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Henry VI becomes King of England and France (ten months old, 1422).
60% of the human race have died before their first birthday.
Mozart watches his older sister playing a piece of music, gets up and plays the same piece perfectly. C. 1759.
Shirley Temple begins acting (1931).
Charles I only able to walk and talk from this age onward (c.1605).
Michael Jackson begins performing with The Jackson Five (1965).
Lisa Simpson’s age.
Edward VI becomes King (1547).
Bart Simpson’s age.
Orson Welles had read the Complete Works of Shakespeare by this age (1925).
Macaulay Culkin is in Home Alone (1990).
Tatum O’Neal wins an acting Oscar for Paper Moon (1974), the youngest ever actor to receive one.
Anna Paquin wins a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Piano (1993).
Jodie Foster appears in Bugsy Malone and Taxi Driver (1976).
Edward V (1483) one of the “Princes in the Tower” dies around this age.
Emperor Tutankhamun dies.
Anne Frank dies (1945).
Britney Spears releases “Baby One More Time” (1999).
Billie Piper releases Number One hit “Because We Want To” (1998).
Edward VI dies (1553).
Boris Becker wins Wimbledon (1985).
Joan of Arc burnt at the stake (1431).
Gavrillo Princip is this age when he assassinates Archduke Franz Ferdinand effectively triggering the outbreak of the First World War (1914).
Peter Cook writes the “One Leg Too Few” sketch (c. 1956).
Nigel Short World Chess Grandmaster (1984).
Princess Diana marries (1981).
Jesse Owens appears at the Berlin Olympics (1936).
Buddy Holly dies (1959).
Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested for the killing of JFK before being shot dead himself (1963).
River Phoenix dies (1993).
William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister (1783).
Zadie Smith sees White Teeth published (2000).
James Dean dies in a car crash (1955).
John Singleton nominated Best Director for Boyz N The Hood (1991), the youngest such nominee.
Orson Welles directs Citizen Kane (1941).
Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II both become Queen (1558 and 1952).
Ian Hislop becomes editor of Private Eye (1985).
John Keats dies (1821).
Charles Dickens writes Oliver Twist (1838).
Stephen King’s Carrie (1974) published.
Matt Smith is the youngest ever Doctor Who (2009).
Andy Murray wins Wimbledon (2013).
A notorious age for musicians to die:
Kurt Cobain dies (1994).
Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones dies (1969).
Jimi Hendrix dies (1970).
Janis Joplin dies (1970).
Jim Morrison dies (1970).
Steven Spielberg sees Jaws released (1975).
John Lennon’s age when The Beatles split up (1970).
John Cleese’s age when Monty Python begins (very nearly 30, 1969).
Harold Wilson becomes the youngest cabinet minister of the 20th century (1947).
Alexander the Great dies (332BC).
Robert De Niro’s age on the release of Taxi Driver (1976).
Fidel Castro wins power in Cuba (1959).
Prince Charles (1981) marries Diana at this age.
Tolstoy begins writing War and Peace (1861). It is published eight years later.
Approximate age of Jesus Christ on his death.
John Belushi dies (1982).
George Lucas directs Star Wars (1977).
Ayrton Senna dies (1994).
Hitler attempts Munich Beer Hall Putsch (1923).
The minimum age requirement to run for US president.
Mozart dies (1791).
Napoleon becomes Emperor of France (1804).
Anne Boleyn beheaded (1536, approx. age).
William Hague becomes Tory leader (1997).
Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana both die (1962 and 1997).
Neil Armstrong walks on the moon (1969).
Martin Sheen suffers a heart attack while filming Apocalypse Now (1978).
David Cameron elected Tory leader (2005).
George Osborne becomes Chancellor (2010).
Cleopatra dies after being bitten by an asp (30BC).
John Lennon is shot and killed (1980).
Ed Miliband is elected Labour leader (2010).
Tony Blair and Neil Kinnock are both elected leader of the Labour Party (1994 and 1983).
Theodore Roosevelt becomes the youngest ever US president (1901).
Bobby Kennedy runs for US president and is assassinated (1968).
Christopher Columbus sails the ocean blue (1492). (He was around this age).
Elvis Presley dies (1977).
Adolf Hitler becomes German Chancellor (1933).
John F. Kennedy is elected president, the youngest to be elected president although not the youngest ever (1960).
David Cameron becomes PM (2010).
John Candy, actor, dies (1994).
Orwell writes 1984 (1948).
Napoleon loses the Battle of Waterloo (1815).
President Kennedy is assassinated (1963).
Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are both elected president (1992 and 2008).
Leonardo da Vinci paints The Last Supper (1498).
George Orwell dies.
Margaret Thatcher ousts Heath as Tory leader (1975).
Michael Jackson dies (2009).
Napoleon dies (1821).
Margaret Thatcher elected first UK woman Prime Minister (1979).
Oscar Wilde dies in Paris (1900).
Julius Caesar is assassinated (44BC)
Thomas Hardy’s last novel Jude The Obscure is published (1895).
Richard Nixon becomes US president (1969).
Hitler dies (1945).
Charles Dickens dies (1870).
Nixon resigns as US president (1974).
Winston Churchill assumes office as PM.
Ronald Reagan is elected US president (1980).
Mary Wesley sees her first novel published.
John Major, former Prime Minister’s age in 2014
Reagan is re-elected (1984). Bob Dole (1996) and John McCain (2008) run unsuccessfully for US president.
Clint Eastwood wins Best Director (the oldest ever recipient) for Million Dollar Baby (2004).
Reagan, the oldest US president to date, leaves office (1989).
Jessica Tandy becomes the oldest Best Actress winner for Driving Miss Daisy (1989).
Queen Victoria dies (1901).
Churchill, the oldest PM of the 20th century, steps down (1955).
William Gladstone steps down as the oldest ever Prime Minister (1894). He dies, age 88 (1898)
Thomas Hardy dies (1928).
Charlie Chaplin dies (1977).
Winston Churchill dies (1965).
Richard Gordon, author of the Doctor books age (2014).
Jake Le Motta, boxer, subject of Raging Bull age (2014).
The Queen Mother dies (2002)
Kennedy clan matriarch Rose Kennedy dies (1995).
Harry Patch dies, the last British fighting Tommy of the First World War dies (2009).