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January 2020
2nd 100th anniversary of the birth of science fiction author Isaac Asimov Images here
8th 80th anniversary of Britain introducing food rationing during WWII Images here
9th 100th anniversary of the birth of Dad s Army actor Clive Dunn Images here
16th 100th anniversary of Prohibition coming into effect in the USA Images here
17th 200th anniversary of the birth of English author Anne Bronte Images here
20th 30th anniversary of the death of Barbara Stanwyck, award-winning American stage, film and television actress. Images here
20th 100th anniversary of the birth of Star Trek actor DeForest Kelley Images here
26th 75th anniversary of the birth of Jacqueline du Pr?, British cellist. Images here
27th 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps by the Soviet Red Army Images here
29th 200th anniversary of the death of King George III Images here
February 2020
2nd 50th anniversary of the death of English logician and philosopher Bertrand Russell Images here
6th 75th anniversary of the birth of Reggae musician Bob Marley Images here
7th 80th anniversary of the premiere of the Walt Disney film Pinocchio, in New York City, USA. Images here
8th 200th anniversary of the birth of American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman Images here
10th 80th anniversary of the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry making their first appearance in the Hanna and Barbera cartoon Puss Gets the Boot. (Tom the cat was named Jasper, and Jerry the mouse was named Jinx.) Images here
11th 45th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher becoming the first female leader of the Conservative Party in the UK. Images here
11th 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela being released from prison after 27 years. Images here
13th 75th anniversary of Royal Air Force bombers being dispatched to Dresden, Germany to attack the city with a massive aerial bombardment during World War II. Images here
14th 45th anniversary of the death of P. G. Wodehouse, British-born American comic novelist, short story writer, lyricist and playwright. Best known as the creator of Jeeves. Images here
19th 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, Japanese Volcano Islands during World War II. The flag was raised on February 23rd. Images here
21st 75th anniversary of the death of Scottich athlete Eric Liddell who chose his religious beliefs over his sport. Images here
23rd 200th anniversary of the Cato Street Conspiracy being exposed. It was a plot to murder the Cabinet of the UK Government. Images here
26th 250th anniversary of the death of Italian composer Giuseppe Tartini Images here
28th 200th anniversary of the birth of English illustrator John Tenniel known for his illustrations of Alice in Wonderland Images here
28th 45th anniversary of the Moorgate tube crash on the London underground. A train failed to stop at the end of the line and crashed into a wall, killing 43 people. Images here
March 2020
3rd 100th anniversary of the birth of Star Trek actor James Doohan Images here
12th 75th anniversary of the death of diary writer Anne Frank in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. This is the date attributed to her death which is unknkown but thought to be in March 1945. Images here
14th 200th anniversary of the birth of Victor Emmauel II, King of Italy Images here
15th 45th anniversary of the death of Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate. Images here
15th 30th anniversary of Mikhail Gorbachev becoming the first (and only) President of the Soviet Union. Images here
16th 80th anniversary of the death of Selma Lagerlof, Swedish novelist. The first woman and the first Swedish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1909). Images here
16th 100th anniversary of the birth of Australian actor Leo McKern Images here
25th 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Who actor Patrick Troughton Images here
26th 75th anniversary of the death of David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (1916?22). Images here
27th 250th anniversary of the death of Venetian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo Images here
30th 75th anniversary of the birth of rock guitarist Eric Clapton Images here
April 2020
1st 100th anniversary of the birth of Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune Images here
6th 500th anniversary of the death of Italian artist Raphael Images here
7th 100th anniversary of the birth of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar Images here
7th 250th anniversary of the birth of English poet William Wordsworth Images here
11th 250th anniversary of the birth of British Prime Minister George Canning Images here
12th 75th anniversary of the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States (1933?45) Images here
15th 30th anniversary of the death of Greta Garbo, Swedish film actress. Images here
17th 80th anniversary of the birth of Billy Fury, British pop/rock singer and actor. Images here
18th 65th anniversary of the death of Albert Einstein, German-born American theoretical physicist. Images here
22nd 150th anniversary of the birth of Russian revolutionary and leader Vladimir Lenin Images here
25th 250th anniversary of the death of French abbot and physicist Jean-Antoine Nollet Images here
26th 80th anniversary of the death of Carl Bosch, German industrial chemist and engineer. Images here
28th 75th anniversary of the execution of Italian leader Benito Mussolini Images here
30th 75th anniversary of Adolf Hitler commiting suicide during the Second World War Images here
May 2020
1st 75th anniversary of German Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels committing suicide Images here
1st 200th anniversary of the Cato Street Conspirators being executed? the last hanging, drawing and quartering in Britain, though only hung and beheaded. Images here
8th 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe) during the Second World War Images here
10th 100th anniversary of the death of American inventor John Wesley Hyatt Images here
10th 80th anniversary of Winston Churchill being appointed Prime Minister during World War Two. Images here
11th 200th anniversary of the launch of Darwin s ship the HMS Beagle Images here
12th 200th anniversary of the birth of English nurse Florence Nightingale Images here
15th 80th anniversary of the first McDonald?s restaurant opening in San Bernardino, California, USA. Images here
15th 80th anniversary of nylon stockings going on sale for the first time in the USA. Images here
15th 300th anniversary of the birth of astronomer Maximilian Hell Images here
16th 30th anniversary of the death of Sammy Davis, Jr., American singer, dancer, actor & entertainer. Images here
16th 100th anniversary of the Canonisation of Joan of Arc at Saint Peter s Basilica Images here
18th 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II Images here
26th 100th anniversary of the birth of American singer Peggy Lee Images here
27th 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuation during World War Two. Images here
June 2020
2nd 30th anniversary of the death of Sir Rex Harrison, award-winning British actor. Images here
7th 50th anniversary of the death of English author E.M. Forster Images here
7th 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII meeting King Francis I at the Field of the Cloth of Gold Images here
9th 150th anniversary of the death of English author Charles Dickens Images here
11th 50th anniversary of the death of Russian revolutionary politician Alexander Kerensky Images here
18th 80th anniversary of the Finest Hour speech made by Winston Churchill during World War Two. Images here
22nd 30th anniversary of the dismantling of Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany. Images here
26th 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco, USA by representatives of 50 countries. (The UN was established on 24th Oct.) Images here
29th 80th anniversary of the death of Paul Klee, Swiss expressionist/surrealist artist and teacher. Images here
29th 100th anniversary of the birth of American animator Ray Harryhausen Images here
July 2020
3rd 35th anniversary of the film Back to the Future being released in the USA. The UK release was on the 4th December 1985. Images here
10th 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain during World War II which ran until 31st October. Images here
11th 100th anniversary of the birth of actor Yul Brynner Images here
11th 70th anniversary of the BBC children?s television show Andy Pandy being first broadcast in the UK. Images here
12th 30th anniverdsary of the first episode of the television series Northern Exposure being broadcast in the USA. Images here
15th 30th anniversary of the death of Margaret Lockwood, British stage, film and television actress. Images here
16th 75th anniversary of the USA detonating the world?s first nuclear weapon, at the Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Images here
17th 75th anniversary of the leaders of the three Allied nations, Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin, meeting in the German city of Potsdam to decide the future of a defeated Germany after World War Two. It ran until the 2nd August. Images here
26th 200th anniversary of the opening of the Union Chain Bridge across the River Tweed between England and Scotland Images here
27th 80th anniversary of the first appearance of Bugs Bunny in the Warner Bros. cartoon A Wild Hare. Images here
August 2020
2nd 30th anniversary of the start of the first Gulf War which started when Iraq invaded Kuwait and ran until 28th February 1991. Images here
6th 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II Images here
9th 75th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki during World War II Images here
14th 75th anniversary of VJ Day when Japan announced its unconditional surrender, ending WWII in the Pacific. Officially ended on 2nd September. Images here
16th 80th anniversary of the death of Henri Desgrange, French cyclist and journalist who founded the Tour De France. Images here
17th 30th anniversary of the death of the death of Pearl Bailey, award-winning American actress and singer. Images here
17th 100th anniversary of the birth of Irish-American actress Maureen O Hara Images here
18th 80th anniversary of the death of Walter P. Chrysler, American engineer, car manufacturer and founder of the Chrysler Corporation Images here
20th 80th anniversary of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill making his famous wartime speech containing the line "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" Images here
21st 80th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary. Images here
22nd 100th anniversary of the birth of American sci-fi author Ray Bradbury Images here
24th 250th anniversary of the death of English poet Thomas Chatterton Images here
30th 80th anniversary of the death of Sir J. J. Thomson, British physicist. Winner of the 1906 Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering the electron. Images here
September 2020
2nd 75th anniversary of the offical ending of World War II with the formal signing of the surrender document by the Japanese on USS Missouri. Images here
7th 80th anniversary of the Blitz during World War II which lasted until the 21st May 1941. Images here
7th 95th anniversary of the birth of Laura Ashley, Welsh designer and businesswoman. Images here
8th 95th anniversary of the birth of Peter Sellers British actor and comedian best known for the Pink Panther films. Images here
13th 500th annviersary of the birth of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, who was chief advisor to Queen Elizabeth I Images here
16th 100th anniversary of the Wall Street Bombing in New York in which a bomb on a horse-drawn wagon exploded in front of the J. P. Morgan building Images here
17th 50th anniversary of the death of American rock musician Jimi Hendrix Images here
19th 150th anniversary of the start of the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War Images here
23rd 100th anniversary of the birth of American actor Mickey Rooney Images here
26th 200th anniversary of the death of American pioneer Daniel Boone Images here
26th 75th anniversary of the death of B?la Bart?k, Hungarian composer and pianist. Images here
October 2020
2nd 35th anniversary of the death of Rock Hudson, American film and TV actor. Images here
2nd 95th anniversary of John Logie Baird performing the first test of a working television system. Images here
4th 50th anniversary of the death of American rock singer Janis Joplin. Images here
4th 300th anniversary of the birth of Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi Images here
6th 200th anniversary of the birth of Swedish soprano Jenny Lind Images here
8th 50th anniversary of the birth of American actor Matt Damon Images here
9th 80th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon, British rock singer, songwriter and musician also in the Beatles. Images here
10th 35th anniversary of the death of Yul Brynner, Russian-born American stage and film actor. Images here
10th 35th anniversary of the death of Orson Welles, American stage, film and radio actor. Images here
16th 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland. Images here
20th 400th anniversary of the birth of Dutch artist Aelbert Cuyp Images here
28th 80th anniversary of the sinking of the British ocean liner RMS Empress of Britain by a German U-Boat during WWII. Images here
29th 75th anniversary of the first commercially successful ballpoint pen going on sale in the USA. Images here
November 2020
5th 85th anniversary of the first flight of the Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft which played such a big part in the Battle of Britain. Images here
5th 85th anniversary of the launch of the board game Monopoly by Parker Brothers. Images here
9th 50th anniversary of the death of French President Charles de Gaulle Images here
9th 80th anniversary of the death of Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister (1937?40). Images here
10th 95th anniversary of the birth of Richard Burton, Welsh stage and film actor. Images here
11th 100th anniversary of the funeral and burial of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey Images here
11th 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims arriving at Cape Cod and signing the Mayflower Compact. They arrived at Plymouth Rock in December. Images here
13th 80th anniversary of the premiere of Walt Disney s film Fantasia in New York. Images here
17th 95th anniversary of the birth of Rock Hudson, American film and television actor. Images here
20th 45th anniversary of the death of General Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator (1939?75). Images here
21st 75th anniversary of the birth of American actress Golde Hawn Images here
21st 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Dublin during the Irish War of Indpendence Images here
22nd 100th anniversary of the birth of British actress Anne Crawford Images here
23rd 75th anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg War Trials in Germany. Images here
25th 80th anniversary of the first flight of the de Havilland Mosquito multi-role combat plane. Images here
27th 80th anniversary of the birth of Bruce Lee, American-born film actor, known for his martial arts films. Images here
28th 500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan reaching the Pacific Ocean through the Strait of Magellan and becoming the first European to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Images here
December 2020
1st 75th anniversary of the birth of American acrtress and singer Bette Midler Images here
5th 150th anniversary of the death of French author Alexandre Dumas the Elder, author of the Count of Monte Christo and Three Musketeers Images here
17th 250th anniversary of the birth of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven Images here
21st 80th anniversary of the death of George S. Patton, U.S. Army general who commanded the 3rdand 7th U.S. Armies in Europe during WWII. Images here
21st 80th anniversary of the death of F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist and short story writer. Author of the Great Gatsby. Images here
31st 300th anniversary of the birth of Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie Images here
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