11th February 1975
Margaret Thatcher elected leader of the Conservative Party. 45 years.
11th February 1990
Revolutionary and politician, Nelson Mandela freed. 30 years.
13th February 1945
Thousands of bombs destroy the German city Dresden, WW2. 75 years.
16th February 1990
Keith Haring, American artist, dies aged 31. 30 years.
14th February 1975
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, English author and one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century, died. 45 years.
18th February 1745
Alessandro Volta, the Italian inventor of the electric battery, was born. 275 years.
19th February 1985
The BBC TV show EastEnders broadcasts for the first time. 35years.
21st February 1965
Malcolm X, controversial black nationalist leader, was assassinated. 55 years.
22nd February 1980
Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian artist best known for his expressionists portraits and landscapes, dies aged 93. 40 years.
23rd February 1945
The US flag is raised over Iwo Jima. 75 years.
27th February 2015
Leonard Nimoy, American actor best known for his role as Spock of the Star Trek franchise, dies aged 83. 5 years.
28th February 1820
Sir John Tenniel, English graphic humorist, political cartoonist and famous for the illustrations of Alice in Wonderland, was born. 200 years.
2nd March 1895
The French Impressionist Painter, Berthe Morisot died. 125 years.
3rd March 1985
NUM decided to end the Miner's strike. 35 years.
4th March 1975
Comic genius Charlie Chaplin is knighted. 45 years.
4th March 1890
The longest bridge in Great Britain, the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland, measuring 1,710 feet (520 m) long, is opened by the Prince of Wales, who later becomes King Edward VII. 130 years.
4th March 1980
Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe wins a sweeping election victory to become Zimbabwe's first black prime minister. 35 years.
6th March 1475
Michelangelo Buonarroti was born near Arezzo, Italy. 545 years.
7th March 1965
Selma Montgomery marches begin. 55 years.
8th March 1945
Anselm Kiefer, a German artist, was born. 75 years.

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