What If…? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for April

Monday, 7 April 2014

Here’s this month’s selection of “What If…?” creative writing prompts to inspire you – let’s see what you can do with these!

These are all taken from our book: The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. your town/city/village had its own unique micro-climate?

2. you tried to carry out the world’s most difficult crime?

3. polygamy was legalised and encouraged?

4. you had nothing to worry about?

5. you felt that you had achieved perfection?

6. you didn’t know where you were going?

7. they didn’t want what you had to offer?

8. you didn’t want to escape?

9. you had to carry on regardless?

10. you worked for free just to gain experience?

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30 Newsworthy Anniversaries in September 2014 for you to write about (and make money from!)

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

This is the final month of our trial of the potential new format for the Date-A-Base list. Please let us know if you prefer this format and whether you’d like to see it adopted in the books as well.

As always, the anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time for research and writing. We have painstakingly cross-checked every entry, but you are advised to check all facts again as part of your research. Please let us know of any errors you find.

The Date-A-Base Book 2014The listing below is a small sample of the entries for September from The Date-A-Base Book 2014There are 266 anniversaries for September in the book, which covers the whole of 2014 from January to December and features more than 2,650 anniversaries in total.

Just one published article will cover the cost of your copy many times over.

The Date-A-Base Book 2015 is also available

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1st Sep 1939 (75 anniversary)
Germany invaded Poland, starting World War II.

2nd Sep 1939 (75th anniversary)
The National Service Act was passed, making all British men aged between 18 and 41 liable for military service.

3rd Sep 1939 (75th anniversary)
World War II: Britain, Australia, New Zealand and France declared war on Germany.

4th Sep 1964 (50th anniversary)
The Forth Road Bridge opened in Scotland. It links Edinburgh and Fife across the Firth of Forth. (A second road bridge being constructed alongside it is due for completion in 2016.)

5th Sep 1984 (30th anniversary)
Capital punishment was abolished throughout Australia when Western Australia became the last state to outlaw it.

6th Sep 1989 (25th anniversary)
41,000 Parisians received letters charging them with murder, extortion and prostitution instead of traffic offences (due to a computer error).

7th Sep 1914 (100th anniversary)
Birth of James Van Allen, American scientist who discovered the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding the Earth.

8th Sep 1974 (40th anniversary)
Former U.S. President Richard Nixon was granted a full pardon by his successor, Gerald Ford. (Nixon had resigned in August over the Watergate scandal.)

9th Sep 1954 (60th anniversary)
The ground-breaking ceremony was held for the first full-scale atomic power station in the USA, at Shippingport, Pennsylvania. (It began generating power in Dec 1957 and ceased operations in Oct 1982.)

10th Sep 1939 (75th anniversary)
World War II: the British submarine HMS Oxley was sunk by another British submarine HMS Triton near Norway. The Oxley was out of position and failed to respond to signals, so was assumed to be an enemy vessel. It was the Royal Navy’s first loss of the war.

11th Sep 1989 (25th anniversary)
Hungary opened its border with Austria and lifted East German visa restrictions, allowing thousands of East Germans to flee to the West.

12th – 15th Sep 1939 (200th anniversary)
War of 1812 – the Battle of Baltimore (Maryland); American victory.
(Francis Scott Key watched part of the battle and it inspired him to write his poem The Defence of Fort McHenry, which later became the lyrics to the U.S. national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner).

13th Sep 1989 (25th anniversary)
Customers of Citibank received an extra £2 billion in Britain’s biggest-ever banking computer error. 99.3% of the money was later returned.

14th Sep 1914 (100th anniversary)
Birth of Clayton Moore, American film and television actor. Best known for his lead role in the TV series The Lone Ranger.

15th Sep 1964 (50th anniversary)
The Sun newspaper was first published – it is Britain’s biggest-selling daily newspaper.

16th Sep 1914 (100th anniversary)
Birth of Allen Funt, American radio and television personality, writer, producer and director. Created and hosted the TV show Candid Camera.

17th Sep 1964 (50th anniversary)
The first episode of the TV sitcom Bewitched was broadcast on ABC in the USA.

18th Sep 1964 (50th anniversary)
The first episode of the TV series The Addams Family was broadcast on ABC in the USA.

19th Sep 1934 (80th anniversary)
Birth of Brian Epstein, British rock group manager (The Beatles). (Died 1967.)

20th Sep 1989 (25th anniversary)
F. W. de Klerk became President of South Africa.

21st Sep 1964 (50th anniversary)
Malta gained its independence from the UK.

22nd Sep 1989 (25th anniversary)
IRA bomb attack at the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, Kent, UK. 11 people were killed and more than 20 injured.

23rd Sep 1889 (125th anniversary)
Nintendo was founded in Japan. (It originally produced Japanese playing cards, but later became the world’s largest video game company.)

24th Sep 1939 (75th anniversary)
Death of Carl Laemmle, pioneering German-born American film producer who founded Universal Pictures.

25th Sep 1764 (250th anniversary)
Birth of Fletcher Christian, British sailor who led the famous mutiny on the HMS Bounty against Captain William Bligh in 1789.

26th Sep 1914 (100th anniversary)
The Federal Trade Commission was established in the USA.

27th Sep 1954 (60th anniversary)
The first episode of the long-running television series The Tonight Show was broadcast on NBC in the USA. Steve Allen was the first host.

28th Sep 1914 (100th anniversary)
Death of R(ichard) W(arren) Sears, American businessman who (with Alvah C. Roebuck) founded Sears, Roebuck and Company.

29th Sep 1954 (60th anniversary)
CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) was established in Geneva, Switzerland.

30th Sep 1924 (90th anniversary)
Birth of Truman Capote, American novelist, short story writer and playwright (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In Cold Blood and others). (Died 1984.)

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What If…? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for March

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Here’s this month’s selection of “What If…?” creative writing prompts to inspire you – let’s see what you can do with these!

These are all taken from our book: The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. you always made a point of telling smelly people that they had a problem?

2. you found your house unexpectedly empty?

3. you copied someone else?

4. you spread lies about a competitor?

5. there was an anti-gravity bomb?

6. you could create more time whenever you needed it?

7. you discovered that you couldn’t keep secrets?

8. you were faced with an impossible choice?

9. you had everything you’d ever wanted?

10. you went on a ghost hunt (or organised one), but ran out screaming?

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The Date-A-Base Book 2015 now available

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The Date-A-Base Book 2015We are delighted to announce that the long-awaited Date-A-Base Book 2015 (part 1: January to June) is now available.

Buy your copy today and we’ll send you Part 2 (July to December) as soon as it becomes available – at no additional cost. (Expected end of April.)

Part 1 features over 2,000 newsworthy and notable anniversaries in 2015 – events, discoveries, inventions, births, deaths, etc – for you to write about and make money from. (And there will be another 2,000+ anniversaries in part 2.)

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31 Newsworthy Anniversaries in August 2014 for you to write about (and make money from!)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

We’re continuing our trial of the new format for the Date-A-Base list again this month. Please let us know if you prefer this format and whether you’d like to see it adopted in the books as well.

As always, the anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time for research and writing. We have painstakingly cross-checked every entry, but you are advised to check all facts again as part of your research. Please let us know of any errors you find.

The Date-A-Base Book 2014The listing below is a small sample of the entries for August from The Date-A-Base Book 2014There are 225 anniversaries for August in the book, which covers the whole of 2014 from January to December and features more than 2,650 anniversaries in total.

Just one published article will cover the cost of your copy many times over.

The Date-A-Base Book 2015 is coming soon.
Once again, we apologise for the delay. Cross-checking is taking far longer than we expected due to the erroneous information given out by supposedly trustworthy websites.

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1st Aug 1714 (300th anniversary)
Death of Queen Anne of Great Britain and Ireland, the last Stuart monarch; succeeded by King George I.

2nd Aug 1939 (75th anniversary)
Albert Einstein wrote a letter to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging the creation of an atomic weapons research programme.

3rd Aug 1934 (80th anniversary)
German Chancellor Adolf Hitler became absolute dictator of Germany, combining the roles of Chancellor and President into one: Führer.

4th Aug 1914 (100th anniversary)
World War I: Britain declared war on Germany.

5th Aug 1914 (100th anniversary)
The world’s first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. (The world’s first traffic lights were lit by gas and hand-operated by police officers – the first was installed in London in Dec 1868.)

6th Aug 1889 (125th anniversary)
The Savoy Hotel in London opened.

7th Aug 1944 (70th anniversary)
One of the earliest computers, the Harvard Mark I, was dedicated at Harvard University. It was an electro-mechanical computer built by IBM, where it was called the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (ASCC).

8th Aug 1974 (40th anniversary)
U.S. President Richard Nixon announced his resignation, effective from 9th Aug. He was facing impeachment over the Watergate scandal. Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in as President the following day.

9th Aug 1814 (200th anniversary)
The Creek War in the American South ended with the signing of the Treaty of Fort Jackson. 23 million acres of Creek land (half of Alabama and part of southern Georgia) was surrendered to the United States.

10th Aug 1814 (200th anniversary)
Birth of Henri Nestlé, German-born Swiss confectioner and industrialist; founder of Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company.

11th Aug 1934 (80th anniversary)
The first federal prisoners arrived at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay.

12th Aug 1939 (75th anniversary)
The U.S. première of the movie The Wizard of Oz. (USA release: 25th Aug; UK première: 9th Nov.)

13th Aug 1964 (50th anniversary)
The last executions in Britain took place. Two murderers were hanged: Gwynne Evans at Strangeways Prison in Manchester and Peter Allen at Walton Prison in Liverpool.

14th Aug 1984 (30th anniversary)
Death of J. B. Priestley, British novelist and playwright.

15th Aug 1914 (100th anniversary)
The Panama Canal was officially opened.

16th Aug 1954 (60th anniversary)
The first issue of Sports Illustrated magazine was published in the USA.

17th Aug 1989 (25th anniversary)
Electronic tagging of a criminal was used for the first time in Britain.

18th Aug 1964 (50th anniversary)
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned South Africa from taking part in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics because of its apartheid policies. (The ban remained in place until 1992.)

19th Aug 14 (2000th anniversary)
Death of Augustus, founder and first Emperor of the Roman Empire.

20th Aug 1989 (25th anniversary)
Marchioness disaster, River Thames, London. A dredger crashed into a pleasure cruiser, killing 51 people.

21st Aug 1939 (75th anniversary)
Civil Defence – a grouping of civilian emergency services – began in Britain to provide a controlled response to German bombing raids.

22nd Aug 1999 (15th anniversary)
British farmer Tony Martin was arrested (and later convicted of murder) after he shot and killed a burglar at his farmhouse in Norfolk.

23rd Aug 1944 (70th anniversary)
Freckleton Air Disaster, Lancashire, England. A U.S. Army Air Force bomber crashed into a village school killing 61 people (38 children).

24th Aug 1949 (65th anniversary)
The North Atlantic Treaty came into effect, establishing NATO.

25th Aug 1939 (75th anniversary)
Britain and Poland signed the Anglo-Polish Agreement of Mutual Assistance (also called the Polish-British Common Defence Pact). Its aim was to prevent Germany from attacking Poland. (Hitler had planned to invade Poland on 26th Aug but postponed it to 1st Sept because of the signing of this pact. The invasion then went ahead, starting WWII.)

26th Aug 1974 (40th anniversary)
Death of Charles Lindbergh, American aviation pioneer.

27th Aug 1984 (30th anniversary)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced the Teacher in Space Project. (Over 11,000 teachers applied, and Christa McAuliffe was selected. She died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on 28th Jan 1986.)

28th Aug 1994 (20th anniversary)
Sunday trading was legalised in England and Wales.

29th Aug 1949 (65th anniversary)
The Soviet Union successfully exploded its first atomic bomb (known as First Lightning or Joe 1) at a remote test site in Kazakhstan.

30th Aug 1939 (75th anniversary)
With WWII imminent, the evacuation of children from British cities began.

31st Aug 1994 (20th anniversary)
The IRA agreed to a complete ceasefire after 25 years.

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ideas4writers publications update

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Lots of you are asking when The Date-A-Base Book 2015 will be published.

The bad news is we just don’t know – there’s still a huge amount of work left to do on it, even though we’ve been working on it for 7 months and these books usually only take 3 months to produce. This is mainly due to the worsening accuracy of information available online, which is making cross-checking each entry much harder and more time-consuming, since formerly trusted sources can no longer be trusted.

The good news is that the first half (January to June) is just about done, so we’re going to do what we did with the 2013 edition and split it into two parts. Part 1 should be available (in PDF format) before the end of February – and hopefully by the end of next week.

Rather than sell the two parts separately (which got a bit complicated last time), we’re going to sell part 1 for the usual price (£8.99) and then send the full version (when it’s ready) free of charge to everyone who buys part 1.

While you’re waiting, how about entering a short story competition? Our book How to Win Short Story Competitions is on sale this month for just 99p for the PDF edition or 77p for the Kindle edition.

(You can read Kindle books on any PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet – no Kindle device required. There’s a link to the free Kindle app on every Kindle book page on Amazon’s website.)

What If . . . ? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for February

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Here’s this month’s selection of “What If…?” creative writing prompts to inspire you – let’s see what you can do with these!

These are all taken from our book: The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. you finally did something about all those cars speeding down your street?

2. you couldn’t get enough people to attend?

3. it called for a drastic change of tactics?

4. you could choose to keep (or enhance) one of your five main senses, but you would lose the other four?

5. you disobeyed an order?

6. you thought you had gone too far, but in fact you hadn’t gone far enough?

7. you would be in hospital for months?

8. you were about to set up your 100th company?

9. people thought you were stupid?

10. you wished you didn’t know some of the things you knew?

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31 Newsworthy Anniversaries in July 2014 for you to write about (and make money from!)

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

By popular demand, we’re trying out a new format for the Date-A-Base list this month. Let us know if you prefer this format and whether you’d like to see it adopted in the books as well.

We usually list the anniversaries sorted by anniversary, so in July all the 200th anniversaries are listed together, followed by all the 175th anniversaries, then all the 150th, and so on.

But we’ve been asked to consider sorting the anniversaries by date instead, so that all the 1st July anniversaries are listed together, followed by all the 2nd July anniversaries, and so on. With that in mind, this month we’ve compiled the list in date order, with one anniversary for each day of the month.

As always, the anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time for research and writing. We have painstakingly cross-checked every entry, but you are advised to check all facts again as part of your research. Please let us know of any errors you find.

The Date-A-Base Book 2014The listing below is a small sample of the entries for July from The Date-A-Base Book 2014There are more than 219 anniversaries for July in the book, which covers the whole of 2014 from January to December and features more than 2,650 anniversaries in total.

Just one published article will cover the cost of your copy many times over.

The Date-A-Base Book 2015 is coming soon.
We apologise for the delay. Cross-checking is taking far longer than we expected due to the erroneous information given out by supposedly trustworthy websites.

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1st July 1934 (80th anniversary)
The Federal Communications Commission took over the role of regulator of broadcasting in the USA from the Federal Radio Commission.

2nd July 1964 (50th anniversary)
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 came into effect in the USA. The landmark act outlawed racial and sexual discrimination.

3rd July 1939 (75th anniversary)
The first episode of the radio sitcom Blondie was broadcast in the USA. (It was developed from Chic Young’s comic strip and ran until 1950.)

4th July 1954 (60th anniversary)
All food rationing in Britain ended following the end of WWII. (Food rationing began in Jan 1940. De-rationing began in 1948 but progress was slow. The last items to be de-rationed were meat and bacon.)

5th July 1954 (60th anniversary)
The BBC launched the first daily TV news programme in the UK.

6th July 1964 (50th anniversary)
Nyasaland gained its independence from the UK and changed its name to Malawi.

7th July 1999 (15th anniversary
A jury in Miami, Florida, USA found the tobacco industry liable for making a defective product that causes emphysema, lung cancer and other illnesses. (It later awarded $144.8 billion damages to 500,000 Florida smokers.)

8th July 1839 (175th anniversary)
Birth of John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist; founder of Standard Oil.

9th July 1984 (30th anniversary)
York Minster in England was struck by lightning which set fire to the roof and destroyed the south transept.

10th July 1989 (25th anniversary)
Death of Mel Blanc, American voice actor who supplied voices for over 400 cartoon characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig.

11th July 1914 (100th anniversary)
American baseball legend Babe Ruth played his first Major League Baseball game (Boston Red Sox).

12th July 1994 (20th anniversary)
The ban on German troops fighting outside their own country was lifted, allowing Germany to join UN and NATO peace-keeping missions. The ban had been in place since the end of WWII.

13th July 1954 (60th anniversary)
Death of Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist; best known for her intensely coloured self-portraits.

14th July 1989 (25th anniversary)
The Large Electron Positron Collider (LEP) was inaugurated at CERN in Switzerland. It is 16.8 miles (27 km) in circumference.

15th July 1934 (80th anniversary)
Continental Airlines began operating in the USA. (In Mar 2012 in merged with United Airlines.)

16th to 22nd July 1994 (20th anniversary)
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter.

17th July 1989 (25th anniversary)
The U.S. Air Force’s B-2 Stealth Bomber made its first flight.

18th July 1914 (100th anniversary)
The Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps was established. It was the military aviation service of the U.S. Army until 1918, and became the U.S. Air Force in 1947.

19th July 1814 (200th anniversary)
Birth of Samuel Colt, American inventor and firearms manufacturer who popularised the revolver.

20th July 1944 (70th anniversary)
World War II: the 20th July plot. The German Resistance movement attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in Berlin and remove the Nazi Party from power in a coup. The attempt failed. The movement’s central figure, Claus von Stauffenberg, and his fellow conspirators were executed the following day. The Gestapo also arrested at least 7,000 members of the resistance movement, of whom 4,980 are known to have been executed. This effectively ended the German Resistance movement.

21st July 1954 (60th anniversary)
The first part of J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings was published. (Part 2: 11th Nov 1954, Part 3: 20th Oct 1955.)

22nd July 1934 (80th anniversary)
Death of John Dillinger, American bank robber, ‘Public Enemy No. 1′, shot and killed outside a Chicago theatre by FBI agents.

23rd July 1764 (250th anniversary)
Death of Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born American religious leader; one of the leaders of the Great Awakening in Colonial America.

24th July 1974 (40th anniversary)
Watergate: the U.S. Supreme Court ordered President Richard Nixon to surrender the White House tape recordings that had been subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee in April. Nixon released them on 30th July. (He resigned on 9th Aug, faced with almost certain impeachment.)

25th July 1934 (80th anniversary)
Death of Engelbert Dollfuss, Chancellor of Austria, assassinated by the Nazis.

26th July 1914 (100th anniversary)
Birth of Erskine Hawkins, American jazz/swing trumpeter and bandleader; best known for composing the song Tuxedo Junction.

27th July 1994 (20th anniversary)
Death of Kevin Carter, Pulitzer Prize-winning South African photojournalist; best known for his photo of a starving child watched by a vulture during the 1993 famine in Sudan (suicide).

28th July 1914 (100th anniversary)
World War I began. (Ended 11th Nov 1918.)

29th July 1974 (40th anniversary)
Death of Cass Elliot, ‘Mama Cass’, American singer, best known as a member of The Mamas & the Papas.

30th July 1954 (60th anniversary)
The Television Act was passed in the UK. This led to the establishment of the commercial TV network. The Independent Television Authority (ITA) began operating on 4th Aug. (ITV began broadcasting in the London area on 22nd Sept 1955 and was available in all regions by Sept 1962.)

31st July 1964 (50th anniversary)
The U.S. space probe Ranger 7 sent back the first close-up images of the Moon.

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What If . . . ? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for January

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Here’s this month’s selection of “What If…?” creative writing prompts to inspire you – let’s see what you can do with these!

These are all taken from our book: The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. you were the only person in the world with your particular addiction?

2. you were rich enough to be able to behave in any way that you wanted to?

3. you needed an exorcist?

4. you reassessed all your friendships?

5. your reached the limit of your memory’s capacity?

6. you were pleased to hear that someone had died?

7. you accidentally gave something to the wrong person?

8. you were waiting for an announcement that the country was at war?

9. you changed your personality?

10. you tried to achieve perfection?

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50 Newsworthy Anniversaries in June 2014 for you to write about (and make money from!)

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in June 2014 for you to write about (and make money from). The anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time for research and writing.

We have painstakingly cross-checked every entry, but you are advised to check all facts again as part of your research. Please let us know of any errors you find.

The Date-A-Base Book 2014This list is just a small sample of the entries for June from The Date-A-Base Book 2014There are more than 200 anniversaries for this month in the book, which covers the whole of 2014 from January to December and features more than 2,650 anniversaries in total.

Just one published article will cover the cost of your copy many times over.

The Date-A-Base Book 2015 is coming soon!

700 years ago (23–24 June 1314)
First War of Scottish Independence – the Battle of Bannockburn; a decisive victory for the Scots, who regained their independence.

250 years ago (19 June 1764)
Birth of José Gervasio Artigas, Uruguayan soldier and revolutionary leader; the father of Uruguayan independence.

150 years ago (2 June 1864)
Caucasian Wars – the Russian-Circassian War ended; Russian victory. Russia annexed Circassia and deported around 500,000 of its population.

150 years ago (3 June 1864)
Birth of Ransom Eli Olds, pioneering American inventor and car manufacturer who designed the first Oldsmobile and established the first modern assembly line.

150 years ago (9 June 1864)
American Civil War – the Siege of Petersburg (Virginia) began. (Ended 25th Mar 1865; Union victory.)

150 years ago (11 June 1864)
Birth of Richard Strauss, German Romantic composer and conductor.

150 years ago (14 June 1864)
Birth of Alois Alzheimer, German psychiatrist and neuropathologist; best known for identifying the first recorded case of pre-senile dementia – now known as Alzheimer’s disease.

150 years ago (15 June 1864)
Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, USA was established. (Note: the first military burials began there a month earlier, on 13th May.)

150 years ago (21 June 1864)
New Zealand Land Wars – the Tauranga Campaign ended; British victory.

150 years ago (29 June 1864)
St-Hilaire train disaster, Quebec, Canada. A train fell through an open swing bridge into the Richelieu River after failing to stop at a signal. 99 people were killed. It was Canada’s worst-ever railway disaster.

150 years ago (30 June 1864)
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln granted Yosemite Valley to the State of California for ‘public use, resort and recreation’, making it the first park in the USA to be permanently set aside. (Yosemite National Park, which incorporates the valley, was established in 1890. The first national park was Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872.)

100 years ago (14 June 1914)
Death of Adlai Stevenson, Vice President of the United States (1893–97).

100 years ago (15 June 1914)
Birth of Yuri Andropov, Leader of the Soviet Union (1982–84).

100 years ago (26 June 1914)
Birth of Laurie Lee, British poet, novelist and screenwriter; best known for Cider with Rosie – a memoir of his childhood.

100 years ago (28 June 1914)
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated, sparking a conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia that led to WWI.

80 years ago (9 June 1934)
Walt Disney’s character Donald Duck made his first appearance, in the Silly Symphonies cartoon The Wise Little Hen.

80 years ago (15 June 1934)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in the USA.

80 years ago (19 June 1934)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was established in the USA.

80 years ago (26 June 1934)
New Deal: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act, establishing credit unions in the USA.

80 years ago (30 June 1934)
Night of the Long Knives – Adolf Hitler’s purge (execution) of senior Nazi officials, particularly leaders of the SA paramilitary group (also known as the brownshirts), and hundreds of other (perceived) political opponents.

75 years ago (12 June 1939)
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, USA was dedicated.

75 years ago (23 June 1939)
Siam was renamed Thailand.

75 years ago (25 June 1939)
Birth of Harold Melvin, American soul/R&B/disco singer (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes). (Died 1997.)

75 years ago (26 June 1939)
Death of Ford Madox Ford, influential British novelist, poet, literary critic and magazine editor.

75 years ago (28 June 1939)
Pan American Airways launched the first transatlantic passenger service.

70 years ago (6 June 1944)
World War II – D-Day: the Normandy landings. Over 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France at the start of the Battle of Normandy. (The battle ended on 25th Aug; Allied victory.)

70 years ago (13 June 1944)
World War II: Germany launched the first V-1 flying bomb (‘doodlebug’) attack on London.

70 years ago (17 June 1944)
Iceland declared its independence from Denmark and became a republic. Sveinn Björnsson became its first president.

65 years ago (8 June 1949)
George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published.

60 years ago (7 June 1954)
Death of Alan Turing, British mathematician, logician and computer science pioneer; known for his work as a WWII codebreaker and for developing the Turing machine, which led to the development of the computer. (Suicide.)

60 years ago (15 June 1954)
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) was founded in Basel, Switzerland.

60 years ago (27 June 1954)
The world’s first nuclear power station opened in Obninsk, Russia. (It was decommissioned in 2002.)

50 years ago (9 June 1964)
Death of Sir Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, highly influential Canadian-British politician and newspaper proprietor; owner of the Daily Express and London Evening Standard. He also served as a British Government minister during both world wars.

50 years ago (28 June 1964)
The Organization of Afro-American Unity was founded in New York by Malcolm X.

40 years ago (1 June 1974)
The Heimlich manoeuvre (a procedure for rescuing choking victims by using abdominal thrusts) was first published in the journal Emergency Medicine.

40 years ago (17 June 1974)
An IRA bomb exploded at the Houses of Parliament in London, causing extensive damage and injuring 11 people.

40 years ago (29 June 1974)
Isabel Perón became the first woman President of Argentina.

30 years ago (3–6 June 1984)
Operation Bluestar – Indian government troops stormed the Golden Temple in Amritsar, which was being held by a Sikh militant group. Over 1,000 people were killed, including the group’s leader. (The action provoked a chain of retaliation that led to the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 31st Oct.)

30 years ago (22 June 1984)
Virgin Atlantic Airways began operating.

25 years ago (3 June 1989)
Death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian religious leader and politician; Supreme Leader of Iran (1979–89); succeeded by Ali Khamenei.

25 years ago (4 June 1989)
The Tiananmen Square Massacre, Beijing, China. Students holding a pro-democracy demonstration were forced out of the square in a bloody government crackdown. The number killed is unknown – estimates range from less than 200 to over 6,000; thousands more were injured.

25 years ago (4 June 1989)
Ufa train disaster, Russia. Liquid natural gas leaking from a pipeline ignited and exploded when two passing trains generated sparks. 575 people were killed and over 800 were injured – most of the victims were children. It was the deadliest railway accident in Soviet history.

25 years ago (4 June 1989)
A ‘partially free’ parliamentary election was held in Poland. Solidarity took 35% of seats in the lower house and 99 out of 100 seats in the Senate. (Communist leader Wojciech Jaruzelski remained head of state until Dec 1990 when he was succeeded by Solidarity leader Lech Walesa.)

20 years ago (12 June 1994)
Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were slashed to death outside her home in Los Angeles, California, USA. On 17th June her ex-husband, the actor and former football star O. J. Simpson, was arrested and charged with their murders after an infamous low-speed chase.

20 years ago (30 June 1994)
British serial killer Fred West was charged with 11 counts of murder at a court in Gloucester. His wife Rosemary was charged with 10 counts of murder.

10 years ago (5 June 2004)
Death of Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States.

10 years ago (10 June 2004)
Death of Ray Charles, American pianist, singer, composer and bandleader; a pioneer of soul music.

10 years ago (21 June 2004)
SpaceShipOne made the first privately funded manned spaceflight. It was developed by Mojave Aerospace Ventures and piloted by Mike Melvill. (In October it won the Ansari X Prize by reaching space twice within 2 weeks.)

10 years ago (28 June 2004)
The Coalition Provisional Authority handed sovereignty back to Iraq. Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer became acting-President.

10 years ago (28 June 2004)
Death of Anthony Buckeridge, British children’s writer; best known for his Jennings and Rex Milligan novels.

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