7th February 1741
Henry Fuseli, Swiss-English painter and academic was born. 275 years.
8th February 1591
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Italian Baroque painter, best known as Guercino, was born. 425 years.
9th February 1986
Halley's Comet reached perihelion its closest approach to the Sun during its 1986 visit. It will be back in July 2061. 30 years.
11th February 1936
Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, one of the most elaborate cinematic critiques of the effects of mass production on 20th century life, premièred in the UK. 80 years.
12th February 1816
The Teatro di San Carlo, an opera house in Naples, was destroyed by fire. 200 years.
13th February 1891
Grant Wood, American painter best known for 'American Gothic', was born. 125 years.
13th February 1941
Sigmar Polke, German painter and photographer, was born. 75 years.
14th February 1861
Richard Cadbury created the very first heart shaped box of chocolates. 155 years.
14th February 1891
William Tecumseh Sherman, American Civil War General, died in New York City. 125 years.
18th February 1516
Mary Tudor, Queen of England and child of Henry VIII, is born. 500 years.
19th January 2016
Chinese New Year 2016. Year of the Monkey
20th February 1816
Rossini's opera buffa The Barber of Seville premièred at Teatro Argentina in Rome. 200 years.
21st February 1836
Léo Delibes, French opera and ballet composer, was born. 180 years
21st February 1916
WWI: Battle of Verdun. The longest battle in history ran until the 18th December, taking over 700,000 lives. 100 years.
23rd February 1976
Laurence Stephen Lowry, English artist, most famous for his industrial paintings, dies. 40 years.
24th February 1786
Wilhelm Karl Grimm, the younger of the two storytelling Grimm brothers, is born. 230 years.
25th February 1841
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French Impressionist painter, was born. 175 years.
26th February 1616
Galileo Galilei was banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching that the earth orbits the sun. 400 years.
28th February 1916
Henry James, American-born British novelist and key figure of literary realism, died in London. 100 years.
28th February 1941
Alfonso XIII, King of Spain from 1886 until 1931, and monarch from birth, as his father Alfonso XII had died the previous year, died. 75 years.

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