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23rd January 1349 (673 Years)
Zhu Yuanzhang ascends the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.
23rd January 1866 (156 Years)
Thomas Love Peacock, English novelist, famous for 'Nightmare Abbey', dies.
23rd January 1889 (133 Years)
Alexandre Cabanel died.
23rd January 1928 (94 Years)
Jeanne Moreau, French actress, singer, director, and screenwriter, was born.
23rd January 1944 (78 Years)
Edvard Munch, a Norwegian painter and printmaker, died.
23rd January 1947 (75 Years)
Pierre Bonnard, French painter and founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis, died.
23rd January 1986 (36 Years)
Joseph Beuys, German Fluxus, happening and performance artist, dies.
23rd January 1989 (33 Years)
Salvador Dali, a prominent Spanish surrealist painter, died.
24th January 1920 (102 Years)
Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor, died.
24th January 1942 us (80 Years)
Citizen Kane, the 1941 American drama film by Orson Welles,and its first feature film, premièred in the UK.
24th January 1965 (57 Years)
Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, died.
25th January 1882 (140 Years)
Adeline Virginia Woolf, English modernist writer, was born.
25th January 1947 (75 Years)
Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone, American gangster who attained fame during the Prohibition era, died.
25th January 1990 (32 Years)
Ava Lavinia Gardner, American actress and singer, died.
25th January 2005 (17 Years)
Philip Johnson, American architect, dies aged 98.
26th January 1824 (198 Years)
Théodore Géricault died.
26th January 1838 (184 Years)
Tennessee enacted the first prohibition laws in the United States.
27th January 1343 (679 Years)
Pope Clement VI issues the papal bull Unigenitus to justify the power of the pope and the use of indulgences. Nearly 200 years later, Martin Luther would protest this.
27th January 1593 (429 Years)
The Vatican opens the seven-year trial of scholar Giordano Bruno.
27th January 1921 (101 Years)
Donna Reed, American film and television actress and producer, was born.
27th January 1945 (77 Years)
Liberation of the German concentration camp Auschwitz.
27th January 1986 (36 Years)
Lilli Palmer, born Lilli Marie Peiser, German actress, died.
28th January 1807 (215 Years)
Pall Mall in London becomes the first street to be lighted by gas lamps.
28th January 1887 (135 Years)
Construction of the Eiffel Tower begins.
28th January 1929 (93 Years)
Claes Oldenburg, American Pop Artist, was born.
28th January 1958 (64 Years)
The Lego company patents the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
29th January 1393 (629 Years)
Bal des Ardents (the "Ball of the Burning Men"): Charles VI of France almost died when costumes caught fire at a masquerade ball.
29th January 1843 (179 Years)
William McKinley, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 25th President of the United States, was born.
29th January 1888 (134 Years)
Edward Lear, poet and author, died.