Forthcoming historic anniversaries, June 2010

You might like to write about the following anniversaries. Dates are given 6 months in advance to allow you time for research and writing.

The list presented here is just a fraction of that available in The Date-A-Base Book 2010. For example, there are 59 anniversaries listed here, but 147 anniversaries for the same month in the book, which also covers the whole of 2010. The Date-A-Base Book 2011 is also available. More details below.

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.

200 years ago (26 Jun 1810)
Death of Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French hot-air balloon pioneer

150 years ago (23 Jun 1860)US Congress established the Government Printing Office and the US Secret Service

100 years ago (4 Jun 1910)
Birth of Sir Christopher Cockerell, British engineer, inventor of the hovercraft

100 years ago (5 Jun 1910)
Death of O. Henry, American short story writer

100 years ago (8 Jun 1910)
Birth of John W. Campbell Jr., American science fiction writer and editor, considered the father of modern science fiction

100 years ago (10 or 20 Jun 1910)
Birth of Howlin’ Wolf, American blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player and composer

100 years ago (11 Jun 1910)
Birth of Carmine Coppola, award-winning American composer, musical director and songwriter (‘The Godfather’, ‘Apocalypse Now’, etc) Father of film director Francis Ford Coppola, who directed the same films

100 years ago (11 Jun 1910)
Birth of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French oceanographer, writer and film-maker, inventor of the Aqua-Lung

100 years ago (12 Jun 1910)
Birth of Bill Naughton, Irish-born British playwright (‘Alfie’)

100 years ago (13 Jun 1910)
Birth of Mary Whitehouse, British campaigner for broadcasting decency, founder of the National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association (now mediawatch-uk)

100 years ago (15 Jun 1910)
Birth of David Rose, award-winning British-born American songwriter, composer and orchestra leader (‘The Stripper’)

100 years ago (19 Jun 1910)
Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time

100 years ago (22 Jun 1910)
Birth of Sir Peter Pears, British operatic tenor, particularly noted for his performances of works by Benjamin Britten

100 years ago (22 Jun 1910)
Birth of Konrad Zuse, German engineer who built the first digital computer

100 years ago (23 Jun 1910)
Birth of Jean Anouilh, French playwright

100 years ago (29 Jun 1910)
Birth of Frank Loesser, Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer and lyricist of songs for Broadway musicals, including ‘Guys and Dolls’

75 years ago (1 Jun 1935)
Compulsory driving tests were introduced in Britain (They had been voluntary since 1930)

75 years ago (10 Jun 1935)
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, USA, by William ‘Bill’ Wilson and Dr Robert Smith

70 years ago (4 Jun 1940)
Evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk was completed

70 years ago (10 Jun 1940)
Italy declared war on France and Britain

70 years ago (10 Jun 1940)
The North African Campaign (also called the Desert War) began

70 years ago (11 Jun 1940)
British forces bombed Genoa and Turin in Italy

70 years ago (15 Jun 1940)
The Soviet Union occupied Lithuania

70 years ago (17 Jun 1940)
Operation Ariel – Allied troops began evacuating France

70 years ago (17 Jun 1940)
The Soviet Union occupied Estonia and Latvia

70 years ago (18 Jun 1940)
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave his ‘Finest Hour’ speech to the House of Commons

70 years ago (21 Jun 1940)
France surrendered to Germany

70 years ago (27 Jun 1940)
The Soviet Union invaded Romania

60 years ago (17 Jun 1950)
The first kidney transplant was performed by Dr Richard H. Lawler at the Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park, Chicago, USA

60 years ago (25 Jun 1950)
North Korea invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War

50 years ago (26 Jun 1960)
Madagascar gained independence from France and became an independent sovereign state

50 years ago (27 Jun 1960)
Death of Lottie Dod, versatile British sportswoman, 5 times winner of Wimbledon, women’s golf champion, Olympic medalist in archery, and founder of the England women’s field hockey team

50 years ago (28 Jun 1960)
Cuba confiscated and nationalised all US-owned oil refineries after they refused to process a shipment of Soviet crude oil

50 years ago (29 Jun 1960)
The BBC Television Centre opened in Shepherd’s Bush, west London

40 years ago (11 Jun 1970)
Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington became the first female US Army Generals

40 years ago (17 Jun 1970)
The ‘Babes in the wood’ murders. The bodies of two missing British children were found in a shallow grave in a wood at Waltham Abbey, Essex, after a massive search

40 years ago (29 Jun 1970)
Vietnam War – US troops were withdrawn from Cambodia

30 years ago (1 Jun 1980)
Cable News Network (CNN) began broadcasting

25 years ago (1 Jun 1985)
Death of Richard Greene, British film and television actor (‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’)

25 years ago (6 Jun 1985)
Authorities in Brazil exhumed the body of ‘Wolfgang Gerhard’, which was subsequently identified (on 21st June) as Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who conducted medical experiments on inmates at Auschwitz

25 years ago (9 Jun 1985)
American academic Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad in Beirut, Lebanon. (Released 1991)

25 years ago (21 Jun 1985)
Death of Tage Erlander, Prime Minister of Sweden (1946–69)

25 years ago (23 Jun 1985)
Air India Flight 182 blew up in mid-air over the Atlantic Ocean near Ireland, killing all 329 people on board. Cause: bomb planted by terrorists

20 years ago (1 Jun 1990)
Washington Summit: US President George Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed an agreement to end the production of chemical weapons and to destroy existing stocks

20 years ago (2 Jun 1990)
Death of Sir Rex Harrison, British stage and film actor (‘My Fair Lady’)

20 years ago (3 Jun 1990)
Death of Robert Noyce, American engineer, co-inventor of the integrated circuit, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel

20 years ago (7 Jun 1990)
Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida opened to the public as a combined theme park and TV production studio. (Closed April 2005)

20 years ago (12 Jun 1990)
Russia Day – the Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty

20 years ago (23 Jun 1990)
Moldavia declared its independence from the USSR, and changed its name to Moldova

15 years ago (14 Jun 1995)
Pauline Clare became the first female chief constable in Britain

15 years ago (22 Jun 1995)
British Prime Minister John Major resigned as leader of the Conservative Party after three years of attacks by critics. (He remained Prime Minister while he fought for re-election, which he won, beating John Redwood)

15 years ago (29 Jun 1995)
US space shuttle Atlantis docked with Russia’s Mir space station. This was the first time the two nations’ spacecraft had docked in orbit for 20 years

15 years ago (29 Jun 1995)
Lisa Clayton became the first British woman to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world

10 years ago (3 Jun 2000)
Death of J. Presper Eckert Jr., American electrical engineer, co-inventor of ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic computer

10 years ago (10 Jun 2000)
Death of Hafez al-Assad, President of Syria (1971–2000)

10 years ago (10 Jun 2000)
Death of Brian Statham, British cricketer

10 years ago (13 Jun 2000)
The first North-South Korean summit (also known as the Inter-Korean Summit) was held

10 years ago (24 Jun 2000)
Death of David Tomlinson, British film actor (‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks ’)

10 years ago (26 Jun 2000)
Rival scientific teams announced that they had completed the first rough map of the human genome

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 list 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 terrific source of ideas for all writers, journalists, film-makers, editors, researchers, producers, teachers, students, speakers and event planners.
Click here for more details and a complete sample listing for January 2010!

The Date-A-Base Book 2011And the 2011 edition is now available too. Now even bigger with more than 1,900 anniversaries that will occur during 2011. Get even further ahead!
Click here for more details and a complete sample listing for January 2011!

Dave Haslett, www.ideas4writers.co.uk

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One thought on “Forthcoming historic anniversaries, June 2010

  1. To mark the 75th anniversary of AA, the stage play `Bill W and Dr Bob will be showing for 2 nights only, 9th and 10th June 2010 at Leicester Square Theatre, London UK

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