French History (Part 25)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2401 - 2,500 of 2,981

  • 1940-01-04 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • 1940-03-06 Joanna Miles, Nice France, actress (Cross Creek, Delta County USA)
  • 1940-04-16 Benoît Bouchard, French-Canadian public official and former politician, born in Roberval, Quebec
  • 1940-08-07 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), born in Montpellier, France (d. 2014)
  • 1940-08-31 Alain Calmat, French figure skater (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1940-09-24 Yves Navarre, French writer (Le Jardin d'acclimatation), born in Condom, France (d. 1994)
  • 1940-10-29 Frida Boccara, French singer, born in Casablanca, French Morocco (d. 1996)
  • 1940-12-23 Robert Labine, French-Canadian politician, born in Québec, Canada
  • 1941-01-16 Richard Bohringer, French actor (Diva, I Married a Shadow), born in Paris, France
  • 1941-04-23 Jacqueline Boyer, French singer (Tom Pillibi), born in Paris
  • 1941-04-25 Bertrand Tavernier, French actor (Capt Conan, L627, Daddy Nostalgie), born in Lyon, France
  • 1941-04-28 Lucien Aimar, French cyclist (won 53rd Tour de France 1966), born in Hyères, France
  • 1941-06-24 Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist
  • 1941-07-13 Jacques Perrin, actress (Cinema Paradiso, 317th Platoon), born in Paris, France
  • 1941-08-01 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, born in Septfonds, Tarn-et-Garonne, France (d. 2004)
  • 1941-09-23 Simon Nolet, French-Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1941-11-27 Aimé Jacquet, French football manager
  • 1942-01-05 Dany Sava [Danielle Savalle], French actress (Moon Pilot), born in Paris, France
  • 1942-01-29 Claudine Longet, French former Mrs Andy Williams/singer
  • 1942-04-02 Hiroyuki Sakai, Japanese chef who specializes in French cuisine (Iron Chef), born in Izumi, Kagoshima, Japan
  • 1942-04-26 Claudine Auger, French actress (Thunderball) and Miss France (1958), born in Paris, France
  • 1942-07-04 Stefan Meller, Polish diplomat and 9th Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-06), born in Lyon, France (d. 2008)
  • 1942-09-05 Denise Fabre, French television presenter, born in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
  • 1942-09-28 Pierre Clémenti, French actor (d. 1999)
  • 1942-09-29 Jean-Luc Ponty, French fusion violinist (Frank Zappa), born in Avranches, France
  • 1942-12-19 Jean-Patrick Manchette, French thriller writer (3 to Kill, The Prone Gunman), born in Marseille, France (d. 1995)
  • 1942-12-19 Rufus [Jacques Narcy], French actor (Amélie), born in Riom, Puy-de-Dôme
  • 1943-02-11 Serge Lama, French singer
  • 1943-03-13 André Téchiné, French director and screenwriter (Scene of the Crime, Rendez-Vous), born in Valence-d'Agen, Tarn-et-Garonne, France
  • 1943-04-23 Hervé Villechaize, French-American actor (Fantasy Island - Ze plane! Ze plane!), born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • 1943-04-28 Jacques Dutronc, French singer (Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille), born in Paris
  • 1943-06-15 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1943-07-30 Henri-François Gautrin, Quebec politician, born in Béthune, France
  • 1943-08-30 Jean-Claude Killy, French alpine skier (3 Olympic gold 1968), born in Paris, France
  • 1943-10-01 Jean-Jacques Annaud, Draveil France, director (Bear, Black & White, Name of the Rose)
  • 1943-10-22 Catherine Deneuve, [Dorleac], actress (Repulsion, Hunger), born in Paris, France
  • 1943-11-21 Jacques Laffite, French former racing driver
  • 1943-12-05 Eva Joly, Norwegian-French magistrate and politician (Europe Écologie–The Greens), born in Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
  • 1943-12-21 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player, born in Payra-sur-l'Hers, France
  • 1944-01-17 Françoise Hardy, French singer, born in Paris, France
  • 1944-02-06 Christine Boutin, French politician, born in Levroux, France
  • 1944-03-21 Marie-Christine Barrault, actress (Stardust Memories), born in Paris, France
  • 1944-05-05 Jean-Pierre Léaud, French actor (Detective), born in Paris, France
  • 1944-05-10 Marie-France Pisier, Daclat, Vietnam, French actress and writer (Love on the Run, Cousin cousine)
  • 1944-06-09 Christine Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sallanches, France
  • 1944-06-22 Gérard Mourou, French scientist (Nobel Prize for Physics 2018, lasers), born in Albertville, France
  • 1944-07-27 Jean-Marie Leblanc, French cyclist, born in Nueil-les-Aubiers, Deux-Sèvres, France
  • 1944-07-28 Daniel Morelon, French 1K speed skater (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • 1944-08-15 Sylvie Vartan, French pop singer (Twiste et Chante), born in Iskretz, Bulgaria
  • 1944-10-28 Coluche [Michel Colucci] French comedian (My Best Friend's Girl), born in Paris (d. 1986)
  • 1944-11-02 Patrice Chereau, French opera director and actor (Danton), born in Lézigné, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2013)
  • 1944-12-01 Pierre Arditi, French film and stage actor
  • 1944-12-01 Tahar Ben Jelloun, French writer of Moroccan origin
  • 1944-12-01 Daniel Pennac, French writer born in Morocco
  • 1944-12-04 François Migault, French auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1976 runner-up; 16 F1 GP), born in Le Mans, France (d. 2012)
  • 1945-04-03 Catherine Spaak, French actress (Libertine, Hotel, Circle of Love), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
  • 1945-04-07 Joël Robuchon, French chef, world record for Michelin stars (32), born in Poitiers, France (d. 2018)
  • 1945-05-12 Patrick Ricard, French businessman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, born in Marseille, France (d. 2012)
  • 1945-06-27 Catherine Lacoste, French golfer (US Women's Open 1967), born in Paris, France
  • 1945-07-10 Jean-Marie Poiré, French film director, born in Paris
  • 1945-07-20 Paul Valéry [Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry], French author, philosopher and poet (La Jeune Parque), born in Sète, Hérault (d. 1945)
  • 1945-07-30 Patrick Modiano, French novelist (Nobel 2014), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • 1945-08-28 Bruno Nuytten, French film director (Camille Claudel), born in Melun, Île-de-France, France
  • 1945-09-13 Alain Louvier, French composer, born in Paris
  • 1945-09-28 Marielle Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Sainte-Maxime, France
  • 1945-10-12 Aurore Clément, French actress (Paris, Texas), born in Soissons, Aisne
  • 1945-10-13 Christophe [Daniel Bevilacqua], French singer (Aline), born in Juvisy-sur-Orge, Paris
  • 1945-11-01 Rick Grech, British rock musician (Blind Faith, Traffic), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1990)
  • 1945-11-29 Roger Bambuck, Guadeloupe, French 4X100 runner (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1946-02-17 Andre Dussollier, Annecy France, actor (3 Men & a Cradle)
  • 1946-02-18 Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor
  • 1946-02-25 Jean Todt, French executive director of Scuderia Ferrari
  • 1946-03-01 Gerry Boulet, French-Canadian singer (d. 1990)
  • 1946-03-11 Brigitte Fossey, French actress (Man Who Died Twice), born in Tourcoing France
  • 1946-03-18 Michel Leclère, French racing driver
  • 1946-03-25 Maurice Krafft, French vulcanologist (d. 1991)
  • 1946-03-25 Daniel Bensaïd, French philosopher and a leader of the Trotskyist movement in France, born in Toulouse, France (d. 2010)
  • 1946-03-26 Alain Madelin, French politician
  • 1946-04-07 Colette Besson, French runner (d. 2005)
  • 1946-04-20 Julien Poulin, French-Canadian actor (Elvis Gratton: Le king des kings), born in Montréal, Québec
  • 1946-04-21 Claire Denis, French film director (Chocolat, Beau Travail), born in Paris, France
  • 1946-04-22 Nicole Garcia, French actress and director (Going Away), born in Oran, Algeria
  • 1946-04-24 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, born in Nice, France (d. 2019)

Person of interestAndré the Giant

1946-05-19 André the Giant, French professional wrestler, born in Grenoble, France (d. 1993)

Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • 1946-07-22 Mirelle Mathieu, French singer (So Ein Schone r Abend), born in Avigno, Vaucluse
  • 1946-08-15 Jean-Claude Arnault, French Swedish photographer involved in Nobel Prize scandal, born in Marseille, France
  • 1946-09-03 Peter Morris, historian of France (d. 1997)
  • 1946-09-10 Michèle Alliot-Marie, French politician
  • 1946-10-07 Bernard Lavilliers, French singer, born in Saint-Étienne, France
  • 1946-10-08 Jean-Jacques Beineix, French film director (Betty Blue, Diva), born in Paris
  • 1946-10-22 Claude Charron, French-Canadian politician and TV personality
  • 1946-11-18 Amanda Lear, French singer (or 1939, possible date only)
  • 1947-01-16 Juliet Berto, French actress (Le Sex Shop), born in Grenoble France (d. 1990)
  • 1947-01-20 Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist & directeur sportif, born in Bouguenais, France
  • 1947-01-21 Michel Jonasz, French singer and composer
  • 1947-01-26 Patrick Dewaere [PJMH Bordeaux], French actor (Les Valseuses)
  • 1947-01-26 Michel Sardou, French singer, born in Paris, France
  • 1947-03-18 Patrick Chesnais, French actor
  • 1947-04-01 Alain Connes, French mathematician
  • 1947-06-18 Bernard Giraudeau, La Rochelle France, actor (L'Annee des Meduses)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2401 - 2,500 of 2,523

  • 2007-05-18 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist & Nobel Prize laureate (1991), dies at 74
  • 2007-05-30 Jean-Claude Brialy, Algerian actor and director (Églantine, Circle of Love, Cousins), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2007-06-04 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2007-07-05 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (b. 1927)
  • 2007-07-29 Michel Serrault, French actor (Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud, La Cage aux Folles), dies at 79
  • 2007-08-05 Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal of France
  • 2007-08-21 Caroline Aigle, French first woman fighter pilot in the French Air Force aged 25, dies of cancer at 32
  • 2007-08-29 Pierre Messmer, French politician and Prime Minister (b. 1916)
  • 2007-09-22 Marcel Marceau, French mime artist (b. 1923)
  • 2007-10-13 Bob Denard, French mercenary (b. 1929)
  • 2007-10-22 Ève Curie, French author and daughter of Madame Curie, dies at 102
  • 2007-12-06 Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite, dies at 24
  • 2007-12-22 Julien Gracq [Louis Poirier], French writer (Andre Breton), dies at 97
  • 2008-01-29 Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • 2008-02-13 Henri Salvador, French Caribbean singer, dies at 90
  • 2008-03-12 Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
  • 2008-03-27 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, dies at 86
  • 2008-04-17 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician, dies at 94
  • 2008-04-19 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • 2008-06-01 Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer, dies at 71
  • 2008-06-18 Jean Delannoy, French actor and director (b. 1908)
  • 2008-08-08 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • 2008-08-13 Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104
  • 2008-10-12 Marta Pan, Hungarian-French sculptor (Great spiral), dies at 85
  • 2008-11-12 Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84
  • 2009-01-12 Claude Berri, French actor, director and screenwriter, dies at 74
  • 2009-01-24 Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
  • 2009-03-14 Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. (b. 1947)
  • 2009-03-29 Maurice Jarre, French composer (Doctor Zhivago-Acad Award 1966), dies at 84
  • 2009-04-14 Maurice Druon, French writer and journalist (Prix Goncourt), dies at 90
  • 2009-05-29 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • 2009-09-12 Willy Ronis, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • 2009-10-30 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French social anthropologist and ethnologist (structuralism), dies at 100
  • 2010-01-10 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, dies from multiple aneurisms at 46
  • 2010-01-11 Éric Rohmer [Maurice Schérer], French director, journalist and teacher (My Night at Maud's, Claire's Knee, Le rayon vert), dies at 89
  • 2010-01-12 Daniel Bensaïd, French philosopher and a leader of the Trotskyist movement in France, dies of cancer caused by the side effects of drugs used to treat AIDS at 63
  • 2010-02-04 Kostas Axelos, Greek-French philosopher, dies at 85
  • 2010-05-31 Louise Bourgeois, French-born American sculpter, painter and printmaker, dies at 98)
  • 2010-07-02 Laurent Terzieff, French actor (Head Over Heels, Milky Way), dies at 75
  • 2010-07-19 Cécile Aubry, French actress (The Black Rose), author (Belle et Sébastien), television screenwriter and director, dies at 81
  • 2010-08-30 Alain Corneau, French filmmaker (b. 1943)
  • 2010-09-12 Claude Chabrol, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2010-09-29 Georges Charpak, Polish-French physicist who invented and developed subatomic particle detectors (Nobel 1992), dies at 86
  • 2010-10-01 Audouin Dollfus, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn), dies at 85
  • 2010-10-05 Bernard Clavel, French novelist (b. 1923)
  • 2010-10-06 Colette Renard, French actress and singer (b. 1924)
  • 2010-11-04 Eugénie Blanchard, French supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • 2010-12-18 Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist and classical scholar (b. 1913)
  • 2011-02-03 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), dies at 58
  • 2011-02-28 Annie Girardot, French actress (Three Rooms in Manhattan, Gypsy, Jacko & Lise), dies at 79
  • 2011-04-24 Marie-France Pisier, French actress (b. 1944)
  • 2011-06-07 Jorge Semprún, Spanish-French writer (2nd mort de R Mercader, Z), dies at 87
  • 2011-07-10 Roland Petit, French choreographer and dancer (b. 1924)
  • 2011-09-13 DJ Mehdi, French hip hop and electro producer (b. 1977)
  • 2011-12-23 Denise Darcel, French actress (Dangerous When Wet), dies of complications from a ruptured aneurysm at 87
  • 2012-01-01 Marcelle Narbonne, French super-centenarian & oldest person in Europe, dies at 113
  • 2012-03-10 Jean Giraud, French comic artist (Alien, Tron), dies at 73
  • 2012-03-14 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award winning director and screen writer (The Anderson Platoon), dies from surgical complications at 83
  • 2012-04-04 Claude Miller, French director and screen writer, dies at 70
  • 2012-04-10 Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Leader, dies at 97
  • 2012-08-17 Patrick Ricard, French businessman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, dies from cardiac arrest at 67
  • 2012-10-25 Jacques Barzun, French author (The House of Intellect), dies at 104
  • 2012-12-29 Jean Topart, French voice and film actor regarded as "one of the inimitable voices of French cinema" (Fantastic Planet), dies at 90
  • 2013-02-27 Stephane Hessel, German-born French diplomat, dies at 95
  • 2013-04-09 Zao Wou-Ki, Chinese French painter (Juin-Octobre 1985), dies at 93
  • 2013-04-12 Michael France, American screenwriter, dies from complications from diabetes at 51
  • 2013-04-19 François Jacob, French biologist and bacteriologist (Nobel 1965), dies at 92
  • 2013-05-22 Henri Dutilleux, French composer (Tout un monde lointain, L'arbre des songes), dies at 97
  • 2013-05-29 Françoise Blanchard, French actress, dies at 58
  • 2013-06-07 Pierre Mauroy, Prime Minister of France (1981-84), dies from lung cancer at 84
  • 2013-06-27 Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), dies at 92
  • 2013-07-25 Bernadette Lafont, French actress (Perils of Gwendoline), dies from cardiac arrest at 74
  • 2013-10-07 Patrice Chéreau, French opera director and actor (Danton), dies from lung cancer at 68
  • 2013-12-02 Jean-Claude Beton, Algerian-born French businessman, entrepreneur and soft-drink manufacturer (Orangina), dies at 88
  • 2013-12-07 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), dies a respiratory insufficiency at 85
  • 2014-03-01 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), dies at 91
  • 2014-04-06 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • 2014-06-15 Jacques Bergerac, French actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun) and business executive (Revlon), dies at 87
  • 2014-09-11 Antoine Duhamel, French composer, dies at 89
  • 2014-09-15 Nicholas Romanov, French-born pretender to the Russian throne, dies at 91

Person of interestStéphane Charbonnier

2015-01-07 Stéphane Charbonnier [Charb], French cartoonist and editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, dies in a terrorist attack at 47

  • 2015-01-07 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), killed in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris at 76
  • 2015-02-14 Louis Jourdan [Louis Robert Gendre], French actor (The Paradine Case, Count Dracula, Gigi, Octopussy), dies at 93
  • 2015-03-02 Bettina Graziani [Simone Bodin] French model, one of the first supermodels, Givenchy muse, dies at 89
  • 2015-06-06 Pierre Brice [Pierre-Louis Le Bris], French actor (Winnetou), dies at 86
  • 2015-06-08 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), dies at 105
  • 2015-06-23 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, dies at 83
  • 2015-07-17 Jules Bianchi, French auto racer (Marussia Formula 1 Racing Team), dies from injuries during accident at 2014 Japanese F1 GP, at 25
  • 2015-10-17 Danièle Delorme [Gabrielle Girard], French actress (Pardon My Affair), dies at 89
  • 2015-10-27 Betsy Drake, French-born American actress and writer (Every Girl Should be Married), dies at 92
  • 2016-01-04 Michel Galabru, French actor (Judge & the Assassin), dies at 93
  • 2016-01-05 Pierre Boulez, French composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial), dies at 90
  • 2016-01-07 André Courrèges, French fashion designer, dies at 92
  • 2016-01-18 Michel Tournier, French writer ( Friday, or, The Other Island), dies at 91
  • 2016-01-29 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director (The Beautiful Troublemaker), dies at 87
  • 2016-02-08 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, dies at 82
  • 2016-04-22 Isabelle Dinoire, French recipient of world's 1st partial face transplant, dies from surgical complications at 49
  • 2016-07-02 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), dies at 85
  • 2016-08-24 Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist (La Modification), dies at 89
  • 2016-08-25 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, dies at 86