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Willy Brandt

Willy Brandt

Born 18/12/1913, 101 years ago

Politiican. Born as Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm in the Free City of Lübeck (German Empire). In 1933 he left Germany for Norway to escape Nazi persecution and adopted his new name to avoid detection. H...

Person, Politics & Administration, Germany, Norway, Spain

1 memorial

Ernest Boulton

Ernest Boulton

Born 18/12/1847, 167 years ago

Boulton and Frederick Park were 'Stella & Fanny', the celebrated Victorian cross-dressers. Born at Kings Road, Tottenham.  Boulton's cross-dressing began very early and his parents seem to have ac...

Person, Gender Issues, Theatre

1 memorial

Sir Laurence Gomme

Sir Laurence Gomme

Born 18/12/1553, 461 years ago

Born 3 Cecil Street, Stepney. Clerk to the London County Council, folklorist and historian. Died at home, Buckinghamshire.

Person, History, Politics & Administration, Tourism / Traditions

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Joseph Grimaldi

Joseph Grimaldi

Born 18/12/1778, 236 years ago

Pantomime clown appearing at Sadler's Wells, Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres. The traditional clowns' make-up, being called Joey and many of the gags and tricks date back to Grimaldi. Born ...

Person, Humour, Seriously Famous, Theatre

4 memorials

Iolo Morganwg

Iolo Morganwg

Died 18/12/1826, 188 years ago

Born Edward Williams in Glamorgan. Founder member of the Unitarian movement in Wales, an anti-slavery campaigner, and political radical who called himself "The Bard of Liberty". As a stonemason he ...

Person, Poetry, Race Issues, Wales

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