Forthcoming historic anniversaries, May 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.

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500 years ago (17 May 1510)
Death of Sandro Botticelli, Italian artist

400 years ago (14 May 1610)
Death of King Henri IV of France (Henri de Navarre), assassinated by François Ravillac, a fanatical monk

300 years ago (14 May 1710)
Birth of King Adolf Frederick of Sweden

200 years ago (25 May 1810)
The ‘May Revolution’ took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Spanish rulers were ousted. This led to independence in July 1816

100 years ago (4 May 1910)
The Royal Canadian Navy was founded (as the Naval Service of Canada)

100 years ago (6 May 1910)
Death of King Edward VII of Great Britain, succeeded by George V

100 years ago (11 May 1910)
Glacier National Park in Montana, USA was established

100 years ago (12 May 1910)
Birth of Dorothy Hodgkin, British chemist, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for determining the structure of penicillin and vitamin B12

100 years ago (15 May 1910)
Birth of Constance Cummings, American-born British actress

100 years ago (18 May 1910)
Death of Pauline Viardot, French operatic mezzo-soprano and composer

100 years ago (22 May 1910)
Death of Jules Renard, French writer

100 years ago (23 May 1910)
Birth of Margaret Wise Brown, American children’s author

100 years ago (23 May 1910)
Birth of Artie Shaw, American clarinetist and bandleader

100 years ago (23 May 1910)
Birth of Sir Hugh Casson, British architect, interior designer and artist

100 years ago (27 May 1910)
Death of Robert Koch, German physician and bacteriologist, one of the founders of microbiology, winner of the 1905 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on tuberculosis

100 years ago (28 May 1910)
Birth of T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, one of the most important pioneers of the electric guitar

100 years ago (28 May 1910)
Birth of Rachel Kempson, British stage, film and TV actress, matriarch of the Redgrave/Richardson acting dynasty

100 years ago (29 May 1910)
Death of Mily Balakirev, Russian orchestral composer

100 years ago (31 May 1910)
The Union of South Africa was founded

100 years ago (31 May 1910)
Death of Elizabeth Blackwell, British-American physician, the first woman doctor of modern times

75 years ago (11 May 1935)
Birth of Doug McClure, American actor (‘The Virginian’, ‘The Land That Time Forgot’, and other roles)

75 years ago (15 May 1935)
Death of Kazimir Malevich, Russian artist, pioneer of geometric abstract art, and founder of the Avant-garde Suprematist movement

75 years ago (17 May 1935)
Birth of Dennis Potter, British dramatist (‘The Singing Detective’, ‘Brimstone and Treacle’, ‘Lipstick on Your Collar’, ‘Gorky Park’, etc)

75 years ago (19 May 1935)
Death of T.E. Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’), British soldier and writer

75 years ago (21 May 1935)
Death of Jane Addams, American social reformer and pacifist, joint winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize, first American woman to receive this award

75 years ago (29 May 1935)
Construction of the Hoover Dam was completed

50 years ago (1 May 1960)
The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 spy plane near the Russian city of Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) and captured pilot Gary Powers, sparking a diplomatic crisis

50 years ago (6 May 1960)
Britain’s Princess Margaret married photographer Anthony Armstrong Jones at Westminster Abbey

50 years ago (7 May 1960)
Leonid Brezhnev became President of the Soviet Union

50 years ago (9 May 1960)
The US Food and Drug Administration approved the first birth-control pill

50 years ago (10 May 1960)
The US nuclear submarine ‘Triton’ completed the first underwater circumnavigation of the world

50 years ago (11 May 1960)
Death of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., American philanthropist, heir to the Rockefeller oil fortune, built the Rockefeller Centre in New York City

50 years ago (17 May 1960)
The Kariba Dam, on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, was opened by the Queen Mother. The hydroelectric dam supplies power to both countries

50 years ago (21 May 1960)
Birth of Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer

50 years ago (22 May 1960)
The Great Chilean Earthquake (also called the Valdivia earthquake). The most powerful earthquake ever recorded, measuring 9.5 on the Richter scale, hit southern Chile, killing between 2,000 and 6,000 people

50 years ago (30 May 1960)
Death of Boris Pasternak, Russian writer and poet, awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature for his novel ‘Doctor Zhivago’ but declined it due to opposition from the Soviet Union

40 years ago (17 May 1970)
Norwegian ethnologist and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl set sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat ‘Ra II’ in an attempt to prove that ancient mariners could have crossed the Atlantic Ocean. (Successfully arrived in Barbados on 12th July after 57 days at sea)

30 years ago (5 May 1980)
Operation Nimrod – The British SAS stormed the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege

30 years ago (18 May 1980)
Mount St Helens, a volcano in Washington state, USA, erupted, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion of damage

25 years ago (8 May 1985)
Death of Theodore Sturgeon, American science fiction writer

25 years ago (11 May 1985)
A flash fire swept through Bradford City football stadium, England, killing more than 50 people

25 years ago (12 May 1985)
Death of Jean Dubuffet, French painter, sculptor and printmaker who developed art brut (‘raw art’)

25 years ago (24 May 1985)
Bangladesh was hit by a tropical cyclone that killed over 10,000 people

25 years ago (29 May 1985)
39 football fans were crushed to death during rioting at the European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus in Brussels, Belgium. All English football clubs were subsequently banned from playing in Europe

20 years ago (4 May 1990)
Latvia declared independence from the USSR

20 years ago (16 May 1990)
Death of Sammy Davis, Jr., American singer, dancer and entertainer

20 years ago (16 May 1990)
Death of Jim Henson, American puppeteer, creator of the ‘Muppets’

20 years ago (18 May 1990)
Death of Jill Ireland, British film and television actress

20 years ago (22 May 1990)
Death of Rocky Graziano, American boxing champion

20 years ago (29 May 1990)
Boris Yeltsin was elected President of Russia

20 years ago (30 May 1990)
France banned the importation of British beef and live cattle because of fears over BSE (‘mad cow disease’)

10 years ago (4 May 2000)
Ken Livingstone was elected mayor of London

10 years ago (7 May 2000)
Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as President of Russia

10 years ago (7 May 2000)
Death of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., American film actor and producer (‘The Mark of Zorro’, ‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘The Thief of Bagdad’, etc)

10 years ago (12 May 2000)
The Tate Modern art gallery opened in London

10 years ago (14 May 2000)
Death of Obuchi Keizo, Prime Minister of Japan (1998–2000)

10 years ago (17 May 2000)
Death of Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury (1974–80)

10 years ago (20 May 2000)
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie celebrated the birth of their fourth child, Leo

10 years ago (21 May 2000)
Death of Sir John Gielgud, British actor, producer and director, noted as one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of his generation

10 years ago (21 May 2000)
Death of Dame Barbara Cartland, British author of over 700 romance novels

The Date-A-Base Book 2010You’ll find lots more historic anniversaries in The Date-A-Base Book 2010, which covers the whole of 2010 and lists 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 anniversaries that other writers just won’t know about – giving you a huge advantage!

The Date-A-Base Book 2010 is a great source of ideas for all writers, journalists, film-makers, editors, researchers, producers, teachers, students, speakers and event planners. Click here to order yours now!

Dave Haslett, www.ideas4writers.co.uk

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