Forthcoming anniversaries: June 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 166 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.

250 years ago (7 Jun 1761)
Birth of John Rennie, Scottish civil engineer, built bridges, canals, docks and harbours throughout Britain

200 years ago (7 Jun 1811)
Birth of James Young Simpson, Scottish obstetrician, pioneered the use of anaesthetics in Britain

200 years ago (14 Jun 1811)
Birth of Harriet Beecher Stowe, American abolitionist and novelist (‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’)

150 years ago (6 Jun 1861)
Death of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, 1st Prime Minister of Italy

150 years ago (8 Jun 1861)
American Civil War: Tennessee seceded from the United States

150 years ago (19 Jun 1861)
Birth of Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, British field marshal who commanded Britain’s forces in France during WWI

150 years ago (20 Jun 1861)
Birth of Sir Frederick Hopkins, British biochemist, joint winner of the 1929 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering vitamins

150 years ago (22 Jun 1861)
Birth of Maximilian Graf von Spee, German admiral

150 years ago (29 Jun 1861)
Birth of William James Mayo, American surgeon, co-founder of the world famous Mayo Clinic

150 years ago (29 Jun 1861)
Death of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, British poet

100 years ago (10 Jun 1911)
Birth of Sir Terence Rattigan, British dramatist

100 years ago (13 Jun 1911)
Birth of Erwin Müller, German physicist who invented the field emission microscope and the field ion microscope, allowing individual atoms to be seen for the first time

100 years ago (15 Jun 1911)
Birth of W.V. Awdry, British clergyman and children’s writer, creator of ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’

100 years ago (16 Jun 1911)
IBM was incorporated (as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company) – a consolidation of 3 smaller companies

100 years ago (22 Jun 1911)
Coronation of King George V of the United Kingdom

100 years ago (24 Jun 1911)
Birth of Juan Fangio, Argentinian racing driver, 5 times winner of the Formula 1 world championship

100 years ago (26 Jun 1911)
Birth of Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American sportswoman, star of basketball, track and field, and golf

100 years ago (29 Jun 1911)
Birth of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands

75 years ago (11 Jun 1936)
The International Surrealist Exhibition opened in London

75 years ago (11 Jun 1936)
Death of Robert E. Howard, American author ‘Conan the Barbarian’

75 years ago (14 Jun 1936)
Death of G. K. Chesterton, British writer, poet, journalist and critic

75 years ago (18 Jun 1936 or 14th?)
Death of Maxim Gorky, Russian writer, dramatist and political activist

75 years ago (26 Jun 1936)
The first practical helicopter, the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, made its first successful test flight in Bremen, Germany. (The first successful helicopter flight was made by the Breguet-Dorand ‘Gyroplane’ in France exactly 1 year earlier, on 26th June 1935)

75 years ago (30 Jun 1936)
Margaret Mitchell’s novel ‘Gone with the Wind’ was first published

70 years ago (22 Jun 1941)
World War II: Operation Barbarossa – Germany invaded the Soviet Union

70 years ago (22 Jun 1941)
The Holocaust: Nazi Germany’s Death squads (Einsatzgruppen) began the systematic killing of Jews, initially in the Soviet Union, but later throughout Occupied Europe. (Note: Exact date uncertain, but it immediately followed the German invasion of the Soviet Union)

65 years ago (1 Jun 1946)
Television licences were introduced in Britain

60 years ago (14 Jun 1951)
UNIVAC I, the first commercially produced electronic digital computer, went into service at the U.S. Census Bureau

60 years ago (29 Jun 1951)
Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) was ordained as a priest in Germany

50 years ago (6 Jun 1961)
Death of Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist, founder of analytical psychology

50 years ago (16 Jun 1961)
Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West while on tour with the Kirov Ballet in Paris

50 years ago (19 Jun 1961)
Kuwait became independent from the United Kingdom

50 years ago (23 Jun 1961)
The Antarctic Treaty came into effect. It established Antarctica as a scientific preserve and banned military activity

50 years ago (30 Jun 1961)
Death of Lee De Forest, American inventor, best known for the Audion vacuum tube or ‘valve’ that amplifies weak electrical signals. This was a key component of TV, radio, telephone, radar and computer systems before the invention of the transistor

40 years ago (29 Jun 1971)
The 3 Soviet cosmonauts on board the Soyuz 11 spacecraft were found to be dead when it landed. The crew capsule had depressurised during the return to earth

30 years ago (5 Jun 1981)
First report of AIDS: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA reported that 5 homosexual men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare form of pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were later recognised as the first official AIDS cases

25 years ago (10 Jun 1986)
IRA member Patrick Magee was found guilty of planting the bomb that exploded at the Grand Hotel, Brighton, UK during the 1984 Conservative Party conference, killing 5 people

25 years ago (13 Jun 1986)
Death of Benny Goodman, ‘King of swing’, American jazz clarinet player and bandleader

25 years ago (14 Jun 1986)
Death of Alan Jay Lerner, Academy Award-winning American lyricist who collaborated with the composer Frederick Loewe on hit musicals such as ‘Paint Your Wagon’, ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Camelot’, and others

25 years ago (14 Jun 1986)
Death of Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine poet and writer

25 years ago (17 Jun 1986)
Death of Kate Smith, ‘first lady of radio’, American singer, best known for the song ‘God Bless America’

25 years ago (22 Jun 1986)
The ‘Hand of God’ goal – Argentine footballer Diego Maradona scored a goal against England using his hand in the quarter-final of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico City. (The referee mistakenly thought he had used his head, so allowed the goal. England were knocked out of the World Cup and Argentina went on to win it)

25 years ago (24 Jun 1986)
Death of Rex Warner, British novelist, poet, translator and critic

25 years ago (29 Jun 1986)
British entrepreneur Richard Branson broke the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a powerboat

20 years ago (12 Jun 1991)
Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted, reaching a peak on 15th June. It was one of the biggest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century. 300 people were killed

20 years ago (12 Jun 1991)
Boris Yeltsin became the first directly elected President of Russia. (Inaugurated 10th July)

20 years ago (17 Jun 1991)
Apartheid: South Africa repealed the Population Registration Act (1950), which required that all inhabitants be classified according to their race

20 years ago (25 Jun 1991)
Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from Yugoslavia

20 years ago (28 Jun 1991)
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced that she would retire as a Member of Parliament at the next general election (held in April 1992)

15 years ago (15 Jun 1996)
The centre of Manchester, UK was devastated by an IRA bomb. 200 people were injured and the city centre had to be redeveloped because of the immense amount of damage

10 years ago (1 Jun 2001)
Eight members of the Nepalese royal family, including the King and Queen, were massacred by Crown Prince Dipendra, the heir to the throne. He then shot himself and died 3 days later

10 years ago (1 Jun 2001)
Death of Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist, (‘Dennis the Menace’ – the US version not the UK one)

10 years ago (3 Jun 2001)
Death of Anthony Quinn, Academy-Award-winning Mexican-born American actor (‘Zorba the Greek’, ‘Lust for Life’, ‘The Guns of Navarone’, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’)

10 years ago (11 Jun 2001)
Death of Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist, executed for carrying out the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995 which killed 168 people

10 years ago (21 Jun 2001)
Death of John Lee Hooker, American blues singer and guitarist

10 years ago (21 Jun 2001)
Death of Carroll O’Connor, American actor, best known for playing Archie Bunker in ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Archie Bunker’s Place’

10 years ago (27 Jun 2001)
Death of Jack Lemmon, American actor (‘Some Like it Hot’, ‘The Odd Couple’, ‘Days of Wine and Roses’, and many more)

10 years ago (27 Jun 2001)
Death of Tove Jansson, Finnish artist and writer, best known as the creator of the Moomins

10 years ago (28 Jun 2001)
Death of Joan Sims, British actress, best known for her roles in the ‘Carry On’ comedy films

10 years ago (30 Jun 2001)
Death of Chet Atkins, American country and western guitarist, record producer and executive, credited with creating the ‘Nashville’ sound

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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 newsworthy and notable 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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