Forthcoming anniversaries: December 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 154 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.

200 years ago (3 Dec 1810)
The British captured Mauritius from the French

200 years ago (7 Dec 1810)
Birth of Theodor Schwann, German physiologist and zoologist who founded modern histology. He defined the cell as the basic unit of animal structure, discovered Schwann cells, isolated the enzymes used in digestion, coined the term ‘metabolism’, and much more

150 years ago (1 Dec 1860)
British novelist Charles Dickens published the first installment of ‘Great Expectations’ in his weekly magazine ‘All the Year Round’

150 years ago (14 Dec 1860)
Death of George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, British Prime Minister (1852-55)

150 years ago (20 Dec 1860)
South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy, in a prelude to the American Civil War

150 years ago (20 Dec 1860)
Birth of Dan Leno, popular British music hall entertainer, the first to give a royal command performance (for King Edward VII)

150 years ago (21 Dec 1860)
Birth of Henrietta Szold, American Jewish leader, founder of Hadassah (the Women’s Zionist Organisation of America)

150 years ago (26 Dec 1860)
The first inter-club football match took place, between Sheffield F.C. (thought to be the world’s oldest football club) and the newly formed Hallam F.C., at Bramall Lane cricket ground, Sheffield, England

150 years ago (29 Dec 1860)
Britain’s first iron-hulled, armour-plated warship, ‘HMS Warrior’, was launched in London

150 years ago (31 Dec 1860)
Birth of Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist, founder of Texaco

100 years ago (5 Dec 1910)
Birth of Abraham Polonsky, American screenwriter and director, blacklisted by Hollywood in the 1950s McCarthy era for being a Communist

100 years ago (13 Dec 1910)
Birth of Van Heflin, award-winning American film and stage actor

100 years ago (15 Dec 1910)
Birth of John Hammond, American record producer, promoter, talent scout and music critic, discovered several popular music stars, including Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen

100 years ago (19 Dec 1910)
Birth of Jean Genet, French writer

75 years ago (14 Dec 1935)
Thomas Masaryk, the founder and first president of Czechoslovakia, resigned due to ill health

75 years ago (14 Dec 1935)
Birth of Lee Remick, American film and stage actress

75 years ago (16 Dec 1935)
Death of Thelma Todd, American film actress

75 years ago (23 Dec 1935)
Birth of (‘Little’) Esther Phillips, American rhythm and blues singer

70 years ago (8 Dec 1940)
World War II – North African Campaign – Operation Compass. The first major Allied military operation in the Western Desert Campaign began

70 years ago (29 Dec 1940)
World War II: Germany dropped thousands of incendiary bombs on London, causing the worst fire damage since the Great Fire of 1666

60 years ago (5 Dec 1950)
Korean War: the North Koreans and their Chinese allies recaptured the North Korean capital Pyongyang from the UN forces

60 years ago (11 Dec 1950)
Birth of Christina Onassis, American heiress

60 years ago (19 Dec 1950)
Future US President, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, was appointed NATO’s first Supreme Commander, with responsibility for the allied forces in Europe. (In post from 2nd April 1951)

50 years ago (9 Dec 1960)
The first episode of the British soap opera ‘Coronation Street’ was aired

50 years ago (16 Dec 1960)
New York air disaster: Two airliners collided over New York City, killing 128 passengers and crew and 6 people on the ground

50 years ago (31 Dec 1960)
Britain’s farthing coin ceased to be legal tender. It had been in use since the 13th century

40 years ago (1 Dec 1970)
Divorce was legalised in Italy

40 years ago (2 Dec 1970)
The US Environmental Protection Agency began operations

40 years ago (7 Dec 1970)
Death of Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist, best known for his overly complicated machines that used convoluted processes to perform simple tasks

40 years ago (26 Dec 1970)
Death of Lillian Board, British athlete – the ‘Golden girl’ of British athletics died of bowel cancer, aged 22

40 years ago (30 Dec 1970?)
Death of Sonny Liston, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1962-64). Exact date of death unknown. He was found dead on 5th Jan 1971, but is thought to have died 6 – 8 days earlier

30 years ago (3 Dec 1980)
Death of Sir Oswald Mosley, British politician, founder and leader of the British Union of Fascists

30 years ago (8 Dec 1980)
Death of John Lennon, British rock musician, singer and songwriter, member of The Beatles, shot outside his New York City apartment by Mark Chapman, a deranged fan

30 years ago (16 Dec 1980)
Death of ‘Colonel’ Harland Sanders, American fast-food entrepreneur, founder of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) restaurants

30 years ago (18 Dec 1980)
Death of Alexei Kosygin, Premier of the Soviet Union (1964-80)

25 years ago (2 Dec 1985)
Death of Philip Larkin, British poet

25 years ago (7 Dec 1985)
Death of Robert Graves, British poet, novelist and critic

25 years ago (16 Dec 1985)
Mafia mobsters Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti were shot dead in a gangland slaying in New York, USA

25 years ago (26 Dec 1985)
Death of Dian Fossey, American zoologist and mountain gorilla specialist, probably killed by poachers in Rwanda

25 years ago (31 Dec 1985)
Death of Rick (also known as Ricky) Nelson, American actor and singer, one of rock and roll’s first teen idols

20 years ago (1 Dec 1990)
Construction workers on the Channel Tunnel broke through the last wall of rock separating the two halves, and Britain and France were linked for the first time in thousands of years

20 years ago (2 Dec 1990)
West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was elected Chancellor of united Germany

20 years ago (2 Dec 1990)
Death of Aaron Copland, American composer

20 years ago (9 Dec 1990)
Lech Walesa, leader of the once-outlawed Solidarity labour movement, was elected President of Poland. (Took office on 22nd December)

20 years ago (9 Dec 1990)
Slobodan Milosovic was elected President of Serbia in the first free elections for 50 years

20 years ago (10 Dec 1990)
Death of Armand Hammer, American oil industrialist and art collector

20 years ago (14 Dec 1990)
African National Congress (ANC) president Oliver Tambo returned to South Africa after 30 years in exile

20 years ago (16 Dec 1990)
Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president of Haiti

20 years ago (23 Dec 1990)
Elections in Yugoslavia ended, with four of its six republics now having non-Communist governments

15 years ago (2 Dec 1995)
Rogue trader Nick Leeson was jailed for six and a half years in Singapore for fraudulent financial dealings which led to the fall of Barings Bank

15 years ago (8 Dec 1995)
Head teacher Philip Lawrence was stabbed to death outside his west London school while trying to protect a pupil who was being assaulted by a gang of youths

15 years ago (14 Dec 1995)
The leaders of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia ratified the Dayton peace agreement in Paris, officially ending the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina

15 years ago (15 Dec 1995)
The European Council announced that the new European currency would be called the Euro

15 years ago (31 Dec 1995)
The last ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ comic strip by Bill Watterson was published, as syndication ended after 10 years. At its height it was featured in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide. There were 3,160 comic strips in total

10 years ago (10 Dec 2000)
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak resigned, forcing an election

10 years ago (13 Dec 2000)
George W. Bush finally claimed the U.S. presidency, 36 days after the election was held

10 years ago (16 Dec 2000)
President-elect George W. Bush chose Colin Powell as the first African-American secretary of state

10 years ago (18 Dec 2000)
Death of Kirsty MacColl, British singer and songwriter

10 years ago (19 Dec 2000)
Death of Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist

10 years ago (23 Dec 2000)
Death of Victor Borge, Danish-born American pianist and comedian

10 years ago (24 Dec 2000)
Death of Nick Massi, American singer (The Four Seasons)

10 years ago (26 Dec 2000)
Death of Jason Robards, award-winning American stage and film actor

10 years ago (28 Dec 2000)
U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announced that it was going out of business after 128 years, and closed all of its stores

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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.
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Click here for more details and a complete sample chapter

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!
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Click here for more details and the complete listing for January 2011

Dave Haslett, www.ideas4writers.co.uk

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2 thoughts on “Forthcoming anniversaries: December 2010

    1. The 2012 book is available from:
      http://www.ideas4writers.co.uk/2012

      You can download the entire chapter for January 2012 as a free PDF from this page, or buy the complete book which covers the whole year.

      Sorry, we have no plans to publish an Australian version. We only publish one edition each year, which covers the whole world. Unfortunately we don’t have the time or resources to publish separate lists for each country. But with over 2,250 entries in the 2012 edition, you are certain to find hundreds of ideas you can use. And there are quite a few Australian entries in the book too.

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