1862 - Born on March 28th in Nantes, France.
1901-1902 - He became secretary-general of the French Socialist Party and was elected to Chamber of Deputies.
1904 - He joined with Jean Jaurés to establish the left-wing newspaper, L'Humanité.
1909 - Briand became prime minister and horrified his former socialist colleagues when he broke up a railway stoppage by calling up some of the strikers for military service. Briand further upset the left-wing by supporting the extension of compulsory military service.
1910-1911 - He lost power in November but returned to office briefly.
1915 - The French president, Raymond Poincare appointed Briand as prime minister.
1917 - Briand backed the Nivelle Offensive and when this failed, the resignation of Hubert Lyautey in November, brought the government down. Briand was now replaced by his long-time rival, Georges Clemenceau, as prime minister.
1925 - He was the foreign minister of Fance.
1926 - Briand became a great supporter of international pacifism through the League of Nations. He also championed Franco-German reconciliation and shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Gustav Stresemann.
1928 - He and Frank. B. Kellogg signed the Kellogg-Briand Pact (Pact of Paris). The treaty outlawed war between France and the United States. The US Senate ratified it and over the next few years forty-six nations signed a similar agreement committing themselves to peace.
1932 - Died on March 7th in Paris, France.
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