1st January 1766
Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, son of James VII and II and Mary of Modena, dies. 250 years.
2nd January 1941
World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales. 75 years.
2nd January 1891
Giovanni Michelucci, Italian architect who designed the Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station, is born. 125 years.
3rd January 1941
Henri-Louis Bergson, French philosopher and Nobel prize laureate, dies. 75 years.
4th January 1986
Christopher Isherwood, English novelist and playwright, dies. 30 years.
5th January 1941
Amy Johnson, English aviator and first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, dies. 75 years.
6th January 1941
Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States delivers his Four Freedoms speech. 75 years.
8th January 1941
Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouts and Guides movement, dies. 75 years.
9th January 1936
John Gilbert, American actor, screenwriter and director, died. 80 years.
9th January 1816
The first trial of the Davy lamp for miners invented by Sir Humphry Davy at Hebburn Colliery. 200 years.
10th January 1941
Sir John Lavery, Irish portrait and landscape painter, dies. 75 years.
11th January 1966
Alberto Giacometti, Swiss sculptor, painter, draughtsman and printmaker, dies. 50 years.
11th January 1891
Georges-Eugene Haussmann, French urban planner who reconstructed central Paris. died. 125 years.
12th January 1976
Agatha Christie, English crime writer and creator of characters such as Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, dies. 40 years.
13th January 1941
James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet, best known for 'Ulysses', dies. 75 years.
14th January 1841
Berthe Morisot, French painter and printmaker who was associated with Impressionism, is born. 175 years.
14th January 1941
Dorothy Faye Dunaway, American actress, was born. 75 years.
14th January 1986
Donna Reed, American film and television actress and producer, died. 30 years.
14th January 2006
Shelley Winters, American stage, film and television actress, died. 10 years.
20th January 1716
Charles III, King of Spain and the Spanish Indies from 1759 to 1788, was born. 300 years.

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