16th December 1866
Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French painter and art theorist, credited with painting the first purely abstract works, is born. 150 years.
18th December 1916
Betty Grable, American musical film actress and pin-up girl from the 1930's and 40's, is born. 100 years.
19th December 1996
Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni, Knight Grand Cross, Italian film actor, died in Paris. 20 years.
25th December 1066
William the Conqueror is crowned King of England. 950 years.
27th December 2011
Helen Frankenthaler, American painter and academic, died. 5 years.
28th December 1916
Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer, conductor of The Strauss Orchestra, dies. 100 years.
29th December 1986
Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, dies. 30 years.
30th December 1916
Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic and healer closely associated to the Russian royal family, died. 100 years.
30th December 2011
Ronald Searle, British artist and satirical cartoonist, best remembered as the creator of St Trinian's School, dies. 5 years.
1st January 1877
Queen Victoria is proclaimed Empress of India. 140 years
Exact date unknown - 1617
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, one of the most important painters of the Spanish Baroque period, was borne. 400 years
Exact date unknown - 1887
A massive portfolio, with 781 plates comprising 20,000 of the photographs, in a groundbreaking collection titled Animal Locomotion by Eadweard Muybridge, was published. 130 years
1st January 1867
Jeanne-Marie Lanvin, the a French haute couture fashion designer, was born. 150 years
1st January 1892
Ellis Island opens to begin processing immigrants into the United States. 125 years.
1st January 1927
Birth of Maurice Bejart, dancer, choreographer and opera director who ran the Béjart Ballet. 90 years
2nd January 1557
Jacopo Carucci, known as Jacopo da Pontormo or simply Pontormo, Italian Mannerist painter and portraitist from the Florentine School, died. 460 years.
3rd January 1892
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa). 125 years
3rd January 1907
Ray Milland, a Welsh actor and director, was born. 110 years.
3rd January 1967
Jack Ruby, killer of Lee Harvery Oswald, the assassin of John F. Kennedy, died. 50 years.
4th January 1642
King Charles I of England sends soldiers to arrest members of Parliament, commencing England's slide into civil war. 375 years.

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