Forthcoming historic anniversaries, June 2009

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.
 
We have painstakingly cross-checked every entry, but you are advised to check all facts again as part of your research – just in case! Please let us know of any errors you find.

A greatly expanded list of anniversaries for this month is available in The Date-A-Base Book 2009, which covers the whole year from January to December 2009. The Date-A-Base Book 2010 is also available. More details below.

500 years ago (24 Jun 1509)
Henry VIII was crowned King of England

200 years ago (5 Jun 1809)
Charles XIII was proclaimed King of Sweden, and the following day Sweden adopted a new (and still current) constitution

200 years ago (19 Jun 1809)
Curwen’s Act was passed in Britain, prohibiting the sale of parliamentary seats

150 years ago (6 Jun 1859)
Queensland, Australia separated from New South Wales and became a self-governing colony. (This day is now celebrated as Queensland Day)

150 years ago (27 Jun 1859)
Birth of Mildred J. Hill, American composer of ‘Happy Birthday to You’

150 years ago (30 Jun 1859)
French acrobat Blondin successfully crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope

100 years ago (7 Jun 1909)
Birth of Virginia Apgar, American physician, anaesthesiologist and childbirth specialist, developed the Apgar Score System to assess the health of newborn babies to determine whether medical intervention is needed

100 years ago (7 Jun 1909)
Birth of Jessica Tandy, award-winning British-born American actress (‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, and many other roles)

100 years ago (10 Jun 1909)
The Cunard liner ‘Slavonia’ became the first ship to transmit an ‘SOS’ distress call when it was wrecked in the Azores. Other signals including ‘CQD’ had been used previously

100 years ago (14 Jun 1909)
Birth of Burl Ives, award-winning American singer and actor (‘Big Rock Candy Mountain’, ‘Frosty the Snowman’, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, etc)

100 years ago (15 Jun 1909)
The Imperial Cricket Conference (ICC) was founded at Lord’s cricket ground in London. (Now known as the International Cricket Council)

100 years ago (20 Jun 1909)
Birth of Errol Flynn, Australian actor, Hollywood’s foremost swashbuckler

100 years ago (24 Jun 1909)
Birth of William Penney, British nuclear physicist, part of the Manhattan Project, led Britain’s development of the atomic bomb

100 years ago (26 Jun 1909)
Birth of Colonel Tom Parker, Dutch-born American entertainment promoter, Elvis Presley’s manager

100 years ago (28 Jun 1909)
Birth of Eric Ambler, British novelist and screenwriter

90 years ago (4 Jun 1919)
The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by the US Congress, granting women the right to vote

90 years ago (28 Jun 1919)
The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I

80 years ago (7 Jun 1929)
The Vatican City state was established as Italy and the Vatican ratified the Lateran Treaty

75 years ago (7 Jun 1934)
Oswald Mosley addressed a mass rally of the British Union of Fascists at Olympia, London

75 years ago (9 Jun 1934)
The Walt Disney character ‘Donald Duck’ first appeared in the cartoon ‘The Wise Little Hen’

75 years ago (9 Jun 1934)
Birth of Jackie Wilson, American soul and R&B singer

75 years ago (10 Jun 1934)
Death of Frederick Delius, British composer

75 years ago (15 Jun 1934)
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in the USA

75 years ago (19 Jun 1934)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was founded in the USA

75 years ago (23 Jun 1934)
The US Justice Department offered a $10,000 reward for the arrest of ‘Public Enemy Number One’ John Dillinger

75 years ago (30 Jun 1934)
Night of the Long Knives – Adolf Hitler ordered the assassination of hundreds of Nazi party members who he believed had the potential to become political enemies

75 years ago (30 Jun 1934)
Birth of Harry Blackstone, Jr., American magician and illusionist

60 years ago (8 Jun 1949)
George Orwell’s novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ was published

50 years ago (1 Jun 1959)
Death of Sax Rohmer, British writer (creator of ‘Fu Manchu’)

50 years ago (3 Jun 1959)
Singapore became a self-governing state

50 years ago (11 Jun 1959)
British engineer Christopher Cockerell launched his prototype hovercraft SRN-1 in the Solent at Southampton

50 years ago (18 Jun 1959)
Death of Ethel Barrymore, award-winning American actress

50 years ago (26 Jun 1959)
The St. Lawrence Seaway was officially opened by US President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II

40 years ago (28 Jun 1969)
Stonewall riots. Customers at the Stonewall Inn, New York clashed with police. This incident is considered the birth of the gay rights movement

30 years ago (1 Jun 1979)
Rhodesia ended 90 years of white minority rule, established a black government, and changed its name to Zimbabwe-Rhodesia

30 years ago (2 Jun 1979)
Pope John Paul II became the first Pope to visit a Communist country when he visited his native Poland

30 years ago (7 Jun 1979)
The first elections for the European Parliament were held

30 years ago (12 Jun 1979)
The first human-powered flight across the English Channel was made by American pilot and cyclist Bryan Allen in the ‘Gossamer Albatross’

25 years ago (4 Jun 1984)
The album ‘Born in the USA’ by Bruce Springsteen was released

25 years ago (6 Jun 1984)
Indian troops stormed the Golden Temple of Amritsar, killing 250 Sikh militant extremists. 48 Indian troops also died

20 years ago (3 Jun 1989)
Death of Ayatollah Khomeini, Iranian Shi’ite cleric and political leader

20 years ago (4 Jun 1989)
The Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, China, ended violently as the People’s Army killed hundreds of pro-democracy protesters

20 years ago (4 Jun 1989)
Solidarity achieved a landslide victory in the Polish parliamentary elections

15 years ago (1 Jun 1994)
Following the end of apartheid, South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth

15 years ago (17 Jun 1994)
O.J. Simpson was arrested in California for the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The arrest was made after a bizarre low-speed televised car chase and a threatened suicide attempt

10 years ago (1 Jun 1999)
Death of Christopher Cockerell, British engineer, inventor of the hovercraft

10 years ago (5 Jun 1999)
Death of Mel Tormé, American jazz singer, composer, actor and author

10 years ago (8 Jun 1999)
The Colombian Government announced that it would include income earned from growing illegal drugs in the nation’s GDP calculations

10 years ago (11 Jun 1999)
Death of DeForest Kelley, American actor (played Dr Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy in the ‘Star Trek’ films and television series)

10 years ago (16 Jun 1999)
Death of David Edward Sutch (‘Screaming Lord Sutch’), British musician and maverick political leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party

10 years ago (19 Jun 1999)
Britain’s Prince Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones at Windsor Castle

The Date-A-Base Book 2009

For more historic anniversaries see The Date-A-Base Book 2009, which spans the whole of 2009 and contains over 1,200 forthcoming anniversaries – twice as many entries per month than our standard lists featured above. For example, there are 51 anniversaries listed above for June 2009, but 113 anniversaries for the same month in the Date-A-Base Book 2009. Over the course of the year you’ll get to hear about hundreds of significant forthcoming anniversaries that other writers just won’t know about – giving you a huge advantage!

The Date-A-Base Book 2009 is an excellent 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 (many!) times over.

The Date-A-Base Book 2010And now the 2010 edition is available too (currently only as an e-book – printed copies will be available next month)

The 2010 edition covers the period Jan – Dec 2010 and is 30% bigger, featuring more than 1,600 anniversaries!

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

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