1828 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti born. English poet, illustrator, painter and translator.
He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, and was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.
His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement.
1942 – Ian Dury born. English singer-songwriter, bandleader, artist and actor.
Dury formed Kilburn & the High Roads in 1971 – they found favour on London’s pub rock circuit and signed to Dawn Records in 1974, but despite favourable press coverage and a tour opening for The Who, the group failed to rise above cult status and disbanded in 1975.
Their more successful successors, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, sound drew from its members’ diverse musical influences, which included jazz, rock and roll, funk, and reggae, and Dury’s love of music hall.