Forthcoming historic anniversaries, July 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.

1000 years ago (31 Jul 1009)
Pietro Boccapecora, Bishop of Albano, became Pope Sergius IV

500 years ago (10 Jul 1509)
Birth of John Calvin, French Protestant theologian and reformer, founder of Calvinism

200 years ago (6 Jul 1809)
Pope Pius VII was arrested and imprisoned by the French after excommunicating Napoleon

150 years ago (8 Jul 1859)
Death of King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway, succeeded by Charles IV

150 years ago (11 Jul 1859)
‘A Tale Of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens was published. (It was also available in monthly parts between April and November 1859)

150 years ago (27 Jul 1859)
Birth of Ernest Rhys, British writer, founder of Everyman’s Library, a series of inexpensive editions of world classics that eventually reached 1,000 titles

125 years ago (3 Jul 1884)
American journalist Charles Dow published the first Dow Jones Industrial Average, a stock market performance index

125 years ago (8 Jul 1884)
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) was founded in London

100 years ago (25 Jul 1909)
French aviator Louis Blériot became the first person to fly a plane across the English Channel

100 years ago (30 Jul 1909)
Birth of C. Northcote Parkinson, British historian and author who devised Parkinson’s Law (Work expands to fill the time available)

75 years ago (4 Jul 1934)
Hungarian-born American scientist Dr Leo Szilard patented the nuclear chain-reaction

75 years ago (4 Jul 1934)
Death of Marie Curie, Polish-born French physicist, twice winner of the Nobel Prize for her work on radioactivity, first woman to win a Nobel Prize

75 years ago (22 Jul 1934)
Death of John Dillinger, American bank robber, ‘Public Enemy No. 1’, shot and killed outside a Chicago theatre by FBI agents

75 years ago (25 Jul 1934)
Death of Engelbert Dollfuss, Chancellor of Austria, assassinated by Nazis

70 years ago (6 Jul 1939)
The last remaining Jewish businesses in Germany were shut down

60 years ago (8 Jul 1949)
South Africa banned mixed race marriages

60 years ago (19 Jul 1949)
Laos gained its independence from France

60 years ago (25 Jul 1949)
The USA formally ratified the North Atlantic Treaty

60 years ago (27 Jul 1949)
First successful test flight of the de Havilland Comet, the first commercial passenger jet to go into production

60 years ago (29 Jul 1949)
The BBC began broadcasting regular weather forecasts on television

50 years ago (4 Jul 1959)
The 49-star American flag made its debut, with the newly added 49th star representing Alaska, which had become a state earlier in the year

50 years ago (14 Jul 1959)
The first nuclear-powered warship, the USS Long Beach, was launched in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA

50 years ago (14 Jul 1959)
Death of Grock, Swiss clown

50 years ago (17 Jul 1959)
Death of Billie Holiday, American jazz singer

40 years ago (1 Jul 1969)
Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle

40 years ago (3 Jul 1969)
Death of Brian Jones, British rock guitarist (Rolling Stones), found dead in his swimming pool in London

40 years ago (5 Jul 1969)
Death of Walter Gropius, German architect, founder and director of the Bauhaus school of design, architecture, and applied arts

40 years ago (18 Jul 1969)
A car driven by US Senator Edward (‘Ted’) Kennedy plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Passenger Mary Jo Kopechne, former secretary to Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was killed

40 years ago (21 Jul 1969)
American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first men to walk on the surface of the Moon

40 years ago (31 Jul 1969)
Elvis Presley returned to live performing after an eight-year break while he concentrated on his recording career and movies

30 years ago (1 Jul 1979)
The Sony Walkman was launched

30 years ago (11 Jul 1979)
The US space station ‘Skylab’ returned to Earth after 6 years in space, showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia

30 years ago (16 Jul 1979)
Saddam Hussein became President of Iraq

30 years ago (30 Jul 1979)
American serial killer Ted Bundy was convicted in Miami, Florida of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death by electric chair

25 years ago (7 Jul 1984)
Death of Dame Flora Robson, renowned British stage and film actress

25 years ago (9 Jul 1984)
York Minster was struck by lightning, setting fire to the roof and destroying the south transept

25 years ago (12 Jul 1984)
Czechoslovakian-born British publisher and media proprietor Robert Maxwell bought Mirror Group newspapers

25 years ago (25 Jul 1984)
Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space

25 years ago (27 Jul 1984)
Death of James Mason, British stage and screen actor

20 years ago (5 Jul 1989)
Iran-Contra Affair: US Army Colonel and White House aide Oliver North was fined $150,000 and given a suspended sentence

20 years ago (10 Jul 1989)
20,000 coal miners in western Siberia went on strike, demanding better pay and conditions. The strike quickly spread and over 300,000 miners throughout the Soviet Union were soon involved, despite a ban on industrial action

20 years ago (10 Jul 1989)
Death of Mel Blanc, American voice actor who supplied the voices for over 400 cartoon characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig

20 years ago (11 Jul 1989)
Death of Sir Laurence Olivier, multi-award-winning British actor and director, ‘the greatest English-speaking actor of the 20th century’

20 years ago (14 Jul 1989)
The Large Electron Positron Collider (LEP) was inaugurated at CERN in Switzerland. It was 16.8 miles (27 km) in circumference

20 years ago (17 Jul 1989)
The US Air Force’s B-2 Stealth Bomber made its first flight

20 years ago (18 Jul 1989)
Death of Rebecca Schaeffer, American actress, shot to death at home by a crazed fan. As a result, California passed the first anti-stalking law in the USA

20 years ago (20 Jul 1989)
Death of Harry Worth, British comedian and comedy actor

10 years ago (1 Jul 1999)
The Queen officially opened the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

10 years ago (2 Jul 1999)
Death of Mario Puzo, American novelist and screenwriter (‘The Godfather’)

10 years ago (4 Jul 1999)
British footballer David Beckham married Spice Girls singer Victoria Adams

10 years ago (12 Jul 1999)
Death of Bill Owen, British actor (played Compo in ‘Last of the Summer Wine’)

10 years ago (16 Jul 1999)
Death of John F. Kennedy, Jr., American publisher, killed in a plane crash with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette

10 years ago (23 Jul 1999)
Death of King Hassan II of Morocco, succeeded by his son Mohammed VI

The Date-A-Base Book 2009

For more historic anniversaries see The Date-A-Base Book 2009, which covers 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 53 anniversaries listed above for July 2009, but 108 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 shortly)

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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