Forthcoming historic anniversaries, Nov 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. 

300 years ago (15 Nov 1708)
Birth of William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister (1766–68)

200 years ago (22 Nov 1808)
Birth of Thomas Cook, British travel agent

100 years ago (14 Nov 1908)
Birth of Joseph R. McCarthy, American politician who claimed that the US Government had been infiltrated by communists

100 years ago (14 Nov 1908)
Death of Guangxu (also spelt Kuang-hsü), Emperor of China

100 years ago (20 Nov 1908)
Birth of Alistair Cooke, British-born American journalist and broadcaster (‘Letter from America’)

100 years ago (26 Nov 1908)
Birth of Charles Forte, British hotelier

100 years ago (28 Nov 1908)
Birth of Claude Lévi-Strauss, French anthropologist

90 years ago (11 Nov 1918)
World War I officially ended at 11.00 am, when Germany signed an armistice with the Allies in a railway carriage near Compiègne, France

80 years ago (10 Nov 1928)
Hirohito was crowned Emperor of Japan

75 years ago (8 Nov 1933)
Great Depression – New Deal: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled the ‘Civil Works Administration’, designed to create temporary jobs for more than 4 million unemployed people

75 years ago (11 Nov 1933)
A severe dust storm stripped the topsoil from farmlands in South Dakota, creating a dust bowl. This exacerbated the Great Depression

75 years ago (12 Nov 1933)
Hugh Gray took the first known photographs of the Loch Ness Monster

75 years ago (13 Nov 1933)
The first sit-down strike in America was held by workers at George A. Hormel and Company, Minnesota

70 years ago (9 Nov 1938)
Kristallnacht – ‘Night of (broken) glass’ – Nazis burned 267 synagogues and destroyed thousands of Jewish homes and businesses in Germany

60 years ago (12 Nov 1948)
Former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese WWII leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal

60 years ago (26 Nov 1948)
The first Polaroid instant cameras went on sale in Boston, Massachusetts

50 years ago (3 Nov 1958)
The UNESCO headquarters officially opened, Place de Fontenoy, Paris

50 years ago (15 Nov 1958)
Death of Tyrone Power, American actor (‘The Mark of Zorro’ etc)

50 years ago (25 Nov 1958)
French Sudan (now Mali) became an autonomous self-governing republic within the French Community

50 years ago (28 Nov 1958)
Chad, the Republic of the Congo, and Gabon became autonomous republics within the French Community

50 years ago (30 Nov 1958)
Death of George Hubert Wilkins, Australian polar explorer

40 years ago (26 Nov 1968)
The Race Relations Act came into force in the UK, making it illegal to refuse housing, employment or public services to people because of their ethnic background

40 years ago (28 Nov 1968)
Death of Enid Blyton, British children’s writer

40 years ago (30 Nov 1968)
The Trade Descriptions Act came into force in the UK, making it illegal for traders to knowingly sell items with misleading labels or descriptions

30 years ago (20 Nov 1978)
Former British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe was accused in court of plotting to kill his former homosexual lover

25 years ago (7 Nov 1983)
A bomb exploded inside the US Capitol building, causing $250,000 worth of damage

25 years ago (9 Nov 1983)
Dutch brewer Alfred Heineken was kidnapped and a ransom demand issued for more than $10 million (Note: released unharmed 3 weeks later)

25 years ago (14 Nov 1983)
British Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine announced that the first American Cruise missiles had arrived at Greenham Common airbase

25 years ago (15 Nov 1983)
Death of John Le Mesurier, British actor (played Sergeant Wilson in ‘Dad’s Army’)

25 years ago (16 Nov 1983)
Death of Arthur Askey, British comedian and actor

25 years ago (26 Nov 1983)
Brinks Mat Robbery: £26 million worth of gold bars were stolen from the Brinks Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport, London

20 years ago (8 Nov 1988)
George H.W. Bush was elected 41st President of the United States

20 years ago (15 Nov 1988)
An independent state of Palestine was proclaimed by the Palestinian National Council

20 years ago (16 Nov 1988)
Benazir Bhutto was elected prime minister of Pakistan, becoming the first female leader of a Muslim state

15 years ago (1 Nov 1993)
The Maastricht Treaty came into effect, formally establishing the European Union

15 years ago (18 Nov 1993)
South African politicians agreed a new constitution that provided basic civil rights to blacks, after more than 300 years of white majority rule

10 years ago (1 Nov 1998)
The European Court of Human Rights was founded in Strasbourg

10 years ago (8 Nov 1998)
Death of Jean Marais, French actor

10 years ago (19 Nov 1998)
The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee began impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton

10 years ago (19 Nov 1998)
Death of Alan J. Pakula, American film director

10 years ago (20 Nov 1998)
The first module of the International Space Station, the Russian-built Zarya (‘Sunrise’) module, was launched

10 years ago (24 Nov 1998)
The British Government unveiled plans to abolish the rights of hereditary peers to sit and vote in the House of Lords

10 years ago (24 Nov 1998)
America Online (AOL) announced that it was buying Netscape Communications for $10 billion

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 our standard lists featured here. For example, there are 43 events listed above for November 2008, but 112 events for the same month in the Date-A-Base Book 2008.

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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