22nd November 1913
Benjamin Britten, leading British composer, conductor and pianist, was born. 110 years.
22nd November 1963
C.S. Lewis, author of the Narnia Chronicles, died. 60 years.
1st December 1913
Henry Ford instituted moving assembly line. 110 years
2nd December 1923
Maria Callas, American-born Greek opera soprano, was born. 100 years.
5th December 2013
Nelson Mandela, South African lawyer and politician, 1st President of South Africa, Nobel Prize laureate, died. 10 years.
12th December 1863
Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and print maker, was born. 160 years.
24th December 1863
William Makepeace Thackeray, writer, died. 160 years.
21st January 1924
Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Russian SFSR and premier of the Soviet Union, died. 100 years.
15th February 1764
The city of Saint Louis, Missouri in America, was founded. 260 years.
18th February 1564
Michelangelo, the Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet and engineer of the High Renaissance, died. 460 years
25th February 1914
Sir John Tenniel, the British illustrator and political cartoonist, best know for his work for Punch and Alice in Wonderland, died. 110 years.
3rd March 1914
Asger Jorn, Danish painter and founding member of the avant-garde movement COBRA, was born. 110 years.
5th April 1614
Anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to English colonist John Rolfe. 410 years.
7th April 1614
El Greco, Greek painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance, died. 410 years.
10th April 1954
Auguste Lumiere, the French cinema pioneer who developed a film projector and camera with his brother Louis, died. 70 years.
15th April 1764
Madame de Pompadour, mistress, friend and adviser to Louis XV, died. 260 years.
16th April 1889
The British comic actor and filmmaker, Charlie Chaplin, was born. 135 years.
26th April 1564
William Shakespeare was born (he was baptised on this date, his actual birth date is still unknown). 460 years.
2nd May 1964
Nancy Astor, the American-born British politician who was the first female MP, died. 60 years.
8th May 1864
The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House during the American Civil War (that lasted until the 21st May). 160 years.

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