Major Anniversaries in 2024
200 years since the foundation of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the first animal welfare charity in the world
200 years since the opening of the National Gallery in London
175 years since the death of Anne Brontë, youngest of the three Brontë sisters, best known for her novel 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall', which is widely considered to be the first feminist novel
175 years since the birth of English actor Dame Ellen Terry, the most famous Shakespearian actress in Victorian Britain
150 years since the birth of G K Chesterton, English writer and critic, best known for his 'Father Brown' stories, which established the 'cosy crime' genre
150 years since the opening of Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park in Britain and inspiration for Central Park in Manhattan
125 years since the introduction of Aspirin by German pharmaceutical firm Beyer
100 years since the death of Joseph Conrad, one of Britain's greatest authors, best known for his elegant prose and anti-hero central characters in novels such as Apocalypse Now, Lord Jim, The Duellists and Heart of Darkness.
100 years since the first newspaper crossword puzzle whoch apeared in the Daily Express and Sunday Express
100 years since Scottish inventor John Logie Baird first demonstrated a semi-mechanical TV prototype