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Anniversaries 2023

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January 2023 anniversaries

January 7th: Marks 80 years since the death of Nikola Tesla the legendary scientist and inventor who pioneered the electrical revolution and established the first AC electrical currents. 

Portrait of Nikola Tesla, 1890, Napoleon Sarony
Portrait of Nikola Tesla, 1890, Napoleon Sarony / Private Collection / Prismatic Pictures / Bridgeman Images

 

January 8th: Signals 200 years since the birth of British biologist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace, whose work was essential to Darwin's revolutionary theory On the Origins of the Species. 

Alfred Russel Wallace
Alfred Russel Wallace / Private Collection / © Look and Learn / Bridgeman Images

 

January 9th: Will be the 125th birthday of the British actor, singer and comedian Gracie Fields who became one of cinemas biggest stars in the 1930s. Apparently Fields was the highest paid film star in the world during 1937. 

'Walk this Way'
'Walk this Way' / Lebrecht Authors / Bridgeman Images

 

January 14th: Honors 125 years since the death of Lewis Carrol the famous Victorian writer, illustrator, polymath, who created the classic story Alice in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass

The Shower of Cards, illustration from 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll
The Shower of Cards, illustration from 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

January 19th: Celebrates 80 years since the birth of Janis Joplin, an American singer-songwriter who inspired Rock and Roll music with her soulful voice and electric performances.  

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin / Everett Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

January 20th: Will mark 1,000 years since the death of Wulfstan the Bishop of Worcester, he is often considered a saint in western Christianity and during his time stopped the slave trade from operating in Bristol. 

Portrait of Wulfstan, second arch of York from 1002-1023, A copy of an 11th century manuscript, dressed in his ordinary dress, sitting and studying a book in his office. Hand-coloured copper engraving, in “Images historiques des costumes des principaux peuples de l'Antiquite et du Middle Ages” by Robert Von Spalart
Portrait of Wulfstan, second arch of York from 1002-1023, A copy of an 11th century manuscript, dressed in his ordinary dress, sitting and studying a book in his office. Hand-coloured copper engraving, in “Images historiques des costumes des principaux peuples de l'Antiquite et du Middle Ages” by Robert Von Spalart, published in 1796. / © Florilegius / Bridgeman Images

 

January 20th: Will also signal 30 years since the death of Audrey Hepburn, a cinema and fashion icon, who starred in Blake Edwards romantic classic Breakfast at Tiffany's

Funny Face directed By Stanley Donen, 1957
Funny Face directed By Stanley Donen, 1957 / Private Collection / Diltz / Bridgeman Images

 

January 24th: Celebrates 80 years since the Birth of Sharon Tate, known for her performance on TV and in films during the 60s. Tate is forever remembered for her tragic passing at the hands of the Manson Murderers.  

Sharon Tate 1966 by Orlando Suero
Sharon Tate 1966, Orlando Suero / © Estate of Orlando Suero. All rights reserved 2022 / Bridgeman Images

 

February 2023 anniversaries

February 16th: Represents 100 years since Howard Carter opened the door to Tutankhamun's tomb and first gazed up the wonders held within its golden walls. This discovery led to a flood of popularity and is considered as one of the greatest archeological finds to date. 

The gold funerary mask, from the tomb of Tutankhamun
The gold funerary mask, from the tomb of Tutankhamun, Egyptian 18th Dynasty (c.1567-1320 BC)/ Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt / Bridgeman Images

 

February 19th: Will be the 550th birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus the Polish mathematician and astronomer who changed our understanding of the universe with his monumental discovery that the Sun not the Earth was at the center of our solar system. 

Scenographia: Systematis Copernicani Astrological Chart (c.1543) devised by Nicolaus Copernicus , from 'The Celestial Atlas, or the Harmony of the Universe', 1660 (hand-coloured engraving), Andreas Cellarius
Scenographia: Systematis Copernicani Astrological Chart (c.1543) devised by Nicolaus Copernicus , from 'The Celestial Atlas, or the Harmony of the Universe', 1660 (hand-coloured engraving), Andreas Cellarius / British Library, London, UK / © British Library Board. All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images

 

March 2023 anniversaries

March 16th: Marks 125 years since the death of the Victorian illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, who mastered his individual form of line drawing and worked alongside decadent writers like Oscar Wilde at the turn of the century. 

The Peacock Skirt by Aubrey Beardsley
The Peacock Skirt, Aubrey Beardsley / Private Collection / Look and Learn / Elgar Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

April 2023 anniversaries

April 8th: Honors 50 years since the death of Pablo Picasso one of the most prolific artists to have ever lived, as it is generally claimed Picasso made nearly 50,000 works of art in his lifetime, he is a father of modern art and in Spanish modern culture. 

Pablo Picasso with an owl, 1946
Pablo Picasso with an owl, 1946 / © Michel Sima / Bridgeman Images

 

April 18th: Celebrates 30 years since the death of the English sculptor and printmaker Dame Elizabeth Frink, who tried to capture three essentials in her work- "The nature of Man, the horseness of horses and the divine in human form"

Elizabeth Frink, 1976
Elizabeth Frink, 1976 / Private Collection / © The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth. All Rights Reserved 2022 / Bridgeman Images

 

April 20th: Will mark 130 years since the birth of Catalonian painter and sculptor Joan Miro who intended to venture into the subconscious surreal world of the imagination.  

Joan Miro, 1947 by George Platt Lynes
Joan Miro, 1947, George Platt Lynes / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images

 

April 21th: Signals 20 years since the death of Nina Simone, a musician like no other who combined numerous styles and genres including Classical music and Jazz. 

Nina Simone, c.1967
Nina Simone, c.1967 / Bridgeman Images

 

May 2023 anniversaries

May 27th: Celebrates 100 years since the birth of Henry Kissinger, an American diplomat and US secretary of state under the Nixon administration. Controversially being awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1973 for negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam. 

Henry Kissinger caricatured as 'Super K' on the cover of 'Newsweek' magazine, 10 June 1974
Henry Kissinger caricatured as 'Super K' on the cover of 'Newsweek' magazine, 10 June 1974. / Granger / Bridgeman Images

 

June 2023 anniversaries

June 7th: Marks 175 years since the birth of Paul Gauguin, a controversial French post-impressionist painter who is famous for his depictions of life in Tahiti. 

Women of Tahiti, On the Beach, 1891 by Paul Gauguin
Women of Tahiti, On the Beach, 1891, Paul Gauguin / Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

 

June 16th: Celebrates 300 years since the birth of Adam Smith, an economist and Philosopher who is known as "The Father of Capitalism", as his ideals laid the foundations for classical free market economic theory. 

Adam Smith
Adam Smith / Lebrecht Authors / Bridgeman Images

 

19 June: We celebrate 400 years since the birth of the French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher and writer Blaise Pascal

Pascal and Desargues share with Descartes their experiments on the weight of the air in the Place des Vosges (Place Royale) during its construction between 1605 and 1612 in Paris. Marouflaged canvas by Francois Flameng (1856-1923), / La Sorbonne, Paris, France / Photo © Photo Josse / Bridgeman Images
Pascal and Desargues share with Descartes their experiments on the weight of the air in the Place des Vosges (Place Royale) during its construction between 1605 and 1612 in Paris. Marouflaged canvas by Francois Flameng (1856-1923), / La Sorbonne, Paris, France / Photo © Photo Josse / Bridgeman Images

 

 

July 2023 anniversaries

July 16th: Will also celebrate the 300th birthday of Joshua Reynolds, who was the leading Portrait painter in Britain. Reynolds is also well known for becoming the first president of the Royal Academy. 

The Infant Hercules, (oil on canvas) by Joshua Reynolds
The Infant Hercules, (oil on canvas), Joshua Reynolds / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images

 

July 30th: Represents 125 years since the birth of Henry Moore, an artist well known and admired for his semi-abstract monuments and his sculptural drawings. Many of his works are suggestive of the female form and took inspiration from the art created by ancient civilizations in South America. 

Henry Moore, 1975
Henry Moore, 1975 / Private Collection / © The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth. All Rights Reserved 2022 / © The Henry Moore Foundation / Bridgeman Images

 

August 2023 anniversaries

August 30th: Marks 20 years since the death of Charles Bronson, an American actor who was born into poverty, fought in WW2, to then become one of Hollywood's most iconic figures, starring in classics such as Once Upon a Time in the West and The Great Escape

The Magnificent Seven, Charles Bronson, 1960
The Magnificent Seven, Charles Bronson, 1960 / Everett Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

September 2023 anniversaries

September 2nd: Honors 50 years since the death of J. R. R. Tolkien, the writer who is well known for writing The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, which mastered a whole new genre of fantasy writing, creating a world rich with its own history, wizards and hobbits. 

 THE HOBBIT-Title page for a 1966 American edition, by J.R.R. Tolkien, published in 1937
 THE HOBBIT-Title page for a 1966 American edition, by J.R.R. Tolkien, published in 1937 / Granger / Bridgeman Images

 

September 23th: Honors 50 years since the death of Chilian poet-diplomat Pablo Neruda who has inspired millions through his lyrics and dedication to his nation. Neruda won the Nobel prize for literature 1971 representing the wide love and respect for his work. "There were grief and the ruins, and you were the miracle."

Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda / © Louis Monier / Bridgeman Image

 

October 2023 anniversaries

October 16th: Marks 100 years since the founding of the Disney Brothers Studio, set up by Walt Disney and his brother Fred. This animation studio later grew into what is today Disney- one of the biggest studios and entertainment companies in the world. 

Walt Disney the American producer of animated motion-picture cartoons
Walt Disney the American producer of animated motion-picture cartoons / Photographed in 1944 / Granger / Bridgeman Images

 

October 29th: Signals 100 years since the End of the Ottoman Empire after World War I - making way for the birth of Modern Turkey. The Ottoman Empire spanned over 600 years across Eastern Europe and the Middle East. 

Two-headed Serbian eagle destroying the standards of Austria, Hungary, Germany, the Ottoman empire and Bulgaria during World War I
Two-headed Serbian eagle destroying the standards of Austria, Hungary, Germany, the Ottoman empire and Bulgaria, World War I / Private Collection / Look and Learn / Elgar Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

November 2023 anniversaries

November 22nd: Will mark 60 years since the death of John. F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who served during the height of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy's assassination in 1963 led to landmark changes towards American equality with the passing of the Civil Rights Act which outlawed discrimination. 

John F Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in November 22, 1963
John F Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in November 22, 1963/ from the documentary Where Were You? / Bridgeman Images

 

December 2023 anniversaries

 

2nd of December marks 100 years since the birth of the great opera singer Maria Callas

portrait of Maria Callas (gelatin silver print), Cecil Beaton,  (1904-80) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images
Maria Callas (gelatin silver print), Cecil Beaton,  (1904-80) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images

 

December 5th: Honors 10 years since the death of Nelson Mandela the first president of South Africa, and the first Black head of state who was elected in a fully representative democratic election. Mandela is often called Madiba- "The Father of the Nation", and advocated for peace and equality throughout his entire life. 

Nelson Mandela, 1994
Nelson Mandela, 1994 / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

December 27th: Signals 100 years since the death of Gustave Eiffel, the innovative engineer and manufacturer who designed and built the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York. 

Two views of the construction of the Eiffel Tower, 12th February &12th March 1889
Two views of the construction of the Eiffel Tower, 12th February &12th March 1889 / Bridgeman Images

 

December 31st: Celebrates 75 years since the birth of "The Queen of Disco" Donna Summer, who reached international acclaim with her new style and sound, having massive breakthroughs with her classics Love to Love you Baby and I Feel Love

Record sleeve for song "Cats without claws" by Donna Summer 1984
Record sleeve for song "Cats without claws" by Donna Summer 1984 / Bridgeman Image

 

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