Forthcoming anniversaries: July 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 159 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.

350 years ago (16 Jul 1661)
The Bank of Stockholm, Sweden began issuing Europe’s first banknotes

250 years ago (4 Jul 1761)
Death of Samuel Richardson, English novelist and printer, inventor of the epistolary novel (one told through letters exchanged between characters)

200 years ago (5 Jul 1811)
Venezuela declared its independence from Spain, beginning the Venezuelan War of Independence. (Independence confirmed June 1821)

200 years ago (13 Jul 1811)
Birth of Sir George Gilbert Scott, prolific British architect

200 years ago (18 Jul 1811)
Birth of William Makepeace Thackeray, British novelist (‘Vanity Fair’)

150 years ago (20 Jul 1861)
The Confederate States of America held their first Congress session in Richmond, Virginia, having relocated from Montgomery, Alabama

150 years ago (21 Jul 1861)
American Civil War: The First Battle of Bull Run, northern Virginia

100 years ago (5 Jul 1911)
Birth of Georges Pompidou, President of France (1969-74)

100 years ago (7 Jul 1911)
Birth of Gian Carlo Menotti, Pulitzer Prize-winning Italian-American opera composer and librettist

100 years ago (9 Jul 1911)
Birth of Mervyn Peake, British novelist, poet, playwright and illustrator, best known for his ‘Gormenghast’ (Titus Groan) series of novels

100 years ago (14 Jul 1911)
Birth of Terry-Thomas, British comic actor

100 years ago (16 Jul 1911)
Birth of Ginger Rogers, Academy Award-winning American stage and film actress and dancer, best known for her partnership with Fred Astaire in a series of Hollywood musicals

100 years ago (18 Jul 1911)
Birth of Hume Cronyn, Canadian stage and film actor, particularly noted for his acting partnership with his wife, Jessica Tandy

100 years ago (21 Jul 1911)
Birth of Marshall McLuhan, Canadian communications theorist, philosopher and academic who coined the expressions ‘the medium is the message’ and ‘global village’

100 years ago (24 Jul 1911)
American archaeologist Hiram Bingham (re)discovered Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca site in the Peruvian Andes. (Although the site had been visited before, this was the first time it was brought to worldwide attention and studied by scholars)

90 years ago (11 Jul 1921)
The Irish War of Independence ended with a truce

75 years ago (6 Jul 1936)
Birth of Dave Allen, Irish comedian

75 years ago (11 Jul 1936)
The Triborough Bridge (now the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge) in New York City opened to traffic

75 years ago (17 Jul 1936)
The Spanish Civil War began

65 years ago (21 Jul 1946)
Bread and flour rationing began in Britain

60 years ago (4 or 5 Jul 1951)
American engineer William Shockley announced that he had invented the junction transistor. (Patented 25th September 1951)

60 years ago (16 Jul 1951)
J.D. Salinger’s novel ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ was published

60 years ago (20 Jul 1951)
Death of King Abdullah I of Jordan. (Assassinated)

50 years ago (1 Jul 1961)
Birth of Diana, Princess of Wales

50 years ago (2 Jul 1961)
Death of Ernest Hemingway, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer, winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature (‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, ‘A Farewell to Arms’, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’)

50 years ago (17 Jul 1961)
Death of Ty Cobb, American baseball player

50 years ago (23 Jul 1961)
The Sandinista National Liberation Front was founded in Nicaragua

40 years ago (1 Jul 1971)
The 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted, lowering the minimum voting age from 21 to 18

40 years ago (3 Jul 1971)
Death of Jim Morrison, American rock singer and songwriter (The Doors)

40 years ago (6 Jul 1971)
Death of Louis Armstrong, (‘Satchmo’), American jazz trumpeter

30 years ago (4 Jul 1981)
Toxteth riots, Liverpool, UK

30 years ago (7 Jul 1981)
The solar-powered plane ‘Solar Challenger’ successfully flew 160 miles (258 km) from Paris, France to Kent, England

30 years ago (17 Jul 1981)
The Humber Bridge in England was officially opened by the Queen

30 years ago (29 Jul 1981)
The Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral, London

25 years ago (3 Jul 1986)
Death of Rudy Vallee, American singer and bandleader

25 years ago (12 Jul 1986)
Orange Parade riots, Portadown, Armagh, Northern Ireland

25 years ago (23 Jul 1986)
Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey, London, and they became the Duke and Duchess of York

25 years ago (25 Jul 1986)
Death of Vincente Minnelli, American film director, best known for his musicals

25 years ago (28 Jul 1986)
British estate agent Suzy Lamplugh failed to return from an appointment in London, sparking the biggest missing person investigation since Lord Lucan. She has never been found

20 years ago (1 Jul 1991)
The Warsaw Pact was formally disbanded

20 years ago (1 Jul 1991)
Court TV (now truTV) launched in the USA

20 years ago (1 Jul 1991)
Death of Michael Landon, American television actor, director and producer (‘Bonanza’, ‘Little House on the Prairie’, ‘Highway to Heaven’)

20 years ago (2 Jul 1991)
Death of Lee Remick, American film and television actress

20 years ago (5 Jul 1991)
International regulators shut down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) due to fraud and money-laundering

20 years ago (9 Jul 1991)
The International Olympic Committee agreed to readmit South Africa following the ending of apartheid.

20 years ago (10 Jul 1991)
Boris Yeltsin was sworn in as the first directly elected President of Russia

20 years ago (22 Jul 1991)
British Prime Minister John Major launched the Citizen’s Charter, which aimed to measure, improve and maintain the standard of public services

20 years ago (22 Jul 1991)
American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after one of his victims escaped and led police to his apartment

20 years ago (31 Jul 1991)
U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) in Moscow.

15 years ago (1 Jul 1996)
Candidates taking the British driving test also had to pass a written exam for the first time

15 years ago (9 Jul 1996)
Lin Russell and daughters Megan and Josie were savagely attacked with a hammer at their home in Kent, UK. Lin and Megan died; Josie survived but suffered serious head injuries. Michael Stone was later convicted

15 years ago (15 Jul 1996)
MSNBC, the U.S. news channel, was launched

15 years ago (17 Jul 1996)
Death of Chas Chandler, British bass guitarist (The Animals), record producer and manager

15 years ago (19 Jul 1996)
Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic resigned after being indicted for war crimes

15 years ago (23 Jul 1996)
BSE (mad cow disease): British scientists reported that BSE could also be transmitted to sheep according to laboratory tests

15 years ago (27 Jul 1996)
A bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, during the Olympic Games. 2 people were killed and over 100 injured

10 years ago (2 Jul 2001)
Barry George was convicted of killing British TV presenter Jill Dando and sentenced to life imprisonment. (Acquitted August 2008)

10 years ago (7 Jul 2001)
Bradford race riots, West Yorkshire, UK. 120 police officers were injured

10 years ago (20 Jul 2001)
The London Stock Exchange went public and began trading its shares on its own exchange

10 years ago (23 Jul 2001)
Death of Eudora Welty, Pulitzer Prize-winning American short story writer and novelist

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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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