Forthcoming anniversaries: March 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 164 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 (14 Mar 1811)
Death of Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, British Prime Minister (1768-70)

200 years ago (20 Mar 1811)
Birth of Napoleon II, Duke of Reichstadt, King of Rome, only son of Napoleon Bonaparte

200 years ago (28 Mar 1811)
Birth of Saint John Neumann, Czech-born American missionary, Bishop of Philadelphia, first male saint of the USA

200 years ago (31 Mar 1811)
Birth of Robert Bunsen, German chemist, pioneered the fields of spectrum analysis and photochemistry, co-discovered caesium and rubidium, and invented several laboratory tools and analytical methods

175 years ago (6 Mar 1836)
The Siege of the Alamo ended; the Mexican forces defeated the Texans

150 years ago (2 Mar 1861)
American Civil War: Texas officially seceded from the United States

150 years ago (2 Mar 1861)
U.S. Congress created the territories of Nevada and Dakota

150 years ago (4 Mar 1861)
Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th President of the USA

150 years ago (4 Mar 1861)
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln opened the Government Printing Office

150 years ago (11 Mar 1861)
The Constitution of the Confederate States of America was adopted at the Confederate convention in Montgomery, Alabama

150 years ago (17 Mar 1861)
The Kingdom of Italy was officially proclaimed

150 years ago (19 Mar 1861)
The First Taranaki War ended in New Zealand, where the Maoris and the British were fighting over ownership of land. This war ended in a truce. A second war began in April 1863

150 years ago (23 Mar 1861)
London’s first trams began operating. At that time they were horse-drawn and ran along Bayswater Road from Marble Arch to Notting Hill Gate

100 years ago (1 Mar 1911)
Death of Jacobus Henricus van ‘t Hoff, Dutch chemist, winner of the first Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1901 for discovering the laws of chemical dynamics and osmotic pressure in solutions

100 years ago (3 Mar 1911)
Birth of Jean Harlow, American film actress

100 years ago (13 Mar 1911)
Birth of L. Ron Hubbard, American science fiction writer, developed the Dianetics self-help system and founded the Scientology religion

100 years ago (16 Mar 1911)
Birth of Josef Mengele, notorious German physician and Nazi officer who selected prisoners for execution in gas chambers and conducted medical experiments on inmates at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp

100 years ago (19 Mar 1911)
The first International Women’s Day was held

100 years ago (24 Mar 1911)
Birth of Joseph Barbera, American cartoon animator who (with William Hanna) created popular characters such as Tom and Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones and the Jetsons

100 years ago (25 Mar 1911)
Birth of Jack Ruby, American nightclub owner who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald 2 days after the latter was arrested for the assassination of President Kennedy

100 years ago (26 Mar 1911)
Birth of Tennessee Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright (‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, and others)

80 years ago (3 Mar 1931)The USA adopted ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ as its national anthem

80 years ago (19 Mar 1931)
The U.S. State of Nevada legalised gambling

75 years ago (4 Mar 1936)
The German airship ‘Hindenburg’ made its first flight

75 years ago (5 Mar 1936)
First fight of the Spitfire fighter plane, on a test flight from Eastleigh, Southampton, UK. (Note: Britannica gives the year as 1935 but we believe this is incorrect)

75 years ago (7 Mar 1936)
Adolf Hitler ordered his troops into the demilitarised zone of the Rhineland, breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact

75 years ago (8 Mar 1936)
Daytona Beach, Florida, held its first stock car race

75 years ago (18 Mar 1936)
Death of Eleuthérios Venizélos, Prime Minister of Greece (1910-15, 1917-20, 1924, 1928-32, 1933)

70 years ago (11 Mar 1941)
World War II: U.S. Congress passed the Lend-Lease Act, through which it provided its allies (notably Britain) with war supplies

70 years ago (17 Mar 1941)
The National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, D.C., USA

65 years ago (25 Mar 1946)
London’s Heathrow Airport was officially opened

60 years ago (12 Mar 1951)
Hank Ketcham’s ‘Dennis the Menace’ comic strip made its debut in 16 U.S. newspapers. (Note: not to be confused with the British character of the same name – see 15th March below)

60 years ago (15 Mar 1951)
‘Dennis the Menace’ first appeared in the British children’s comic ‘The Beano’. (Note: issue dated 17th March, went on sale 15th)

50 years ago (1 Mar 1961)
U.S. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps

50 years ago (6 Mar 1961)
Death of George Formby, the ‘ukulele king’, British comedian, singer and actor, most famous for his comic songs including ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’

50 years ago (8 Mar 1961)
Death of Sir Thomas Beecham, British conductor and impresario who founded several major orchestras and transformed the operatic and orchestral scene in Britain

50 years ago (21 Mar 1961)
British rock band The Beatles gave their first performance at The Cavern Club, Liverpool

40 years ago (26 Mar 1971)
Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) declared its independence from Pakistan. The Bangladesh Liberation War began

40 years ago (29 Mar 1971)
American cult leader Charles Manson and three female followers were sentenced to death. (Commuted to life imprisonment in 1972 when California abolished the death penalty)

30 years ago (1 Mar 1981)
IRA member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland. (Died 5th May)

30 years ago (26 Mar 1981)
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) was launched in Britain

30 years ago (29 Mar 1981)
The first London Marathon was held

30 years ago (30 Mar 1981)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest and seriously injured in an assassination attempt in Washington, D.C

25 years ago (3 Mar 1986)
The Australia Act came into effect, severing Australia’s remaining legal ties with Britain

25 years ago (4 Mar 1986)
The first issue of ‘Today’ was published. It was Britain’s first full-colour tabloid newspaper and pioneered the use of computer photosetting. (Ceased publication in 1995)

25 years ago (6 Mar 1986)
Death of Georgia O’Keeffe, American artist

25 years ago (10 Mar 1986)
Death of Ray Milland, Academy Award-winning Welsh-born American film actor (‘The Lost Weekend’, ‘Dial M for Murder’, and others)

25 years ago (13 Mar 1986)
Microsoft went public, making its Initial Public Offering (IPO)

25 years ago (30 Mar 1986)
Death of James Cagney, Academy Award-winning American film actor

25 years ago (31 Mar 1986)
The Greater London Council (GLC) was abolished

25 years ago (31 Mar 1986)
Hampton Court Palace, Richmond, London was severely damaged by fire

20 years ago (3 Mar 1991)
American motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers. Amateur video of the event was broadcast on TV, leading to public outrage. When the officers involved were later acquitted it sparked the 1992 LA riots

20 years ago (14 Mar 1991)
The ‘Birmingham Six’ were released from jail after their convictions for the 1974 pub bombings in Birmingham, UK were declared unsafe

15 years ago (13 Mar 1996)
Dunblane Massacre: A gunman killed 16 children and a teacher at a primary school in Dunblane, Scotland. He also took is own life and wounded several others

10 years ago (4 Mar 2001)
A large bomb exploded outside the BBC Television Centre in London

10 years ago (8 Mar 2001)
The wreck of Donald Campbell’s speedboat ‘Bluebird’ was recovered from the bottom of Coniston Water, Cumbria, UK. It had lain there since January 1967 when Campbell crashed while attempting to break the world water speed record

10 years ago (12 Mar 2001)
Death of Robert Ludlum, American novelist

10 years ago (18 Mar 2001)
Death of John Phillips, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Mamas & the Papas)

10 years ago (22 Mar 2001)
Death of William Hanna, American cartoon animator who (with Joseph Barbera) created popular characters such as Tom and Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones and the Jetsons

10 years ago (23 Mar 2001)
Russia’s Mir space station re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, with debris landing in the South Pacific

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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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