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Max Beerbohm

Max Beerbohm

Born 24/8/1872, 145 years ago

Caricaturist and writer. Born 57 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington. In the Oscar Wilde circle of friends. He became successful and famous at aged 24, but never rich. Half brother and cousin to He...

Person, Art, Literature

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Sir Rowan Boland CBE

Sir Rowan Boland CBE

Died 24/8/1972, 45 years ago

Dean of the Medical and Dental Schools at Guy's Hospital in 1964. Born Scotland. Lost an eye in WW1.

Person, Medicine, Politics & Administration, Scotland

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siege of Cadiz

siege of Cadiz

Ended 24/8/1812, 205 years ago

Part of the Peninsular Wars which were part of the Napoleonic Wars.  The French besieged Cadiz, where the Spanish government was based, and the Portuguese and British assisted the Spanish.  On  22 ...

Event, Armed Forces, War Memorial other, Spain

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Thomas Chatterton

Thomas Chatterton

Died 24/8/1770, 247 years ago

Poet and forger of pseudo-medieval poetry. Born Bristol. Largely self-taught, read extensively and began writing verse aged 11. Became besotted with the medieval period and faked the writings of...

Person, Poetry

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Leland Lewis Duncan

Leland Lewis Duncan

Born 24/8/1862, 155 years ago

Historian, author and public servant. Born in Lewisham. He served in the War Office for forty years and was rewarded with an M.V.O. (Member of the Victorian Order) and an O.B.E. His interest in loc...

Person, Politics & Administration, History

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