Forthcoming anniversaries: January 2011

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 2011. For example, there are 61 anniversaries listed below, but 164 anniversaries for the same month in the book, which also covers the whole of 2011.

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 (30 Jan 1661)
Oliver Cromwell, former Lord Protector of England, was formally executed, more than two years after his death

250 years ago (10 Jan 1761)
Death of Edward Boscawen, ‘Old Dreadnought’, British admiral and politician

150 years ago ( Jan 1861)
American Civil War: the following states seceded from the Union this month: Mississippi (9th Jan), Florida (10th Jan), Alabama (11th Jan), Georgia (19th Jan), Louisiana (26th Jan)

150 years ago (2 Jan 1861)
Death of King Frederick William IV of Prussia

150 years ago (9 Jan 1861)
American Civil War: the Union ship ‘Star of the West’ attempted to deliver troops and supplies to Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, and was fired upon, forcing it to return to New York. This was the first time that shots were exchanged between Union and Confederate forces

150 years ago (14 Jan 1861)
Birth of Mehmed VI, the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire

150 years ago (18 Jan 1861)
Birth of Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist, inventor of thermite and the Goldschmidt reduction process, used to produce metals such as chromium, manganese and cobalt from oxide ores

150 years ago (21 Jan 1861)
American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigned from the U.S. Senate. (He was inaugurated as President of the Confederacy on 18th February)

150 years ago (29 Jan 1861)
Kansas became a U.S. state

100 years ago (1 Jan 1911)
Northern Territory was transferred to the Commonwealth of Australia from South Australia

100 years ago (17 Jan 1911)
Death of Sir Francis Galton, British anthropologist, explorer, eugenicist, statistician, and meteorologist, known for his pioneering studies of human intelligence, for devising the concept of correlation, and for creating the first weather map

100 years ago (18 Jan 1911)
The first landing of an aircraft on the deck of a ship. American pilot Eugene Ely landed on a specially built platform on the battleship ‘Pennsylvania’ in San Francisco Bay

100 years ago (21 Jan 1911)
The first Monte Carlo rally was held

100 years ago (26 Jan 1911)
Birth of Polykarp Kusch, German-born American physicist, joint winner of the 1955 Nobel Prize for Physics for determining the magnetic moment of the electron

100 years ago (30 Jan 1911)
The Naval Service of Canada was renamed the Royal Canadian Navy

90 years ago (8 Jan 1921)
Chequers Court in Buckinghamshire was given to England by Lord and Lady Lee of Fareham. Since then it has been the country residence of the serving Prime Minister. David Lloyd George was the first tenant

90 years ago (28 Jan 1921)
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was installed beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, honouring unidentified soldiers who fell in WWI

80 years ago (23 Jan 1931)
Death of Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina

75 years ago (4 Jan 1936)
America’s ‘Billboard’ magazine published its first music hit parade

75 years ago (18 Jan 1936)
Death of Rudyard Kipling, British writer and poet (‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Kim’, ‘If-‘ and many others), winner of the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature

75 years ago (20 Jan 1936)
Death of King George V of the United Kingdom. Succeeded by Edward VIII

75 years ago (29 Jan 1936)
The first inductees in the Baseball Hall of Fame were announced: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner

70 years ago (2 Jan 1941)
World War II: Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales was severely damaged by German bombing

65 years ago (1 Jan 1946)
The first civilian flight took off from London’s Heathrow Airport, heading for Buenos Aires, Argentina

65 years ago (3 Jan 1946)
Death of William Joyce, ‘Lord Haw-Haw’, British fascist politician who broadcast Nazi propaganda from Germany during WWII. (Executed)

60 years ago (9 Jan 1951)
The United Nations headquarters in New York City, USA was officially opened

60 years ago (10 Jan 1951)
Death of Sinclair Lewis, American novelist, short story writer and playwright, winner of the 1930 Nobel Prize for Literature

60 years ago (30 Jan 1951)
Death of Ferdinand Porsche, Austrian automotive engineer who designed the Volkswagen Beetle and Tiger tank, and founded the Porsche sports car company

50 years ago (4 Jan 1961)
Death of Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian theoretical physicist, joint winner of the 1933 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on quantum mechanics

50 years ago (9 Jan 1961)
Death of Emily Greene Balch, American sociologist, political scientist, economist, and pacifist, joint winner of the 1946 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

50 years ago (10 Jan 1961)
Death of Dashiell Hammett, American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories (‘The Maltese Falcon’, ‘The Thin Man’, etc)

50 years ago (20 Jan 1961)
John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States

40 years ago (1 Jan 1971)
The USA banned cigarette advertisements on television

40 years ago (2 Jan 1971)
A barrier collapsed at the Ibrox Park football stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, killing 66 fans

40 years ago (10 Jan 1971)
Death of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, French fashion designer

40 years ago (15 Jan 1971)
The Aswan High Dam in Egypt was officially opened

40 years ago (25 Jan 1971)
Idi Amin deposed the President of Uganda, Milton Obote, in a military coup. He declared himself President on 2nd February

40 years ago (25 Jan 1971)
American cult leader Charles Manson and three of his followers were found guilty of first-degree murder. (Sentenced to death 29th March)

30 years ago (5 Jan 1981)
British truck driver Peter Sutcliffe (‘The Yorkshire Ripper’) was charged with the murders of 13 women

30 years ago (20 Jan 1981)
Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States

30 years ago (20 Jan 1981)
52 American hostages were released from the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, after being held for 444 days by followers of Ayatollah Khomeini

30 years ago (25 Jan 1981)
Jiang Qing, widow of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong, and a member of the Gang of Four, was sentenced to death for being a counter-revolutionary. (Commuted to life imprisonment in 1983)

25 years ago (4 Jan 1986)
Death of Phil Lynott, British-born Irish rock singer and musician (Thin Lizzy)

25 years ago (4 Jan 1986)
Death of Christopher Isherwood, British-born American novelist

25 years ago (11 Jan 1986)
The Gateway Bridge in Brisbane, Australia was officially opened

25 years ago (23 Jan 1986)
The first members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley

25 years ago (24 Jan 1986)
Wapping Dispute: Newspaper workers in London began a year-long strike against News International. The strike ultimately failed, ending restrictive trade union practices in the newspaper publishing industry

25 years ago (24 Jan 1986)
Death of L. Ron Hubbard, American science fiction writer, developed the Dianetics self-help system and founded the Scientology religion

25 years ago (28 Jan 1986)
Challenger disaster: the American space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all 7 astronauts

20 years ago (8 Jan 1991)
Cannon Street station rail crash, London. A commuter train ran into buffers at the end of a platform, killing 2 people and injuring over 500

20 years ago (16 Jan 1991)
Gulf War – Operation Desert Storm. US-led forces began bombing Iraq after a UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait expired

20 years ago (17 Jan 1991)
Death of King Olav V of Norway, succeeded by his son Harald V

15 years ago (2 Jan 1996)
The first convoy of American peacekeeping troops arrived in Northern Bosnia following the end of the Bosnian War. This was the USA’s first military involvement in Europe since WWII

15 years ago (8 Jan 1996)
Death of François Mitterrand, President of France (1981-95)

15 years ago (20 Jan 1996)
Yasser Arafat was elected President of the Palestinian National Council – the first democratically elected leader of the Palestinian people

10 years ago (12 Jan 2001)
Death of William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard

10 years ago (15 Jan 2001)
Wikipedia, the online, collaborative encyclopaedia, was officially launched

10 years ago (18 Jan 2001)
The British digital television channel E4 was launched

10 years ago (18 Jan 2001)
Death of Laurent Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1997-2001). (Assassinated)

10 years ago (20 Jan 2001)
George W. Bush was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States

10 years ago (31 Jan 2001)
A Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands convicted Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi from Libya of carrying out the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. A second Libyan was acquitted

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The Date-A-Base Book 2011

You’ll find lots more  anniversaries in The Date-A-Base Book 2011, which covers the whole of 2011 and lists over 1,900 forthcoming anniversaries – more than twice as many entries per month than our standard list above. Over the course of the year you’ll get to hear about hundreds of anniversaries that other writers won’t know about, giving you a huge advantage!

The Date-A-Base Book 2011 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 the complete listing for January 2011

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