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February 2017
2nd 30th anniversary of the death of Alistair MacLean, Scottish author of Where Eagles Dare and many other books Images here
2nd 70th anniversary of the birth of American actress Farrah Fawcett who died in 2009 Images here
4th 30th anniversary of the death of Liberace, flamboyant American pianist and entertainer Images here
6th 65th anniversary of the death of King George VI Images here
6th 100th anniversary of the birth of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor who was also Miss Hungary in 1936 Images here
7th 70th anniversary of the finding of the first of the Dead Sea Scrolls in caves in Khirbat Qumran Images here
9th 75th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Normandie in New York Harbour as it was being fitted out as a troop ship Images here
15th 150th anniversary of the first performance of The Blue Danube waltz by Johann Strauss in Vienna Images here
18th 40th anniversary of the first test flight of the USA's first space shuttle, the Enterprise Images here
18th 50th anniversary of the death of J. Robert Oppenheimer known as the 'father of the atomic bomb' Images here
19th 300th anniversary of the birth of David Garrick, British actor, playwright, producer and manager of the Drury Lane Theatre in London Images here
20th 50th anniversary of the birth of American singer Kurt Cobain who died in 1994 Images here
20th 65th anniversary of the release of the film The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart in the USA Images here
20th 80th anniversary of the founding of the British film company The Rank Organisation Images here
22nd 30th anniversary of the death of Andy Warhol, American 'Pop' artist and filmmaker Images here
22nd 75th anniversary of the death of Austrian author Stefan Zweig Images here
23rd 200th anniversary of the birth of George Frederic Watts, British Symbolist artist Images here
23rd 600th anniversary of the birth of Pope Paul II Images here
25th 100th anniversary of the birth of Anthony Burgess, British author known for A Clockwork Orange Images here
26th 65th anniversary of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announcing that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb Images here
March 2017
3rd 30th anniversary of the death of American actor Danny Kaye Images here
4th 65th anniversary of American actor and future U.S. President Ronald Reagan marrying Nancy Davis in Los Angeles, California Images here
5th 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Austen Henry Layard, French-born British archaeologist who excavated Nimrud and Niniveh Images here
6th 100th anniversary of the birth of Frankie Howerd, British comedian and comic actor known for his roles in the Carry On films Images here
6th 150th anniversary of the death of American humourist Artemus Ward (pen name was Charles Farrar Browne) Images here
8th 100th anniversary of the start of the February Revolution, the first of the Russian Revolutions in 1917. Images here
8th 100th anniversary of the death of Ferdinand, Graf von Zeppelin, German airship manufacturer and founder of Zeppelin airships Images here
10th 150th anniversary of the birth of Lillian Wald, pioneering American nurse and social worker and founder of the Henry Street Settlement Images here
11th 60th anniversary of the death of Richard E. Byrd, American naval officer, aviator and polar explorer Images here
12th 75th anniversary of the death of Sir William Henry Bragg, British physicist who won the 1915 Nobel Prize for Physics with his son Lawrence Images here
15th 80th anniversary of the death of H. P. Lovecraft, influential American horror, fantasy and science fiction writ Images here
15th 100th anniversary of the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and the end of the Russian Empire Images here
15th 250th anniversary of the birth of Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States of America Images here
21st 150th anniversary of the birth of Florenz Ziegfeld, American theatrical producer who created the Ziegfeld Follies Images here
21st 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas, the Native American princess who fell in love with John Smith Images here
22nd 200th anniversary of the birth of Confederate General Braxton Bragg Images here
25th 150th anniversary of the birth of Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini Images here
26th 125th anniversary of the death of American author and poet Walt Whitman Images here
28th 30th anniversary of the death of Patrick Troughton, British actor (played the second Doctor in 'Doctor Who' from 1966 to 1969) Images here
31st 100th anniversary of the death of Emil von Behring, German physiologist and bacteriologist who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1901 for discovering a diphtheria antitoxin Images here
April 2017
1st 70th anniversary of the death of King George II of Greece Images here
2nd 35th anniversary of the beginning of the Falklands War. Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands Images here
4th 400th anniversary of the death of John Napier, Scottish mathematician and theologian who invented logarithms Images here
5th 300th anniversary of the death of French Baroque artist Jean Jouvenet Images here
6th 25th anniversary of the death of science fiction author and biochemist Isaac Asimov Images here
6th 100th anniversary of American declaring war on Germany during the First World War Images here
7th 70th anniversary of the death of Henry Ford, American industrialist, car manufacturer and inventor, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Images here
8th 25th anniversary of the publication of the final issue of the magazine Punch which had been in print for over 150 years Images here
9th 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 737 aircraft which became the world's best-selling jet airliner Images here
9th 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge during the First World War. It was won by the Canadians on April 12th 1917. Images here
12th 80th anniversary of British aviation engineer Frank Whittle ground-testing the first jet engine Images here
14th 100th anniversary of the death of L. L. Zamenhof, Polish physician and linguist who created Esperanto Images here
15th 125th anniversary of the founding of General Electric in the USA Images here
16th 150th anniversary of the birth of Wilbur Wright, American aviation pioneer and one of the Wright brothers Images here
17th 75th anniversary of the death of Jean Perrin, French physicist and winner of the 1926 Nobel Prize for Physics Images here
18th 75th anniversary of the death of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American sculptor, arts patron and founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art Images here
18th 200th anniversary of the birth of George Henry Lewes, British philosopher, critic, actor, author and scientist known for his relationship with George Eliot Images here
19th 85th anniversary of the birth of Jayne Mansfield, American stage and film actress and singer. One of Hollywood's leading blonde bombshells of the 1950s. (Died 1967) Images here
20th 70th anniversary of the death of King Christian X of Denmark Images here
25th 100th anniversary of the birth of American Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald Images here
27th 80th anniversary of the opening of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London Images here
29th 100th anniversary of the birth of American actress Celeste Holm known for her roles in All About Eve and High Society Images here
30th 65th anniversary of the publication of the diary of Anne Frank ' a Jewish girl who died during the Holocaust ' It was published in English as 'The Diary of a Young Girl' Images here
May 2017
2nd 125th anniversary of the birth of Manfred, Baron von Richthofen, also known as The Red Baron Images here
3rd 80th anniversary of American writer Margaret Mitchell winning the Pulitzer Prize for her novel 'Gone with the Wind' Images here
6th 25th anniversary of the death of actress Marlene Dietrich Images here
6th 80th anniversary of the German airship 'Hindenburg' bursting into flames as it docked at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey, USA. 36 people were killed Images here
10th 40th anniversary of the death of American actress Joan Crawford Images here
11th 200th anniversary of the birth of Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballerina and choreographer Images here
12th 80th anniversary of the Coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom Images here
13th 175th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Sullivan, British composer of operettas who worked with W.S. Gilbert Images here
14th 100th anniversary of the death of King Frederick VIII of Denmark Images here
14th 30th anniversary of the death of Rita Hayworth, American film actress and dancer, one of the most successful and glamorous stars of her era Images here
16th 75th anniversary of the death of Bronislaw Malinowski, Austrian/Polish anthropologist. Images here
16th 300th anniversary of Voltaire being imprisoned in the Bastille Images here
21st 85th anniversary of American aviator Amelia Earhart becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean Images here
22nd 45th anniversary of the death of Dame Margaret Rutherford, British stage and film actress. Best known as Miss Marple in several films based on Agatha Christie's novels. Images here
23rd 400th anniversary of the birth of Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian and collector. A founding member of the Royal Society. Images here
25th 40th anniversary of the release of the film Star Wars in the USA. It was released in the UK on 27th December Images here
26th 150th anniversary of the birth of Queen Mary of Teck, wife of King George V Images here
28th 80th anniversary of Neville Chamberlain becoming British Prime Minister Images here
28th 45th anniversary of the death of Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII Images here
29th 75th anniversary of American singer and actor Bing Crosby recording his best known song 'White Christmas' in Los Angeles Images here
29th 75th anniversary of the death of American actor John Barrymore Images here
29th 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America Images here
30th 50th anniversary of the death of actor Claude Rains who acted in films such as The Invisible Man and Casablanca Images here
June 2017
3rd 50th anniversary of the death of Arthur Ransome, British author known for Swallows and Amazons Images here
4th World War II ' 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The USA defeated Japan in the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign Images here
4th 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Order of the British Empire by King George V Images here
7th 80th anniversary of the death of Jean Harlow, American film actress, the original 'blonde bombshell' considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time Images here
7th 100th anniversary of the Battle of Messines Ridge during the First World War Images here
8th 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Frank Lloyd Wright Images here
10th 50th anniversary of the death of American actor Spencer Tracy who acted during Hollywood's Golden Age Images here
10th 95th anniversary of the birth of Judy Garland, American actress and singer, best known for the films 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Meet Me in St. Louis'. (Died 1969) Images here
13th 125th anniversary of the birth of actor Basil Rathbone, best known for his role as Sherlock Holmes Images here
16th 40th anniversary of the death of Wernher von Braun, Prussian/German-born American aerospace engineer who led the development of rocket and space exploration research Images here
18th 200th anniversary of the opening of the first Waterloo Bridge in London Images here
19th 80th anniversary of the death of J.M. Barrie, Scottish dramatist and novelist who created 'Peter Pan' Images here
19th 150th anniversary of the execution of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico Images here
22nd 30th anniversary of the death of Fred Astaire, American stage and film dancer, actor, singer and choreographer, best known for his roles in musicals and his partnership with Ginger Rogers Images here
22nd 250th anniversary of the birth of Wilhelm von Humboldt, Prussian/German philosopher and founder of the Humboldt University in Berlin Images here
29th 500th anniversary of the birth of Flemish physician and botanist Rembert Dodoens Images here
29th 50th anniversary of the death of Jayne Mansfield in a car crash Images here
30th 100th anniversary of the birth of Lena Horne, American singer, dancer and actress Images here
30th 200th anniversary of the birth of British botanist Sir Joseph Hooker, a Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew Images here
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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