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January 2024 Anniversaries
January 1st: Marks 90 years since Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, California, became a federal prison. The prison opened in 1934 and closed in 1963.
January 1st: Marks 30 years since the death of American actor, Cesar Romero, best known for his role in The Joker in the 1960s television series, Batman.
January 7th: Celebrates 125 years since the birth of French composer and pianist, Francis Poulenc.
January 8th: Marks 200 years since the birth of Wilkie Collins, British novelist and playwright. Best known for The Woman in White and The Moonstone - which is regarded as the first modern British detective novel. He also collaborated with Charles Dickens.
January 17th: 80 years since the beginning of the Battle of Monte Cassino (of the Second World War), ending on 18 May, 1944.
January 18th: Celebrates the 120th birthday of actor, Cary Grant.
January 20th: Marks the 125th birthday of Clarice Cliff, British ceramic artist.
January 21st: A century since the death of Vladimir Lenin, Premier of the Soviet Union.
January 23rd: 80 years since the death of Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch, best known for his celebrated painting, The Scream.
January 26th: The 200th anniversary of the death of French painter and lithographer, Theodore Gericault. Among his most celebrated works is, The Raft of the Medusa.
January 29th: Marks 60 years since the death of Alan Ladd, American film actor.
January 31st: Marks 80 years since the death of French playwright and novelist, Jean Giraudoux.
February 2024 Anniversaries
February 1st: Honors 80 years since the death of Dutch abstract artist, Piet Mondrian. Celebrated for his paintings of simple geometric shapes painted in red, blue, yellow and black, Mondrian was an important member of the De Stijl movement.
February 3rd: A century since the death of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States.
February 3rd: Celebrates 150 years since the birth of Gertrude Stein, American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector.
February 8th: 25 years since the death of Dame Iris Murdoch, Irish born British writer and philosopher.
February 10th: A decade since the death of American actress, singer and diplomat, Shirley Temple. Best known as Hollywood's leading child star in the 1930s. She later served as US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
February 21st: The 90th birthday of Nina Simone - American singer, songwriter, pianist and civil rights activist. Her music spans genres including, classical, folk, gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and pop.
March 2024 Anniversaries
March 1st: Signals 40 years since the death of American actor, Jackie Coogan. The first major Hollywood child star, known for his leading role in The Kid. He later played Uncle Fester in the television series The Addams Family.
March 9th: Marks 30 years since the death of Charles Bukowski.
March 9th: The 90th anniversary of the birth of Yuri Gagarin, Russian astronaut and Soviet pilot.
March 28th: Marks 30 years since the death of Eugene Ionesco, Romanian-born French playwright. One of the most important dramatists of the 20th century, Ionesco helped to create the Theatre of the Absurd.
March 31st: The 135rd anniversary of the completion of the iconic Eiffel Tower.
April 2024 Anniversaries
April 2nd: 50th anniversary of the death of Georges Pompidou, President of the French Republic from 1969 until his death in 1974.
April 9th: 65 years since the death of Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect and writer. Lloyd Wright is often regarded as ‘the greatest American architect of all time’.
April 10th: 130th anniversary of the birth of the English painter, Ben Nicholson.
April 22nd: Honors 40 years since the death of American photographer, Ansel Adams. Regarded as the most important landscape photographer of the 20th century, Adams was best known for his early monochrome shots of the American West.
April 22nd: 200th anniversary of the birth of Immanuel Kant, German philosopher and one of the leading thinkers of the Enlightenment.
April 24th: The 120th anniversary of the birth of Abstract Expressionist painter, Willem de Kooning.
May 2024 Anniversaries
May 9th: 150 years since the birth of Howard Carter, the British archaeologist and Egyptologist, who in November 1922, discovered the intact tomb of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Tutankhamun; the best preserved pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.
May 12th: 80 years since the death of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, British writer, poet and literary critic. Quiller-Couch was perhaps best known for The Oxford Book of English Verse.
May 19th: 40 years since the death of British poet, writer and broadcaster, John Betjeman, who was Poet Laureate from 1972-1984.
May 28th: Marks 175 years since the tragic death of British novelist and poet (and the youngest member of the Bronte family), Anne Bronte, who passed away at age 29 to Tuberculosis. Bronte was perhaps best known for her novels, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
June 2024 Anniversaries
June 3rd: Centenary of the death of Franz Kafka, the Czech-born Austrian modernist author.
June 6th: The 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings by the Allies.
June 10th: 90 years since the death of Frederick Delius, British composer.
June 12th: 100 years since the birth of George H. W. Bush, who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989-1993.
June 19th: Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act in the United States 60 years ago.
June 23rd: Celebrates 200 years since the birth of Carl Reinecke, German Romantic composer, conductor and pianist.
July 2024 Anniversaries
July 1st: Marks 125 years since the birth of Charles Laughton, British-born American stage and film actor, and stage director, who was best known for his roles in films including The Private Life of Henry VIII, Mutiny on the Bounty and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
July 1st: Marks 20 years since the death of Marlon Brando, American stage and film actor and director. One of the most important actors of the 20th century, (A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, The Wild One, Viva Zapata!)
July 4th: The 90th anniversary of the death of Polish physicist, Marie Curie, who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity, which substantially contributed to Cancer treatment methods.
July 5th: Marks 135 years since the birth of Jean Cocteau, the celebrated French author, playwright, artist and director.
July 12th: Celebrates 200 years since the birth of French landscape artist, Eugene Boudin, who was particularly noted for his painterly works depicting the sea and coastlines.
July 13th: Honors 70 years since the death of groundbreaking Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, best known for her vivid and explorative self-portraits.
July 21st: 125 years since the birth of famed Pulitzer-Prize winning American author, Ernest Hemingway, who penned key works including, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and The Old Man and the Sea.
August 2024 Anniversaries
August 3rd: 20th anniversary of the death of French humanist photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, who is considered a master of spontaneous photography and one of the first users of 35mm film. He was a pioneer of street photography and saw the medium as the capture of a decisive moment. Cartier-Bresson was one of the founding members of Magnum Photos in 1947.
August 13th: Celebrates English auteur filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock’s 125th birthday. Today, he is considered one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema.
August 26th: The 50th anniversary of the death of American aviation pioneer, Charles Lindbergh.
September 2024 Anniversaries
September 5th: Celebrates Caspar David Friedrich's 250th birthday. The 19th century landscape painter is generally considered the most important German artists of his generation and the Romantic movement.
September 30th: Centenary birthday of American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, actor, and socialite Truman Capote. Capote is attributed with the invention of the creative non-fiction genre with his novel, In Cold Blood.
October 2024 Anniversaries
October 1st: 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter's 100th birthday. Carter is the longest-lived President in US history.
October 9th: Honors Nicolas Roerich’s 150th birthday - Russian artist and stage set and costume designer. Roerich famously worked with the Ballet Russes.
October 16th: 170th anniversary of the birth of Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde, who also penned the influential novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
October 17th: 175th anniversary of the death of Frederic Chopin, Polish composer and pianist of the Romantic period, who wrote mainly for solo piano. He maintained a worldwide reputation as one of the leading musicians of his time.
November 2024 Anniversaries
November 3rd: Marks 70 years since the death of iconic French Modernist artist, Henri Matisse. His oeuvre of work spanned over half a century and developed from Impressionism to Fauvism and further through Modernism.
November 9th: The fall of the Berlin Wall; on this day in 1989, East Germany opened its checkpoints, allowing its citizens to travel to West Germany. This pivotal historic moment marked the fall of the Iron Curtain, one in a series of events that initiated the collapse of communism in Eastern and Central Europe.
November 29th: Marks 100 years since the death of Italian composer, Giacomo Puccini who is often regarded as the greatest and most successful proponent of Italian opera after Verdi.
November 30th: The 150th birthday of Sir Winston Churchill.
December 2024 Anniversaries
December 1st: The 125th anniversary of the birth of Eileen Agar, a British painter and photographer associated with the Surrealist movement.
December 7th: The centenary birthday of Mario Soares, who served as who served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1976-1978 and from 1983-1985, then subsequently as the 17th President of Portugal from 1986-1996. Soares is considered the father of Portuguese democracy.
December 13th: The 80th anniversary of the death of Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian-born French artist known as a pioneer in the abstract movement.
December 14th: The 65th anniversary of the death of Sir Stanley Spencer CBE, RA, one of the most renowned British painters of the 20th century.
December 24th: Marks 500 years since the death of Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, the first European to reach India by sea.
December 28th: Honors 100 years since the death of Leon Bakst, a member of the Sergei Diaghilev circle and the Ballets Russes, for which he designed exotic, richly colored sets and costumes.