Major Anniversaries in 2020
250 years since the invention of the toothbrush by English entrepreneur William Addis
225 years since the birth of John Keats, a leader of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley
200 years since the birth 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
200 years since the death of Joseph Banks, English naturalist, who travelled with Cook on his first great voyage and who established Kew Gardens
200 years since the death of King George III, King of the United Kingdom during the Seven Years War, the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars
200 years since the discovery of electromagnetism by Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted
200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, widely recognised as the founder of modern nursing
200 years since foundation of the Royal Astronomical Society, by far the oldest astronomical society in the world
150 years since the death of Charles Dickens, widely regarded as Britain's greatest author, best known for 'A Christmas Carol' and his classic realist novels, especially 'Oliver Twist', 'David Copperfield', 'Great Expectations' and 'A Tale of Two Cities'
150 years since the death of Alexandre Dumas père, French playwriter and author who invented the modern adventure story genre