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, dide 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.
2nd March 1791
John Wesley, Anglican cleric and founder of the Methodist Church, dies. 225 years.
2nd March 1991
Serge Gainsbourg, French singer-songwriter, actor, and director, died. 25 years.
3rd March 1816
William James Blacklock, an English landscape painter, is born. 200 years.
3rd March 1996
Marguerite Duras, a French writer of award-winning books such as L'Amant and film director, dies. 20 years.
4th March 1916
Franz Marc, German painter and printmaker, dies. 100 years.
4th March 1936
German airship Hindenburg made its first flight. It was destroyed by fire in May 1937. 80 years.
5th March 1966
Anna Akhmatova, Russian modernist poet and one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon, dies. 50 years.
5th March 1616
Work of Copernicus banned by the Congregation of the Index. 400 years.
6th March 1986
Georgia O'Keeffe, American painter of nature and the southwestern landscape, dies. 30 years.
8th March 1971
Harold Lloyd, one of the most influential actor of the silent film era together with Chaplin and Keaton, died. 45 years.
10th March 1986
Ray Milland, a Welsh actor and director, died. 30 years.
11th March 1916
Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister, is born. 100 years.

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