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.
This list is just a small sample of the entries for June from The Date-A-Base Book 2014. There 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.
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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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