Selection of 2025 Anniversaries

Selection of 2025 France anniversary
Josephine Baker
Maurice Ravel
Roland Garros
Charles Garnier
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Selection of 2025 Anniversaries

November 6, 1825 | 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Garnier

Born: 1825 in Paris

Died: 1898 in Paris

Charles Garnier is the renowned architect of Paris' iconic Palais Garnier. Educated at the École des Beaux-Arts, Garnier's influence extended beyond his buildings to his writings, which continue to inspire architects today. As Paris celebrates his 200th birthday, Garnier's legacy remains a testament to the enduring fusion of artistry and technical prowess in architecture, ensuring his place among the greats of his era.

March 7, 1875 | 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Maurice Ravel

Born: 1875 in Ciboure, France

Died: 1937 in Paris

Maurice Ravel was one of the most eminent composers of the 20th century, renowned for his complex compositions. Throughout his career, Ravel's compositions transcended conventional boundaries. His attention to detail and innovative harmonic language continues to inspire musicians and composers the world over. Ravel's legacy lives on not only through his music but also through his influence on the development of twentieth-century musical aesthetics, ensuring his place among the most important figures in music history.

1925 | 100th anniversary of the French Open tennis tournament "Roland-Garros"

**Anniversary **: May 19, June 8, 2025

On May 24, 1925, the Roland Garros tennis tournament was created. Named in honor of French aviator Roland Garros. Held annually in Paris, Roland-Garros is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, attracting the world's best players to its clay courts. Known for its rich history and challenging playing surface, Roland-Garros has become one of the most famous events in the world of tennis.

July 1, 1925 | 100th anniversary of the death of composer Erik Satie

Born: 1866 in Honfleur, Normandy

Died: 1925 in Paris

Erik Satie was a visionary composer who left an indelible mark on the world of music. Known for his avant-garde compositions like "Gymnopédies" and "Gnossiennes," Satie challenged traditional musical norms with his minimalist style and unique harmonies. His influence extended beyond his time, inspiring Surrealists and shaping the avant-garde movement of the early 20th century.

April 12, 1975 | 50th anniversary of the death of Joséphine Baker

Born: 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Died: 1975 in Paris

Josephine Baker was an American dancer, singer, actress, and civil rights activist who found fame as an expatriate in Europe and France in particular . Beyond her theatrical success, Baker was a courageous advocate for racial equality, actively supporting the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and participating in the French Resistance during World War II. Her remarkable life, marked by her contributions to the arts and her steadfast commitment to justice, continues to inspire and resonate worldwide. She is also the first Black Woman to be interred (Nov. 2021) at the Panthéon in Paris. More information on New York Times article here


Kate Schwab
Atout France USA