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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Died 17/12/1917, 100 years ago

Born in Whitechapel. She was the first female doctor to be trained in Britain and went on to promote the medical training of women at a time when medicine was an all-male profession.  Elder sister ...

Person, Medicine, Gender Issues

3 memorials

WPC Jane Arbuthnot

WPC Jane Arbuthnot

Died 17/12/1983, 34 years ago

Aged 22.

Person, Armed Forces, Tragedy

1 memorial

Sir Francis Beaufort

Sir Francis Beaufort

Died 17/12/1857, 160 years ago

Admiral and hydrographer (map making for sailors). Developed the Beaufort Scale (for winds) in 1805. Born Co. Meath, Ireland. He kept journals, written in code, and these reveal that, as a widow...

Person, Armed Forces, Science, Ireland

1 memorial

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Born 17/12/1770, 247 years ago

Composer. Born (we only have his baptism date) in Bonn (now Germany). His ninth, the Choral, symphony, Ode to Joy, was commissioned in 1822 by the Philharmonic Society of London and first performed...

Person, Music / songs, Seriously Famous

2 memorials

Simon Bolivar

Simon Bolivar

Died 17/12/1830, 187 years ago

"El libertador". Born Caracas. Latin American statesman and patriot who worked to liberated Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru & Venezuela from Spanish rule. In London briefly in 1810. Died i...

Person, Nationalism, Politics & Administration, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Venezuela

5 memorials

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