Forthcoming historic anniversaries, Sept 2008

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. 

350 years ago (3 Sep 1658)
Death of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England

250 years ago (29 Sep 1758)
Birth of Horatio Nelson, British naval commander

175 years ago (3 Sep 1833)
The ‘New York Sun’ newspaper was first published – the beginning of the ‘penny press’

175 years ago (29 Sep 1833)
Following the death of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, civil war broke out between those who believed Don Carlos should be made king, and loyal supporters of Queen Isabella

150 years ago (16 Sep 1858)
Birth of Andrew Bonar Law, British Prime Minister (1922–23)

100 years ago (16 Sep 1908)
General Motors was founded

100 years ago (17 Sep 1908)
The first aircraft fatality occurred at Fort Myer, Virginia when a propeller came loose on a plane piloted by Orville Wright. Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge, a passenger on the plane, died of a fractured skull

100 years ago (22 Sep 1908)
Bulgaria proclaimed full independence from Turkey

100 years ago (29 Sep 1908)
Death of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer

100 years ago (30 Sep 1908)
Birth of David Fyodorovich Oistrakh, Russian violinist

80 years ago (1 Sep 1928)
Albanian President Ahmet Zogu declared Albania a monarchy and proclaimed himself King Zog I

80 years ago (3 Sep 1928)
Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic effects of penicillin (by accident)

80 years ago (19 Sep 1928)
Walt Disney released ‘Steamboat Willie’, the best known of the early short films to feature Mickey Mouse (who first appeared in ‘Plane Crazy’)

80 years ago (28 Sep 1928)
The Dangerous Drugs Act (1925) became law in the UK, outlawing cannabis

75 years ago (1 Sep 1933)
Birth of Conway Twitty, American country and western singer

75 years ago (1 Sep 1933)
H. G. Wells’s classic novel ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ was published

75 years ago (8 Sep 1933)
Death of King Faisal I of Iraq

75 years ago (12 Sep 1933)
Hungarian-American physicist Leó Szilárd conceived the idea of the nuclear chain reaction. It came to him in a flash of inspiration while waiting for the traffic lights to change in Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London, on his way to the British Museum

75 years ago (20 Sep 1933)
Death of Annie Besant, British social reformer and women’s rights activist

75 years ago (25 Sep 1933)
Death of Ring Lardner, American writer

70 years ago (29 Sep 1938)
Britain, France, Nazi Germany and Italy signed the Munich Agreement, allowing Germany to occupy the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia

70 years ago (30 Sep 1938)
The League of Nations outlawed the intentional bombing of civilian populations

60 years ago (4 Sep 1948)
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated for health reasons and her daughter Julianna became queen

60 years ago (9 Sep 1948)
The People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was established, led by Kim Il Sung

60 years ago (20 Sep 1948)
The Morris Minor motor car was launched

60 years ago (24 Sep 1948)
The Honda Motor Company was founded

50 years ago (2 Sep 1958)
China’s first television station ‘Beijing TV’ was launched. The station was later renamed ‘Central China TV’ (CCTV)

50 years ago (5 Sep 1958)
Boris Pasternak’s novel ‘Doctor Zhivago’ was published in the USA

50 years ago (28 Sep 1958)
France ratified its new constitution. (It was formally adopted on 4 October and the Fifth Republic established. Guinea rejected the new constitution and chose independence instead)

40 years ago (16 Sep 1968)
In the UK, the Post Office introduced a two-tier postal service: first class and second class

30 years ago (7 Sep 1978)
Death of Keith Moon, British rock drummer (‘The Who’)

30 years ago (9 Sep 1978)
Death of Jack Warner, Canadian-born American film studio founder (Warner Brothers)

30 years ago (11 Sep 1978)
Death of Georgi Markov, Bulgarian defector, fatally stabbed in London by a secret agent with a poisoned umbrella point

30 years ago (15 Sep 1978)
Death of Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer
(Note: some sources give the date as 17th September)

30 years ago (19 Sep 1978)
13-year-old British paperboy Carl Bridgewater was shot dead after disturbing thieves at Yew Tree Farm, Prestwood, near Stourbridge. Police launched a massive manhunt for his killers

30 years ago (28 Sep 1978)
Death of Pope John Paul I, after only 33 days in office

25 years ago (15 Sep 1983)
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin formally resigned, having announced his intention to step down on 28th August

25 years ago (19 Sep 1983)
Saint Kitts and Nevis became independent from Britain

25 years ago (25 Sep 1983)
Death of King Léopold III of Belgium

25 years ago (25 Sep 1983)
38 prisoners escaped from the high-security Maze prison, N. Ireland

20 years ago (26 Sep 1988)
Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal in the 100 metres at the Seoul Olympics after failing a drugs test

15 years ago (21 Sep 1993)
Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspended parliament and called for new elections

10 years ago (7 Sep 1998)
Google was founded – based in a friend’s garage in Menlo Park, California

10 years ago (8 Sep 1998)
The Real IRA announced an end to its violence in Northern Ireland

10 years ago (21 Sep 1998)
Death of Florence Griffith ‘Flo Jo’ Joyner, American athlete

For more historic anniversaries check out The Date-A-Base Book 2008 and The Date-A-Base Book 2009, each spanning a whole year and containing over 1,200 forthcoming anniversaries – more than twice as many entries per month than in our standard lists featured here.

The Date-A-Base Books are a terrific source of ideas for all writers, journalists, film-makers, editors, researchers, producers, teachers, students, speakers and event planners. Just one article sale will pay for your copy many times over!

Dave Haslett, ideas4writers, www.ideas4writers.co.uk

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