Forthcoming historic anniversaries, Aug 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 58 anniversaries listed below, but 134 anniversaries for the same month in the book, which 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. Please let us know of any errors you find.

250 years ago (22 Aug 1760)
Birth of Pope Leo XII

200 years ago (10 Aug 1810)
Birth of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, Italian statesman who brought about the unification of Italy and served as its first Prime Minister

200 years ago (21 Aug 1810)
Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France, was elected heir apparent to the Swedish throne

150 years ago (3 Aug 1860)
Birth of William Kennedy Dickson, British inventor of the ‘What the butler saw’ machine, and an early pioneer of the movie camera

150 years ago (5 Aug 1860)
Coronation of King Carl IV of Norway (Carl XV of Sweden) and Queen Louise

150 years ago (7 Aug 1860)
Birth of Alan Leo, British astrologer, ‘the father of modern astrology’

150 years ago (13 Aug 1860)
Birth of Annie Oakley, American markswoman who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show

150 years ago (14 Aug 1860)
Birth of Ernest Thompson Seton, British-born Canadian naturalist and writer of animal stories; one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America

150 years ago (16 Aug 1860)
Birth of Jules Laforgue, French poet, one of the inventors of free verse

150 years ago (20 Aug 1860)
Birth of Raymond Poincaré, President of France (1913-20), and Prime Minister (1912-13, 1922-24, 1926-29)

125 years ago (29 Aug 1885)
German engineer Gottlieb Daimler patented the world’s first motorcycle

100 years ago (13 Aug 1910)
Death of Florence Nightingale, British nursing pioneer, founder of professional nursing, revolutionised nursing care during the Crimean War

100 years ago (14 Aug 1910)
Birth of Pierre Schaeffer, French composer and electronics engineer, founder of musique concrète

100 years ago (22 Aug 1910)
Japan annexed Korea. (Treaty signed 22nd, effective from 29th)

100 years ago (26 Aug 1910)
Birth of Mother Teresa, Macedonian-born Indian missionary, winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, beatified 19 October 2003

90 years ago (26 Aug 1920)
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution came into effect, granting women the right to vote

80 years ago (9 Aug 1930)
Betty Boop first appeared, in the cartoon ‘Dizzy Dishes’

80 years ago (21 Aug 1930)
Birth of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, British royal family

75 years ago (14 Aug 1935)
US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly

75 years ago (15 Aug 1935)
Death of Paul Signac, French artist, co-founder of pointillism

75 years ago (15 Aug 1935)
Death of Will Rogers, American actor, comic, writer and entertainer. (plane crash)

75 years ago (15 Aug 1935)
Death of Wiley Post, American aviation pioneer, the first person to fly solo around the world. (Killed in same plane crash as Will Rogers, above)

75 years ago (30 Aug 1935)
Birth of John Phillips, American singer (‘The Mamas and the Papas’)

75 years ago (30 Aug 1935)
Death of Henri Barbusse, French novelist

75 years ago (31 Aug 1935)
US Congress passed the Neutrality Act, prohibiting the export of ‘arms, ammunition, and implements of war’ to foreign nations at war

75 years ago (31 Aug 1935)
Birth of Eldridge Cleaver, American civil rights activist

70 years ago (13 Aug 1940)
World War II: The main phase of the Battle of Britain began. The German Luftwaffe launched raids on RAF airfields and radar installations

60 years ago (15 Aug 1950)
Birth of Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, British royal family

60 years ago (27 Aug 1950)
The BBC transmitted the first ever live TV pictures across the Channel

60 years ago (29 Aug 1950)
Korean War – the first British troops arrived in Korea to support the US

50 years ago (Aug 1960)
The following countries achieved independence this month: Dahomey (Benin), Niger, Upper Volta (Burkina Faso), The Ivory Coast, Chad, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), Cyprus, Gabon, Senegal

50 years ago (5 Aug 1960)
Death of Arthur Meighen, Prime Minister of Canada (1920-1, 1926)

50 years ago (6 Aug 1960)
Cuba nationalised all US-owned industrial and agricultural enterprises

50 years ago (12 Aug 1960)
NASA launched the first successful communications satellite, Echo I, into low Earth orbit, to relay voice and TV signals. The satellite’s 30 metre shiny surface reflected signals from one point on the Earth to another

50 years ago (19 Aug 1960)
The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 5 with the dogs Belka and Strelka (plus 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants) on board. After a day in orbit they returned safely. They were the first animals to survive orbital flight

50 years ago (23 Aug 1960)
Death of Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist and theatrical producer, best known for his collaboration with the composer Richard Rodgers (‘Oklahoma!’, ‘Carousel’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘The Sound of Music’, etc)

40 years ago (17 Aug 1970)
The Soviet Union launched Venera 7 to Venus. It would become the first spacecraft to transmit data from the surface of another planet

30 years ago (31 Aug 1980)
Solidarity was formed in Gdansk, Poland after striking shipyard workers won the right to form a trade union

25 years ago (8 Aug 1985)
Death of Louise Brooks, iconic American film actress (‘Pandora’s Box’)

25 years ago (12 Aug 1985)
The world’s worst ever single-plane air disaster. Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed into Mount Ogura, killing 520 people

25 years ago (14 Aug 1985)
Death of Gale Sondergaard, American actress, the first to receive an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

25 years ago (15 Aug 1985)
Richard Branson’s speedboat Virgin Atlantic Challenger capsized off south-west England as he attempted the fastest ever Atlantic crossing

25 years ago (19 Aug 1985)
Hans Tiedge, the head of West German counter-intelligence, defected to East Germany and was unmasked as an East German spy

25 years ago (22 Aug 1985)
Manchester air disaster. A British Airtours Boeing 737 burst into flames at Manchester Airport after an engine caught fire and a fuel tank ruptured. 55 people were killed.

25 years ago (26 Aug 1985)
Controversial South African-born athlete Zola Budd broke the world 5,000m record

25 years ago (27 Aug 1985)
The Nigerian government was overthrown by Army Chief of Staff, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

25 years ago (30 Aug 1985)
Death of Taylor Caldwell, British-born American novelist

25 years ago (31 Aug 1985)
Richard Ramirez, the notorious ‘Night Stalker’ serial killer, was captured and beaten by a mob in Los Angeles, California, after being recognised from a police mug shot shown on television and in newspapers

25 years ago (31 Aug 1985)
Death of Sir (Frank) Macfarlane Burnet, Australian physician and virologist, joint winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of acquired immunological tolerance, which made tissue transplants possible

20 years ago (2 Aug 1990)
Gulf War: Iraq invaded Kuwait

20 years ago (23 Aug 1990)
Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union (Fully independent from 21st Sept 1991)

20 years ago (24 Aug 1990)
Irish teacher and writer Brian Keenan was released after being held hostage in Beirut, Lebanon, for more than four years

20 years ago (27 Aug 1990)
BBC Radio Five Live was launched

20 years ago (27 Aug 1990)
‘Guinness Four’ found guilty – all four defendants in the marathon Guinness trial were found guilty of trying to drive up the share price of the Guinness company during takeover talks

20 years ago (31 Aug 1990)
East and West Germany signed a reunification treaty. (Reunified 3rd Oct)

15 years ago (24 Aug 1995)
Microsoft released Windows 95

10 years ago (5 Aug 2000)
Death of Sir Alec Guinness, British actor

10 years ago (12 Aug 2000)
The Russian nuclear submarine ‘Kursk’ sank in the Barents Sea when its hull was damaged by a series of explosions. All 118 crew members died

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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 covering the whole of 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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