50 Newsworthy Anniversaries in January 2015 for you to write about (and make money from!)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in January 2015 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 2015 | ideas4writersThe listing below is a small sample of the entries for January from The Date-A-Base Book 2015There are 357 anniversaries for January in the book, which covers the whole of 2015 from January to December and features more than 4,000 anniversaries in total.

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750 years ago (20 Jan 1265)
The first English parliament was convened in Westminster Hall (now Westminster Palace), London by Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester. (It was dissolved by King Henry III on 15th Feb.)

500 years ago (1 Jan 1515)
Death of King Louis XII of France; succeeded by Francis I.

200 years ago (8 Jan 1815)
War of 1812 – the Battle of New Orleans; U.S. Victory. The last major battle of the war.

200 years ago (15 Jan 1815)
Death of Emma, Lady Hamilton, mistress of British naval hero Lord Nelson.

150 years ago (16 Jan 1865)
American Civil War: U.S. General William Sherman issued his Special Field Orders number 15, which provided land along the Atlantic coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida for settlement by freed slave families and other African Americans living in the area.

150 years ago (16 Jan 1865)
The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper was launched in the USA (as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle).

150 years ago (31 Jan 1865)
American Civil War: Robert E. Lee became general-in-chief of the Confederate forces.

150 years ago (31 Jan 1865)
Birth of Henri Desgrange, French cyclist and sports journalist who organised the first Tour de France in 1903.

100 years ago (1 Jan 1915)
World War I: the British battleship HMS Formidable was torpedoed and sunk by German forces while on exercise in the English Channel. 547 crew were killed.

100 years ago (2 Jan 1915)
World War I: German Army Major Karl von Zinglery reported that chlorine gas had been used against British forces, killing 140 of them. This was the first known use of chemical warfare in WWI.

100 years ago (13 Jan 1915)
Avezzano Earthquake, Italy. Over 30,000 people were killed.

100 years ago (19 – 20 Jan 1915)
World War I: the first German Zeppelin air raid on Britain. 24 bombs were dropped on Great Yarmouth, Sheringham, King’s Lynn and surrounding villages in Norfolk, killing 4 people and injuring 16.

100 years ago (21 Jan 1915)
Kiwanis International, a worldwide network of community service / educational clubs, was established in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

100 years ago (25 Jan 1915)
Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated the first U.S. transcontinental telephone service (AT&T). Bell (in New York City) called his former assistant, Thomas Watson (in San Francisco).

100 years ago (26 Jan 1915)
Rocky Mountain National Park was established in Colorado, USA.

100 years ago (28 Jan 1915)
The United States Coast Guard was established when the Revenue Cutter Service and the United States Life-Saving Service were merged.

100 years ago (30 Jan 1915)
Birth of John Profumo, British politician, Secretary of State for War who was forced to resign over the 1963 Profumo Affair – one of the most infamous sex scandals of the 20th century.

80 years ago (8 Jan 1935)
Birth of Elvis Presley, (‘The King’), iconic American rock and roll singer, guitarist and actor. (Died 1977.)

75 years ago (8 Jan 1940)
World War II: food rationing began in Britain (bacon, butter and sugar).

75 years ago (31 Jan 1940)
The first Social Security cheque in the USA was issued to Ida May Fuller of Vermont.

70 years ago (2 – 3 Jan 1945)
World War II – the Burma Campaign – the Allies landed on the west coast of Burma and occupied Akyab Island, which the Japanese had abandoned. (The Allies secured the entire southern coast by the end of the month.)

70 years ago (17 Jan 1945)
World War II: the Soviet Red Army liberated Warsaw, Poland. The city had been almost completely destroyed by the Germans.

70 years ago (27 Jan 1945)
Holocaust: the Soviet Red Army liberated Auschwitz concentration camp in southern Poland. It was the largest Nazi concentration camp. At least 1.1 million prisoners died there.

70 years ago (27 Jan 1945)
World War II: Nazi occupiers blocked food transportation to the densely populated western Netherlands. It was already experiencing famine due to a severe winter, destroyed bridges and docks, and flooded farmland. Around 22,000 people died during the ‘Hunger Winter’.

50 years ago (4 Jan 1965)
Death of T. S. Eliot, American-born British poet, playwright, literary critic and editor. Winner of the 1948 Nobel Prize for Literature.

50 years ago (24 Jan 1965)
Death of Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister (1940-45, 1951-55). One of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Named ‘the Greatest Briton of all time’. Winner of the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature.

40 years ago (8 Jan 1975)
Ella T. Grasso became Governor of Connecticut. She was the first female governor in the USA to be elected in her own right (i.e. she did not succeed her husband).

40 years ago (30 Jan 1975)
The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was established as the first national marine sanctuary in the USA. It is the site of the wreck of the USS Monitor, which sank during the U.S. Civil War off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and became an artificial reef.

30 years ago (1 Jan 1985)
The first mobile phone call in the UK was made by comedian Ernie Wise. He called Vodafone’s head office in Newbury, Berkshire from St. Katherine Docks in London.

30 years ago (1 Jan 1985)
The television channel VH1 launched in the USA. (VH1 stands for Video Hits One and is aimed at a more mature audience than MTV.)

30 years ago (7 Jan 1985)
Japan launched its first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake, on an experimental mission to Halley’s Comet. It was first deep space probe launched by a country other than the USA or USSR.

30 years ago (10 Jan 1985)
The Sinclair C5 electric tricycle was launched in the UK. Immediate concerns were raised about its safety in traffic, and it was ridiculed in the media. It was not a commercial success.

30 years ago (17 Jan 1985)
British Telecom officially retired the iconic red telephone box.

25 years ago (6 Jan 1990)
Death of Ian Charleson, Scottish stage and film actor (Gandhi, Chariots of Fire). The first British celebrity whose death was publicly attributed to AIDS.

25 years ago (8 Jan 1990)
Death of Terry-Thomas, British comedy film actor. Noted for playing disreputable members of the upper classes.

25 years ago (10 Jan 1990)
Time Inc. and Warner Communications completed their merger to become Time Warner.

25 years ago (15 Jan 1990)
Death of Gordon Jackson, Scottish radio, film, television and stage actor. Best known for his TV roles as Hudson the butler in Upstairs, Downstairs and George Cowley in The Professionals.

25 years ago (20 Jan 1990)
Death of Barbara Stanwyck, award-winning American stage, film and television actress.

25 years ago (25 Jan 1990)
Death of Ava Gardner, American film actress.

25 years ago (31 Jan 1990)
The first McDonald’s fast food restaurant in the Soviet Union opened in Moscow.

20 years ago (1 Jan 1995)
The World Trade Organization began operating.

20 years ago (3 Jan 1995)
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that the cumulative total of reported AIDS cases had passed the one million mark, with cases reported in 192 countries. (Including unreported cases, the total was estimated to be approximately 4.5 million.)

20 years ago (9 Jan 1995)
Russian cosmonaut Valeri Poliakov became the first person to spend an entire year (366 days) in space in a single mission. (His mission to the Mir space station lasted for 437 days.)

20 years ago (17 Jan 1995)
The Kobe earthquake (also known as the Great Hanshin earthquake), Japan, caused massive damage (over £64 billion/$102 billion) to the region’s infrastructure and industry. More than 6,400 people were killed.

20 years ago (24 Jan 1995)
Opening statements began in the O. J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles, California, USA. (Simpson was acquitted in October.)

10 years ago (1 Jan 2005)
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into effect in the UK, allowing the public to access documents about the workings of local and national government and other public bodies.

10 years ago (1 Jan 2005)
Death of Shirley Chisholm, American politician. The first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

10 years ago (5 Jan 2005)
The dwarf planet Eris was discovered. It is the largest of the dwarf planets (27% more massive than Pluto).

10 years ago (14 Jan 2005)
The European Space Agency’s Huygens probe landed on Saturn’s moon Titan and sent back the first detailed pictures of the surface, along with measurements of the environmental conditions there.

10 years ago (26 Jan 2005)
Condoleezza Rice became U.S. Secretary of State – the first African American woman to hold the post.

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What If…? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for July

Monday, 7 July 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!

This selection forms part of what will eventually become Volume 2 of
The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. you told lies for a living?

2. clouds were poisonous?

3. the earth was transparent – e.g. made of glass, crystal or diamond?

4. everyone had to write and publish a book by their 50th birthday?

5. humans only had one eye?

6. you couldn’t feel pain?

7. everyone had to spend a year (or two) working for a charity?

8. you couldn’t keep up with the demand?

9. you picked your partner (life, business or other) from a catalogue or database?

10. smoking was made compulsory?

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

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in December 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 2014The listing below is a small sample of the entries for November from The Date-A-Base Book 2014There are 221 anniversaries for December 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 (full version) is also available

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200 years ago (2 Dec 1814)
Death of the Marquis de Sade, French aristocrat, writer and philosopher. Best known for his perverse sexual preferences and violent erotica which gave rise to the term ‘sadism’.

150 years ago (8 Dec 1864)
Death of George Boole, British mathematician who invented Boolean algebra (also called Boolean logic), which forms the basis of modern computer circuits and programming.

150 years ago (21 Dec 1864)
American Civil War: General Sherman’s March to the Sea ended and his Union forces captured Savannah, Georgia.

125 years ago (6 Dec 1889)
Death of Jefferson Davis, first and only President of the Confederate States of America.

125 years ago (16 Dec 1889)
Birth of Sir Noël Coward, British playwright, actor, singer and composer. Best known for his comedies of manners (Private Lives, Design for Living, Brief Encounter, Blithe Spirit and more).

125 years ago (25 Dec 1889)
Birth of Lila Bell Acheson, American magazine publisher and philanthropist who founded Reader’s Digest with her husband.

100 years ago (10 Dec 1914)
Birth of Dorothy Lamour, American film actress and WWII pin-up. Best known for the Road to… comedies with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

100 years ago (21 Dec 1914)
World War I: the first German air raid on Britain. A German plane dropped a bomb in the grounds of a rectory in Dover. No one was injured. (Britain’s first air raid casualties were on 19th Jan 1915 when a German Zeppelin bombed Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn.)

100 years ago (24 – 25 Dec 1914)
World War I: the Christmas truce. British and German troops observed an unofficial ceasefire at several points along the Western Front, singing songs and exchanging greetings from their trenches and even crossing into ‘no man’s land’ to exchange food and souvenirs and play football.

100 years ago (26 Dec 1914)
Birth of Richard Widmark, American film, stage and television actor.

75 years ago (1 Dec 1939?)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer made his first-ever appearance, in a children’s colouring book given away by Montgomery Ward stores in the USA. (Approximate date; it was launched for the 1939 Christmas season.)

75 years ago (2 Dec 1939)
LaGuardia Airport in New York City, USA began operating (as the New York Municipal Airport).

75 years ago (12 Dec 1939)
DuPont began producing nylon commercially at its new plant in Seaford, Delaware, USA.

75 years ago (13 Dec 1939)
World War II – the Battle of the River Plate – a naval battle in the South Atlantic. Allied victory. Following the battle, the British tricked the Germans into scuttling their battleship Admiral Graf Spee on 17th Dec, leading its captain, Hans Langsdorff, to commit suicide on 19th December.

75 years ago (15 Dec 1939)
The U.S. première of the film Gone with the Wind. (Released: 17th Jan 1940.)

75 years ago (23 Dec 1939)
Death of Anthony Fokker, pioneering Dutch aircraft manufacturer.

75 years ago (27 Dec 1939)
The city of Erzincan, Turkey was destroyed by an earthquake which killed more than 30,000 people. The damage was so extensive that the city was abandoned and reconstructed on a new site to the south.

70 years ago (16 Dec 1944 – 16 Jan 1945)
World War II – the Battle of the Bulge (Belgium). Allied victory. (The last major German counter-offensive of the war.)

60 years ago (2 Dec 1954)
The U.S. Senate censured Senator Joseph McCarthy for bringing the Senate into ‘dishonour and disrepute’ in his investigation of suspected communists in the government, military and other areas of society.

60 years ago (23 Dec 1954)
The world’s first successful kidney transplant was carried out in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. (Anti-rejection drugs were not available until 1964 so transplants were only carried out between identical twins until then.)

50 years ago (8 Dec 1964)
Death of Simon Marks, 1st Baron Marks of Broughton, British businessman who transformed his father’s Marks & Spencer market stalls into one of Britain’s leading retailers.

50 years ago (9 Dec 1964)
Death of Dame Edith Sitwell, British poet and critic, also noted for her formidable personality and eccentric appearance.

50 years ago (11 Dec 1964)
Death of Sam Cooke, American soul/pop/gospel/R&B singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur. Regarded as one of the founders of soul music (shot dead by a motel manager, circumstances unknown).

50 years ago (12 Dec 1964)
The Republic of Kenya was declared on the first anniversary of its independence. Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta became its first President.

50 years ago (22 Dec 1964)
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird made its first flight, in California, USA. (It is the world’s fastest manned air-breathing jet aircraft.)

40 years ago (13 Dec 1974)
Malta declared itself a republic.

40 years ago (24 Dec 1974)
British politician John Stonehouse was arrested in Australia (on suspicion of being Lord Lucan). He had faked his death on 20th Nov by leaving a pile of clothing on a beach in Miami, Florida, USA.

30 years ago (3 Dec 1984)
Bhopal Disaster: a poisonous gas leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in India killed thousands of people and left 120,000 with health problems.

30 years ago (3 Dec 1984)
Terrorists hijacked a Kuwaiti airliner bound for Pakistan and forced it to land in Tehran, Iran. Women, children and Muslim passengers were released and the rest were held hostage for 5 days until Iranian authorities stormed the plane. Two American passengers were killed. The terrorists were thought to be linked to Hezbollah.

30 years ago (10 Dec 1984)
South African Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

30 years ago (28 Dec 1984)
Rajiv Gandhi won a massive victory in the Indian general election after being persuaded to stand for his assassinated mother’s Congress Party.

25 years ago (3 Dec 1989)
East German leader Egon Krenz resigned, along with the entire Politburo and the Communist Party’s Central Committee, ending communist rule in East Germany.

25 years ago (3 Dec 1989)
U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev announced the end of the Cold War at a meeting in Malta.

25 years ago (6 Dec 1989)
The École Polytechnique Massacre (also called the Montreal Massacre), Canada. A gunman killed 14 female university students and injured 14 others (both male and female) before killing himself. His suicide note blamed feminists for ruining his life.

25 years ago (10 Dec 1989)
The collapse of communism in Czechoslovakia. The President/Communist leader of Czechoslovakia, Gustáv Husák was forced to appoint the country’s first non-Communist government since 1948. He then resigned. He was succeeded by Václav Havel on 29th December.

25 years ago (14 Dec 1989)
A democratic presidential election was held in Chile, ending General Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship. (Patricio Aylwin was inaugurated as president on 11th March 1990.)

25 years ago (14 Dec 1989)
Death of Andrei Sakharov, Russian nuclear physicist and dissident. Winner of the 1975 Nobel Peace Price for his work as a human rights campaigner.

25 years ago (17 Dec 1989)
The first episode of The Simpsons was broadcast on the Fox network in the USA.

25 years ago (20 Dec 1989 – 31 Jan 1990)
The U.S. invasion of Panama. Following Panama’s declaration of war against the USA on 15th Dec, the USA invaded Panama to safeguard the lives of U.S. citizens living there, to defend democracy and human rights, to combat drug trafficking, and to protect the neutrality of the Panama Canal. Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was overthrown and taken to the USA for trial. (He was later sentenced to 30 years in prison.)

25 years ago (22 Dec 1989)
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was reopened, effectively reuniting East and West Germany.

25 years ago (22 Dec 1989)
Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausçescu was overthrown in a revolutionary coup. (Executed on 25th December for crimes against the state.)

25 years ago (22 Dec 1989)
Death of Samuel Beckett, Irish writer, playwright, poet and literary critic (Waiting for Godot, Endgame and many more). Winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize for Literature.

20 years ago (11 Dec 1994)
First Chechen War: Russian troops invaded Chechnya.

15 years ago (31 Dec 1999)
Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced his resignation and said that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin would take over with immediate effect.

10 years ago (1 Dec 2004)
Death of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Prince consort of Queen Juliana. Father of Queen Beatrix.

10 years ago (7 Dec 2004)
Hamid Karzai was sworn in President of Afghanistan.

10 years ago (16 Dec 2004)
The Millau Viaduct in southern France opened. It is the tallest bridge in the world.

10 years ago (17 Dec 2004)
The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act came into effect in the USA. It was the biggest overhaul of U.S. intelligence-gathering for 50 years and established the National Counter-terrorism Center and the position of Director of National Intelligence.

10 years ago (26 Dec 2004)
Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami (also called the Boxing Day Tsunami). A massive undersea earthquake near Sumatra caused a devastating tsunami that swamped coastal areas in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Africa. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history, killing over 230,000 people in 14 countries.

10 years ago (31 Dec 2004)
Taipei 101 opened in Taiwan. (It was the tallest skyscraper in the world at that time. Surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in Jan 2010.)

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What If…? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for June

Tuesday, 3 June 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!

Starting from this month we are beginning a brand new collection, which will eventually form part of Volume 2 of The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. you had many regrets and set out to fix them all?

2. every town/city had its own god?

3. everyone had their own god?

4. cars were sentient beings with unique personalities?

5. computers were sentient beings with unique personalities?

6. smartphones were sentient beings with unique personalities?

7. someone had made a sex tape in which you featured – without your knowledge (bonus: and then it happened again!)?

8. one of your private family photos was used in an advertisement without your permission (bonus: and then it happened again!)?

9. you received a ridiculously expensive birthday present but had no idea who had sent it?

10. someone you hate organised a party in your honour?

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

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in November 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 2014The listing below is a small sample of the entries for November from The Date-A-Base Book 2014There are 205 anniversaries for November 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.

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200 years ago (1 Nov 1814 – 9 Jun 1815)
The Congress of Vienna was held in Austria. It redrew the political boundaries of several European nations following France’s defeat in the Napoleonic Wars.

200 years ago (6 Nov 1814)
Birth of Adolphe Sax, Belgian-born French musical instrument designer, Best known as the inventor of the saxophone.

200 years ago (23 Nov 1814)
Death of Elbridge Gerry, Vice President of the United States (1813-14). The term gerrymandering (redrawing electoral boundaries to favour the party in power) is named after him.

150 years ago (15 Nov – 21 Dec 1864)
American Civil War: the March to the Sea. General Sherman’s Union troops marched through Georgia from Atlanta to Savannah, destroying military, industrial and civilian property and infrastructure, and badly damaging the Confederates’ ability to wage war.

150 years ago (24 Nov 1864)
Birth of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French artist, illustrator and printmaker.

125 years ago

(2 Nov 1889) North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states of the USA.

(8 Nov 1889) Montana became the 41st state of the USA.

(11 Nov 1889) Washington became the 42nd state of the USA.

100 years ago (5 Nov 1914)
World War I: Britain and France declared war on the Ottoman Empire.

100 years ago (5 Nov 1914)
World War I: Britain annexed Cyprus, Egypt and Sudan.

100 years ago (16 Nov 1914)
The Federal Reserve Banks of the USA officially opened.

100 years ago (25 Nov 1914)
Birth of Joe DiMaggio, American baseball star. One of the best all-round players in history. Husband of Marilyn Monroe.

100 years ago (27 Nov 1914)
Britain’s first female police officers went on duty in Grantham, Lincolnshire. They were members of the Women Police Volunteers (renamed the Women Police Service in 1915).

80 years ago (30 Nov 1934)
The British steam locomotive Flying Scotsman became the first train to reach 100 mph (161 km/h).

75 years ago (9 Nov 1939)
World War II: the Venlo Incident. The Nazis arrested two British secret intelligence agents in the Dutch border town of Venlo following a failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. The Nazis used the incident for propaganda purposes and to justify their invasion of the Netherlands (a neutral country) in May 1940.

75 years ago (15 Nov 1939)
World War II: a funeral service was held in Prague, Czechoslovakia for a medical student who had been killed during an anti-Nazi demonstration. The funeral turned into another demonstration, which resulted in the Nazis closing all Czech universities, sending over 1,200 students to concentration camps and executing 9 students on 17th Nov. (17th Nov is now marked as International Students’ Day.)

75 years ago (17 Nov 1939)
Birth of Auberon Waugh, British journalist and writer. Known for his acerbic wit. (Died 2001.)

75 years ago (28 Nov 1939)
Death of James Naismith, Canadian-American sports coach who invented basketball.

75 years ago (30 Nov 1939)
World War II – the Winter War between the Soviet Union and Finland began. (Ended March 1940.)

70 years ago (7 Nov 1944)
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected for a fourth term. (No other president has been elected for more than two terms.)

60 years ago (1 Nov 1954)
The Algerian War of Independence began. (Ended Mar 1962.)

60 years ago (12 Nov 1954)
Ellis Island, the main immigration station in New York Harbor, USA, closed. (It opened in 1892 and processed more than 20 million immigrants.)

50 years ago (2 Nov 1964)
King Saud of Saudi Arabia was deposed in a family coup and replaced by his half-brother King Faisal.

50 years ago (21 Nov 1964)
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened. It links Brooklyn and Staten Island in New York City, USA and is the longest bridge in the USA. (Its second [lower] level opened in June 1969.)

50 years ago (28 Nov 1964)
NASA launched its Mariner 4 spacecraft – the first successful mission to Mars. (It performed a fly-by of Mars in July 1965 and returned the first close-up images of another planet.)

40 years ago (5 Nov 1974)
Ella T. Grasso was elected Governor of Connecticut, USA. She was the first woman in the USA to win a governorship in her own right (i.e. without succeeding her husband). (Took office 8th Jan 1975.)

40 years ago (8 Nov 1974)
British aristocrat Lord Lucan disappeared from his home in London after his children’s nanny was bludgeoned to death and his wife was attacked. (There were hundreds of claims of sightings around the world, but none were substantiated. He was never found and is presumed dead.)

40 years ago (12 Nov 1974)
The United Nations General Assembly suspended South Africa due to its policy of apartheid. (The suspension was lifted in 1993.)

40 years ago (20 Nov 1974)
British politician John Stonehouse faked his death by leaving a pile of clothing on a beach in Miami, Florida, USA. (He was found alive and well in Australia on 24th Dec, and was arrested on suspicion of being Lord Lucan – see 8th Nov above.)

40 years ago (21 Nov 1974)
Birmingham Pub Bombings, England. 21 people were killed and 182 injured when bombs exploded in two pubs. (The IRA was thought to be responsible, but denied it. The ‘Birmingham Six’ were convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but were later acquitted.)

40 years ago (24 Nov 1974)
A team of American and French scientists discovered the fossilised skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis, an ancestor or close relative of modern humans, in Ethiopia. About 40% of the skeleton was found. It was estimated to be around 3.2 million years old. The scientists named it Lucy.

30 years ago (12 Nov 1984)
The first space salvage operation. Astronauts on board the U.S. space shuttle Discovery retrieved the faulty satellite Palapa B-2. They also retrieved a second satellite, Westar 6, the following day. (Both satellites were brought back to Earth, refurbished and launched back into orbit.)

30 years ago (20 Nov 1984)
The SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute was founded in Mountain View, California, USA.

30 years ago (25 Nov 1984)
36 musicians gathered in London to record the Band Aid single Do They Know It’s Christmas to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.

25 years ago (1 Nov 1989)
East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia. Tens of thousands of people fled to the west.

25 years ago (5 Nov 1989)
Death of Vladimir Horowitz, Ukrainian-born American classical pianist.

25 years ago (7 Nov 1989)
David Dinkins was elected as the first African-American mayor of New York City.

25 years ago (7 Nov 1989)
American serial killer Richard Ramirez (the ‘Night Stalker’) was found guilty of 13 murders, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries, and was sentenced to death.

25 years ago (8 Nov 1989)
L. Douglas Wilder was elected Governor of Virginia – the first African-American governor in the USA. (Took office 14th Jan 1990.)

25 years ago (9 Nov 1989)
The day the Berlin Wall fell. East Germany reopened it border with West Germany, allowing its citizens to pass freely through the checkpoints. Workers began demolishing the 28-year-old wall the next day.

25 years ago (16 Nov 1989)
South African President F. W. de Klerk announced that the Separate Amenities Act was to be scrapped. The country’s beaches were immediately opened to all races, with other facilities to follow.

25 years ago (17 Nov 1989)
The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. Thousands of protesters marched through Prague demanding an end to communist rule. The entire leadership of the Communist Party resigned a week later and agreed to allow multi-party elections.

25 years ago (22 Nov 1989)
The President of Lebanon, René Moawad, was assassinated just 17 days after taking office when a car bomb was detonated next to his motorcade in West Beirut. 23 others were also killed.

20 years ago (19 Nov 1994)
The first National Lottery draw was held in Britain.

10 years ago (2 Nov 2004)
Death of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, first President of the United Arab Emirates (1971-2004).

10 years ago (6 Nov 2004)
Death of Fred Dibnah, British steeplejack and television personality.

10 years ago (7 Nov 2004)
Death of Howard Keel, American film and television actor and singer. Known for his many Hollywood musicals and for his role as Clayton Farlow in the TV series Dallas.

10 years ago (8 Nov 2004?)
Death of Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker. Head of CARE International in Iraq. (Kidnapped on 19th Oct, killed on or after 8th Nov.)

10 years ago (9 Nov 2004)
Death of Emlyn Hughes, British football player and broadcaster who captained Liverpool FC and the English national team.

10 years ago (11 Nov 2004)
Death of Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (1969-2004). First President of the Palestinian National Authority (1996- 2004). Winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize.

10 years ago (13 Nov 2004)
Death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan).

10 years ago (24 Nov 2004)
Death of Arthur Hailey, British-Canadian novelist (Hotel, Airport, The Moneychangers and others).

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What If…? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for May

Tuesday, 13 May 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.

(This is the final listing from the book as we’ve now used them all. If you’d like to send in any What Ifs of your own we’ll be happy to feature them here and include them in Vol 2 of the book, with your name credited.)

What if…

1. you were the winner?

2. you were finally forced to admit it?

3. you realised that you had been charged an unreasonable price?

4. your friend was sexist?

5. you had no regrets?

6. you had no willpower?

7. they didn’t like you?

8. you were the loser?

9. you thought of a way for someone to make a lot of money – but you weren’t about to give your secret away for free?

10. you learned to speed read?

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

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in October 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 2014The listing below is a small sample of the entries for October from The Date-A-Base Book 2014There are 233 anniversaries for October in the book, which covers the whole of 2014 from January to December and features more than 2,650 anniversaries in total.

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300 years ago (20 Oct 1714)
The coronation of King George I of Great Britain and Ireland.

250 years ago (2 Oct 1764)
Death of William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, British Prime Minister (1756 – 57).

250 years ago (26 Oct 1764)
Death of William Hogarth, British artist and engraver.

150 years ago (5 Oct 1864)
The city of Calcutta, India was flooded and almost totally destroyed by a cyclone. 60,000 people were killed, either directly by the cyclone or by sickness over the following weeks.

150 years ago (5 Oct 1864)
Birth of Louis Lumière, French inventor, photography pioneer, and filmmaker who developed an early film camera and projector with his brother, Auguste, and made the first-ever movie.

150 years ago (12 Oct 1864)
Death of Roger Taney, Chief Justice of the United States (1836 – 64); best known for the Dred Scott decision on slavery.

150 years ago (25 Oct 1864)
Birth of John Francis Dodge, pioneering American car manufacturer; co-founder of Dodge Brothers.

150 years ago (31 Oct 1864)
Nevada became the 36th state of the USA.

100 years ago (2 Oct 1914)
Birth of Jack Parsons, American rocket pioneer and occultist; one of the key founders of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an associate of Aleister Crowley.

100 years ago (5 Oct 1914)
World War I: the first plane to be shot down in combat. A French plane piloted by Joseph Frantz, accompanied by observer Louis Quenault, shot down a German plane over Jamoigne, Belgium using a machine gun.

100 years ago (6 Oct 1914)
Birth of Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer and adventurer; best known for the Kon-Tiki and Ra expeditions which were intended to prove that earlier civilisations could have crossed the oceans.

100 years ago (10 Oct 1914)
Death of Carol I, King of Romania (1881 – 1914).

100 years ago (15 Oct 1914)
The U.S. Congress passed the Clayton Antitrust Act, aimed at preventing anti-competitive practises in business.

100 years ago (19 Oct – 22 Nov 1914)
World War I – the First Battle of Ypres (also called the First Battle of Flanders) (Belgium); Allied victory.

100 years ago (27 Oct 1914)
Birth of Dylan Thomas, popular Welsh poet and writer; also known for his excessive drinking.

80 years ago (9 Oct 1934)
Alexander I, King of Yugoslavia, and the French foreign minister, Louis Barthou, were assassinated by Croatian terrorists in Marseilles, France.

80 years ago (16 Oct 1934 – Oct 1935)
The Long March. Chinese communists led by Mao Zedong began an 8,000-mile (12,500 km) march from south-east to north-west China to evade the armies of the Chinese National Party and establish a new base. (This led to the founding of the People’s Republic of China.)

75 years ago (7 Oct 1939)
Death of Harvey Cushing, pioneering American neurosurgeon/brain surgeon; the father of modern neurosurgery.

75 years ago (8 Oct 1939)
World War II: Germany annexed western Poland.

75 years ago (15 Oct 1939)
New York Municipal Airport was officially opened by mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. (It was renamed LaGuardia Airport in his honour in 1947.)

75 years ago (23 Oct 1939)
Death of Zane Grey, American writer of western novels.

75 years ago (27 Oct 1939)
Nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in a department store in Wilmington, Delaware, USA (as a trial).

70 years ago (2 Oct 1944)
World War II – the Warsaw Uprising in Poland ended. German victory. The city was destroyed, 200,000 civilians were killed and 700,000 expelled.

70 years ago (2 – 21 Oct 1944)
World War II – the Battle of Aachen, Germany; Allied victory. (This was the first German city to be captured by the Allies.)

70 years ago (21 Oct 1944)
World War II: the Japanese carried out the first-ever kamikaze attack. A Japanese pilot deliberately crashed his plane into HMAS Australia during the invasion of Leyte Gulf (see below), killing 30 people. (Note: historians now believe the pilot acted on his own initiative; the first official [i.e. pre-planned] kamikaze attack was on 25th Oct.)

65 years ago (1 Oct 1949)
The People’s Republic of China was proclaimed by Mao Zedong.

65 years ago (7 Oct 1949)
The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was established.

60 years ago (10 Oct 1954)
The communist Viet Minh took control of North Vietnam following the partitioning of Vietnam at the end of the First Indochina War.

60 years ago (30 Oct – 13 Nov 1954)
The first Rugby League World Cup was held, in Paris, France. Great Britain beat France 16 – 12 in the final.

50 years ago (1 Oct 1964)
The Bullet Train (Shinkansen) service was launched in Japan.

50 years ago (10 – 24 Oct 1964)
The 28th Olympic Games were held in Tokyo, Japan. This was the first Olympic games to be broadcast live around the world by satellite.

50 years ago (12 Oct 1964)
The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1, the first space flight with a multi-person crew and the first space flight where the crew did not wear space suits. The three-man crew landed safely 24 hours later after orbiting the Earth 16 times.

50 years ago (14 Oct 1964)
Leonid Brezhnev became Leader of the Soviet Union, replacing Nikita Khrushchev.

50 years ago (15 Oct 1964)
Death of Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist; one of Broadway’s main songwriters; known for the wit and sophistication of his songs. His musicals include Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate and many more.

50 years ago (16 Oct 1964)
Harold Wilson became British Prime Minister for the first time. (He became prime minister again in 1974.)

50 years ago (20 Oct 1964)
Death of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States.

50 years ago (24 Oct 1964)
Northern Rhodesia gained its independence from the UK and became the Republic of Zambia. Kenneth Kaunda became the first president.

40 years ago (5 Oct 1974)
Guildford pub bombings, England. The IRA detonated bombs at two pubs that were popular with British Army personnel. 5 people were killed and 65 injured. (The ‘Guildford Four’ and the ‘Maguire Seven’ were convicted, but their convictions were ruled unsafe in 1989 and 1991 respectively.)

40 years ago (5 Oct 1974)
The first episode of the TV comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus was broadcast in the UK.

30 years ago (12 Oct 1984)
An IRA bomb exploded during the Conservative Party conference at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, UK, killing 5 people. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was apparently the primary target but she escaped injury.

30 years ago (31 Oct 1984)
Death of Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India (assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards); succeeded by her son Rajiv Gandhi.

25 years ago (1 Oct 1989)
The world’s first same-sex civil unions were introduced in Denmark.

25 years ago (19 Oct 1989)
The ‘Guildford Four’ were released from prison after their convictions for IRA pub bombings were quashed by the British Court of Appeal.

20 years ago (13 Oct 1994)
Three main loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland announced a ceasefire following the IRA ceasefire announcement on 31st August.

15 years ago (5 Oct 1999)
Ladbrook Grove train crash, near Paddington Station, west London, England. 31 people were killed and over 500 injured.

10 years ago (4 Oct 2004)
SpaceShipOne made its second successful space flight within two weeks and claimed the $10 million Ansari X Prize.

10 years ago (7 Oct 2004)
Death of Kenneth Bigley, British civil engineer (kidnapped and beheaded by an Islamic extremist group in Iraq).

10 years ago (10 Oct 2004)
Death of Christopher Reeve, American stage, film and television actor and medical research activist; best known for his lead role in the Superman series of films; became quadriplegic after a horse-riding accident in 1995.

10 years ago (19 Oct 2004)
Irish aid worker Margaret Hassan, director of CARE International in Iraq, was abducted by insurgents in Baghdad. (killed by her captors on 8th Nov).

10 years ago (25 Oct 2004)
Death of John Peel, influential British radio disc jockey who championed emerging artists.

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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.

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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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