50 Historic Anniversaries in November 2012 for you to write about (and make money from)

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Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries in November 2012 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.

The list presented here is just a fraction of that contained in The Date-A-Base Book 2012. There are more than 170 anniversaries for this month in the book, which also covers the whole of 2012.

The Date-A-Base Book 2013 is also available if you need to work further ahead.

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 (1 Nov 1512)
Michelangelo finished painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and his work was exhibited to the public for the first time

250 years ago (1 Nov 1762)
Birth of Spencer Perceval, British Prime Minister (1809-12). He is the only British Prime Minister to have been assassinated

100 years ago (5 Nov 1912)
Woodrow Wilson was elected as the 28th President of the United States. (Inaugurated 4th March 1913)

100 years ago (5 Nov 1912)
The British Board of Film Censors (now the British Board of Film Classification) was founded

100 years ago (12 Nov 1912)
The bodies of British Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his team were found, 8 months after they died. (See 29th March 1912)

100 years ago (28 Nov 1912)
Albania declared its independence from Turkey

90 years ago (4 Nov 1922)
British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen. On 26th November he reached a second sealed doorway and discovered the famous treasures

80 years ago (8 Nov 1932)
Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected as the 32nd President of the United States. (Inaugurated 4th March 1933)

75 years ago (9 Nov 1937)
Death of Ramsay MacDonald, British Prime Minister (1924, 1929-35)

75 years ago (17 Nov 1937)
Birth of Peter Cook, British satirist, comedian, actor and writer. (Died 1995)

75 years ago (23 Nov 1937)
Death of Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist and biologist who carried out pioneering work in radio and microwave optics

70 years ago (5 Nov 1942)
World War II: the Second Battle of El-Alamein ended. British troops led by Generals Alexander and Montgomery defeated Rommel’s German forces in Egypt

70 years ago (11 Nov 1942)
World War II: Nazi Germany invaded Vichy France

65 years ago (20 Nov 1947)
Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey, London

65 years ago (25 Nov 1947)
New Zealand became a fully independent sovereign state when the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act received Royal Assent

65 years ago (29 Nov 1947)
The United Nations General Assembly voted to partition Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states. (Israel became an independent Jewish state in May 1948; Arab leaders rejected the partition, leading to civil war)

60 years ago (1 Nov 1952)
The USA carried out the first successful detonation of a hydrogen bomb, in a test on the Pacific island of Elugelab, Marshall Islands. The island was completely destroyed in the explosion and no longer exists

60 years ago (4 Nov 1952)
Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected as the 34th President of the United States. (Inaugurated 20th January 1953)

60 years ago (9 Nov 1952)
Death of Chaim Weizmann, first President of Israel (1949-52)

60 years ago (13 Nov 1952)
Death of Margaret Wise Brown, American children’s writer

60 years ago (14 Nov 1952)
Britain’s first pop singles chart was published in the ‘New Musical Express’

60 years ago (25 Nov 1952)
The world’s longest running play, ‘The Mousetrap’ by Agatha Christie, opened in London. (It is still running)

50 years ago (7 Nov 1962)
Death of Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States (1933-45)

50 years ago (17 Nov 1962)
Dulles International Airport (now Washington Dulles International Airport) in Washington, D.C. was dedicated by U.S. President John F. Kennedy

50 years ago (18 Nov 1962)
Death of Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, winner of the 1922 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on atomic and molecular structure, and quantum mechanics

50 years ago (20 Nov 1962)
The Cuban Missile Crisis formally ended. U.S. President John F. Kennedy lifted the military quarantine (blockade) of Cuba

50 years ago (21 Nov 1962)
The Sino-Indian War ended. China declared a unilateral cease-fire, and withdrew its forces from the disputed territory on the Himalayan border

50 years ago (28 Nov 1962)
Death of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1890-1948), mother of Queen Juliana who succeeded her when she abdicated due to ill health

40 years ago (29 Nov 1972)
Pong, the first commercially successful video game, was released by Atari as a coin-operated arcade game. The first machine was installed in Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California, USA

30 years ago (2 Nov 1982)
Channel 4 was launched in the UK

30 years ago (5 Nov 1982)
Death of Jacques Tati, French film director and actor who played ‘Monsieur Hulot’ in a series of popular comedy films

30 years ago (10 Nov 1982)
Death of Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Union (1964-82). Succeeded by Yuri Andropov

30 years ago (16 Nov 1982)
Death of Arthur Askey, popular British comedian who performed in music halls, radio, television and film

25 years ago (8 Nov 1987)
Remembrance Day bombing, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. 11 people were killed and 63 injured when an IRA bomb exploded during a Remembrance Day service

25 years ago (11 Nov 1987)
Boris Yeltsin was fired as Mayor of Moscow (First Secretary of the Moscow Communist Party) after criticising the slow pace of Soviet reform

25 years ago (18 Nov 1987)
King’s Cross underground station fire, London. 31 people were killed and more than 60 injured when a fire broke out in an escalator shaft and spread to the ticket hall

25 years ago (18 Nov 1987)
U.S. Congress published the final report on the Iran-Contra Affair, which stated that President Ronald Reagan was ultimately responsible for his aides’ wrongdoing

25 years ago (25 Nov 1987)
Death of Harold Washington, American lawyer and politician, the first African-American mayor of Chicago (1983-87)

20 years ago (2 Nov 1992)
Death of Hal Roach, American film and television director and producer, best known for his comedies of the 1920s and 30s, particularly those featuring Laurel & Hardy and Harold Lloyd

20 years ago (3 Nov 1992)
Bill Clinton was elected as the 42nd President of the United States. (Inaugurated 20th January 1993)

20 years ago (11 Nov 1992)
The General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow women to become priests. (The first women were ordained as priests in March 1994)

20 years ago (20 Nov 1992)
Windsor Castle fire, UK. A fire broke out in a private chapel and spread to a large part of the building, causing extensive damage. (Buckingham Palace was opened to the public for the first time to raise money to fund the repairs, which cost around £40 million and took 5 years)

20 years ago (21 Nov 1992)
The Anglican Church of Australia voted to allow women to become priests

20 years ago (26 Nov 1992)
Queen Elizabeth II agreed to pay tax on her personal income, pay council tax on her country estates, and fund her children’s Civil List costs herself

15 years ago (10 Nov 1997)
British nanny Louise Woodward was released from prison in the USA after her murder conviction was reduced to involuntary manslaughter and her life sentence reduced to the 279 days she had already served

15 years ago (12 Nov 1997)
Ramzi Yousef and Eyad Ismoil were convicted of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York City, USA. (In Jan 1998 Ramzi Yousef was sentenced to life imprisonment + 240 years. In April 1998 Eyad Ismoil was sentenced to 240 years imprisonment. Both also received hefty fines)

15 years ago (22 Nov 1997)
Death of Michael Hutchence, Australian rock singer and songwriter (INXS)

10 years ago (3 Nov 2002)
Death of Lonnie Donegan, Scottish musician and singer known as ‘the king of skiffle’ (‘Rock Island Line’, ‘Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (on the Bedpost Overnight)?’, ‘My Old Man’s a Dustman’)

10 years ago (15 Nov 2002)
Death of Myra Hindley, British serial killer, one of the notorious ‘Moors Murderers’, along with Ian Brady

10 years ago (18 Nov 2002)
Death of James Coburn, award-winning American film and television actor (‘The Magnificent Seven’, ‘The Great Escape’, ‘Our Man Flint’, ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’, and many more)

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