Historic anniversaries in November 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 157 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 (20 Nov 1761)
Birth of Pope Pius VIII

250 years ago (30 Nov 1761)
Death of John Dollond, British optician and maker of optical and astronomical instruments

200 years ago (7 Nov 1811)
The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought at what is now Battle Ground, Indiana, USA. A U.S. expeditionary force defeated the Shawnee Indians as part of a long-running campaign to destroy an inter-tribal alliance

200 years ago (16 Nov 1811)
Birth of John Bright, British politician and political reformer, co-founder of the Anti-Corn Law League, and a campaigner for free trade

200 years ago (27 Nov 1811)
Death of Andrew Meikle, Scottish millwright, inventor of the threshing machine

150 years ago (2 Nov 1861)
Birth of Maurice Blondel, French philosopher

150 years ago (4 Nov 1861)
The University of Washington was founded in Seattle, Washington, USA

150 years ago (6 Nov 1861)
Birth of James Naismith, Canadian-born American sports instructor, inventor of basketball

150 years ago (19 Nov 1861)
American writer and social activist Julia Ward Howe wrote her famous poem ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’, which became a Union army anthem

100 years ago (1 Nov 1911)
The first issue of Woman’s Weekly was published in the UK

100 years ago (3 or 8 Nov 1911)
The Chevrolet Motor Car Company was founded in Detroit, Michigan, USA

100 years ago (5 Nov 1911)
Calbraith Perry Rodgers became the first person to fly across the USA, from New York City to Pasadena, California in 49 days

100 years ago (5 Nov 1911)
Birth of Roy Rogers, American cowboy actor and singer

100 years ago (9 Nov 1911)
Death of Howard Pyle, American illustrator and writer, best known for his children’s books

100 years ago (17 Nov 1911)
The first African-American college fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, was founded at Howard University, Washington, D.C., USA

90 years ago (11 Nov 1921)
The Royal British Legion held its first Poppy Day in Britain

75 years ago (2 Nov 1936)
The BBC Television Service was launched

75 years ago (12 Nov 1936)
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (‘Bay Bridge’) opened to traffic

75 years ago (20 Nov 1936)
Death of Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, Spanish politician, founder of the Spanish fascist party, the Falange. (Executed)

75 years ago (23 Nov 1936)
The first issue of Life magazine was published in the USA

75 years ago (25 Nov 1936)
Germany and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, an agreement to collaborate against the threat of Soviet Communism

75 years ago (30 Nov 1936)
The Crystal Palace in London was destroyed by a fire

65 years ago (22 Nov 1946)
The first Biro ballpoint pens went on sale in the UK

60 years ago (2 Nov 1951)
Suez Crisis: 6,000 British troops arrived in Fayid, Egypt to quell unrest in the Canal Zone. This was the biggest airlift of troops since WWII

60 years ago (10 Nov 1951)
The Direct Distance Dialling telephone service was launched in the USA, and area codes were introduced. For the first time, people could call each other right across the country without having to go through an operator

50 years ago (2 Nov 1961)
Death of James Thurber, American writer, cartoonist and humorist

50 years ago (16 Nov 1961)
Death of Sam Rayburn, American political leader, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1940-47, 1949-53, 1955-61)

50 years ago (29 Nov 1961)
Project Mercury: Mercury-Atlas 5 mission. The NASA spacecraft orbited the Earth twice and returned safely, with Enos the chimp on board

40 years ago (12 Nov 1971)
Arches National Park was established in Utah, USA

40 years ago (13 Nov 1971)
The American space probe Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet (Mars). It sent back the first clear close-up images of the planet and went on to photograph the entire surface

40 years ago (15 Nov 1971)
Intel released the 4004 microprocessor – the first single-chip microprocessor be sold commercially

30 years ago (1 Nov 1981)
Antigua and Barbuda achieved independence from the UK

30 years ago (12 Nov 1981)
The U.S. space shuttle Columbia was launched on its 2nd flight into space, becoming the first reusable manned spacecraft

30 years ago (12 Nov 1981?)
Death of William Holden, American film actor (‘Sunset Boulevard’, ‘Stalag 17’, ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’, ‘Towering Inferno’). (Found dead on 16th, but forensic evidence indicates he most likely died on 12th)

30 years ago (29 Nov 1981)
Death of Natalie Wood, American film actress (‘Rebel Without a Cause’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice’, and more)

25 years ago (3 Nov 1986)
Details of the Iran-Contra scandal were made public for the first time. The Lebanese magazine ‘Ash-Shiraa’ reported that the USA had secretly sold arms to Iran in the hope of securing the release of 7 American hostages

25 years ago (16 Nov 1986)
Death of Siobhan McKenna, Irish stage and film actress

25 years ago (25 Nov 1986)
The King Fahd Causeway opened, linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain across the Persian Gulf

25 years ago (25 Nov 1986)
Birth of Amber Hagerman, American kidnapping and murder victim whose death in 1996 led to the creation of the ‘AMBER Alert’ child abduction system

25 years ago (29 Nov 1986)
Death of Cary Grant, British-born American film actor (‘Bringing Up Baby’, ‘Gunga Din’, ‘His Girl Friday’, ‘The Philadelphia Story’, ‘To Catch A Thief’, ‘North by Northwest’, and more)

20 years ago (4 Nov 1991)
Imelda Marcos returned to the Philippines after living in exile in Hawaii for 5 years. She faced charges of corruption and tax evasion

20 years ago (5 Nov 1991)
Death of Robert Maxwell, Czech-born British newspaper publisher, media proprietor, and politician

20 years ago (7 Nov 1991)
American basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV positive and was retiring. (He later returned to coach and play)

20 years ago (14 Nov 1991)
Britain and the USA accused 2 Libyan intelligence agents of carrying out the bombing of the Pan Am jet that crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, and demanded that Libya hand them over to face trial

20 years ago (14 Nov 1991)
Death of Tony Richardson, award-winning British stage and film director (‘A Taste of Honey’, ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’, ‘Tom Jones’, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’, ‘Ned Kelly’, and others)

20 years ago (18 Nov 1991)
Church of England envoy Terry Waite and American educator Thomas Sutherland were released by Islamic Jihad in Lebanon after being held hostage since January 1987 and June 1985 respectively

20 years ago (24 Nov 1991)
Death of Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar-born British rock singer and songwriter (Queen)

20 years ago (25-26 Nov 1991)
The ‘Tottenham Three’ had their convictions quashed. They had been jailed for life in 1987 for killing police officer Keith Blakelock during riots in north London

15 years ago (18 Nov 1996)
Channel Tunnel fire. A truck caught fire while on board a Heavy Goods Vehicle shuttle travelling through the tunnel. Considerable damage was caused and the tunnel was closed for 6 months for repairs

10 years ago (4 Nov 2001)
Hurricane Michelle caused $2 billion worth of damage across Central America, particularly Cuba. 17 people were killed, 26 reported missing, and thousands of homes destroyed

10 years ago (4 Nov 2001)
The Police Service of Northern Ireland was founded, replacing the Royal Ulster Constabulary

10 years ago (5 Nov 2001)
Death of Roy Boulting, British film-maker, worked in partnership with his twin brother, John (‘Private’s Progress’, ‘Lucky Jim’, ‘I’m All Right, Jack’, ‘There’s a Girl in My Soup’, and others)

10 years ago (6 Nov 2001)
Sabena, the Belgian national airline, went into liquidation

10 years ago (6 Nov 2001)
Michael Bloomberg was elected mayor of New York City

10 years ago (6 Nov 2001)
Death of Anthony Shaffer, British playwright, screenwriter and novelist

10 years ago (10 Nov 2001)
Death of Ken Kesey, American writer, best known for his novel ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

10 years ago (12-13 Nov 2001)
Afghan civil war/War on terrorism – the fall of Kabul: Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban fled from the capital Kabul as a coalition of U.S./NATO and Northern Alliance troops entered the city

10 years ago (14 Nov 2001)
Death of Charlotte Coleman, British actress (‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, ‘Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit’, ‘Worzel Gummidge’, ‘Marmalade Atkins’)

10 years ago (22 Nov 2001)
Death of Mary Kay Ash, American founder of Mary Kay cosmetics

10 years ago (29 Nov 2001)
Death of George Harrison, British rock guitarist, singer and songwriter (The Beatles)

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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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