After a number of near misses, London Library was finally hit by German bombs on the 23rd of February, 1944.
The library, founded in 1841, is on St James’s Square.
On the 25th of January, 1896, the bearer of the shortest-lived title in the history of the English peerage died aged sixty-five.
Famous painter and sculptor Frederic Leighton, known as 1st Baron Leighton at the time of his death, succumbed to angina pectoris only one day after being awarded the title.
One of his most famous works, Flaming June, painted the year before his death.
Leighton was also an enthusiastic volunteer soldier, and his funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral in London was accompanied by a guard of honour.
This photograph was taken in January, 1978, and shows the village of Bray Shop in Cornwall, England blanketed in snow.
Bray Shop is in the east of the county, near the border with Devon.
Elizabeth Diana Percy, Duchess of Northumberland (née Montagu Douglas Scott) was born on the 20th of January, 1922, to parents the future Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch.
During the Second World War she served in both the Civil Nursing Reserve and the Women’s Royal Naval Service, and worked on the RMS Mauretania and in Australia.
She married Hugh Percy, 10th Duke of Northumberland in 1946 and went on to have seven children. Her husband ascended to the title after his brother, the 9th Duke, was killed in action in the war in 1940.
The Duchess outlived her husband, dying in Surrey, England in 2012.