Forthcoming historic anniversaries, Oct 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 (over 100 per month) is available in The Date-A-Base Book 2009, which covers the whole year from January to December 2009, and The Date-A-Base Book 2010, which covers the whole of 2010. More details below.

200 years ago (11 Oct 1809)
Death of Meriwether Lewis, American explorer of the American interior to the Pacific north-west (Lewis and Clark Expedition)

200 years ago (30 Oct 1809)
Death of William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, British Prime Minister (1783 and 1807-1809)

100 years ago (2 Oct 1909)
The first rugby match was played at Twickenham Stadium, London

100 years ago (9 Oct 1909)
Birth of Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury (1974-80)

100 years ago (13 Oct 1909)
Birth of Herbert Block (‘Herblock’), Pulitzer Prize-winning American newspaper cartoonist

100 years ago (14 Oct 1909)
Birth of Dorothy Kingsley, American screenwriter (‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, ‘Kiss Me, Kate’, and other films)

100 years ago (22 Oct 1909)
French aviator Elise Deroche (‘la Baronne de Laroche’) became the first woman to make a solo flight

100 years ago (28 Oct 1909)
Birth of Francis Bacon, Irish figurative artist

80 years ago (3 Oct 1929)
The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia

80 years ago (29 Oct 1929)
The Wall Street Crash occurred, also known as ‘Black Tuesday’, leading to the Great Depression in the USA

75 years ago (5 Oct 1934)
Death of Jean Vigo, French film director, whose films blended realism, Surrealism and cynicism and had an enormous impact on the public

75 years ago (9 Oct 1934)
Alexander I, King of Yugoslavia, and French foreign minister, Louis Barthou were assassinated by Croatian terrorists in Marseilles, France

75 years ago (15 Oct 1934)
Death of Raymond Poincaré, President of France (1913-20)

75 years ago (16 Oct 1934)
The Long March: Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong and his followers began a two-year, 8,000 mile march that put the Communists into power and led to the founding of the People’s Republic of China

75 years ago (17 Oct 1934)
Death of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Nobel Prize-winning Spanish histologist and neuroscientist, one of the founders of modern neuroscience

75 years ago (22 Oct 1934)
Death of American bank robber Charles ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd, shot by FBI agents in East Liverpool, Ohio

70 years ago (8 Oct 1939)
Germany annexed western Poland and incorporated it into the Third Reich

70 years ago (16 Oct 1939)
WWII: The German Luftwaffe carried out the first aerial attack on British territory, bombing ships in the Firth of Forth, Scotland

60 years ago (1 Oct 1949)
The People’s Republic of China was proclaimed, led by Mao Zedong

60 years ago (7 Oct 1949)
The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was founded

60 years ago (9 Oct 1949)
Harvard Law School announced that it would begin admitting women for the first time from autumn 1950

50 years ago (7 Oct 1959)
Soviet space probe Luna 3 sent the first images of the far side of the Moon

50 years ago (7 Oct 1959)
Death of Mario Lanza, American tenor and film star

50 years ago (10 Oct 1959)
Pan American World Airlines announced the first global airline service

50 years ago (10 Oct 1959)
Birth of Kirsty MacColl, British singer (‘Fairytale of New York’, ‘There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis’, ‘Days’, etc)

50 years ago (14 Oct 1959)
Death of Errol Flynn, Australian actor, Hollywood’s foremost swashbuckler

50 years ago (16 Oct 1959)
Death of George Marshall, US Secretary of State (1947-9), won the Nobel Peace Prize for developing the Marshall Plan for European recovery

50 years ago (21 Oct 1959)
The Guggenheim Museum in New York opened to the public

25 years ago (5 Oct 1984)
Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space

25 years ago (11 Oct 1984)
Kathy Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space

25 years ago (12 Oct 1984)
An IRA bomb exploded at the Conservative Party conference at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, UK, killing 5 people

25 years ago (14 Oct 1984)
Death of Martin Ryle, Nobel Prize-winning British radio astronomer who developed revolutionary radio telescopes capable of detecting weak signals

25 years ago (16 Oct 1984)
South African Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the opposition to apartheid

25 years ago (18 Oct 1984)
Death of Henri Michaux, Belgian-born French poet and artist

25 years ago (21 Oct 1984)
Death of François Truffaut, French film director, screenwriter and actor, one of the chief founders of the French New Wave in filmmaking

25 years ago (23 Oct 1984)
BBC News broadcast the first report on the Ethiopian famine, which led Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to release the Band Aid fund-raising single ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’, followed by the ‘Live Aid’ concerts in July 1985

25 years ago (25 Oct 1984)
The EEC donated £1.8 million towards famine relief in Ethiopia

25 years ago (26 Oct 1984)
‘Baby Fae’, an American baby born with a severe heart defect, was given the heart of a baboon in an experimental transplant operation in California

25 years ago (31 Oct 1984)
Death of Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards. Succeeded by her son Rajiv Gandhi

20 years ago (19 Oct 1989)
The ‘Guildford Four’ were released from prison after their convictions for IRA pub bombings were quashed by the British Court of Appeal

20 years ago (24 Oct 1989)
US TV evangelist Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500,000 for defrauding his followers in a multi-million dollar scam

10 years ago (5 Oct 1999)
31 people were killed and over 500 injured in a train crash at Ladbrook Grove, near Paddington Station, west London

10 years ago (12 Oct 1999)
The government of Pakistan was overthrown by the military in a bloodless coup. Pervez Musharraf became Prime Minister

10 years ago (12 Oct 1999)
The UN announced that the world’s population had reached 6 billion

10 years ago (25 Oct 1999)
Death of Payne Stewart, American golfer, killed in a plane crash

cover09_3d_120_transFor 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 46 anniversaries listed above for October 2009, but 116 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 the 2010 edition is now available too. The 2010 edition covers whole of 2010 and is 30% bigger, featuring more than 1,600 anniversaries!

Dave Haslett, www.ideas4writers.co.uk

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2 thoughts on “Forthcoming historic anniversaries, Oct 2009

  1. Hi Dave–

    Thanks for remembering George Marshall. Writers can call or write me at 540-463-7103 or edrake@marshallfoundation.org.

    The George C. Marshall Foundation perpetuates the legacy of George Marshall. We are the keepers of the flame. Our job is to remind everyone of the remarkable example of George Marshall as the ultimate citizen-soldier. While there are other Marshall organizations out there, not one of them is focused on educating the public about George Marshall’s exemplary leadership, unimpeachable ethics and selfless public service and providing a contemporary context for understanding his extraordinary life.

    Located on the post at Virginia Military Institute, Marshall’s alma mater, the independent Marshall Foundation is the one place where the principles that motivated Marshall are kept alive through educational programs, web site (www.marshallfoundation.org), and facilities including a museum, research library, and archives that offer extensive resources for use by the general public, amateur historians, scholars and students of all ages.

    Rick

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