Forthcoming historic anniversaries, August 2007

You may wish to write about the following historical events. Dates are given 6 months in advance to allow you time for research and writing. Dates and facts are taken from a reliable source, but we cannot guarantee their accuracy. Please cross-check all information as part of your research and let us know of any errors.

In May 2007 we will be publishing The Date-A-Base Book: forthcoming historic anniversaries 2008-2012. Watch this space for further details!

375 years ago (29 Aug 1632)
Birth of John Locke, English philosopher
(Initiated the Enlightenment, inspired the U.S. Constitution)

350 years ago (7 Aug 1657)
Death of Robert Blake, British admiral
(Commanded Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth navy)

250 years ago (9 Aug 1757)
Birth of Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer
(Designed and built many famous bridges, canals and roads)

175 years ago (24 Aug 1832)
Death of (Nicolas-Léonard-) Sadi Carnot, French scientist
(Described the Carnot cycle in the theory of heat engines)

125 years ago (29 Aug 1882)
Australia defeated England at cricket for the first time

100 years ago (13 Aug 1907)
Birth of Sir Basil Spence, British architect
(Designed new Coventry cathedral and other notable buildings)

100 years ago (15 Aug 1907)
Death of Joseph Joachim, Hungarian violinist and composer
(Reknowned for his masterful technique and interpretations)

65 years ago (19 Aug 1942)
WWII: British and Canadian troops raided the port of Dieppe but suffered heavy casualties against the German defences

60 years ago (14 Aug 1947)
British rule in India ended, and the subcontinent was divided into two independent countries, India and Pakistan

50 years ago (7 Aug 1957)
Death of Oliver Hardy, American film comedian
(of Laurel and Hardy fame)

50 years ago (24 Aug 1957)
Death of Ronald Knox, British author and theologian
(translated the Bible)

50 years ago (31 Aug 1957)
The Federation of Malaya (now known as Malaysia) became independent

30 years ago (13 Aug 1977)
Death of Henry Williamson, British novelist
(“Tarka the Otter” and others)

30 years ago (16 Aug 1977)
Death of Elvis Presley, American rock and roll singer

30 years ago (19 Aug 1977)
Death of Groucho Marx (Julius Henry Marx), American comedian
(The Marx Brothers)

25 years ago (12 Aug 1982)
Death of Henry Fonda, American stage and movie actor

25 years ago (29 Aug 1982)
Death of Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress

20 years ago (15 Aug 1987)
Caning was banned in British state schools (and in all British schools in Aug 1999)

20 years ago (23 Aug 1987)
Death of Didier Peroni, French racing driver

20 years ago (29 Aug 1987)
Death of Lee Marvin, American movie actor

15 years ago (20 Aug 1992)
The Daily Mirror published compromising photographs of the Duchess of York with her ‘financial adviser’

10 years ago (1 Aug 1997)
Death of Svyatoslav Richter, Russian concert pianist
(One of the greatest pianists of the 20th Century)

10 years ago (2 Aug 1997)
Death of William S. Burroughs, American writer

10 years ago (23 Aug 1997)
Death of John Kendrew, English biochemist
(Won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1962) for determining the structure of myoglobin)

10 years ago (24 Aug 1997)
Death of Luigi Villoresi, Italian racing driver

10 years ago (27 Aug 1997)
Sweden and Norway admitted sterilising thousands of people deemed ‘substandard’ between 1934 and 1976

10 years ago (31 Aug 1997)
Death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Dodi Fayed, and their driver in a car crash in the Place de l’Alma underpass, Paris, France

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2 Responses to “Forthcoming historic anniversaries, August 2007”

  1. Chryselle Says:

    Congratulations on the new blog! As a member of ideas4writers, I’ll look forward to frequent updates here! Thanks for putting some of the date-a-base on here; saves some time logging into the website :)

  2. Brendan Nolan Says:

    Congratulations on your new venture.

    A blog is a wonderful two-way facility for any subject.

    We look forward to hearing all of your news as it happens, on the blog.

    May we wish you continued success in your endeavours.

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