Forthcoming historic anniversaries, Nov 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.

We will shortly be publishing The Date-A-Base Book: forthcoming historic anniversaries 2008-2012, which will contain over 100 entries for each month (more than twice the size of our current lists!) and over 6,000 entries in total. More details next month.

250 years ago (1 Nov 1757)
Birth of Antonio Canova, Italian sculptor
(One of the greatest exponents of Neoclassicism)

250 years ago (28 Nov 1757)
Birth of William Blake, English poet and artist
(One of the greatest figures of Romanticism)

175 years ago (29 Nov 1832)
Birth of Louisa May Alcott, American author
(Known for her children’s books, especially ‘Little Women’)

100 years ago (13 Nov 1907)
The first helicopter to make a manned, untethered flight flew briefly at Coquainvilliers, near Lisieux, France

100 years ago (28 Nov 1907)
Birth of Alberto Moravia, Italian writer
(A major figure in 20th-century Italian literature)

80 years ago (3 Nov 1927)
Turkey adopted the Roman alphabet in place of the traditional Arabic script

80 years ago (5 Nov 1927)
Britain’s first automatic traffic lights began operating in Wolverhampton

80 years ago (14 Nov 1927)
Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Communist Party

75 years ago (20 Nov 1932)
Cole Porter’s musical comedy ‘The Gay Divorcee’ was first performed in New York, and starred Fred Astaire

65 years ago (3 Nov 1942)
WWII: Battle of el-Alamein. British troops led by Field Marshal Montgomery broke through Rommel’s front line

65 years ago (26 Nov 1942)
WWII: Siege of Stalingrad: Soviet forces launched a counter-attack, ending the siege and forcing the Sixth Army to retreat

50 years ago (2 Nov 1957)
Elvis Presley set an all-time record by having 8 hits in the UK Top 30 pop charts simultaneously

50 years ago (3 Nov 1957)
The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2 into orbit, with a dog named Laika on board

40 years ago (30 Nov 1957)
Death of Beniamino Gigli, Italian opera singer
(One of the greatest Italian tenors of the early 20th century)

40 years ago (27 Nov 1967)
French President Charles de Gaulle vetoed Britain’s entry into the European Common Market

25 years ago (1 Nov 1982)
Death of King Vidor, American film director

25 years ago (5 Nov 1982)
Death of Jacques Tati, French actor and film director
(Noted for his ‘Monsieur Hulot’ comedies)

25 years ago (10 Nov 1982)
Death of Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet leader

25 years ago (13 Nov 1982)
Death of Chesney Allen, British comedian
(Popular WWII entertainer, member of ‘The Crazy Gang’)

20 years ago (8 Nov 1987)
A IRA bomb exploded during a Remembrance Day service in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, killing 11 people

20 years ago (18 Nov 1987)
30 people died in a fire at King’s Cross station, London

20 years ago (18 Nov 1987)
A report into the Iran-Contra scandal blamed American President Ronald Reagan for abusing the law

15 years ago (4 Nov 1992)
Bill Clinton was elected 42nd President of the USA

15 years ago (11 Nov 1992)
The Church of England voted to allow women to be ordained as priests

10 years ago (5 Nov 1997)
Death of Sir Isaiah Berlin, Latvian-born British philosopher, historian, lecturer and essayist
(Founder of the discipline of intellectual history)

10 years ago (10 Nov 1997)
British nanny Louise Woodward was freed from jail in the USA after her conviction for murdering a baby was reduced to involuntary manslaughter

10 years ago (18 Nov 1997)
Death of Joyce Wethered (Lady Heathcoat-Amory), British golfer
(Regarded as the greatest British woman player of her day)

10 years ago (19 Nov 1997)
Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to septuplets in Des Moines, Iowa – the first time in the USA that seven babies were born and all survived

10 years ago (21 Nov 1997)
Death of Robert Simpson, British composer

10 years ago (27 Nov 1997)
The United Nations estimated that 230,000 people had been left homeless after flooding in Somalia

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