5th January 1941
Amy Johnson, English aviator and first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, dies at 37, while piloting a ferry flight for the Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII. 75 years.
10th January 1941
Sir John Lavery, Irish portrait and landscape painter, dies in County Kilkenny, aged 84. 75 years.
20th January 1941
Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected as President for the third time, central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the USA during a time of worldwide economic depression and war. 75 years.
21st January 1961
John F. Kennedy, the youngest man ever to be elected as president of the United States, starts his new job after beating Republican Vice President Richard Nixon. 55 years.
21st January 1976
Concorde's first commercial flight from London Heathrow to Bahrain. Pilot: Captain Norman Todd. 40 years.
1st February 1976
Hans Richter, a German painter, graphic artist, avant-gardist, film-experimenter and producer, died in Minusio, near Locarno, Switzerland. 40 years.
7th February 1986
Yamasaki, one of the most prominent American architects of the 20th century, best known for designing the original World Trade Center in New York City, died in Michigan, USA. 30 years.
10th February 1906
HMS Dreadnought, a battleship of the Royal Navy that revolutionized naval power, was launched. 110 years.
13th February 1891
Grant Wood, American painter best known for his 'American Gothic' and work depicting the rural American mid-west, was born in Anamosa, Iowa. 125 years.
21st February 1916
The Battle of Verdun was fought from the 21st February – 18 December, 1916, during WWI between the German and French armies, in north-eastern France. 100 years.
4th March 1916
Franz Marc, a German painter and printmaker, one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement and a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter, died in France. 100 years.
5th March 1936
The Supermarine Spitfire, the prototype of a British single-seat fighter aircraft took off on its first flight from Eastleigh Aerodrome (later Southampton Airport). 80 years.
5th March 1946
Winston Churchill gives his famous "Iron Curtain" speech. 70 years.
6th March 1986
Georgia Totto O'Keeffe, an American painter of nature and the southwestern landscape, died in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 30 years.
7th March 1936
The Rhineland is remilitarized by the German Army: it was the first time since the end of WWI that German troops had been in this region, thus violating the terms of the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Treaties. 80 years.
20th March 1916
Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity. 100 years
25th March 1976
Josef Albers, German-born American artist and educator whose work formed the most influential and far-reaching art education programs of the 20th century, died in New Haven, Connecticut. 40 years.
Exact Date Unknown - March 1961
The national parliament is elected in West Papua by Indonesian people. 55 years.
2nd April 1891
Max Ernst, German artist and pioneer of the Dada and Surrealist movements, was born on the in Brühl, Germany. 125 years.
12th April 1961
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, a Russian-Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, becomes the first human to enter space. 55 years.
13th April 1956
Emil Nolde, German Danish painter and printmaker, one of the first Expressionists and a member of Die Brücke, died. 60 years.
21st April 1926
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II was born and became Queen at the age of 25. She has reigned through more than five decades of enormous social change and development. 90 years.
22nd April 1616
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright, author of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, died in Madrid. 400 years.
23rd April 1616
William Shakespeare, the "Bard of Avon", poet, playwright, and actor, whose work includes 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems, died in Stratford-upon-Avon. 400 years.

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