Forthcoming anniversaries, October 2010

You might like to write about the following historic 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 63 anniversaries listed below, but 163 anniversaries for the same month in the book, which also covers the whole of 2010. The Date-A-Base Book 2011 is also available, and covers the whole of 2011. 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 (25 Oct 1760)
Death of King George II of Great Britain. Succeeded by his grandson George III

200 years ago (12 Oct 1810)
The first Oktoberfest was held in Bavaria

150 years ago (12 Oct 1860)
Birth of Elmer Sperry, American inventor, industrialist and entrepreneur, best known for perfecting gyroscopic compasses and stabilisers

150 years ago (17 Oct 1860)
The first British Open golf championship was held at Prestwick Golf Club, Scotland

150 years ago (18 Oct 1860)
The Second Opium War ended when the Treaty of Tientsin was ratified at the Convention of Peking

150 years ago (31 Oct 1860)
Birth of Andrew Volstead, American Congressman responsible for the National Prohibition Act (also called the Volstead Act) which provided guidelines on the enforcement of prohibition

150 years ago (31 Oct 1860)
Birth of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of America

100 years ago (1 Oct 1910)
The Los Angeles Times building in California, USA, was destroyed by a bomb, killing 21 employees

100 years ago (1 Oct 1910)
Birth of Bonnie Parker, American bank robber and outlaw (Bonnie and Clyde)

100 years ago (5 Oct 1910)
Portuguese Revolution. King Manuel II was overthrown and expelled from the country in a coup d’état, and Portugal was proclaimed a republic

100 years ago (17 Oct 1910)
Death of Julia Ward Howe, American poet, writer, and women’s rights leader, best known for the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

100 years ago (19 Oct 1910)
Birth of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian-born American astrophysicist, joint winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on the evolution of massive stars

100 years ago (20 Oct 1910)
The ‘RMS Olympic’, sister ship of the ill-fated ‘RMS Titanic’, was launched in Belfast, Northern Ireland

100 years ago (22 Oct 1910)
American physician Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen was found guilty of murdering his wife and was sentenced to death, at the Central Criminal Court in London. (Hanged at Pentonville Prison on 23rd November)

100 years ago (23 Oct 1910)
Death of Chulalongkorn (Rama V), King of Siam (now Thailand)

100 years ago (30 Oct 1910)
Death of Henri Dunant, Swiss humanitarian, founder of the Red Cross and the international Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), his ideas formed the basis of the Geneva Convention, joint winner of the first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901

80 years ago (5 Oct 1930)
The British airship R101 crashed in France on its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 people

80 years ago (17 Oct 1930)
Birth of Robert Atkins, American cardiologist and nutritionist who devised the Atkins diet

80 years ago (24 Oct 1930)
Military coup in Brazil. President Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa was ousted in a coup d’état and replaced by Getúlio Vargas (on 3rd November)

75 years ago (2 Oct 1935)
Italy invaded Abyssinia (now Ethiopia)

75 years ago (12 Oct 1935)
Birth of Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor

75 years ago (20 Oct 1935)
The Long March ended. Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong and 8,000 followers arrived in Yan’an after a year-long march

70 years ago (4 Oct 1940)
World War II: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini held a war conference at Brenner Pass in the Alps

70 years ago (9 Oct 1940)
World War II: The Blitz – a German bomb destroyed the high altar of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London

70 years ago (9 Oct 1940)
Birth of John Lennon, British rock musician, singer, songwriter, and peace activist (The Beatles)

70 years ago (12/16 Oct 1940)
World War II: Holocaust – The Nazis established the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland

70 years ago (31 Oct 1940)
World War II: The Battle of Britain ended

60 years ago (2 Oct 1950)
The ‘Peanuts’ comic strip by Charles M. Schulz was first published

60 years ago (19 Oct 1950)
Korean War: United Nations troops captured the North Korean capital, Pyongyang

60 years ago (23 Oct 1950)
Death of Al Jolson, Russian-born American singer, actor and comedian (‘The Jazz Singer’)

60 years ago (29 Oct 1950)
Death of Gustav V, King of Sweden

50 years ago (1 Oct 1960)
Nigeria gained its independence from the United Kingdom

50 years ago (21 Oct 1960)
Britain launched its first nuclear submarine, ‘HMS Dreadnought’

50 years ago (29 Oct 1960)
American boxer Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali) won his first professional fight, in Louisville, Kentucky

50 years ago (30 Oct 1960)
The first successful kidney transplant operation in the UK was performed by Sir Michael Woodruff at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

40 years ago (4 Oct 1970)
Death of Janis Joplin, American rock singer

40 years ago (5 Oct 1970)
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) began broadcasting in the USA

40 years ago (10 Oct 1970)
Fiji became independent from the United Kingdom

40 years ago (15 Oct 1970)
Anwar Sadat became President of Egypt

40 years ago (26 Oct 1970)
The ‘Doonesbury’ comic strip by Garry Trudeau was first published

30 years ago (3 Oct 1980)
The Housing Act came into effect in Britain, giving more than 5 million council tenants the right to buy their homes

30 years ago (6 Oct 1980)
Death of Hattie Jacques, British comedy actress

30 years ago (21 Oct 1980)
Death of Hans Asperger, Austrian child psychologist who discovered Asperger syndrome, a form of autism

30 years ago (23 Oct 1980)
Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin resigned after falling ill. (Died 18th Dec)

30 years ago (24 Oct 1980)
The Communist Government of Poland granted legal recognition to the Solidarity trade union

25 years ago (1 Oct 1985)
Riots broke out in Toxteth in Liverpool and Peckham in London

25 years ago (1 Oct 1985)
Death of E.B. White, American writer and journalist (‘Charlotte’s Web’, ‘Stuart Little’, ‘Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style’)

25 years ago (2 Oct 1985)
Death of Rock Hudson, American actor, the first celebrity to die of AIDS

25 years ago (6 Oct 1985)
Tottenham riots. A police officer was hacked to death by a mob during riots at the Broadwater Farm housing estate in Tottenham, north London

25 years ago (6 Oct 1985)
Death of Nelson Riddle, American pop music arranger and composer

25 years ago (10 Oct 1985)
Death of Yul Brynner, award-winning Russian-born American actor (‘The King and I’, ‘The Magnificent Seven’, ‘Westworld’, and many more)

25 years ago (10 Oct 1985)
Death of Orson Welles, American actor, director and producer (‘Citizen Kane’, ‘War of the Worlds’, etc)

20 years ago (3 Oct 1990)
East and West Germany reunited as the Federal Republic of Germany

20 years ago (8 Oct 1990)
Britain joined the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM)

20 years ago (15 Oct 1990)
Apartheid: South Africa’s Separate Amenities Act was repealed

15 years ago (3 Oct 1995)
American football star and actor OJ Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman

15 years ago (16 Oct 1995)
The Million Man March took place in Washington, D.C., USA

10 years ago (1 Oct 2000)
Death of Reginald Kray, British gangster (the Kray twins)

10 years ago (6 Oct 2000)
Slobodan Milosevic, President of Yugoslavia, was forced to resign after protestors stormed parliament over allegations of vote-rigging

10 years ago (11 Oct 2000)
Death of Donald Dewar, First Minister of Scotland

10 years ago (17 Oct 2000)
Hatfield rail crash. 4 people were killed when a high-speed passenger train derailed due to a cracked rail, in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK. (The spiralling cost of the subsequent national rail replacement programme forced Railtrack into administration)

10 years ago (30 Oct 2000)
Death of Steve Allen, American entertainer, actor, writer, songwriter and comedian

10 years ago (31 Oct 2000)
Death of Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter

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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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