28th November 1757
William Blake, poet, painter, printmaker and author of the poem The Tyger, was born. 260 years.
29th November 1832
Louisa May Alcott, American novelist, is born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. 185 years.
29th November 1842
William Blake Richmond, painter and interior decorator, is born. 175 years.
4th December 1892
Generalissimo Francisco Franco Bahamonde, Spanish dictator who ruled over Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975, was born. 125 years.
6th December 1917
Finland declares independence from the Russian Empire. 100 years.
7th December 1817
Vice admiral William Bligh, officer of the British Royal Navy and Capitan of the Bounty, died. 200 years.
8th December 1922
Lucian Freud, German-born English artist, was born. 95 years.
9th December 1717
Johann Joachim Winckelmann, German art historian and archaeologist, was born. 200 years.
10th December 1967
Otis Ray Redding, American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout, died. 50 years.
11th December 1917
WWI: General Edmund Allenby enters the Old City after British victory in the Battle of Jerusalem. 100 years.
17th December 1717
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English suffragette and the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon, died. 200 years.
22nd December 1867
Théodore Rousseau, French painter, dies. 150 years.
24th December 1942
General François Darlan of France is assassinated. 75 years.
24th December 1922
Ava Lavinia Gardner, American actress and singer, was born. 95 years.
25th December 1642
Sir Isaac Newton, mathematician and scientist, was born. 375 years.
25th December 1977
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame during the era of silent film, died. 40 years.
26th December 1972
Harry S. Truman, American politician who served as the 33rd President of the United States, died. 45 years.
27th December 1932
Radio City Music Hall, the entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City, first opened. 85 years.
28th December 1937
Joseph Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor, died. 80 years.

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