18th December 1869
Edward Redfield, oil painter of landscapes and buildings was born. 150 years.
18th December 1879
Paul Klee, Swiss-German artist whose style was influenced by movements that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism, was born. 140 years.
23rd December 1929
Chet Baker, American Jazz musician and vocalist, was born. 90 years.
23rd December 1989
Nancy Graves, conceptual sculpture based artist, was born. 80 years.
24th December 1914
WWI - Christmas Day Truce, on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day soldiers from both sides ventured into "no man's land", where they mingled and exchanged food and cigarettes. 105 years.
25th December 1889
Humphrey Bogart, American film and stage actor, was born. 120 years.
26th December 1909
Frederic Remington, American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer, died. 110 years.
26th December 2004
The earthquake in the Indian ocean, creating the tsunami that hit South-East Asia. 15 years.
27th December 1904
James Barrie’s play, Peter Pan, premiered at the Duke of York Theatre in London. 115 years.
28th December 2004
Susan Sontag, American writer and filmmaker, professor and political activist, died. 15 years.
29th December 1894
Christina Rossetti, English poet known for writing a variety of romantic and children's poems, died. 125 years.
31st December 1869
Henri Matisse, the French artist and leader of the Fauvist movement, was born. 150 years.
1st January 1895
John Edgar Hoover, the first Director of the FBI, was born. 1250 years.
7th January 1955
Britain's first ever animated feature film, Animal Farm was created by the pioneering Halas & Batchelor Animation Studio. 65 years.
8th January 1935
Elvis Presley, an American singer and actor, was born. 85 years.
8th January 1940
World War II: Britain introduces food rationing. 80 years.
11th January 1935
Amelia Earhart becomes the first aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California. 85 years.
12th January 1895
National Trust, the independent charity and membership organisation for environmental and heritage conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is founded in the United Kingdom. 125 years.
16th January 1920
The League of Nations is formed and Leon Bourgeois is made President of the organisation. 100 years.
20th January 1885
The patent for the first Commercial rollercoaster in Coney Island, NY is registered by L.A. Thompson. 135 years.

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