Forthcoming historic anniversaries: Sept 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 156 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.

300 years ago (1 Sep 1711)
Birth of William IV, Prince of Orange

200 years ago (6 Sep 1811)
Birth of James Melville Gilliss, American naval officer and astronomer, founded the U.S. Naval Observatory

150 years ago (6 Sep 1861)
American Civil War: Union forces captured Paducah, Kentucky, gaining strategic control of the mouth of Tennessee River

150 years ago (20 Sep 1861)
Birth of Herbert Putnam, American librarian who developed the Library of Congress into a world-renowned institution

150 years ago (23 Sep 1861)
Birth of Robert Bosch, German engineer and industrialist, founder of the Bosch company, which developed the spark plug and the magneto

150 years ago (30 Sep 1861)
Birth of William Wrigley, Jr., American salesman and industrialist, founder of the Wrigley’s chewing gum company

125 years ago (1 Sep 1886)
The Severn Railway Tunnel between England and Wales opened for goods traffic. (Opened to passengers 1st December)

100 years ago (9 Sep 1911)
Birth of Paul Goodman, American writer, poet, anarchist, intellectual and sociologist

100 years ago (11 Sep 1911)
Middle Tennessee State University was founded in the USA

100 years ago (13 Sep 1911)
Birth of Bill Monroe, American singer, songwriter and mandolin player who developed the bluegrass style of music

100 years ago (16 Sep 1911)
Death of Edward Whymper, British mountaineer and artist, first man to climb the Matterhorn

100 years ago (19 Sep 1911)
Birth of Sir William Golding, British novelist, winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize for Literature, best known for his novel ‘Lord of the Flies’

100 years ago (24 Sep 1911)
Birth of Konstantin Chernenko, Premier of the Soviet Union (1984-85)

100 years ago (29 Sep 1911)
The Italo-Turkish War began. Italy declared war on Turkey over the control of Libya. (Ended October 1912)

90 years ago (8 Sep 1921)
The first Miss America pageant was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey

80 years ago (21 Sep 1931)
Britain abandoned the gold standard

80 years ago (30 Sep 1931)
The Voortrekkers youth movement was founded in South Africa

75 years ago (6 Sep 1936)
British aviation pioneer Beryl Markham became the first person to fly non-stop from Britain to North America, and the first woman to fly solo from east to west across the Atlantic Ocean

75 years ago (7 Sep 1936)
The last surviving thylacine (also known as the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf) died at Hobart Zoo, Tasmania

75 years ago (7 Sep 1936)
Birth of Buddy Holly, influential American rock and roll singer and songwriter (‘Peggy Sue’, ‘That’ll be the Day’, ‘Oh Boy!’)

75 years ago (14 Sep 1936)
American neurologists Walter Freeman and James Watts performed the first prefrontal lobotomy in the USA

75 years ago (24 Sep 1936)
Birth of Jim Henson, American puppeteer, creator of the Muppets

70 years ago (1 Sep 1941)
World War II: Nazi Germany issued a decree ordering all Jews in Germany and occupied territories to wear a yellow Star of David badge

70 years ago (8 Sep 1941)
World War II: The siege of Leningrad began. (Ended Jan 1944)

70 years ago (11 Sep 1941)
Construction work began on the Pentagon – the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense – in Arlington, Virginia

65 years ago (5 Sep 1946)
Birth of Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar-born British rock singer and songwriter (Queen)

65 years ago (19 Sep 1946)
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave a speech at the University of Zurich, Switzerland in which he called for a United States of Europe and the creation of a Council of Europe. (The Council of Europe was founded in May 1949; Churchill became PM again in October 1951)

65 years ago (20 Sep 1946)
The first Cannes Film Festival was held

65 years ago (24 Sep 1946)
Cathay Pacific Airways was founded in Hong Kong

60 years ago (1 Sep 1951)
The ANZUS Pact – a security treaty – was signed by the USA, Australia and New Zealand in San Francisco, California, USA

60 years ago (4 Sep 1951)
The first live coast-to-coast TV broadcast in the USA: U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s opening speech from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco was broadcast to the entire nation.

60 years ago (14 Sep 1951)
Britain’s largest oil refinery was opened at Fawley, Hampshire

60 years ago (23 Sep 1951)
King George VI of the United Kingdom underwent surgery for lung cancer. (He died just over 4 months later)

50 years ago (10 Sep 1961)
Death of Wolfgang Von Trips, German racing driver, killed in the 1961 Italian Grand Prix while leading the driver’s championship

50 years ago (11 Sep 1961)
The World Wildlife Fund was founded in Switzerland

50 years ago (18 Sep 1961)
Death of Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish economist and statesman, Secretary-General of the United Nations. (Plane crash)

50 years ago (21 Sep 1961)
Antonio Abertondo of Argentina became the first person to swim across the English Channel and back again, non-stop, taking just over 43 hours

50 years ago (28 Sep 1961)
The United Arab Republic, a political union of Egypt and Syria, ended when Syria declared itself independent of Egypt following a military coup

40 years ago (1 Sep 1971)
Qatar declared its independence from Britain

40 years ago (8 Sep 1971)
The John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts was officially opened in Washington, D.C., USA

40 years ago (11 Sep 1971)
Death of Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union (1958-64)

40 years ago (15 Sep 1971)
Greenpeace, the international environmental group, was founded in Vancouver, Canada

30 years ago (21 Sep 1981)
Belize achieved its independence from Britain

30 years ago (27 Sep 1981)
France’s high-speed train, the TGV, began operating between Paris and Lyon. French President François Mitterrand inaugurated the service

25 years ago (7 Sep 1986)
Desmond Tutu became Archbishop of Cape Town; the first black person to lead the Anglican Church in South Africa

20 years ago (6 Sep 1991)
The Soviet Union formally recognised the independence of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia

20 years ago (6 Sep 1991)
The Russian city of Leningrad was renamed Saint Petersburg, restoring its original name

20 years ago (8 Sep 1991)
The Republic of Macedonia declared its independence from Yugoslavia

20 years ago (9 Sep 1991)
Tajikistan declared its independence from the Soviet Union

20 years ago (17 Sep 1991)
Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds released the first version of the Linux kernel (version 0.01)

20 years ago (19 Sep 1991)
Ötzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummified body, was discovered by a tourist in the Tirolean Alps on the Italian-Austrian border

20 years ago (23 Sep 1991)
Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union

20 years ago (24 Sep 1991)
Death of Theodor Geisel, ‘Dr. Seuss’, popular American children’s writer, illustrator and film-maker (‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’, ‘The Cat in the Hat’, ‘Green Eggs and Ham’, and many more)

20 years ago (25 Sep 1991)
Death of Klaus Barbie, ‘the Butcher of Lyon’, Nazi war criminal

10 years ago (2 Sep 2001)
Death of Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon who performed the first human heart transplant

10 years ago (11 Sep 2001)
September 11th terrorist attack on the USA. 2,973 people were killed

10 years ago (11 Sep 2001)
Death of David Angell, American television producer and screenwriter, best known for the sitcoms ‘Cheers’ and ‘Frasier’. (9/11 victim)

10 years ago (18 Sep 2001)
Anthrax attacks began in the USA. Contaminated letters were sent to two U.S. Senators and various news and media organisations in New York and Florida. 5 people died and more than a dozen were infected

10 years ago (19 Sep 2001)
The USA began sending combat troops, aircraft and ships to the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. (Air strikes in Afghanistan began on 7th – 8th October)

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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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