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Jacques Cousteau

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau

Profession: Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist


Biography: Co-developed the Aqua-Lung, pioneered marine conservation onboard his ship Calypso and was a member of the Académie française.

Born: June 11, 1910
Birthplace: Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, France

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: June 25, 1997 (aged 87)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1937-07-12 Explorer Jacques Cousteau (27) weds scuba diver Simone Melchior (18) at Saint-Louis-des-Invalides in Paris
  • 1991-06-28 Explorer Jacques Cousteau (81) weds Francine Triplet in Paris

Historical Events

  • 1954-01-17 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)
  • 1956-05-10 9th Cannes Film Festival: "The Silent World" directed by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1956-07-29 Jacques Cousteau's Calypso anchors in 7,500 m of water (record)
  • 1968-01-08 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV