Forthcoming historic anniversaries, Jan 2010

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 2010, which covers the whole of 2010. More details below.

400 years ago (7 Jan 1610)
Italian scientist and astronomer Galileo Galilei discovered Jupiter’s four largest moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto

350 years ago (1 Jan 1660)
English naval administrator Samuel Pepys began keeping his famous diary, which gives a detailed account of life in London from 1660-69, including the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London

200 years ago (15 Jan 1810)
Birth of Abigail Kelley Foster, American feminist and abolitionist

100 years ago (5 Jan 1910)
Death of Léon Walras, French economist, creator of the theory of general economic equilibrium

100 years ago (10 Jan 1910)
Birth of Galina Ulanova, Russian ballerina, one of the greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century

100 years ago (13 Jan 1910)
The first public radio broadcast – an experimental live transmission from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, USA, where several famous opera singers, including Enrico Caruso, were performing

100 years ago (20 Jan 1910)
Birth of Joy Adamson, Austrian conservationist and writer (‘Born Free’)

100 years ago (23 Jan 1910)
Birth of Django Reinhardt, Belgian jazz guitarist

100 years ago
(27 Jan 1910)
Death of Thomas Crapper, British plumber and inventor who helped popularise the toilet and invented the ballcock

90 years ago (10 Jan 1920)
The Treaty of Versailles was ratified, officially ending World War I

90 years ago (10 Jan 1920)
The League of Nations was founded

90 years ago (16 Jan 1920)
Prohibition began in the USA as the 18th Amendment went into effect

80 years ago (13 Jan 1930)
The ‘New York Mirror’ published the first Mickey Mouse comic strip

75 years ago (1 Jan 1935)
Libya was founded as the colonies of Cyrenaica (also spelled Kyrenaika), Tripoli, and Eezaan were united

75 years ago (8 Jan 1935)
Birth of Elvis Presley, American rock and roll singer

75 years ago (9 Jan 1935)
Birth of Bob Denver, American TV actor (‘Gilligan’s Island’)

75 years ago (11 Jan 1935)
American aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean

75 years ago (28 Jan 1935)
Iceland became the first country in the world to legalise abortion

60 years ago (6 Jan 1950)
Britain officially recognised the People’s Republic of China. The Republic of China severed diplomatic relations with Britain in response

60 years ago (17 Jan 1950)
The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 thieves stole more than $2 million from an armoured car company’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

60 years ago (26 Jan 1950)
India became an independent republic. A new constitution was adopted and President Rajendra Prasad replaced King George VI as head of state

50 years ago (1 Jan 1960)
The Republic of Cameroon became independent from France and the UK

50 years ago (4 Jan 1960)
Death of Albert Camus, Algerian-born French writer and philosopher, winner of the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature

50 years ago (9 Jan 1960)
Construction of the Aswan Dam in Egypt began

50 years ago (11 Jan 1960)
Chad declared its independence from France

50 years ago (12 Jan 1960)
Death of Nevil Shute, British-born Australian novelist

50 years ago (22 Jan 1960)
Birth of Michael Hutchence, Australian rock singer (‘INXS’)

40 years ago (21 Jan 1970)
The Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo Jet’ went into service on its first regularly scheduled commercial flight, from New York to London

25 years ago (1 Jan 1985)
Britain’s first mobile phone call was made by comedian Ernie Wise

25 years ago (10 Jan 1985)
The Sinclair C5 electric tricycle was launched

25 years ago (17 Jan 1985)
British Telecom announced that its famous red telephone boxes were to be retired

25 years ago (18 Jan 1985)
Death of Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (played Albert Steptoe in ‘Steptoe and Son’)

25 years ago (23 Jan 1985)
The proceedings of Britain’s House of Lords were broadcast on television for the first time

20 years ago (7 Jan 1990)
The Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed to the public due to safety concerns as its rate of lean was accelerating. (Reopened December 2001 after remedial work proved successful)

20 years ago (10 Jan 1990)
Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. merged to form Time Warner

20 years ago (12 Jan 1990)
Romania became the first Warsaw Pact country to outlaw the Communist Party

20 years ago (31 Jan 1990)
Russia’s first McDonald’s fast-food restaurant opened in Moscow

15 years ago (3 Jan 1995)
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that the cumulative total of reported AIDS cases had passed the one million mark, with cases reported in 192 countries

15 years ago (16 Jan 1995)
The British Army ceased daylight patrols of Belfast streets after 25 years

15 years ago (17 Jan 1995)
Kobe earthquake. The city of Kobe, Japan was devastated by an earthquake that killed more than 6,000 people

10 years ago (1 Jan 2000)
The calendar switched over to the year 2000, with no major computer problems from the Y2K ‘Millennium Bug’ that had been widely predicted

10 years ago (3 Jan 2000)
Charles Schulz’s final ‘Peanuts’ comic strip was published

10 years ago (9 Jan 2000)
Death of Nigel Tranter, Scottish historian and novelist

10 years ago (10 Jan 2000)
America Online (AOL) agreed to buy Time Warner for $164 billion. (Merger completed 11th January 2001 after FCC approval was granted)

10 years ago (13 Jan 2000)
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates announced that he was stepping down as chief executive. Company president Steve Ballmer would take over the position, while Gates remained chairman and chief software architect

10 years ago (17 Jan 2000)
British pharmaceutical companies Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham agreed to a merger that would create the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). (Merger completed 27th December 2000)

10 years ago (19 Jan 2000)
Death of Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-born American film actress, and co-inventor of spread spectrum radio communication

10 years ago (25 Jan 2000)
A group of five British women became the first all-female expedition to reach both the North and South poles

10 years ago (31 Jan 2000)
British family doctor Harold Shipman was jailed for life for murdering 15 of his patients. He is thought to have killed at least 215 and possibly as many as 260 patients, making him Britain’s worst ever serial killer

The Date-A-Base Book 2010For more historic anniversaries see The Date-A-Base Book 2010, which covers the whole of 2010 and contains over 1,600 forthcoming anniversaries – more than twice as many entries per month than our standard lists featured above. 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 2010 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.

Dave Haslett, www.ideas4writers.co.uk

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