Profession: Author and Cartoonist
Why Famous: Goscinny is best remembered internationally for the comic strip he created along with illustrator Albert Uderzo, "Astérix le Gaulois".
Some of his other comics include “Lucky Luke” and “Benjamin et Benjamine”, which he began publishing in the 1950s before he founded the French humor magazine "Pilote" in 1959.
The international success of Astérix was partially due to its subtle reflection of certain political sentiments and remains popular today, having been translated into over 100 languages.
- 1959-10-29 "Asterix" is first published in the French magazine "Pilote" by Rene Goscinny, illustrated by Albert Uderzo
- 1965-11-26 France launches 1st satellite, 92 lb (42 kg) A1-capsule (Astérix), named after the popular French comic character