Forthcoming historic anniversaries, July 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 60 anniversaries listed below, but 133 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.

500 years ago (22 Jul 1510)
Birth of Alessandro de’ Medici, first Duke of Florence

400 years ago (18 Jul 1610)
Death of Caravaggio, Italian artist

200 years ago (5 Jul 1810)
Birth of P.T. Barnum, American showman and circus founder

200 years ago (9 Jul 1810)
Napoleon annexed Holland and made his brother Louis its King

200 years ago (19 Jul 1810)
Death of Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Prussia

200 years ago (20 Jul 1810)
Colombia declared its independence from Spain

200 years ago (21 Jul 1810)
Birth of Henri Victor Regnault, French chemist and physicist noted for his work on the thermal properties of gases

150 years ago (1 Jul 1860)
Death of Charles Goodyear, American inventor who discovered the vulcanisation of rubber, allowing it to be used commercially

150 years ago (7 Jul 1860)
Birth of Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer and conductor

150 years ago (19 Jul 1860)
Birth of Lizzie Borden, American woman suspected of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe. Although she was acquitted, the incident has lived on in American pop culture and criminology

100 years ago (4 Jul 1910)
Death of Giovanni Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer whose reports of straight lines on the surface of Mars led to speculation that the planet might have a network of canals constructed by intelligent beings

100 years ago (10 Jul 1910)
Death of Johann Gottfried Galle, German astronomer, first person to observe planet Neptune

100 years ago (12 Jul 1910)
Death of Charles Stewart Rolls, British driver, aviator and car manufacturer, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, first person to fly cross the Channel and back non-stop, first British pilot to die in a plane crash

100 years ago (14 Jul 1910)
Birth of William Hanna, American animator, co-founder of Hanna- Barbera Productions (‘Tom and Jerry’, ‘Huckleberry Hound’, ‘Yogi Bear’, ‘The Flintstones’, ‘The Jetsons’)

100 years ago (31 Jul 1910)
American physician Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen was arrested aboard the SS Montrose as it docked in Quebec. He had fled England after murdering his wife, and was the first criminal to be caught using wireless telegraph

80 years ago (7 Jul 1930)
Death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer (‘Sherlock Holmes’)

80 years ago (13 Jul 1930)
The first FIFA Football World Cup was held in Uruguay

75 years ago (3 Jul 1935)
Death of André Citroën, French engineer and industrialist who founded the Citroën car company

75 years ago (12 Jul 1935)
Death of Alfred Dreyfus, French soldier whose treason trial in 1894 (‘The Dreyfus Affair’) became one of Europe’s most tense political dramas

75 years ago (17 Jul 1935)
Death of ‘AE’ (George William Russell), Irish poet, artist and mystic

75 years ago (30 Jul 1935)
The first 10 Penguin paperback books went on sale in Britain

70 years ago (10 Jul 1940)
World War II: The Battle of Britain began

60 years ago (4 Jul 1950)
Radio Free Europe made its first broadcast (to Czechoslovakia). The station’s aim was to bring about the peaceful demise of the Communists

60 years ago (5 Jul 1950)
Israel’s Knesset passed the Law of Return, which granted all Jews the right to immigrate to Israel

50 years ago (1 Jul 1960)
British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland were unified to form the new independent nation of Somalia

50 years ago (4 Jul 1960)
The 50-star United States flag, newly updated to include Hawaii, made its debut in Philadelphia

50 years ago (5 Jul 1960)
Cuba ordered the nationalisation of all US-owned businesses and commercial properties

50 years ago (6 Jul 1960)
Death of Aneurin (‘Nye’) Bevan, British politician responsible for establishing the National Health Service

50 years ago (11 Jul 1960)
Harper Lee’s novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was published

50 years ago (12 Jul 1960)
The first Etch-A-Sketch toy was produced

50 years ago (16 Jul 1960)
Death of John P. Marquand, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist

50 years ago (16 Jul 1960)
Death of Albert Kesselring, German field marshal, one of Hitler’s top defensive strategists during World War II

40 years ago (21 Jul 1970)
The Aswan High Dam in Egypt was completed after 11 years

30 years ago (1 Jul 1980)
‘O Canada’ became the national anthem of Canada

30 years ago (5 Jul 1980)
Swedish tennis player Björn Borg won the Wimbledon singles championship for a record fifth consecutive time

30 years ago (19 Jul 1980)
The Moscow Olympics began. Dozens of nations boycotted the games due to Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan

30 years ago (24 Jul 1980)
Death of Peter Sellers, British comic actor

30 years ago (27 Jul 1980)
Death of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Shah of Iran (1941–79)

25 years ago (2 Jul 1985)
Death of David Purley, British racing driver

25 years ago (7 Jul 1985)
German tennis player Boris Becker, aged 17, became the youngest ever men’s singles champion at Wimbledon, and the first unseeded player to win

25 years ago (9 Jul 1985)
Death of James (‘Jimmy’) Kinnon, Scottish-born American founder of Narcotics Anonymous

25 years ago (10 Jul 1985)
The Greenpeace campaign ship ‘Rainbow Warrior’ was sunk by two bomb explosions in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand

25 years ago (11 Jul 1985)
The Coca-Cola Company agreed to resume selling the original formula ‘Classic’ Coke after complaints from irate customers about New Coke

25 years ago (13 Jul 1985)
Live Aid. Two simultaneous concerts in London and Philadelphia, plus other venues including Sydney and Moscow, raised millions of pounds for victims of famine in Africa

25 years ago (16 Jul 1985)
Death of Heinrich Böll, German writer, winner of the 1972 Nobel Prize for Literature

25 years ago (19 Jul 1985)
Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire, USA, was selected as the first school teacher to ride on a the space shuttle, as part of NASA’s Teacher in Space Project. (She died in the Challenger disaster in 1986)

25 years ago (27 Jul 1985)
The President of Uganda, Milton Obote, was overthrown in a military coup

20 years ago (1 Jul 1990)
East and West Germany merged their economies

20 years ago (12 Jul 1990)
Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigned from the Communist Party

20 years ago (12 Jul 1990)
The TV series ‘Northern Exposure’ was first broadcast in the USA

20 years ago (20 Jul 1990)
The IRA bombed the Stock Exchange in London

20 years ago (21 Jul 1990)
More than 150,000 people attended ‘The Wall’, a rock concert in East Berlin to celebrate the dismantling of the Berlin Wall

15 years ago (16 Jul 1995)
Amazon.com opened its website to the public

15 years ago (23 Jul 1995)
Two American astronomers, Alan Hale in New Mexico and Thomas Bopp in Arizona discovered the comet Hale-Bopp

10 years ago (1 Jul 2000)
The Øresund Bridge, linking Sweden and Denmark, was officially opened by Queen Magrethe II of Denmark and King Gustav XVI of Sweden

10 years ago (1 Jul 2000)
Death of Walter Matthau, American actor (‘The Odd Couple’, etc)

10 years ago (2 Jul 2000)
Death of Joey Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer

10 years ago (11 Jul 2000)
Death of Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury (1980–91)

10 years ago (23 Jul 2000)
American golfer Tiger Woods, aged 24, became the youngest player to win the Grand Slam

10 years ago (25 Jul 2000)
An Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris shortly after taking off for New York, killing all 109 people on board and four people on the ground

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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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