26th January 1714
Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, a French sculptor from Paris, is born. 300 years.
27th January 1814
Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, the French Gothic revival architect who designed the steel frame of the Statue of Liberty, is born. 200 years.
28th January 0814
Charlemagne, also known as Charles I. or Charles the Great, king of the Franks, dies. 1200 years.
5th February 1914
William S. Burroughs, the American novelist and short story writer, is born. 100 years.
9th February 1814
Samuel Tilden, an American lawyer and politician, Governor of New York and Democratic Presidential Candidate, is born. 200 years.
8th March 1714
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the German classical composer, is born. 300 years.
14th March 1864
Samuel Baker, the British explorer discovers Lake Albert in east Africa. 150 years.
26th March 1839
The founding of the annual rowing event, the Henley Royal Regatta. 180 years.
31st March 1924
Founding of Imperial Airways in Britain. The only British commercial long range air transport company. 90 years.
2nd May 1864
Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer and conductor, often described as the most successful stage composer of the nineteenth century, dies. 150 years
20th May 1764
Johann Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor, designed the Quadriga chariot driven by Victoria atop the Brandenburg Gate, is born. 250 years.
27th May 1964
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, dies. 50 years.
31st May 1889
The Johnstown flood, in Pennsylvania, USA. The South Fork Dam failed after days of rain. 125 years.
11th June 1864
Richard Georg Strauss, German composer, best-known for his operas "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Salome", is born. 150 years.
23rd June 1314
Battle of Bannockburn during the First War of Scottish Independence. 700 years.
28th June 1939
Pan American Airways launches the first transatlantic passenger service. 75 years.
27th July 1214
Battle of Bouvines during the Angevin-Flanders War. 800 years.
1st August 1714
Richard Wilson, the Welsh artist considered by many to be the father of British landscape painting, is born. 300 years.
11th August 1614
Lavinia Fontana, the Italian painter regarded as the first woman artist, dies. 400 years.
14th August 1984
J.B. Priestley, the British novelist, playwright and broadcaster, dies. 30 years.

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