Bernanos, Georges b. February 20, 1888 d. July 5, 1948 Author. His novels reflect his fervent Catholicism and intense concern for moral and spiritual problems. They include "The Star of Satan" (1926), "Joy" (1929), "Night Is Darkest" (1935), "The Diary of a Country Priest" (1936), and "Monsieur Ouine" (1945). Bernanos was born in Paris and served in the French Army during World War I. A political conservative, he believed in monarchy and supported Royalist causes until 1937, when he witnessed the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War firsthand...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Pellevoisin Cemetery, Pellevoisin, Departement de l'Indre, Centre, France
Cévert, François b. February 25, 1944 d. October 6, 1973 Auto Race Car Driver. He was born in Paris (France) and died in Watkins Glen (New York). After winning the French Formula 3 Championship in 1968, Cévert joined the Tecno Formula 2 team and finished third overall in 1969, driving in the F2 class of the German Grand Prix. In 1970, Tyrrell called upon Cévert to be his number two driver, alongside defending World Champion Stewart. Over the next four seasons, Cévert became the veteran Stewart's devoted protégé. He made his debut at the Dutch Grand...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière de Vaudelnay, Vaudelnay, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
Grignard, Victor b. May 6, 1871 d. December 13, 1935 Chemist. Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1912. Discover of Grignard reagents. The son of a sail maker, he first studied mathematics after winning a scholarship to a local teachers college in Cluny. However, due to a conflict over educational styles, his school was dissolved and he was allowed to transfer to the University of Lyon, where he at first failed his mathematical exams and joined the army to meet his service obligation. He returned to Lyon in 1894 and earned his Licentiate Degree in...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) Cimètiere de la Guillotière, La Guilloterie, Departement de la Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France
Isabella of Angoulême b. February 19, 1188 d. May 31, 1246 English royalty, Queen consort of King John. She was the only daughter of Aymer Taillefer, count of Angouleme and Alix de Courtenay. Isabelle was renowned for her beauty, and is sometimes called the "Helen" of the middle ages. She was betrothed to Hugh IX de Lusignan when John chose her to be his second wife. They were married on August 24, 1200, at Bordeaux, when she was only about 12. The marriage was probably not a very happy one, as Isabelle had a fiery character to match John's and the age...[Read More] (Bio by: Kristen Conrad) Fontevraud Abbey*, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Kivilev, Andrei b. September 21, 1973 d. March 12, 2003 Sportsman. A professional cyclist, he was born in Tolclycorgan, Kazakhstan. A strong climber, Kivilev turned professional in 1998 and finished fourth in the 2001 Tour de France. Sadly, he died from head injuries suffered in a crash during the second stage of the Paris-Nice race, after a coma. Days later, his friend Alexandre Vinokourov won the Paris-Nice and dedicated him. His teammates crossed the finish line together ahead of the rest of the bunch in the third stage of the race as as tribute. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière de Sorbiers, Sorbiers, Departement de la Loire, Rhone-Alpes, France