Forthcoming historic anniversaries, Mar 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 for this month (more than twice as many as listed here) is available in  The Date-A-Base Book 2010, which covers the whole of 2010. More details below.

300 years ago (12 Mar 1710)
Birth of Thomas Arne, British composer who wrote ‘Rule Britannia’

250 years ago (20 Mar 1760)
The Great Fire of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, destroyed 349 buildings

200 years ago (1 Mar 1810)
Birth of Frédéric Chopin, Polish-French composer and pianist

200 years ago (2 Mar 1810)
Birth of Pope Leo XIII

125 years ago (3 Mar 1885)
The American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) was founded

125 years ago (14 Mar 1885)
Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera ‘The Mikado’ was first performed at the Savoy Theatre, London

100 years ago (5 Mar 1910)
Birth of Konstantin Sergeyev, Russian ballet dancer, director, and chief choreographer of the Mariinsky Ballet

100 years ago (8 Mar 1910)
John Moore-Brabazon became the first person in the UK to qualify as a pilot, and was awarded the Royal Aero Club Flying Certificate number 1

100 years ago (14 Mar 1910)
Lakeview Gusher, the largest US oil well gusher, vented to atmosphere near Bakersfield, California

100 years ago (17 Mar 1910)
The Camp Fire Girls (now called Camp Fire USA) was founded in Lake Sebago, Maine

100 years ago (21 Mar 1910)
Death of Nadar, French photographer, caricaturist and writer, who also took the world’s first aerial photograph

100 years ago (21 Mar 1910)
Birth of Julio Gallo, American vintner

100 years ago (28 Mar 1910)
The first successful take-off of a seaplane from water, at Martinque, France, piloted by its inventor, Henri Fabre

100 years ago (28 Mar 1910)
Birth of Queen Ingrid of Denmark

90 years ago (19 Mar 1920)
The US Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles and American membership of the League of Nations

90 years ago (25 Mar 1920)
The British special constables known as the ‘Black and Tans’ (officially the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force) arrived in Ireland to suppress revolution and target the IRA

80 years ago (6 Mar 1930)
Clarence Birdseye’s first frozen foods went on sale in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, in a (successful) marketing test

80 years ago (12 Mar 1930)
Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi led 78 activists and followers on a 23-day ‘salt march’ to protest against a British tax on salt and British rule in India

80 years ago
(13 Mar 1930)
The discovery of the dwarf planet Pluto by American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh was announced to the public. (Discovered 18th February)

80 years ago (28 Mar 1930)
The cities of Angora and Constantinople in Turkey changed their names to Ankara and Istanbul respectively

75 years ago (16 Mar 1935)
Adolf Hitler ordered the re-arming of Germany, violating of the Treaty of Versailles

75 years ago (16 Mar 1935)
Death of J.J.R. Macleod, Scottish physician and physiologist, joint winner of the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of insulin in the treatment of diabetes

75 years ago (21 Mar 1935)
Persia was renamed Iran

70 years ago (18 Mar 1940)
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at Brenner Pass in the Alps. The Italian dictator agreed to join Germany’s war against France and Britain

60 years ago (1 Mar 1950)
German-born nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs was sentenced to 14 years in prison for passing vital American and British atomic research secrets to the Soviet Union

60 years ago (14 Mar 1950)
The FBI published their first list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives

50 years ago (5 Mar 1960)
Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley was officially discharged from the US Army after completing his two years’ service

50 years ago (21 Mar 1960)
Sharpeville Massacre, South Africa. Police opened fire on a group of black anti-Apartheid demonstrators, killing 69 and wounding 180

50 years ago (21 Mar 1960)
Birth of Ayrton Senna, Brazilian racing driver

50 years ago (22 Mar 1960)
The first laser was patented by American physicists Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes

40 years ago (2 Mar 1970)
Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) proclaimed itself a republic

40 years ago (5 Mar 1970)
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons came into effect, having been ratified by 43 nations

30 years ago (4 Mar 1980)
Robert Mugabe was elected as Zimbabwe’s first black prime minister

30 years ago (21 Mar 1980)
US President Jimmy Carter announced that the USA would boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

25 years ago (2 Mar 1985)
The US government approved a screening test for AIDS, allowing contaminated blood to be excluded from blood transfusions

25 years ago (3 Mar 1985)
British miners voted to return to work after a year-long strike over pit closures and job losses

25 years ago (10 Mar 1985)
Death of Konstantin Chernenko, leader of the Soviet Union (1984-85)

25 years ago (11 Mar 1985)
Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union

25 years ago (16 Mar 1985)
American journalist Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for Associated Press, was kidnapped in Beirut (released December 1991)

25 years ago (21 Mar 1985)
Death of Sir Michael Redgrave, British stage and film actor

25 years ago (23 Mar 1985)
Death of Dr Richard Beeching, Chairman of British Railways, who axed thousands of miles of British railway lines in the 1960s

25 years ago (28 Mar 1985)
Death of Marc Chagall, Belorussian-born French artist and designer

25 years ago (29 Mar 1985)
Death of Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun, also known as ‘The Singing Nun’

20 years ago (11 Mar 1990)
Lithuania declared its independence from the USSR

20 years ago (24 Mar 1990)
Death of An Wang, Chinese-born American electronics engineer and computer entrepreneur, inventor of the magnetic memory core, widely used in computers before the advent of the microchip

20 years ago (31 Mar 1990)
Poll tax riots in London

15 years ago (1 Mar 1995)
Internet search company Yahoo! was founded

15 years ago (2 Mar 1995)
British ‘rogue trader’ Nick Leeson was arrested for his role in the collapse of Barings Bank

10 years ago (26 Mar 2000)
Vladimir Putin was elected President of the Russian Federation

10 years ago (26 Mar 2000)
Death of Alex Comfort, British author (‘The Joy of Sex’, etc)

10 years ago (27 Mar 2000)
Death of Ian Dury, British singer, songwriter and actor

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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