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1944: The aviator and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 44 years old, disappears during a reconnaissance mission in the south of France.
1914: the leader of the French Socialist Party, Jean Jaurès, is assassinated by Raoul Villain at the café du Croissant, rue Montmartre, in Paris.
1828: The French Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion, 38, who has never set foot in the land of the pharaohs, fulfills his dream by setting off at the head of a scientific expedition to Egypt.
1358: The provost of the merchants Etienne Marcel is lynched by the Parisian mob, after having exercised six months of quasi-dictatorship on the capital.