Forthcoming anniversaries: February 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 60 anniversaries listed below, but 139 anniversaries for the same month in the book, which also covers the whole of 2011. The Date-A-Base Book 2012 is also available.

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 Feb 1811)
Birth of Horace Greeley, American newspaper editor and politician, founded ‘The New York Tribune’, co-founded the Republican Party and the Liberal Republican Party

200 years ago (9 Feb 1811)
Death of Nevil Maskelyne, British Astronomer Royal, noted for his contribution to the science of navigation by calculating longitude from the position of the Moon

150 years ago (1 Feb 1861)
American Civil War: Texas voted to secede from the United States. (Officially seceded on 2nd March)

150 years ago (4 Feb 1861)
American Civil War: The Confederate States of America was founded, and a provisional government established in Montgomery, Alabama

150 years ago (18 Feb 1861)
American Civil War: Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as President of the Confederate States of America

150 years ago (18 Feb 1861)
Victor Emmanuel II became the first King of united Italy

150 years ago (26 Feb 1861)
Birth of King Ferdinand of Bulgaria

150 years ago (28 Feb 1861)
Colorado Territory was established by the U.S. Congress. (It became a U.S. state in 1876)

100 years ago (5 Feb 1911)
Birth of Jussi Bjorling, Swedish operatic tenor. (Due to an error on his baptism records he celebrated his birthday on 2nd Feb throughout his life)

100 years ago (6 Feb 1911)
Birth of Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States

100 years ago (8 Feb 1911)
Birth of Elizabeth Bishop, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and short story writer, Poet Laureate of the USA

100 years ago (15 Feb 1911)
Death of Theodor Escherich, German-Austrian paediatrician and bacteriologist who discovered E. coli

100 years ago (19 Feb 1911)
Birth of Merle Oberon, Indian-born British-American film actress, particularly noted for her role as Cathy in ‘Wuthering Heights’ (1939)

100 years ago (28 Feb 1911)
Birth of Denis Parsons Burkitt, Northern Irish surgeon and medical researcher who identified a form of cancer known as Burkitt’s lymphoma, devised an effective treatment for it, and advocated a high-fibre diet to prevent bowel cancer

80 years ago (8 Feb 1931)
Birth of James Dean, American film actor, best remembered for his role in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’

80 years ago (23 Feb 1931)
Death of Dame Nellie Melba, Australian operatic soprano

75 years ago (8 Feb 1936)
America’s National Football League (NFL) held its first draft (a two-day event where NFL teams recruit new players from the college system)

75 years ago (19 Feb 1936)
Death of Billy Mitchell, American army officer, regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force

75 years ago (26 Feb 1936)
Attempted military coup in Japan, several leading politicians killed

75 years ago (27 Feb 1936)
Death of Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist, particularly known for developing the concept of the conditioned reflex. Winner of the 1904 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

70 years ago (4 Feb 1941)
The United Service Organisations (USO) was founded to provide social, welfare, and recreational services for members of the U.S. armed forces and their families

70 years ago (10 Feb 1941)
Glenn Miller was presented with the first ever gold record for his song ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’, which had just sold 1.2 million copies

70 years ago (19 Feb 1941)
World War II: Germany’s Afrika Korps was formed in Libya, commanded by General Erwin Rommel. (Note: other dates sometimes given for this event include 12th when Rommel was assigned the command, and 14th when he arrived in Libya. The 19th was when the unit was officially named.

60 years ago (25 Feb 1951)
The first Pan American Games opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina

60 years ago (26 Feb 1951)
The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the President to two terms in office

50 years ago (5 Feb 1961)
Britain’s ‘Sunday Telegraph’ newspaper was first published

50 years ago (14 Feb 1961)
The chemical element Lawrencium was discovered at the University of California, Berkeley, USA

50 years ago (15 Feb 1961)
73 people, including the entire United States figure skating team, were killed in a plane crash in Brussels, Belgium

50 years ago (17 Feb 1961)
Death of Nita Naldi, American silent film actress

50 years ago (20 Feb 1961)
Death of Percy Grainger, Australian-born American composer, pianist and conductor

50 years ago (26 Feb 1961)
Death of King Mohammed V of Morocco, succeeded by his son, Hassan II

40 years ago (2 Feb 1971)
Idi Amin declared himself President of Uganda, having ousted Milton Obote in a military coup one week earlier

40 years ago (5 Feb 1971)
Apollo 14 landed on the Moon. The following day, astronaut Alan Shepard became the first man to hit a golf ball on the Moon

40 years ago (7 Feb 1971)
Women in Switzerland were given the right to vote. (Swiss Constitution amended 25th March).

40 years ago (8 Feb 1971)
NASDAQ, the world’s first electronic stock exchange, began trading

40 years ago (12 Feb 1971)
Death of J(ames) C(ash) Penney, American businessman, founder of one of the largest chains of department stores in the USA

40 years ago (15 Feb 1971)
Britain’s currency was decimalised

30 years ago (9 Feb 1981)
Death of Bill Haley, American rock and roll singer, songwriter and musician, best known for the hit song ‘Rock Around the Clock’. He is now regarded as ‘the father of rock and roll’

30 years ago (15 Feb 1981)
Death of Karl Richter, German conductor, organist and harpsichordist

30 years ago (24 Feb 1981)
Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer

25 years ago (6 Feb 1986)
Death of Minoru Yamasaki, American architect who designed the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, New York City (destroyed by terrorists 11th Sept 2001)

25 years ago (11 Feb 1986)
Death of Frank Herbert, American science fiction writer, best known for his ‘Dune’ series of novels

25 years ago (20 Feb 1986)
The USSR launched the Mir space station

25 years ago (25 Feb 1986)
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos fled the country and went into exile in Hawaii. Corazon Aquino was sworn in as President

25 years ago (26 Feb 1986)
Robert Penn Warren became the USA’s first poet laureate

25 years ago (27 Feb 1986)
The U.S. Senate agreed to allow its debates to be televised (initially only on a trial basis, but this was later made permanent)

25 years ago (28 Feb 1986)
Death of Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden (1969-76, 1982-86). (Assassinated)

20 years ago (7 Feb 1991)
The IRA launched a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street while the British Prime Minister John Major was chairing a cabinet meeting to discuss the Gulf War

20 years ago (28 Feb 1991)
The Gulf War ended when a ceasefire came into effect at midnight

15 years ago (5 Feb 1996)
The first genetically modified food went on sale in the UK – tomato puree made from tomatoes that had had the ‘rotting gene’ removed. (The product was withdrawn in 1999 due to strong opposition)

15 years ago (9 Feb 1996)
The IRA exploded a bomb in London’s Docklands, killing 2 people and causing massive damage

15 years ago (10 Feb 1996)
The IBM supercomputer ‘Deep Blue’ defeated Garry Kasparov, the reigning world chess champion, in one of their six games. This was the first time a computer beat a world champion under tournament conditions

15 years ago (28 Feb 1996)
Diana, Princess of Wales announced that she had agreed to divorce Prince Charles

10 years ago (12 Feb 2001)
NASA’s NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft landed on Eros. It was the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.

10 years ago (12 Feb 2001)
Death of Kristina Söderbaum, Swedish-born German film actress and photographer

10 years ago (18 Feb 2001)
Death of Dale Earnhardt, American stock car racing driver, the dominant NASCAR driver of the 1980s and 90s

10 years ago (19 Feb 2001)
The first case of foot-and-mouth disease in the 2001 UK outbreak was detected at an abattoir in Essex

10 years ago (19 Feb 2001)
Death of Stanley Kramer, American film producer and director (‘High Noon’, ‘Death of a Salesman’, ‘The Caine Mutiny’, ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World’, ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’, and many others)

10 years ago (25 Feb 2001)
Death of Sir Donald (‘Don’) Bradman, Australian cricketer

10 years ago (28 Feb 2001)
Selby rail crash, North Yorkshire, England. A Land Rover crashed off the M62 motorway onto the track and was hit by a passenger train, which veered into the path of an oncoming goods train. 10 people were killed and over 80 seriously injured

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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

The Date-A-Base Book 2012 is also available and features more than 2,250 newsworthy and notable anniversaries which will occur during 2012.

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