Historic anniversaries in February 2012

You might like to write about the following historic anniversaries. Dates are given 6 months in advance to allow you time for research and writing.

The list presented here is just a fraction of that available in The Date-A-Base Book 2012. For example, there are 60 anniversaries listed below, but 188 anniversaries for the same month in the book, which also covers the whole of 2012.

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.

500 years ago (22 Feb 1512)
Death of Amerigo Vespucci, Italian merchant, explorer, navigator and cartographer. America is generally believed to have been named after him

400 years ago (12 Feb 1612)
Birth of Christopher Clavius, German mathematician and astronomer, the main architect of the modern Gregorian calendar

200 years ago (7 Feb 1812)
Birth of Charles Dickens, celebrated British novelist (‘The Pickwick Papers’, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘David Copperfield’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, and other works)

200 years ago (11 Feb 1812)
Elbridge Gerry, the Governor of Massachusetts, USA, passed a law that redrew the boundaries of state senatorial districts to favour his own party. This gave rise to the term ‘gerrymandering’

200 years ago (15 Feb 1812)
Birth of Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweller, founder of Tiffany & Co

150 years ago (1 Feb 1862)
Julia Ward Howe’s poem ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ was first published in ‘The Atlantic Monthly’. Set to the music of ‘John Brown’s Body’, it became a popular Union song during the American Civil War

150 years ago (4 Feb 1862)
The Bacardi spirits company was founded in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

150 years ago (6 Feb 1862)
American Civil War – the Battle of Fort Henry, Tennessee. An important first victory for Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army

150 years ago (18 Feb 1862)
Birth of Charles M. Schwab, American entrepreneur and steel magnate, president of the Carnegie Steel Company, United States Steel Corporation and Bethlehem Steel

100 years ago (6 Feb 1912)
Birth of Eva Braun, German mistress and (briefly) wife of Adolf Hitler

100 years ago (10 Feb 1912)
Death of Joseph Lister, British surgeon who pioneered the use of antiseptics in surgery and promoted sterile surgery

100 years ago (12 Feb 1912)
Puyi, the last Emperor of China, abdicated following the founding of the Republic of China the previous month

100 years ago (12 Feb 1912)
Birth of R. F. Delderfield, British novelist and dramatist (‘A Horseman Riding By’, ‘To Serve Them All My Days’, and other works)

100 years ago (14 Feb 1912)
Arizona became the 48th U.S. state

100 years ago (20 Feb 1912)
Birth of Pierre Boulle, French novelist (‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, and other works)

100 years ago (24 Feb 1912)
Hadassah (the Women’s Zionist Organisation of America) was founded in New York to preserve and promote Jewish values in the USA

100 years ago (25 Feb 1912)
Death of William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Succeeded by his daughter Marie-Adélaide

90 years ago (5 Feb 1922)
The first issue of ‘Reader’s Digest’ was published in the USA

90 years ago (6 Feb 1922)
Pope Pius XI was elected

90 years ago (28 Feb 1922)
Egypt became independent from the UK

80 years ago (15 Feb 1932)
The Permanent Court of International Justice held its inaugural sitting in The Hague, the Netherlands. (It was replaced by the International Court of Justice in 1946)

70 years ago (9 Feb 1942)
World War II: soap rationing began in Britain so that supplies of fats and oils could be saved for food production

70 years ago (24 Feb 1942)
World War II: The Voice of America began broadcasting in Germany, to promote understanding of the USA and its values and to counter Nazi propaganda

60 years ago (1 Feb 1952)
The British Post Office began using TV detector vans to track down users of unlicensed sets

60 years ago (6 Feb 1952)
Death of King George VI of the United Kingdom. Succeeded by his daughter Queen Elizabeth II

60 years ago (26 Feb 1952)
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb

50 years ago (7 Feb 1962)
The USA placed a near-total embargo on all trade with Cuba, following Cuba’s seizure of U.S.-owned properties and businesses

50 years ago (10 Feb 1962)
American spy plane pilot Gary Powers was released from jail in the USSR in an exchange deal with the USA, who released Soviet spy Rudolf Abel

50 years ago (14 Feb 1962)
America’s First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave a televised tour of the White House

50 years ago (20 Feb 1962)
John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, making 3 orbits in the space capsule ‘Friendship 7′

50 years ago (22 Feb 1962)
Birth of Steve Irwin (‘The Crocodile Hunter’), Australian herpetologist, wildlife conservationist, TV personality and educator. (Died 2006)

40 years ago (17 Feb 1972)
Britain’s House of Commons voted narrowly in favour (by 8 votes) of joining the Common Market (now the European Union). Some MPs (particularly Enoch Powell) complained of unreasonable pressure on them to support the Bill against the wishes of the electorate

40 years ago (22 Feb 1972)
An IRA car bomb exploded at Aldershot Barracks, Hampshire, UK, killing 7 people. (The IRA said it was in revenge for ‘Bloody Sunday’ on 30th January. Other revenge attacks followed)

40 years ago (26 Feb 1972)
Buffalo Creek flood disaster, West Virginia, USA. 125 people were killed and over 1,000 injured when a dam burst at a coal mine

30 years ago (5 Feb 1982)
Britain’s Laker Airways went bankrupt

30 years ago (17 Feb 1982)
Death of Lee Strasberg, Austria-Hungarian-born American actor, theatre director and teacher, the chief proponent of method acting in the USA

30 years ago (18 Feb 1982)
Death of Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand crime writer and theatre director, best known for her Inspector Alleyn mysteries

25 years ago (2 Feb 1987)
Death of Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (‘The Guns of Navarone’, ‘Where Eagles Dare’, and many others)

25 years ago (4 Feb 1987)
Death of Liberace, flamboyant American pianist and entertainer

25 years ago (22 Feb 1987)
Death of Andy Warhol, American ‘Pop’ artist and filmmaker

25 years ago (26 Feb 1987)
The Tower Commission published its report on the Iran-Contra affair. It criticised U.S. President Ronald Reagan for failing to properly supervise his national security staff and not being aware of their actions

20 years ago (7 Feb 1992)
The Maastricht Treaty was signed, establishing the European Union. (Came into effect 1st November 1993)

20 years ago (10 Feb 1992)
Death of Alex Haley, American writer, best known for ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ and ‘Roots: The Saga of an American Family’

20 years ago (17 Feb 1992)
American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms by a court in Wisconsin. He was particularly notable for the gruesome nature of his crimes, which included cannibalism and necrophilia

20 years ago (20 Feb 1992)
The English Premier League was founded, superseding the first division of the Football League

15 years ago (4 Feb 1997)
American actor and former football star O.J. Simpson was found liable for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, at a civil trial in Santa Monica, California. (On 10th February he was ordered to pay a fine of $25 million and compensation of $8.5 million)

15 years ago (6 Feb 1997)
The British Court of Appeal ruled that Diane Blood could be inseminated with her dead husband’s sperm

15 years ago (21 Feb 1997)
‘Bridgewater Three’ released. Three British men jailed for the 1978 murder of paper boy Carl Bridgewater were released after their trial was ruled unfair. (A fourth man was also convicted, but died in jail in 1981)

15 years ago (22 Feb 1997)
Scientists at the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland announced that they had successfully cloned a mammal for the first time – a sheep named Dolly (born 5th July 1996)

15 years ago (23 Feb 1997)
A large fire broke out on the Russian Space station ‘Mir’ after an oxygen-generating canister malfunctioned

15 years ago (27 Feb 1997)
Divorce was legalised in Ireland

15 years ago (27 Feb 1997)
Most handguns were banned in Britain

10 years ago (9 Feb 2002)
Death of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, member of the British royal family, sister of Queen Elizabeth II

10 years ago (10 Feb 2002)
Death of Traudl Junge, German secretary and journalist, Adolf Hitler’s private secretary 1942-45

10 years ago (12 Feb 2002)
Slobodan Milosevic, former President of Serbia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, went on trial for war crimes at The Hague

10 years ago (13 Feb 2002)
Scotland banned fox-hunting and hare-coursing

10 years ago (13 Feb 2002)
Death of Waylon Jennings, American country music singer, musician and songwriter

10 years ago (21 Feb 2002)
Death of John Thaw, British actor (‘The Sweeney’, ‘Inspector Morse’, ‘Kavanagh QC’, and many others)

10 years ago (22 Feb 2002)
Death of Chuck Jones, American cartoon animator and director (Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies)

10 years ago (27 Feb 2002)
Death of Spike Milligan, Indian-born Irish comedian and writer, member of The Goons, noted for his anarchic sense of absurdity

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The Date-A-Base Book 2012

You’ll find lots more anniversaries in The Date-A-Base Book 2012, which covers the whole of 2012 and lists over 2,250 forthcoming newsworthy and notable anniversaries – more than three times as many entries per month than our standard list above. Over the course of the year you’ll get to hear about hundreds of anniversaries that other writers won’t know about, giving you a huge advantage!

The Date-A-Base Book 2012 is a terrific source of ideas for all writers, journalists, film-makers, editors, researchers, producers, teachers, students, speakers and event planners.
Click here for more details and the complete listing for January 2012

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