14th December 1995
The Dayton Agreement ends the Bosnian war. 20 years.
16th December 1775
English novelist Jane Austen is born. 240 years.
19th December 1915
Édith Piaf, French singer and icon also known as “The Little Sparrow,” is born. 100 years
26th December 1890
Heinrich Schliemann, archeologist who uncovered the city of Troy, dies. 125 years.
28th December 1950
The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park. 60 years.
28th December 1065
Westminster Abbey is consecrated. 950 years.
29th December 1940
In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians. 65 years.
30th December 1865
The English writer Rudyard Kipling is born. He is best known for his children stories. 150 years.
1st January 1766
Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, son of James VII and II and Mary of Modena, dies. 250 years.
2nd January 1941
World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales. 75 years.
2nd January 1891
Giovanni Michelucci, Italian architect who designed the Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station, is born. 125 years.
3rd January 1941
Henri-Louis Bergson, French philosopher and Nobel prize laureate, dies. 75 years.
4th January 1986
Christopher Isherwood, English novelist and playwright, dies. 30 years.
5th January 1941
Amy Johnson, English aviator and first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, dies. 75 years.
6th January 1941
Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States delivers his Four Freedoms speech. 75 years.
8th January 1941
Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouts and Guides movement, dies. 75 years.
9th January 1936
John Gilbert, American actor, screenwriter and director, died. 80 years.
9th January 1816
The first trial of the Davy lamp for miners invented by Sir Humphry Davy at Hebburn Colliery. 200 years.
10th January 1941
Sir John Lavery, Irish portrait and landscape painter, dies. 75 years.
11th January 1891
Georges-Eugene Haussmann, French urban planner who reconstructed central Paris. died. 125 years.

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