Major Anniversaries in 2021
250 years since the opening of Cromford, the world's first water powered textile mill, by Richard Arkwright
250 years since the birth of Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, the most popular poet of his day and famous for his historical novels 'Waverley', 'Ivanhoe' and 'Rob Roy'
250 years since the birth of English inventor and mining engineer Richard Trevithick, best known for devising the first high-presure steam engines and the first steam locomotives
225 years since English physician Edward Jenner performed the world's first successful innoculation against smallpox
225 years since the discovery of general anaesthetic by Japanese surgeon Hanaoka Seishu
200 years since the death of English poet John Keats, a leader of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley
200 years since the death of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France between 1804 and 1815, during which time he conquered most of Europe before being defeated at the Battle of Waterloo
175 years since the discovery of Neptune by German astronomers Johann Gottfried Galle and Heinrich Louis d'Arrest.
175 years since the publication of 'The Count of Monte Cristo', widely regarded as the first classic adventure novel, written by French author Alexandre Dumas
150 years since English scientist John William Strut, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, described 'Rayleigh scattering', which explains why the sky appears blue