Forthcoming anniversaries, November 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 58 anniversaries listed below, but 153 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.

350 years ago (28 Nov 1660)
The Royal Society was founded in London. It is the world’s oldest national scientific society

200 years ago (30 Nov 1810)
Birth of Oliver Winchester, American gun and ammunition manufacturer who developed the Winchester rifle

150 years ago (6 Nov 1860)
Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th President of the United States

100 years ago (14 Nov 1910)
American aviation pioneer Eugene Ely performed the first take-off from a ship, using a specially-built deck on the cruiser ‘USS Birmingham’ at Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA

100 years ago (14 Nov 1910)
Birth of Eric Malpass, British novelist

100 years ago (20 Nov 1910)
The Mexican Revolution began

100 years ago (23 Nov 1910)
Death of Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen, notorious American physician, executed for murdering his wife

100 years ago (26 Nov 1910)
Birth of Cyril Cusack, Irish actor

100 years ago (27 Nov 1910)
New York’s Pennsylvania Station (also known as Penn Station) opened. It was the world’s largest railway station

90 years ago (21 Nov 1920)
Irish War of Independence: ‘Bloody Sunday’ – 31 people were killed in a day of violence that began when the IRA shot dead 14 British soldiers in Dublin. The British then opened fire on a Gaelic football crowd, killing 14 people. Three Irish prisoners held in Dublin Castle were also killed

80 years ago (2 Nov 1930)
Ras Tafari, King of Ethiopia, was crowned Emperor Haile Selassie

80 years ago (14 Nov 1930)
Birth of Shirley Crabtree, British wrestler, better known as ‘Big Daddy’

75 years ago (5 Nov 1935)
The board game ‘Monopoly’ was launched by Parker Brothers

75 years ago (14 Nov 1935)
Birth of King Hussein of Jordan

75 years ago (15 Nov 1935)
The Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth

75 years ago (20 Nov 1935)
Death of John Rushworth Jellicoe, Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa, British admiral, governor of New Zealand

75 years ago (22 Nov 1935)
The first Trans-Pacific airmail service began, as the Pan American flying boat ‘China Clipper’ left San Francisco, California, USA for Manila in the Philippines

75 years ago (30 Nov 1935)
Death of Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet

70 years ago (7 Nov 1940)
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington, USA, collapsed – one of the most famous engineering failures in history

70 years ago (14 Nov 1940)
World War II: German Luftwaffe bombers virtually destroyed the city of Coventry, England, including the medieval cathedral

70 years ago (16 Nov 1940)
World War II: Holocaust – The Nazis sealed off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world. About 400,000 Jews lived within its 4 square kilometres

60 years ago (17 Nov 1950)
Tenzin Gyatso, aged 15, was enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama

50 years ago (2 Nov 1960)
A British jury cleared Penguin Books of obscenity for publishing D.H. Lawrence’s novel ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’

50 years ago (5 Nov 1960)
Death of Mack Sennett, Canadian-born American comedy film producer during the silent era (‘Keystone Kops’ etc)

50 years ago (8 Nov 1960)
John F. Kennedy was elected 35th President of the United States

50 years ago (16 Nov 1960)
Death of Clark Gable, American film actor (‘Gone with the Wind’, etc)

50 years ago (25 Nov 1960)
Birth of John F. Kennedy, Jr., American publisher, son of the US President

50 years ago (28 Nov 1960)
Mauritania gained its independence from France

50 years ago (28 Nov 1960)
Death of Richard Wright, American novelist and short story writer

40 years ago (3 Nov 1970)
Death of Peter II, last King of Yugoslavia

40 years ago (9 Nov 1970)
Death of Charles de Gaulle, President of France (1959-69)

30 years ago (4 Nov 1980)
Ronald Reagan was elected 40th President of the United States

30 years ago (12 Nov 1980)
NASA’s Voyager I space probe made its closest approach to Saturn and sent back the first images of its rings

30 years ago (20 Nov 1980)
China’s ‘Gang of Four’ – and six others – went on trial for treason and subversion. The Gang of Four included Jiang Qing, widow of Mao Zedong

30 years ago (22 Nov 1980)
Death of Mae West, American stage and film actress

25 years ago (1 Nov 1985)
Death of Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian (‘Sergeant Bilko’)

25 years ago (5 Nov 1985)
Death of Spencer W. Kimball, American president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1973-85)

25 years ago (13 Nov 1985)
The Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupted, triggering a mudslide that buried the city of Armero and killed 23,000 people

25 years ago (15 Nov 1985)
The Anglo-Irish Agreement was signed in Dublin by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish President Garret Fitzerald. It gave the Irish Government a consultative role in the affairs of Northern Ireland

25 years ago (19 Nov 1985)
US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time at a superpower summit in Geneva, Switzerland

25 years ago (20 Nov 1985)
Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released

25 years ago (24 Nov 1985)
Death of Big Joe Turner, American jazz and blues singer

20 years ago (7 Nov 1990)
Mary Robinson became the first female President of Ireland

20 years ago (12 Nov 1990)
British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee published a formal proposal for the World Wide Web

20 years ago (12 Nov 1990)
Crown Prince Akihito, eldest son of Emperor Hirohito, was formally enthroned as Emperor Akihito of Japan

20 years ago (21 Nov 1990)
The Cold War ended as leaders of NATO and Warsaw Pact states signed the Charter of Paris and a treaty on conventional forces in Europe

20 years ago (22 Nov 1990)
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation

20 years ago (23 Nov 1990)
Death of Roald Dahl, British writer (‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ (filmscript), etc)

15 years ago (4 Nov 1995)
Death of Itzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel (assassinated)

15 years ago (22 Nov 1995)
British serial killer Rose West was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 10 young women and girls

15 years ago (24 Nov 1995)
In a referendum, the citizens of Ireland narrowly voted in favour of legalising divorce

10 years ago (2 Nov 2000)
The first crew moved into the International Space Station

10 years ago (6 Nov 2000)
Death of David Brower, American environmentalist, founder of Friends of the Earth

10 years ago (7 Nov 2000)
George W. Bush was elected 43rd President of the United States, although the final outcome would not be known for over a month because of disputed votes in Florida

10 years ago (9 Nov 2000)
Death of Hugh Paddick, British actor, best known for his sketches (such as ‘Julian and Sandy’) on the 1960s BBC radio show ‘Round the Horne’

10 years ago (14 Nov 2000)
Death of Robert Trout, American broadcast journalist who helped create the role of news anchor

10 years ago (22 Nov 2000)
Death of Emil Zátopek, Czech athlete considered one of the greatest long distance runners in history, set 18 world records during his career

10 years ago (27 Nov 2000)
Death of Sir Malcolm Bradbury, British author and academic (‘The History Man’ and other works)

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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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