1872 – Born on the 5th of July at Troyes, France.
1894 – Graduating with highest honors from the École Normale Supérieure, he rapidly acquired a reputation for outstanding scholarship and teaching.
1904 – Herriot began his active political career as municipal councilor of Lyons.
1919 – In November, Herriot resigned as senator and was elected a member of the Chamber of Deputies, where he became leader of the Radical party.
– Won a parliamentary majority, he organized a left-wing coalition of Radicals and Socialists called the Cartel des Gauches.
1924 – He supervised the evacuation of the Ruhr and recognized the Soviet Union the following year.
1925 – His program of financial reforms was killed in the Senate, and he resigned in April.
1926-1928 – He devoted his energies to the struggle for free secondary education.
1932 – Herriot served again as prime minister from June to December after his left-leaning coalition won the parliamentary elections of that year.
1934 – Herriot served as vice-premier under Gaston Doumergue.
1935 – P. E. Flandin.
1936 – Elected president of the Chamber of Deputies.
1940 – He remained in that office until the fall of France in June.
1944 – He lived under house arrest in Lyons until he was deported to Germany.
1945 – Liberated in April by Soviet armies, Herriot returned to Lyons, where he had already been elected mayor.
1946 – He was elected to the prestigious French Academy, and following his retirement from active politics he was made honorary life president of his beloved French Chamber of Deputies.
1947 – He was returned to his old post as president of the new National Assembly of the Fourth Republic
1955 – In June, the Soviet government awarded him its annual Peace Prize in recognition of his long advocacy of international cooperation.
1957 – Died at Lyons on the 26th of March, a patriarch venerated by virtually all Frenchmen.