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July 2017
1st 20th anniversary of the death of actor Robert Mitchum Images here
1st 150th anniversary of Canada gaining independence and becoming a self-governing entity within the British Empire Images here
2nd 70th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, New Mexico, USA. A UFO apparently crash-landed on a ranch, and debris with strange markings and unusual properties was found. The U.S. Air Force claimed it was just a weather balloon Images here
2nd 80th anniversary of the death of Amelia Earhart, American aviation pioneer, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. (Disappeared over the Pacific on this date) Images here
5th 80th anniversary of the launch of Spam luncheon meat by Hormel Foods in Austin, Minnesota, USA Images here
6th 75th anniversary of Anne Frank and her family going into hiding in a secret annex in Amsterdam Images here
7th 80th anniversary of the Second Sino-Japanese War beginning with the Marco Polo Bridge Incident (the Battle of Lugou Bridge). Japanese troops made an assault on an important access point to the city of Beijing, China. Images here
7th 100th anniversary of the establishment of the British Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) Images here
8th 50th anniversary of the death of Vivien Leigh, British actress known for Gone with the Wind Images here
9th 70th anniversary of Buckingham Palace announcing the engagement of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten Images here
9th 85th anniversary of the death of King Camp Gillette, American businessman who invented and manufactured the first safety razor with disposable blades Images here
11th 80th anniversary of the death of George Gershwin, popular American composer and pianist who wrote Broadway musicals in collaboration with his brother Ira, as well as orchestral pieces such as 'Rhapsody in Blue' Images here
11th 250th anniversary of the birth of John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States of America Images here
16th 50th anniversary of the birth of actor Will Ferrell Images here
17th 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two. It continued until February 1943. Images here
17th 100th anniversary of King George V changing the name of the British royal family from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Windsor Images here
18th 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen Images here
20th 80th anniversary of the death of Guglielmo Marconi, Italian physicist who made major contributions to modern long-distance radio communication, joint winner of the 1909 Nobel Prize for Physics for developing the wireless telegraph Images here
21st 50th anniversary of the death of actor Basil Rathbone, best known for playing Sherlock Holmes Images here
21st 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Gilbert, British artist, illustrator and engraver Images here
26th 65th anniversary of the death of Eva Perón ('Evita'), revered First Lady of Argentina (1946'52) Images here
31st 100th anniversary of the start of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) in Flanders during the First World War Images here
August 2017
1st 30th anniversary of the death of Pola Negri, Polish silent film actress Images here
2nd 60th anniversary of the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, England beginning operation Images here
2nd 95th anniversary of the death of Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born American audiologist and inventor, credited with developing the first practical telephone. Images here
3rd 75th anniversary of the death of Richard Willstatter, German organic chemist.who won the 1915 Nobel Prize for Chemistry Images here
3rd 150th anniversary of the birth of British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin Images here
4th 60th anniversary of Argentine racing driver Juan Fangio becoming Formula One World Champion for a record fifth time Images here
4th 125th annviersary of Lizzie Borden taking an axe and allegedly killing her parents Images here
5th 55th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, iconic American film actress, model and singer Images here
6th 100th anniversary of the birth of actor Robert Mitchum Images here
7th 60th anniversary of the death of Oliver Hardy, American comedy actor and one half of Laurel and Hardy Images here
7th 70th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl reaching Raroia in French Polynesia on his raft Kon-Tiki Images here
7th World War II: the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Guadalcanal ' the Allies' first major offensive in the Pacific. (Ended February 1943) Images here
9th 55th anniversary of the death of Hermann Hesse, German-born Swiss novelist and poet, winner of the 1946 Nobel Prize for Literature Images here
11th 80th anniversary of the death of Edith Wharton, American author Images here
8th 75th anniversary of the UK premiere of Walt Disney's film Bambi (US premiere was on the 13th August) Images here
14th 150th anniversary of the birth of British novelist and playwright John Galsworthy, known for writing the Forsythe Saga Images here
15th 30th anniversary of the banning of Corporal punishment in British state schools Images here
15th 50th anniversary of the death of Rene Magritte, Belgian Surrealist artist Images here
16th 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley Images here
17th 30th anniversary of the death of Rudolf Hess, German soldier and Nazi official Images here
18th 65th anniversary of the birth of American actor Patrick Swayze who died in 2009. Best known for Dirty Dancing and Ghost. Images here
18th 100th anniversary of the Great Thessaloniki Fire which destroyed almost a third of the city in Greece Images here
19th 40th anniversary of the death of Groucho Marx, one of the Marx Brothers Images here
20th 100th anniversary of the death of Adolf von Baeyer, German chemist. Winner of the 1905 Nobel Prize for Chemistry Images here
25th 150th anniversary of the death of English chemist and physicist Michael Faraday Images here
28th 30th anniversary of the death of American film director John Huston Images here
29th 35th anniversary of the death of Ingrid Bergman, Swedish film actress ('Casablanca', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls', 'Gaslight', 'Spellbound', 'Notorious', and many others) Images here
29th 175th anniversary of the end of the First Opium War between Britain and China with the signing of the Treaty of Nanking Images here
31st 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales Images here
31st 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Baudelaire, Fench poet and essayist who translated the works of Edgar Allan Poe Images here
September 2017
1st 50th anniversary of the death of Siegfried Sassoon, British poet known for his WWI poetry Images here
1st 45th anniversary of Bobby Fischer becoming the first American world chess champion, defeating Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union Images here
2nd 80th anniversary of the death of Pierre de Coubertin, French educator and historian. Father of the modern Olympics Images here
4th 55th anniversary of The Beatles recording their first single 'Love Me Do'. Images here
5th 20th anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Images here
5th 45th anniversary of the massacre of the Israeli Olympic Team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games Images here
5th 35th anniversary of the death of Sir Douglas Bader, British RAF fighter pilot during WWII Images here
5th 175th anniversary of the birth of Jesse James, American Wild West outlaw Images here
5th 200th anniversary of the birth of Russian poet Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Count Tolstoy Images here
8th 250th anniversary of the birth of August Wilhelm von Schlegel, German scholar and poet Images here
11th 100th anniversary of the birth of Jessica Mitford, civil rights activist who was one of the Mitford Sisters Images here
11th 100th anniversary of the birth of actor Herbert Lom Images here
12th 40th anniversary of the assassination of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in South Africa Images here
12th 125th anniversary of the birth of American publisher Alfred A. Knopf Images here
14th 45th anniversary of the first episode of the family drama series 'The Waltons' being broadcast in the USA Images here
14th 90th anniversary of the death of Isadora Duncan, Soviet dancer and dance teacher Images here
14th 150th anniversary of the first publication of Das Kapital by Karl Marx Images here
16th 40th anniversary of the death of Marc Bolan of T Rex Images here
16th 40th anniversary of the death of operatic soprano Maria Callas Images here
17th 45th anniversary of the first episode of the TV comedy series 'M*A*S*H' being broadcast in the USA (20th May 1973 in the UK) Images here
20th 50th anniversary of the launching of the QE2 ocean liner Images here
20th 60th anniversary of the death of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius Images here
20th 100th anniversary of the birth of Spanish actor Fernando Rey Images here
21st 60th anniversary of the death of King Haakon VII of Norway Images here
21st 80th anniversary of the first publication of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein Images here
23rd 30th anniversary of the death of American dancer, choreographer and film director Bob Fosse Images here
24th 300th anniversary of the birth of Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, British author and politician Images here
25th 400th anniversary of the death of Francisco Suarez, Spanish Jesuit priest, theologian and philosopher. Images here
27th 80th anniversary of the Balinese tiger being declared extinct after the last known specimen was killed Images here
27th 100th anniversary of the death of French artist Edgar Degas Images here
30th 70th anniversary of the birth of Marc Bolan of T Rex who died in 1977 Images here
October 2017
1st 40th anniversary of Brazilian football player Pele officially retiring Images here
3rd 65th anniversary of Britain successfully testing its first atomic bomb in the Monte Bello Islands off the north-west coast of Western Australia Images here
4th 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik !, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth Images here
4th 70th anniversary of the death of German physicist Max Planck, 1918 Nobel Prize winner for Physics for quantum theory Images here
6th 65th anniversary of the world premiere of Agatha Christie's play 'The Mousetrap' taking place in Nottingham Images here
6th 125th anniversary of the death of British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson Images here
8th 50th anniversary of the death of British Prime Minister Clement Attlee Images here
9th 50th anniversary of the execution of Che Guevara Images here
11th 35th anniversary of the raising of the Tudor warship the Mary Rose Images here
14th 125th anniversary of the first publication of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as a book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Images here
15th 100th anniversary of the execution of courtesan and suspected spy Mata Hari Images here
17th 80th anniversary of the death of J. Bruce Ismay, British businessman and Chairman of the White Star Line who survived the sinking of the Titanic Images here
18th 95th anniversary of the BBC being officially founded as the British Broadcasting Company Images here
18th 200th anniversary of the death of Etienne Mehul, French operatic composer Images here
18th 150th anniversary of the United States formally taking possession of Alaska from Russia at the bargain price of $7 million Images here
18th 600th anniversary of the death of Pope Gregory XII Images here
21st 100th anniversary of the birth of American Jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie Images here
22nd 100th anniversary of the birth of actress Joan Fontaine Images here
23rd 60th anniversary of the death of Fashion Designer Christian Dior Images here
23rd 150th anniversary of the death of German linguist Franz Bopp Images here
24th 95th anniversary of the death of George Cadbury, British businessman and philanthropist who transformed his father's chocolate and cocoa business Images here
28th 50th anniversary of the birth of actress Julia Roberts Images here
30th 85th anniversary of the birth of Louis Malle, French film director. (Died 1995) Images here
31st 95th anniversary of Benito Mussolini becoming Prime Minister of Italy Images here
31st 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses of Lutheranism to the door of Wittenberg Castle Images here
November 2017
2nd 25th anniversary of the death of American film director and producer Hal Roach, who worked often with Laurel and Hardy Images here
2nd 70th anniversary of the first and only flight of Howard Hughes' wooden flying boat aircraft, the Spruce Goose (Hughes H-4 Hercules) Images here
3rd 100th anniversary of the death of French author Leon Bloy Images here
4th 95th anniversary of British archaeologist Howard Carter discovering the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen. Images here
6th 100th anniversary of the British victory at the Battle of Passchendaele during the First World War Images here
7th 100th anniversary of the October Revolution in Russia, the second Russian Revolution of 1917 Images here
7th 150th anniversary of the birth of Marie Curie, Polish-born French physicist and chemist. First woman to win a Nobel Prize (1903 and 1911) Images here
8th 200th anniversary of the death of Andrea Appiani, Italian Neoclassical artist Images here
8th 500th anniversary of the death of Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros, Spanish cardinal, statesman and religious reformer Images here
9th 80th anniversary of the death of British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald Images here
12th 25th anniversary of the first broadcast of the UK TV series Absolutely Fabulous with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley Images here
15th 40th anniversary of the US film premiere of the sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind (US release 25th December, UK Premiere 13th March 1978) Images here
15th 100th anniversary of Georges Clemenceau becoming French Prime Minister Images here
16th 300th anniversary of the birth of Jean le Rond d'Alembert, French mathematician and philosopher Images here
17th 80th anniversary of the birth of Peter Cook, British satirist, comedian, actor and writer. (Died 1995) Images here
17th 100th anniversary of the death of French sculptor Auguste Rodin Images here
18th 30th anniversary of the King's Cross underground station fire in London Images here
19th 100th anniversary of the birth of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Images here
19th 400th anniversary of the birth of Eustache Le Sueur, French classical Baroque artist. Images here
20th 70th anniversary of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) marrying Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey, London Images here
20th 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai during the First World War which ran until 7th December Images here
22nd 250th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Hofer, Austrian patriot and folk hero. Images here
25th 200th anniversary of the birth of John Bigelow, American writer, journalist, lawyer and diplomat Images here
26th 75th anniversary of the Premiere of the movie 'Casablanca' starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, New York City Images here
27th 75th anniversary of the birth of Jimi Hendrix, American guitarist, singer and songwriter. (Died 1970) Images here
30th 200th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Mommsen, German historian, writer, politician and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1902 Images here
December 2017
3rd 50th anniversary of the first successful heart transplant being performed by Dr. Christian Barnard on Louis Washkansky Images here
4th 50th anniversary of the death of actor Bert Lahr who played the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz Images here
4th 125th anniversary of the birth of General Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator Images here
6th 100th anniversary of the Great Halifax Explosion in Nova Scotia Images here
6th 125th anniversary of the death of Werner von Siemens, German electrical engineer, inventor and founder of the Siemens company Images here
6th 150th anniverasary of the death of Jean Pierre Flourens, French physiologist, the first person to prove that the mind is located in the brain not the heart Images here
7th 200th anniversary of the death of William Bligh, British Royal Navy officer best known as captain of the HMS Bounty at the time of the mutiny Images here
9th 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Winckelmann, German archaeologist and art historian Images here
10th 100th anniversary of the Red Cross being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Images here
10th 50th anniversary of the death of Otis Redding in a plane crash in Wisconsin Images here
14th 40th anniversary of the US film premiere of Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta (General US release 16th Decemeber, UK release 24th March 1978) Images here
14th 70th anniversary of the death of Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister (1923'24, 1924'29, 1935'37) Images here
15th 55th anniversary of the death of Charles Laughton, British-born American stage and film actor Images here
16th 300th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Carter, British author and member of the Blue Stocking Society Images here
17th 60th anniversary of the death of Dorothy L. Sayers, British mystery author Images here
17th 100th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, British physician and feminist. The first woman to qualify as a physician and surgeon in Britain Images here
21st 80th anniversary of the Premiere of Walt Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' in Los Angeles, California, USA. Disney's first full-length animated movie. Images here
22nd 150th anniversary of the death of Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician and engineer. One of the founders of modern projective geometry. Images here
23rd 80th anniversary of the Vickers Wellington bomber making its first flight Images here
24th 95th anniversary of the birth of Ava Gardner, American film actress ('Mogambo', 'The Barefoot Contessa', 'The Night of the Iguana', and many others). (Died 1990) Images here
25th 40th anniversary of the death of Charlie Chaplin, British comedy actor, director, producer and composer Images here
25th 300th anniversary of the birth of Pope Pius VI Images here
26th 40th anniversary of the death of Howard Hawks, American film director, producer and screenwriter Images here
26th 45th anniversary of the death of Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States Images here
27th 85th anniversary of Radio City Music Hall in New York City, USA being opened to the public Images here
28th 70th anniversary of the death of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy Images here
28th 80th anniversary of the death of Maurice Ravel, French composer, best known for 'Boléro' Images here
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