jonny Wilkinson
  • 2016-04-06 France passes legislation making it illegal to pay for sex
  • 2016-06-03 A week of heavy rains in Germany and France leave 10 dead and closing Paris museums along the Seine, including the Louve
  • 2016-07-08 Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first woman to be appointed artistic director at French fashion house Christian Dior
  • 2016-07-10 UEFA European Championship, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Eder scores in extra time as Portugal upset France, 1-0
  • 2016-08-12 Cannes becomes first French resort to ban the burkini
  • 2016-08-19 Chloe Esposito of Australia sets Olympic record overall score of 1,372 points to win the women's modern pentathlon in Rio de Janeiro. Élodie Clouvel of France second (1,356 points), Oktawia Nowacka of Poland third (1,349)
  • 2016-12-01 French President Francois Hollande announces he will not seek a 2nd term - 1st modern French leader not to do so
  • 2017-01-29 Attack on mosque in Quebec kills 6 and injures 17, shooter is French Canadian student

Historic Event

2017-03-15 French fashion house Givenchy appoints it first female designer, Englishwoman Clare Waight Keller

  • 2017-05-06 France bans too thin fashion models and makes labeling of digitally enhanced photos mandatory
  • 2017-06-18 French President Emmanuel Macron's party La République en Marche and allies win a majority in 2nd round French legislative elections
  • 2017-07-03 French President Emmanuel Macron speech at Palace of Versailles proposes radical government changes, including reduction of MPs
  • 2017-07-06 France announces it will ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040
  • 2017-07-13 US President Donald Trump arrives in Paris for a 2-day visit with French President Emmanuel Macron
  • 2017-07-25 Wildfires on France's Mediterranean coast near Bormes-les-Mimosas prompts evacuation of 12,000 people
  • 2017-12-07 Crumbling French château La Mothe-Chandeniers in Les Trois-Moutiers is bought by 9,000 people
  • 2017-12-09 Funeral for French rock star Johnny Hallyday draws hundreds of thousands onto Paris streets
  • 2017-12-12 Australian shopping mall firm Westfield is bought by French property company Unibail-Rodamco for $15.7 billion
  • 2017-12-14 Train ploughs into a school bus cutting it in half, killing 4 children and injuring 20 near Perpignan, France
  • 2017-12-17 French sailor François Gabart sets round-the-world record for fastest solo navigation of the globe in 42 days 16 hours
  • 2018-01-25 Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi asked "are there any bookshops in Nigeria?" in controversial French interview
  • 2018-01-28 French drivers Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia win their 6th Monte Carlo Rally in an M-Sport Ford WRT
  • 2018-03-02 Gunmen attack the French embassy and army HQ in suspected terrorist incident in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, killing 8 and injuring 80

Academy Awards

2018-03-04 90th Academy Awards: Best Picture "The Shape of Water", Best Director Guillermo del Toro, Best Actor Gary Oldman, Best Actress France McDormand

  • 2018-04-14 US, UK and French forces carry out airstrikes on sites associated with Syria's chemical weapons program, in response to Douma gas attack

Historic Event

2018-04-24 US President Donald Trump hosts his first state dinner for visiting French President Emmanuel Macron

  • 2018-04-30 Etienne Terrus art museum in Elne, France, reveals half of its collection are fakes
  • 2018-05-08 Paris St-Germain seals the French domestic football treble with a 2-0 win over 3rd Div Les Herbiers in the French Cup Final at the Stade de France
  • 2018-05-28 One million French smokers quit in one year after anti-smoking measures introduced according to Public Health France
  • 2018-06-06 French man announced to have won France's €1 million My Lottery for the second time in 2 years, with odds of 1 in 16 trillion
  • 2018-06-12 French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, at center of Nobel Prize Committee scandal, charged with rape in Sweden
  • 2018-06-16 World Cup: Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology is used for the first time, awarding France a penalty in 2-1 win over Australia in Kazan
  • 2018-06-27 French government introduces plan to bring back national service for 16 year-olds

FIFA World Cup

2018-06-30 FIFA World Cup: Kylian Mbappé (19) becomes only 2nd teenager (Pelé 1st 1958) to score twice in a world cup match as France eliminate Argentina 4-3 in Kazan

  • 2018-07-01 French gangster Redoine Faid escapes the Sud-Francilien prison in Réau, France by helicopter
  • 2018-07-03 French President Emmanuel Macron visits the New Afrika Shrine nightclub in Lagos during his two-day tour of Nigeria

FIFA World Cup

2018-07-15 FIFA World Cup Final, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia: Former captain Didier Deschamps becomes only the 3rd man to win the event as a player and coach as France beats Croatia, 4-2

Whale of a Plane!

2018-07-19 Airbus Beluga XL, painted to look like the whale, makes its first flight, landing in Toulouse-Blagnac, France

  • 2018-08-26 Moroccan pop singer Saad Lamjarred arrested in Saint-Tropez, France on a rape allegation

Football Awards

2018-09-24 Real Madrid midfielder & Croatian World Cup captain Luka Modrić is named world's best male player at the FIFA Awards in London; Brazil & Orlando Pride forward Marta best female player; France's Didier Deschamps best men's coach

  • 2018-09-30 Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki's work "Juin-Octobre 1985" sells for $65 million in Hong Kong, in one of the most expensive art auctions ever in Asia
  • 2018-10-01 French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, at the center of a Nobel prize sexual assault scandal, sentenced to two years in prison for rape
  • 2018-10-14 Flash floods in Aude region, France kill at least 10 people

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2201 - 2,300 of 2,962

  • 1928-01-24 Michel Serrault, French actor (Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud, La Cage aux Folles), born in Brunoy, France (d. 2007)
  • 1928-01-26 Roger Vadim, French director (And God Created Women, Barbarella)
  • 1928-03-01 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director, born in Rouen, Haute-Normandie (d. 2016)
  • 1928-03-28 Alexander Grothendieck, German-French mathematician, born in Berlin (d. 2014)
  • 1928-04-02 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1928-04-12 Jean-François Paillard, French conductor, born in Vitry-le-François, France (d. 2013)
  • 1928-04-19 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (Blues Inc - "Bootleg Him"), born in Paris, France (d. 1984)
  • 1928-04-28 Yves Klein, French sculptor and painter, born in Nice, France (d. 1962)
  • 1928-05-05 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter (The Anderson Platoon), born in Chamalieres, France (d. 2012)
  • 1928-05-06 Robert Poujade, French politician (Mayor of Dijon 1971-2001), born in Moulins, France
  • 1928-05-13 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 2013)
  • 1928-05-30 Agnès Varda, Belgium-born French director (Vagabond), born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 2019)
  • 1928-06-20 Jean-Marie le Pen, French leader (National Front party)
  • 1928-07-05 Pierre Mauroy, Prime Minister of France (1981-84), born in Cartignies, Nord, France (d. 2013)
  • 1928-07-10 Bernard Buffet, French painter (Expressionism), born in Paris (d. 1999)
  • 1928-07-14 Pierre Olaf [Trivier], French actor (Camelot, Don't Drink the Water, Kraft Music Hall), born in Caudéran, Bordeaux (d. 1995)
  • 1928-07-20 Charles David Ganao, Djambala, French Equatorial Africa, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo (1996-1997), (d. 2012)
  • 1928-07-26 Elliott Erwitt [Elio Romano], French-American photographer (Gimme Shelter), born in Paris, France
  • 1928-08-03 Cécile Aubry, French actress (The Black Rose), author (Belle et Sébastien), television screenwriter and director, born in Paris, France (d. 2010)
  • 1928-10-03 Christian d'Oriola, French fencer (4-time Olympic gold foils 1948, 52, 56), born in Perpignan, France (d. 2007)
  • 1928-12-31 Siné [Maurice Sinet], French cartoonist, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • 1929-01-20 Bob Denard, French soldier & mercenary, born in Grayan-et-l'Hôpital, France (d. 2007)
  • 1929-02-06 Pierre Brice [Pierre-Louis Le Bris], French actor (Winnetou), born in Brest, France (d. 2015)
  • 1929-02-19 Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
  • 1929-03-09 Marie Cardinal, French writer (La Clé Sur La Porte), born in French Algeria (d. 2001)
  • 1929-04-07 Bob Denard, French mercenary (d. 2007)
  • 1929-04-23 George Steiner, French-American literary critic and educator, born in Paris (d. 2020)
  • 1929-05-02 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • 1929-07-29 Jean Baudrillard, French philosopher
  • 1929-08-18 Hugues Aufray, French songwriter, singer, guitarist, and Bob Dylan translator, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1929-09-07 Gil Wolman, French artist, born in Paris (d. 1995)
  • 1929-09-09 Claude Nougaro, French jazz singer and songwriter, born in Toulouse, France (d. 2004)
  • 1929-10-24 Hubert Aquin, French Canadian novelist, political activist and editor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1977)
  • 1929-10-26 Georgette Amowitz, French choreographer and educator, born in Paris, France (d. 2008)
  • 1929-10-28 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), born in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1988)
  • 1929-11-09 Marc Favreau, French Canadian humourist, born in Montréal, Quebec (d. 2005)
  • 1929-11-21 Marilyn French, American author (The Women's Room), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1929-12-09 Michel Fano, French composer, born in Paris
  • 1929-12-26 Régine, French singer and nightclub owner
  • 1930-01-03 Edward "Eddie" Egan, American actor (The French Connection, Joe Forrester), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)

Gene Hackman

1930-01-30 Gene Hackman, American actor (Bonnie & Clyde; The Coversation; The French Connection; The Birdcage), born in San Bernardino, California

  • 1930-03-06 Lorin Maazel, American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1972-82; Orchestre National de France, 1977-91; NY Philharmonic 2001-09), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 2014)
  • 1930-04-29 Jean Rochefort, French actor (Man on the Train, The Artist and the Model), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1930-05-22 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • 1930-05-25 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • 1930-06-09 Barbara [Monique Andrée Serf], French singer ("L'Aigle noir"), born in Paris, France (d. 1997)
  • 1930-07-15 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (d. 2004)
  • 1930-08-01 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist and anthropologist, born in Denguin, France (d. 2002)
  • 1930-08-23 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), born in Courbevoie, Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-01 Philippe Noiret, French actor (Nuovo cinema Paradiso, Soleil, Les Milles, Il Postino), born in Lille, Nord (d. 2006)
  • 1930-10-15 Phillipe Leroy, French actor (Night Porter, Leonardo da Vinci), born in Paris, France
  • 1930-10-23 Gérard Blain, French director and actor (The Friends, Hatari), born in Paris, France (d. 2000)
  • 1930-10-29 Niki de Saint Phalle, French sculptor, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France (d. 2002)
  • 1930-11-14 Monique Mercure, French Canadian actress (Naked Lunch), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1930-11-14 Pierre Bergé, French industrialist and co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, born in Oléron, France (d. 2017)

Jean-Luc Godard

1930-12-03 Jean-Luc Godard, French director (Alphaville; Hail Mary; Breathless), born in Paris, France (d. 2022)

  • 1930-12-08 Alain Weber, French composer, born in Château-Thierry (d. 2019)
  • 1930-12-11 Jean-Louis Trintignant, French actor and director (Man & a Woman, Z), born in Piolenc, Vaucluse, France
  • 1931-01-14 Caterina Valente, Italian singer, dancer, and actress (Bon soir, Kathrin!, The Entertainers), born in Paris, France
  • 1931-02-28 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, born in Beaucaire (d. 1996)
  • 1931-03-05 Fred Othon Aristidès, French comics artist
  • 1931-05-16 Denise Filiatrault, French Canadian actress and director (The Plouffe Family), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931-05-24 Michael Lonsdale, French actor (The Day of the Jackal, Moonraker), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)
  • 1931-06-03 Françoise Arnoul, French actress and composer (French Cancan; Jacko & Lise), born in Constantine, France (d. 2021)
  • 1931-06-05 Jacques Demy, French director (Lola, Magic Donkey), born in Pontchâteau, France (d. 1990)
  • 1931-07-01 Leslie Caron, French-American actress (Gigi, Father Goose), born in Boulogne-Biliancourt, Seine
  • 1931-07-24 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, born in Nantes, France (d. 1998)
  • 1931-07-27 Khieu Samphan, Cambodian communist politician, born in Rumduol, Svay Rieng, French Protectorate of Cambodia
  • 1931-09-19 Jean-Claude Carrière, French screenwriter and actor, who frequently collaborated with Luis Buñuel on his screen plays (Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Phantom of Liberty), born in Colombières-sur-Orb, France
  • 1931-10-13 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French soccer attacking midfielder (45 caps; Angers, Reims, Real Madrid; Ballon d'Or 1958; 'the Napoleon of football'), born in Noeux-les-Mines, France (d. 2017)
  • 1931-10-25 Annie Girardot, French actress (Three Rooms in Manhattan, Gypsy, Jacko & Lise), born in Paris, France (d. 2011)
  • 1931-11-13 Andrée Lachapelle, French Canadian actress (The Last Escape), born in Canada
  • 1931-12-18 André S. Labarthe, French actor, film producer and director (Vivre sa vie, Cinéastes de notre temps), born in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France (d. 2018)
  • 1932-02-06 Francois Truffaut, French director (Jules & Jim, Fahrenheit 451), born in Paris, France (d. 1984)
  • 1932-02-19 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, French opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France (d. 1988)
  • 1932-03-11 Valerie French, British actress (Jubal), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 1932-04-09 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist known for his works used on music album covers (Santana's Abraxus; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; Osibisa's Heads; Jon Hassel's Dream Theory), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1932-04-10 Delphine Seyrig, French actress (Freak Orlando, Reperages), born in Beirut Lebanon (d. 1990)
  • 1932-04-26 Francis Lai, French film music composer (Love Story), born in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France (d. 2018)
  • 1932-04-27 Anouk Aimée, French actress (A Man and A Woman), born in Paris
  • 1932-06-27 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, born in Izmir, Turkey (d. 2015)
  • 1932-07-11 Alex Hassilev, American actor and folk musician (The Limeliters), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-09-24 Dominique Michel, French Canadian comedian, born in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada
  • 1932-10-13 Liliane Montevecchi, French-Italian actress, dancer, and singer (Nine; Grand Hotel), born in Paris, France (d. 2018)
  • 1932-10-24 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist and Nobel Prize laureate (1991), born in Paris, France (d. 2007)
  • 1932-10-27 Jean-Pierre Cassel, French actor (Trout), born in Paris, France (d. 2007)
  • 1932-10-30 Louis Malle, French film director (Atlantic City, Black Moon, Viva Maria), born in Thumeries, Nord, France (d. 1995)
  • 1932-11-08 Stephane Audran, French actress (Just Before Nightfall), born in Versailles, France (d. 2018)
  • 1932-11-10 Roy Scheider, American actor (Jaws, The French Connection, Marathon Man, Paper Lion), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • 1932-11-23 Michel David-Weill, French investment banker (Lazard Frère), born in Paris, France

Jacques Chirac

1932-11-29 Jacques Chirac, President of France (1995-2007) and Prime Minister of France (1974-76, 1986-88), born in Paris, France (d. 2019)

  • 1933-01-08 Jean-Marie Straub, French director (Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach), born in Metz, France
  • 1933-01-29 Sacha Distel, French singer ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" cover), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1933-02-13 Emanuel Ungaro, French fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1969)
  • 1933-02-26 James Goldsmith, corporate raider (Referendum Party), born in Paris, France
  • 1933-04-04 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)

Jean-Paul Belmondo

1933-04-09 Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor (Breathless; Casino Royale; Magnifique), born in Paris, France (d. 2021)

  • 1933-05-18 Bernadette Chirac, French politician and wife of President Jacques Chirac, born in Paris, France
  • 1933-05-21 Maurice André, French classical trumpeter and baroque revivalist, born in Alès, France (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2201 - 2,300 of 2,499

  • 1996-08-08 Didi Duprat, French guitarist, dies at 69
  • 1996-09-21 Sabine Zlatin, Polish-born French nurse, who tried save Izieu children from Nazis, dies at 89
  • 1996-11-09 Frederic Lipmann, French watchmaker, dies at 91
  • 1996-11-22 Maria Casares [Pérez], Spanish-French actress (Orpheus, Lectrice), dies at 73
  • 1996-12-09 Alain Poher, French politician and President of the European Parliament (1966-69), dies at 87
  • 1997-01-29 Louis Pauwels, French writer and editor, dies at 76
  • 1997-02-01 Peter Morris, British historian of France, dies at 50
  • 1997-02-05 Pamela Harriman, US Ambassador (to France), dies of stroke at 76
  • 1997-03-15 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French painter and author (Op Art), dies at 90
  • 1997-04-16 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • 1997-05-03 Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver, killed in a practice crash at 21
  • 1997-08-25 Robert Pinget, French novelist (The Interrogation) and playwright, dies at 78
  • 1997-09-25 Jean Françaix, French classical pianist, and composer, dies at 85
  • 1997-10-19 Harold French, British director and actor (The Cavalier of the Streets, Trio, Quartet), dies at 97
  • 1997-11-09 Helenio Herrera, French football player and coach (b. 1910)
  • 1997-11-13 André Boucourechliev, Bulgarian-French composer, dies at 72
  • 1997-11-16 Georges Marchais, French political leader (French Communist Party), dies at 77
  • 1997-11-25 Barbara [Monique Andrée Serf], French singer ("L'Aigle noir"), dies at 67
  • 1997-11-28 Georges Marchal, French actor (Evil Eden, Gina, Milky Way, La mort en ce jardin), dies at 77
  • 1997-12-01 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, dies at 89
  • 1997-12-28 Henry Barraud, French composer, dies at 97
  • 1998-02-06 Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • 1998-02-10 Maurice Schumann, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-73), dies at 86
  • 1998-02-14 Claude Prey, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1998-04-13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver & skysurfer, dies at 38
  • 1998-04-21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • 1998-04-27 Dominique Aury, French novelist, dies at 90
  • 1998-06-07 Thomas Narcejac, French writer (Vertigo), dies at 89
  • 1998-06-12 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, dies at 66
  • 1998-08-06 André Weil, French mathematician (foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry), dies at 92
  • 1998-08-13 Julien Green, American-French writer (Frere Francois), dies at 97
  • 1998-08-13 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), dies at 63
  • 1998-10-29 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), dies at 90
  • 1998-11-08 Jean Marais, French actor (Donkey Skin, Orpheus), dies of cardio-vascular disease at 84
  • 1998-11-13 Edwige Feuillère, French actress (b. 1907)
  • 1998-12-11 André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)
  • 1999-01-21 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice, More than a Miracle), dies at 94
  • 1999-04-05 Paul David, French Canadian cardiologist (b. 1919)
  • 1999-06-30 Édouard Boubat, French photographer, dies at 75
  • 1999-08-30 Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910)
  • 1999-10-04 Bernard Buffet, French painter (Expressionism), dies at 71
  • 1999-10-19 Nathalie Sarraute [Tcherniak], French writer (Childhood; Portrait of a Man Unknown; The Golden Fruits), dies at 99
  • 1999-10-27 Charlotte Perriand, French architect and furniture designer (Unité d'habitation), dies at 96
  • 1999-11-27 Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and author (b. 1925)
  • 1999-12-18 Robert Bresson, French film director (A Man Escaped, Balthazar, at Random), dies at 98
  • 1999-12-24 Maurice Couve de Murville, French politician, Prime minister of France (b. 1907)
  • 2000-02-05 Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (Four Bags Full, Rouge et noir), dies at 98
  • 2000-02-11 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviator, dies at 82
  • 2000-02-11 Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)
  • 2000-04-13 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 90
  • 2000-04-25 Lucien le Cam, French mathematician (b. 1924)
  • 2000-05-20 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), dies of heart failure at 72
  • 2000-06-06 Frédéric Dard, French writer (San-Antonio), dies at 78
  • 2000-06-15 Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • 2000-07-22 Claude Sautet, French film director (b. 1924)
  • 2000-08-14 Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)
  • 2000-11-05 Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Special Friendships), dies at 93
  • 2000-11-10 Jacques Chaban-Delmas, French politician, Prime Minister of France, President of the National Assembly, dies at 85
  • 2000-11-12 Franck Pourcel, French popular orchestra leader, dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 87
  • 2000-11-17 Louis Eugène Félix Néel, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 2000-11-22 Christian Marquand, French actor, director and screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2000-12-17 Gérard Blain, French director and actor (The Friends, Hatari), dies at 70
  • 2001-01-10 Jacques Marin, French character actor (The Vintage, Charade), dies at 81
  • 2001-01-30 Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (Lili, Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker), dies at 90
  • 2001-02-04 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), dies after several years of serious illness at 78
  • 2001-02-06 Fulgence Charpentier, French Canadian journalist, dies at 103
  • 2001-02-19 Charles Trenet, French pop singer and songwriter ("Boum!"; "La Mer"), dies at 87
  • 2001-02-23 Robert Enrico, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2001-03-16 Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
  • 2001-06-15 Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • 2001-06-23 Corinne Calvet, French actress (Phantom of Hollywood, Apache Uprising), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 76
  • 2001-08-25 Philippe Léotard, French actor and singer (b. 1940)
  • 2001-10-01 Guy Beaulne, French Canadian actor and theatre director (b. 1921)
  • 2001-10-18 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2001-10-23 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner, dies at 84
  • 2001-10-31 Régine Cavagnoud, French skier (b. 1970)
  • 2001-12-12 Jean Richard, French actor (b. 1921)
  • 2001-12-18 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, dies at 74
  • 2001-12-19 Marcel Mule, French classical saxophonist, composer, and teacher, dies at 100
  • 2002-01-11 Henri Verneuil, French-Armenian playwright and film director (Mélodie en sous-sol), dies at 81
  • 2002-01-23 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist and anthropologist, dies at 71
  • 2002-03-07 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist known for his works used on music album covers (Santana's Abraxus; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; Osibisa's Heads; Jon Hassel's Dream Theory), dies at 69
  • 2002-05-10 Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • 2002-05-21 Niki de Saint Phalle, French sculptor, dies at 71
  • 2002-06-29 François Périer [Pillu], French actor (Gervaise, Fantasia, Les Mains Sales), dies at 82
  • 2002-10-12 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  • 2002-10-20 Bernard Fresson, French actor (Hiroshima Mon Amour), dies at 71
  • 2002-10-26 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94
  • 2002-10-31 Lionel Poilâne, French baker and entrepreneur, dies at 57
  • 2002-11-10 Michel Boisrond, French film director and screenwriter, dies at 81
  • 2002-11-29 Daniel Gélin, French actor (Obsession; Napoléon; The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)), dies of kidney failure at 81
  • 2003-01-11 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), dies at 77
  • 2003-01-19 Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (French Minister of Culture), dies at 86
  • 2003-02-20 Maurice Blanchot, French author (b. 1907)
  • 2003-02-24 Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951)
  • 2003-03-04 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • 2003-03-14 Jean-Luc Lagardère, French publisher (b. 1928)
  • 2003-03-19 Émile Genest, French Canadian actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Les Plouffe), dies at 81
  • 2003-03-27 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board), dies at 75