27 October 1889
EB was born at Rochester
, the first of two children in her family.
EB published National Velvet
, a novel whose teenage heroine disguises herself as a boy to ride in, and win, the Grand National, a steeplechase which then and for long afterwards was barred to women.
15 December 1944
The film adaptation of EB's National Velvet
, starring the young and then unknown Elizabeth Taylor
, premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York
. It opened in Britain the same month.
A volume of EB's Poems
was published by Whittington, John Randle's private press in Gloucestershire
31 March 1981
At the age of ninety-one, EB died of bronchopneumonia in London