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

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

At this time of the month we’d normally give you 50 sample dates from the compete set of 350+ dates for September in The Date-A-Base Book 2015.

But as you may have seen a week or so ago, we actually gave away the complete set of dates for September in the back of Ditch Your Day Job – the easiest way to make a living as a writer.

Ditch Your Day JobThe PDF version of Ditch Your Day Job! is still available as a free ebook for at least another week. So grab your copy here!

If you’ve already downloaded Ditch Your Day Job! please could you do us a huge favour and post a review on Amazon?

Several of the sites which promote free Kindle ebooks require at least five 4 or 5 star reviews. As soon as we reach the required number we’ll make the Kindle version free for 5 days.

Please use these links to post your review –
they will take you directly to the book’s page
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Thank you!

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What If…? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for March

Monday, 9 March 2015

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. the more you smiled the more you got paid?

2. every company wanted to employ you?

3. your metabolism went nuts and you had to eat more and more each day to prevent yourself from wasting away?

4. a burst of solar energy opened all the electronic locks in prisons?

5. they found the cure one day too late?

6. the seasons started 2 days earlier each year?

7. you could fix all the things you hated about the world – or your own life?

8. there were more people engaged in illegal activities than legal ones?

9. you were Satan (you might or might not have realised this)?

10. every organ in your body had its own blood-pumping system, so you had a heart beat, brain beat, liver beat, kidney beat, etc, all of which worked independently?

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The easiest way to make a living as a writer

Saturday, 28 February 2015
Your next writing room?

Why doesn’t your office look like this?

Last Monday I started writing a short article about how you could use our Date-A-Base Books to make a living as a writer. It grew and grew and by Thursday it had become a book – and I think you’ll like it!

I’m giving away the PDF version for the next 7 days, so grab a copy now and share it while you can. I’ll then create a Kindle version which will be free for 5 days (the PDF version will disappear because Amazon insists on exclusivity.) After that it will be added to our order form as a paid product.

The book is called Ditch Your Day Job – the easiest way to make a living as a writer. If you know anyone who hates their job, needs a second income, or wants to be a writer but doesn’t have the time to do anything about it, please send them a copy.

The first part of the book (about 15 pages) explains exactly how to do it, and the second part contains the complete chapter for September from The Date-A-Base Book 2015 (well over 300 anniversaries) so you can get to work straight away. There are also some links to article-writing courses in case you need help getting started.

As with The Fastest Way to Write Your Book, there are all sorts of clever bits, time-savers and cheats, which mean you can make a good living from writing while not having to do much work. Plus there’s a guarantee that you’ll get paid for everything you write. All of which means you’ll have plenty of time to work on your novel or screenplay or whatever you’d most like to write, while having an independent income, being able to write anywhere (such as at the beach) and not having to do a job you hate.

Download your free copy of the PDF version here.

(Don’t forget to forward a copy to everyone that you think would benefit from it.)

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

Monday, 16 February 2015

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in August 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 August from The Date-A-Base Book 2015There are 344 anniversaries for August in the book, which covers the whole of 2015 from January to December and features more than 4,000 anniversaries in total.

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

If you need to work further ahead, The Date-A-Base Book 2016 is also available.

Members onlyideas4writers lifetime members can download a 150-page preview of the 2017 edition from the members’ home page. (The preview lists all the newsworthy birth and death anniversaries in 2017 but not the events. The full version will be available from June.)

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300 years ago (1 Aug 1715)
The Riot Act came into effect in England. Local authorities could declare any group of 12 or more people who disturbed the peace to be unlawfully assembled and required to disperse within 1 hour or face prosecution.

250 years ago (14 Aug 1765)
Colonists in Boston, Massachusetts staged their first challenge to British rule – a protest against the Stamp Act. The elm tree where they met became a famous rallying point for the resistance movement, and it became known as the Liberty Tree.

250 years ago (21 Aug 1765)
Birth of William IV, King of the United Kingdom and Hanover (1830-37).

150 years ago (12 Aug 1865)
British surgeon Joseph Lister became the first person in the world to use an antiseptic dressing (lint dipped in carbolic acid – now known as phenol) to treat a wound. The wound healed successfully and his results were reported in the medical journal The Lancet in 1867.

125 years ago (6 Aug 1890)
The first execution by electric chair in the USA. Convicted murderer William Kemmler was executed at Auburn Prison in New York.

100 years ago (4 Aug 1915)
Birth of Warren Avis, American entrepreneur. Founder of Avis Rent A Car.

100 years ago (22 Aug 1915)
Birth of Hugh Paddick, British actor. Best known for his sketches (such as Julian and Sandy) on the 1960s BBC radio show Round the Horne.

100 years ago (29 Aug 1915)
Birth of Ingrid Bergman, award-winning Swedish film actress. Best known for the films Casablanca and Notorious.

90 years ago (5 Aug 1925)
The Welsh nationalist political party Plaid Cymru was founded.

80 years ago (14 Aug 1935)
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.

80 years ago (15 Aug 1935)
Death of Wiley Post, famous American aviator. The first person to fly solo around the world. (Plane crash.)

80 years ago (15 Aug 1935)
Death of Will Rogers, popular American cowboy performer, humorist and actor. (Killed in the same plane crash as Wiley Post – see above.)

80 years ago (31 Aug 1935)
The U.S. Congress passed the Neutrality Act, prohibiting the export of ‘arms, ammunition, and implements of war’ to foreign nations at war.

75 years ago (10 Aug 1940)
Birth of Bobby Hatfield, American singer (the Righteous Brothers). (Died 2003.)

75 years ago (16 Aug 1940)
Death of Henri Desgrange, French cyclist and journalist who founded the Tour de France.

75 years ago (17 Aug 1940)
World War II: Germany began a naval blockade of the British Isles.

75 years ago (18 Aug 1940)
Death of Walter P. Chrysler, American engineer, car manufacturer and industrialist who founded the Chrysler Corporation.

75 years ago (20 Aug 1940)
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force in a famous House of Commons speech, saying, ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’

75 years ago (21 Aug 1940)
Death of Ernest L. Thayer, American writer and poet. Best known for his baseball-themed poem Casey at the Bat.

75 years ago (21 Aug 1940)
Death of Leon Trotsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary. (Assassinated in Mexico City with an ice axe.)

75 years ago (25 – 26 Aug 1940)
World War II: the British RAF bombed the German capital Berlin for the first time.

75 years ago (26 Aug 1940)
Birth of Don LaFontaine, American voice actor. The distinctive voice behind thousands of melodramatic movie trailers and TV advertisements. He often began his trailers with the words: ‘In a world where…’ (Died 2008.)

70 years ago (6 Aug 1945)
World War II: the U.S. Army Air Forces dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. The centre of the city was totally destroyed and approximately 80,000 people were killed immediately. A further 60,000 people died by the end of the year due to injury or radiation. It was the first city in history to be hit by a nuclear weapon. (See also 9th August below.)

70 years ago (8 Aug 1945)
World War II: the Soviet Union entered the Pacific War exactly 3 months after the war in Europe ended, as agreed at the Yalta Conference in February. It declared war on Japan and immediately (12:01 am on 9th August) invaded the puppet state of Manchuria.

70 years ago (9 Aug 1945)
World War II: the U.S. Army Air Forces dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki, Japan. The north of the city was destroyed and approximately 40,000 people were killed immediately. A further 33,000+ died by the end of the year. It was the second (and last) city to experience a nuclear attack.

70 years ago (12 Aug 1945)
The Soviet Union began its occupation of North Korea.

70 years ago (14 Aug 1945)
World War II: V-J Day. Japan announced its unconditional surrender, ending WWII in the Pacific. (The war officially ended on 2nd September when Japan signed the surrender document.)

70 years ago (15 Aug 1945)
Korea was divided along the 38th parallel into the Soviet-occupied North Korea and the US-occupied South Korea.

70 years ago (17 Aug 1945)
Indonesia declared its independence from the Netherlands. (Recognised by the Netherlands in December 1949.)

60 years ago (5 Aug 1955)
Death of Carmen Miranda, (‘the Brazilian Bombshell’), popular Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, dancer and Broadway actress. Noted for her signature Tutti Frutti hat which she wore in many films, including The Gang’s All Here.

60 years ago (8 Aug 1955)
The 26th of July Movement was founded in Mexico by a group of exiled revolutionaries including Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. They aimed to overthrow the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista – which they did in January 1959.

60 years ago (27 Aug 1955)
The first edition of the Guinness Book of Records (now Guinness World Records) was published.

50 years ago (1 Aug 1965)
The British Government banned cigarette advertising on television. (Cigars and loose tobacco continued to be advertised on TV until 1991.)

50 years ago (6 Aug 1965)
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 came into effect in the USA, guaranteeing every adult American’s right to vote, and banning electoral discrimination.

50 years ago (9 Aug 1965)
Singapore was expelled from Malaysia and became an independent country.

50 years ago (15 Aug 1965)
British rock group The Beatles played to more than 55,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, USA. The famous event set attendance and revenue records which paved the way for future stadium rock concerts.

50 years ago (18 -24 Aug 1965)
Vietnam War: Operation Starlite – the first major U.S. ground battle of the war. Result: indecisive.

50 years ago (20 Aug 1965)
The song (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones was released in the UK. (USA: 6th June. It was their first #1 hit in the USA.)

50 years ago (27 Aug 1965)
Death of Le Corbusier, Swiss-born French architect and city planner.

40 years ago (20 Aug 1975)
NASA launched its Viking 1 space probe on a mission to Mars. It became the first spacecraft to land successfully on Mars and complete its mission.

30 years ago (22 Aug 1985)
Manchester air disaster, England. A British Airtours Boeing 737 burst into flames at Manchester Airport after an engine caught fire and a fuel tank ruptured. 55 people were killed.

25 years ago (2 Aug 1990 – 28 Feb 1991)
Gulf War. On 2nd August Iraq invaded Kuwait. On 6th the United Nations Security Council ordered a global trade embargo against Iraq. On 7th the USA launched Operation Desert Shield, sending U.S. forces to Saudi Arabia to prevent an Iraqi invasion. On 8th Iraq took full control of Kuwait and installed a puppet government. This led to Operation Desert Storm (17 January – 28 February 1991). Coalition victory.

25 years ago (17 Aug 1990)
Death of Pearl Bailey, award-winning American stage, film and television actress, singer, entertainer and writer.

25 years ago (23 Aug 1990)
Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union. (Fully independent from 21st September 1991.)

25 years ago (27 Aug 1990)
Guinness Four found guilty. All 4 defendants in the long-running Guinness trial were found guilty of trying to drive up the share price of the Guinness company during takeover talks. (They were given prison sentences and heavy fines, though one, Jack Lyons, did not serve his sentence due to ill health.)

25 years ago (27 Aug 1990)
BBC Radio Five Live was launched.

20 years ago (14 Aug 1995)
The Battle of Britpop. British bands Blur and Oasis released competing singles on the same day, launching a chart battle that was spurred on by the media. Blur won the battle, with their song Country House reaching #1 by the end of the week while Oasis’s song Roll With It reached #2.

10 years ago (3 Aug 2005)
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became President of Iran.

10 years ago (4 Aug 2005)
A Russian mini-submarine carrying 7 crew became caught on fishing nets and a military antenna 190m (620 feet) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean off the east coast of Russia. Russian attempts to release the submarine failed, but it was cut free on 7th August using a British-owned robotic craft. The crew were unharmed. (See also 12th Aug 2000 above.)

10 years ago (23 – 30 Aug 2005) Hurricane Katrina hit the Bahamas, Cuba and the southern U.S. states. The city of New Orleans, Louisiana was particularly badly affected when the levee system failed, flooding 80% of the city for several weeks. Florida and Mississippi also suffered severe damage. Over 1,800 people were killed. It was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.


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What If…? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for February

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

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. cars ran on seawater?

2. cars ran on blood?

3. it was impossible to be obese – if you became too large you split into two people?

4. modern barbers still carried out surgical operations?

5. the police (or some other security/intelligence agency) were watching your every move – either with or without good reason?

6. you decided to become someone else?

7. you witnessed something you weren’t supposed to see?

8. it was impossible to distinguish your counterfeits from the real thing?

9. you were God (you might or might not have realised this)?

10. there were no more ideas?

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

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in July 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 July from The Date-A-Base Book 2015There are 342 anniversaries for July in the book, which covers the whole of 2015 from January to December and features more than 4,000 anniversaries in total.

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

If you need to work further ahead, The Date-A-Base Book 2016 is also available.

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600 years ago (4 Jul 1415)
Pope Gregory XII was forced to resign in order to end the Western Schism – a split in the Catholic Church in which several men claimed to be the true pope. He was succeeded by Pope Martin V in Nov 1417.

400 years ago (Jul 1615)
Lake Huron, the second-largest of the Great Lakes of North America, was first discovered by Europeans.

200 years ago (15 Jul 1815)
Horse racing began at Cheltenham, England when the first organised Flat race was held there. (The racecourse opened on its present site in 1831.)

150 years ago (5 Jul 1865)
The Salvation Army was founded in London (as the Christian Mission) by William and Catherine Booth.

150 years ago (5 Jul 1865)
The U.S. Secret Service began operating as a division of the Department of the Treasury, tasked with the prevention of counterfeiting.

150 years ago (14 Jul 1865)
The first successful ascent of the Matterhorn, by a team led by British mountaineer Edward Whymper. (4 members were killed on the descent.)

150 years ago (21 Jul 1865)
The first quick-draw shootout of the American Old West. Wild Bill Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in the town square of Springfield, Missouri.

80 years ago (July 1935)
Yangtze River flood, China. More than 140,000 people were killed.

80 years ago (3 Jul 1935)
Death of André Citroën, French engineer and industrialist. Founder of the Citroën car company. Introduced Henry Ford’s mass production systems to Europe.

80 years ago (16 Jul 1935)
The world’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, USA.

80 years ago (17 Jul 1935)
Death of George William Russell, (‘AE’), Irish nationalist, poet, artist and mystic.

80 years ago (30 Jul 1935)
The first 10 Penguin paperbacks were published in the UK.

75 years ago (1 Jul 1940)
World War II: the Vichy Government was established in France.

75 years ago (1 Jul 1940)
World War II: Jersey was occupied by German forces. (Alderney was occupied on 2nd, and Sark on 4th. Guernsey had already been occupied on 30th June. The Channel Islands remained under German occupation until 9th May 1945.)

75 years ago (1 Jul 1940)
Death of Ben Turpin, cross-eyed American comic and silent film actor.

75 years ago (10 Jul – 31 Oct 1940)
World War II – the Battle of Britain. British victory.

75 years ago (15 Jul 1940)
Death of Robert Wadlow, American giant. The world’s tallest man, almost nine feet tall and still growing at the time of his death, aged 22.

75 years ago (19 Jul 1940)
The British Army’s Intelligence Corps was founded.

75 years ago (20 Jul 1940)
Billboard magazine published the first ‘Music Popularity Chart’, which listed the top 10 singles sold in the USA that week. The first #1 song was I’ll Never Smile Again by Tommy Dorsey.

75 years ago (27 Jul 1940)
Bugs Bunny made his first appearance, in the Warner Bros. cartoon A Wild Hare.

70 years ago (16 Jul 1945)
The USA detonated the world’s first nuclear weapon, at the Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

60 years ago (9 Jul 1955)
The Russell-Einstein Manifesto was released by Bertrand Russell in London. It called on world leaders to seek peaceful resolutions to conflicts and highlighted the dangers of nuclear weapons.

60 years ago (9 Jul 1955)
The song Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets reached #1 on the Billboard chart in the USA. (It remained #1 for 8 weeks. Although not the first rock and roll song, it is considered the song that brought rock and roll into the mainstream.)

60 years ago (11 Jul 1955)
The U.S. Air Force Academy officially opened and the first cadets were sworn in. (The Academy was initially housed in temporary quarters at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado. The permanent site at Colorado Springs was completed in August 1958.)

60 years ago (13 Jul 1955)
Death of Ruth Ellis, British convicted murderer. The last woman to be executed in the UK.

60 years ago (17 Jul 1955)
The first Disneyland theme park opened, in Anaheim, California, USA.

50 years ago (8 Jul 1965)
British Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs escaped from Wandsworth Prison in London. (He lived in Brazil until 2001 when he returned to the UK and was re-imprisoned. Released July 2009. Died December 2013.)

50 years ago (14 – 15 Jul 1965)
NASA’s Mariner 4 spacecraft flew past Mars and sent back the first close-up photos of another planet.

50 years ago (26 Jul 1965)
The Maldives gained its independence from the UK.

50 years ago (29 Jul 1965)
The Beatles’ film Help! was released in the UK. (USA: première: 9th and 11th August; released 25th August.)

50 years ago (30 Jul 1965)
The Social Security Act of 1965 came into effect in the USA, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.

40 years ago (30 Jul 1975)
American trade union leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared outside a restaurant in Detroit. He was never seen again. (Declared dead July 1982.)

30 years ago (3 Jul 1985)
The film Back to the Future was released in the USA. (UK: 4th December.)

30 years ago (10 Jul 1985)
The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was bombed and sunk in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand by French intelligence agents in order to prevent it from interfering with a planned nuclear test. One person was killed – Portuguese-Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira.

30 years ago (13 Jul 1985)
Live Aid. Two simultaneous concerts in London and Philadelphia, plus other venues including Sydney and Moscow, raised millions of pounds for famine victims in Africa.

25 years ago (1 Jul 1990)
East Germany and West Germany merged their economies, with East Germany accepting the Deutsche Mark as its currency. (Full reunification took place on 3rd October.)

25 years ago (10 Jul 1990)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation was founded, with the aim of preserving personal freedom online.

25 years ago (15 Jul 1990)
Death of Margaret Lockwood, British stage, film and television actress. One of the most popular stars of the 1940s (The Lady Vanishes, The Man in Grey, Love Story, Wicked Lady and more).

25 years ago (16 Jul 1990)
Luzon earthquake, Philippines. Over 1,500 people were killed.

25 years ago (21 Jul 1990)
The Wall rock concert was held in East Berlin, East Germany to celebrate the dismantling of the Berlin Wall. More than 150,000 people attended.

20 years ago (11 Jul 1995)
Srebrenica Massacre. The Bosnian Serb Army seized control of Srebrenica and massacred 8,000 men and boys.

20 years ago (16 Jul 1995)
Amazon.com opened its website to the public.

20 years ago (18 Jul 1995)
The Soufriere Hills volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat began to erupt. Over the space of several years it devastated the island, destroyed the capital and forced most of the population to flee.

10 years ago (1 Jul 2005)
Death of Luther Vandross, award-winning American soul and R&B singer, songwriter and producer.

10 years ago (2 Jul 2005)
Live 8. Ten concerts were held simultaneously around the world in an effort to persuade G8 leaders to fight poverty in Africa. (On 7th July G8 leaders pledged to double the amount of aid to poor nations to $50 billion per year by 2010 – half of this money would go to Africa.)

10 years ago (4 – 13 Jul 2005)
Hurricane Dennis caused massive damage in Cuba, Haiti, Florida and other parts of the Caribbean. At least 89 people were killed.

10 years ago (6 Jul 2005)
Death of Ed McBain (pen name of Evan Hunter, original name Salvatore Lombino), best-selling American crime novelist and screenwriter. Best known for his 87th Precinct series of police procedurals.

10 years ago (7 Jul 2005)
7th July London bombings – a coordinated series of 4 suicide bomb attacks on London’s transport system during the morning rush hour. 56 people were killed, including the 4 bombers, and more than 700 were injured. It was the worst-ever terrorist attack on Britain, and the country’s first attack by suicide bombers. (Four bombers attempted to carry out a second attack on 21st July, but only the detonators exploded and the bombs failed to go off. 1 person was injured. A fifth bomber dumped his bomb without attempting to set it off.)

10 years ago (17 Jul 2005)
Death of Sir Edward Heath, British Prime Minister (1970–74).

10 years ago (28 Jul 2005)
The IRA ended its 30-year armed campaign in Northern Ireland and ordered all units to dump their weapons. Its leadership stated that they would continue their campaign exclusively through peaceful means.


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What If…? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for January

Monday, 5 January 2015

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. the police and emergency services refused to enter your neighbourhood?

2. banks loaned things, not money?

3. it was impossible to erase anything?

4. everything you said upset at least one person?

5. you died?

6. you never died?

7. nothing on Earth had ever died?

8. the speed of light wasn’t all that fast?

9. technology made everyone telepathic?

10. someone wrote a vitally important message on a really difficult jigsaw, then jumbled up all the pieces?

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

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in June 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 June from The Date-A-Base Book 2015There are 331 anniversaries for June in the book, which covers the whole of 2015 from January to December and features more than 4,000 anniversaries in total.

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

If you need to work further ahead, The Date-A-Base Book 2016 is also available.

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800 years ago (15 Jun 1215)
King John signed the Magna Carta at Runnymede in England.

200 years ago (8 Jun 1815)
The German Confederation was created as 39 states united under the terms of the Congress of Vienna (see 9th June below).

200 years ago (9 Jun 1815)
The Congress of Vienna ended following the Napoleonic Wars. Europe’s political map was redrawn in an attempt to forge lasting peace.

200 years ago (18 Jun 1815)
Napoleonic Wars – the Battle of Waterloo, Netherlands (now Belgium); Coalition victory. The French Emperor Napoleon was defeated. He abdicated as emperor and was sent into exile on the island of Saint Helena, where he remained for the rest of his life.

150 years ago (3 Jun 1865)
Birth of George V, King of the United Kingdom (1910-36).

150 years ago (8 Jun 1865)
Death of Sir Joseph Paxton, British landscape gardener, designer of conservatories and greenhouses, and politician. Best known for designing the Crystal Palace in London.

150 years ago (10 Jun 1865)
Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde was first performed, in Munich, Germany.

150 years ago (13 Jun 1865)
Birth of W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats, Irish poet and writer. Winner of the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature.

150 years ago (19 Jun 1865)
Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day). African American slaves in Texas were freed on this day, and the anniversary is now celebrated in most U.S. states.

150 years ago (22 Jun 1865)
English cricketer W. G. Grace made his first class cricket debut at The Oval.

100 years ago (5 Jun 1915)
Birth of Lancelot Ware, British barrister. Best known as the co-founder of Mensa (originally called the High IQ Club).

100 years ago (9 Jun 1915)
Birth of Les Paul, influential American jazz, country and blues guitarist and inventor. Designer of one of the first solid-body electric guitars. Pioneered many recording innovations.

100 years ago (10 Jun 1915)
Birth of Saul Bellow, Canadian-born American novelist. Winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize.

100 years ago (22 Jun 1915)
The Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT) in New York City opened its first subway service. (The company later became the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation [BMT])

100 years ago (24 Jun 1915)
Birth of Sir Fred Hoyle, British astronomer and science fiction author.

80 years ago (1 Jun 1935)
Driving tests became compulsory for all new drivers in Britain.

80 years ago (10 Jun 1935)
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, USA.

75 years ago (4 Jun 1940)
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill vowed that his forces ‘shall never surrender’.

75 years ago (8 Jun 1940)
The discovery of element 93, neptunium, was announced by American physicists Edwin McMillan and Philip Abelson at the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, California.

75 years ago (10 Jun 1940)
The North African Campaign (also called the Desert War) began.

75 years ago (10 Jun 1940)
Death of Marcus Garvey, Jamaican-born American civil rights leader who established the first major black nationalist movement in the USA.

75 years ago (11 Jun 1940)
The Siege of Malta began. (The entire nation was awarded the George Cross in April 1942 for its bravery during the siege.)

75 years ago (14 Jun 1940)
(Holocaust:) 728 Polish political prisoners from Tarnów became the first residents of Auschwitz concentration camp.

75 years ago (15 Jun 1940)
The Soviet Union invaded and occupied Lithuania. On 16th it invaded and occupied Estonia and Latvia.

75 years ago (18 Jun 1940)
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave his ‘Finest Hour’ speech to the House of Commons.

75 years ago (22 Jun 1940)
France surrendered to Germany; Vichy France was established.

75 years ago (23 Jun 1940)
Birth of Adam Faith, British singer and actor. (Died 2003.)

75 years ago (27 Jun 1940)
Germany began using the Enigma machine to encrypt messages.

75 years ago (28 Jun 1940)
The Alien Registration Act (the Smith Act) came into effect in the USA. It required all non-U.S. adult citizens to register with the government and be fingerprinted, and prohibited certain acts of subversion.

75 years ago (29 Jun 1940)
Death of Paul Klee, Swiss expressionist/surrealist artist and teacher. One of the major artists of the 20th century.

75 years ago (30 Jun 1940)
Germany invaded the Channel Islands, occupying them until May 1945.

60 years ago (2 Jun 1955)
The Soviet Union established Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Initially it was a test centre for intercontinental ballistic missiles, but it was soon expanded to include launch facilities for space flights.)

60 years ago (16 Jun 1955)
The U.S. première of the Walt Disney animated film Lady and the Tramp. (Released USA: 22nd June, UK: 16th August.)

50 years ago (3 Jun 1965)
Edward Higgins White became the first American to walk in space.

40 years ago (5 Jun 1975)
The first UK-wide referendum was held. Voters were asked to decide whether Britain should remain in the European Economic Community (EEC). 67% voted yes. (A second UK-wide referendum was held in 2011, when voters decided against adopting an alternative voting system.)

40 years ago (7 – 21 Jun 1975)
The first Cricket World Cup was held, in England.

40 years ago (18 Jun 1975)
The first North Sea oil was pumped ashore in Britain.

40 years ago (25 Jun 1975)
Mozambique gained its independence from Portugal.

30 years ago (2 Jun 1985)
UEFA banned all English football clubs from playing in European competitions following the Heysel Stadium disaster of 28th May. On 6th June FIFA extended the ban to cover all worldwide competitions except friendly matches. (The ban was lifted after 5 years. It did not apply to the English national team.)

30 years ago (17 Jun 1985)
Sultan Salman Al Saud of Saudi Arabia became the first Arab, the first Muslim, and the first member of a royal family to fly in space. He was a payload specialist on board the U.S. space shuttle Discovery.

25 years ago (1 Jun 1990)
Washington Summit: U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed an agreement to end the production of chemical weapons and to destroy existing stocks.

25 years ago (2 Jun 1990)
Death of Sir Rex Harrison, award-winning British actor. Best known for his role in the stage production and film My Fair Lady.

25 years ago (3 Jun 1990)
Death of Robert Noyce, American engineer. Co-inventor of the integrated circuit (microprocessor). Co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.

25 years ago (4 Jun 1990)
American euthanasia advocate Jack Kevorkian participated in his first assisted suicide – that of Janet Adkins, an Alzheimer’s disease sufferer. (He participated in the assisted suicides of at least 130 terminally ill people between 1990 and 1998 before being convicted of second degree murder and imprisoned. He served 8 years of a 10 – 25 year sentence.)

25 years ago (12 Jun 1990)
The Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty. This day is now celebrated annually as Russia Day.

25 years ago (21 Jun 1990)
Manjil-Rudbar earthquake, Iran. 3 cities (Rudbar, Manjil and Lushan) and 700 villages were destroyed, 40,000 people were killed, 60,000 injured and 500,000 left homeless. (On 26th June British novelist Salman Rushdie donated $8,650 to victims of the earthquake, despite the fatwa issued against him.)

25 years ago (23 Jun 1990)
The Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic declared its sovereignty and changed its name from Moldavia to Moldova. (It declared independence from the Soviet Union in August 1991 – officially recognised March 1992.)

10 years ago (11 Jun 2005)
G8 finance ministers agreed to write off the entire $40 billion debt owed by 18 of the world’s poorest countries.

10 years ago (20 Jun 2005)
Death of Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer. Co-inventor of the integrated circuit (microprocessor). Inventor of the hand-held calculator and thermal printer. Joint winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physics.

10 years ago (26 Jun 2005)
Death of Richard Whiteley, British TV presenter. Best known for hosting the word/number puzzle game show Countdown.


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What If…? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for December

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

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3. Amazon.com went bust?

4. the world’s top 100 companies all went out of business within weeks of each other?

5. nothing ever happened immediately?

6. you woke up a metre (approx 3 feet) shorter?
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7. all the people who had ever gone missing turned up at once?

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One of our authors is missing

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

You may remember that we published an ebook by the American ecologist Dr Ellis Silver last year. The book was Humans Are Not From Earth. Dr Silver is supposed to be working on an extended version of the book for us. He sent us an early draft in July and we hoped to have received the final version by now. Unfortunately when we made enquiries as to why it had not yet arrived we learned that Dr Silver was reported missing in August and has not been seen since.

He was due to speak in Portugal on 2nd August, but just hours before the event the organisers received a message, purporting to come from him, saying he was unable to attend. We’ve been advised that there are two worrying things about this message: first, he never cancels this sort of event – it’s completely unheard of; and second, the message (which was sent from his own email account) claims to have been sent ‘from the office of’ Dr. Ellis Silver. This second part is most concerning since he handles his own bookings and doesn’t have an ‘office’ in that sense, so it’s unlikely he would ever use this phrase.

We understand the relevant authorities are working hard to locate him and we’ll update you when we hear anything further. We hope he turns up safe and well in the very near future and have sent our best wishes to his family and colleagues.

(It should be noted that the name Ellis Silver is a pen name we gave him. He was due to speak in Portugal under his real name, which we do not have permission to reveal.)


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