10th November 1880
Sir Jacob Epstein, American-British sculptor, was born. 140 years.
14th November 1840
Claude Monet, French painter and master of Impressionism, was born. 180 years.
23rd November 1990
Roald Dahl, British author and scriptwriter, famous for novels such as "The BFG" or "Matilda", died. 30 years.
1st December 1955
Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. 65 years.
2nd December 1950
I, Robot, a collection of nine science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov, was published for the first time. 50 years
5th December 1830
Christina Rossetti, one of the best-loved English poets, was born. 190 years.
11th December 1890
Mark Tobey, American abstract painter, was born. 130 years.
22nd December 1960
Jean-Michel Basquiat, American artist and one of the most significant painters of the 20th century, was born. 60 years.
23rd April 1891
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and conductor, was born. 130 years.
30th June 1891
Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA, one of Britain's most renowned 20th century painters, was born. 130 years.
7th November 1991
Eileen Agar, British painter and photographer associated with the Surrealist movement, died. 30 years.
18th March 1937
Charles Haslewood Shannon, lithographer and painter died. 85 years.
18th October 1922
The British Broadcasting Company, as the BBC was originally called, was formed by a group of leading wireless manufacturers including Marconi. 100 years
November 1972
The Wind in the Wires by John Edwards - Buff Films won the first year of The Grierson Award trophy. 50 years.
1st November 1952
First detonation of the H-Bomb (Ivy Mike) at Enewetak Atoll. 70 years
3rd November 1957
Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2. On board is the first animal to enter orbit, a dog named Laika. 65 years
8th December 1922
Lucian Freud, German-born English artist, was born. 100 years.
24th December 1922
Ava Lavinia Gardner, American actress and singer, was born. 100 years.
9th January 1863
The opening of the first underground railway in London. 160 years.
9th January 1913
Richard Nixon, infamously the only U.S. President to resign from office, is born. 110 years.

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