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Earl Beatty

Earl Beatty

Born 17/1/1871, 146 years ago

Admiral. Born Nantwich. The youngest non-royal to become Rear Admiral since Nelson. Fought in WWI but more importantly, fearing defeat, kept the British Navy out of major sea battles and thus ma...

Person, Armed Forces

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Anne Brontë

Anne Brontë

Born 17/1/1820, 197 years ago

Novelist and poet.  Born Yorkshire.  Youngest member of the Bonte literary family.  Novels: 'Agnes Grey', 'Tenant of Wildfell Hall'.  See Charlotte Brontë for more.

Person, Literature

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Sir Francis Galton

Sir Francis Galton

Died 17/1/1911, 106 years ago

Biostatistician, human geneticist and eugenicist. Born at The Larches, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, a half-cousin of Charles Darwin. An enthusiastic traveller, particularly in Africa. Darwin's publicati...

Person, Exploring, Science, Africa

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Richard Green

Richard Green

Died 17/1/1863, 154 years ago

Ship-owner and philanthropist. Probably born in the family house in Blackwall Yard, Poplar, the son of shipbuilder George Green. After completing his studies, he entered the business which speciali...

Person, Engineering, Philanthropy, Transport

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Tommy Handley

Tommy Handley

Born 17/1/1892, 125 years ago

Radio comedian.  Born Liverpool.  Best known for the BBC radio show "ITMA - It's that man again".

Person, Humour, TV & Radio

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