Historic anniversaries in August 2012

Here are 60 newsworthy anniversaries in August 2012 for you to write about (and earn money from). The anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time for research and writing.

The list presented here is just a fraction of that available in The Date-A-Base Book 2012. There are more than  150 anniversaries for this month in the book, which also covers the whole of 2012.

The Date-A-Base Book 2013 (Part 1: Jan-June) is also available if you need to work further ahead.

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.

2000 years ago (31 Aug 12)
Birth of Caligula, Roman Emperor

300 years ago (29 Aug 1712)
Death of Gregory King, English genealogist, statistician, surveyor and map maker, and heraldry expert

250 years ago (12 Aug 1762)
Birth of King George IV of the United Kingdom and Hanover

250 years ago (21 Aug 1762)
Death of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, British writer, best known for her letters and poems, and for promoting inoculation against smallpox

250 years ago (22 Aug 1762)
Ann Smith Franklin became the first woman newspaper editor in the USA. (The ‘Newport Mercury’ in Rhode Island)

200 years ago (19 Aug 1812)
War of 1812: the U.S. Navy frigate ‘USS Constitution’ defeated the British frigate ‘HMS Guerriere’ off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Constitution gained the nickname ‘Old Ironsides’ – and much public acclaim – following this success. Launched in 1797, the ship is still in active service

150 years ago (5 Aug 1862)
Birth of Joseph Merrick (‘The Elephant Man’), British man who suffered from severe deformities caused by a congenital disorder

150 years ago (17 Aug 1862)
Indian Wars: the Sioux Uprising (also known as the Dakota War of 1862) began in Minnesota, USA. (Ended 26th December – U.S. victory)

150 years ago (22 Aug 1862)
Birth of Claude Debussy, prominent French composer

150 years ago (28 Aug 1862 to 30th)
American Civil War – the Second Battle of Bull Run, Virginia. Confederate victory

125 years ago (3 Aug 1887)
Birth of Rupert Brooke, British poet

125 years ago (17 Aug 1887)
Birth of Charles I, last Emperor of Austria, also known as King Charles IV of Hungary

100 years ago (10 Aug 1912)
Birth of Jorge Amado, acclaimed Brazilian novelist

100 years ago (11 Aug 1912)
Birth of Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (1958, 1963-71, 1972-73)

100 years ago (15 Aug 1912)
Birth of Dame Wendy Hiller, British stage, film and television actress (‘Pygmalion’, ‘Separate Tables’, ‘A Man for All Seasons’, and others)

100 years ago (15 Aug 1912)
Birth of Julia Child, American cookery expert, TV personality and writer, best known for promoting French cuisine

100 years ago (20 Aug 1912)
Death of William Booth, British founder of the Salvation Army

100 years ago (23 Aug 1912)
Birth of Gene Kelly, American dancer, actor, choreographer and film director

100 years ago (24 Aug 1912)
U.S. Congress established the Territory of Alaska

100 years ago (25 Aug 1912)
Birth of Erich Honecker, Leader of East Germany (1971-89)

100 years ago (30 Aug 1912)
Birth of E. M. Purcell, American physicist, joint winner of the 1952 Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering nuclear magnetic resonance

90 years ago (2 Aug 1922)
Death of Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born American audiologist and inventor, credited with developing the first practical telephone

90 years ago (22 Aug 1922)
Death of Michael Collins, Irish nationalist politician, a leading figure in Ireland’s fight for independence; directed a guerrilla warfare campaign against the British

80 years ago (22 Aug 1932)
The BBC began its first experimental television broadcasts, using John Logie Baird’s mechanical system. (In February 1937 the mechanical system was abandoned in favour of Marconi-EMI’s electronic system)

80 years ago (24 Aug 1932)
American aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the USA

75 years ago (11 Aug 1937)
Death of Edith Wharton, Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer, best known for her stories about upper-class society

75 years ago (23 Aug 1937)
Death of Albert Roussel, French composer

75 years ago (28 Aug 1937)
The Toyota Motor Corporation was founded as an independent company. (It began as a division of the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works in 1933)

70 years ago (7 Aug 1942)
World War II: the Battle of Guadalcanal began – the Allies’ first major offensive in the Pacific. (Ended February 1943)

70 years ago (19 Aug 1942)
World War II – Operation Jubilee. The Allies launched a disastrous raid on the German-occupied port of Dieppe, France

70 years ago (30 Aug 1942 to 5th Sep)
World War II – the Battle of Alam al-Halfa, Egypt. Allied victory. This halted the German offensive and marked the turning-point of the North African campaign

60 years ago (11 Aug 1952)
King Talal of Jordan abdicated after being declared unfit to rule due to mental illness. His son Prince Hussein was proclaimed king, and fully assumed the role in May 1953

60 years ago (15 Aug 1952)
Lynmouth flood, Devon, UK. 34 people were killed and buildings and bridges devastated as a flood swept through the village

50 years ago (5 Aug 1962)
ANC leader Nelson Mandela was arrested in Natal, South Africa and charged with sabotage. (In October 1962 he was jailed for 5 years, but while serving that sentence, in June 1964, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for treason, sabotage and conspiracy. Released Feb 1990)

50 years ago (5 Aug 1962)
Death of Marilyn Monroe, iconic American film actress, model and singer (‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’, ‘The Seven-Year Itch’, ‘Bus Stop’, and others)

50 years ago (6 Aug 1962)
Jamaica became independent from the United Kingdom

50 years ago (9 Aug 1962)
Death of Hermann Hesse, German-born Swiss novelist and poet, winner of the 1946 Nobel Prize for Literature

50 years ago (27 Aug 1962)
NASA launched the Mariner 2 space probe to Venus. (It flew past Venus in December – the first space probe to fly past another planet)

50 years ago (31 Aug 1962)
Trinidad and Tobago became independent from the UK

40 years ago (4 Aug 1972)
Ugandan President Idi Amin gave the country’s 50,000 Asians 90 days to leave

40 years ago (26 Aug 1972)
The 20th Olympic Games opened in Munich, Germany. (The event was overshadowed by the kidnapping and deaths of 11 members of the Israeli team by Palestinian terrorists on 5th September)

40 years ago (28 Aug 1972)
Death of Prince William of Gloucester, member of the British royal family. (Plane crash)

25 years ago (1 Aug 1987)
Death of Pola Negri, Polish silent film actress

25 years ago (7 Aug 1987)
American swimmer Lynne Cox became the first person to swim across the Bering Strait from the USA to the Soviet Union. (She became a celebrity in the Soviet Union, but remained relatively unknown in her native USA)

25 years ago (15 Aug 1987)
Corporal punishment was banned in British state schools

25 years ago (17 Aug 1987)
Death of Rudolf Hess, Egyptian-born German politician, Adolf Hitler’s deputy in the Nazi Party

25 years ago (19 Aug 1987)
Hungerford Massacre, Berkshire, UK. Michael Ryan went on a shooting rampage around the town, killing 16 people before committing suicide

25 years ago (23 Aug 1987)
Death of Didier Pironi, French racing driver

25 years ago (28 Aug 1987)
Death of John Huston, American film director (‘The Maltese Falcon’, ‘The African Queen’, ‘Moby Dick’, ‘Key Largo’, and many others)

25 years ago (29 Aug 1987)
Death of Lee Marvin, American film actor, known for his tough-guy roles (‘The Big Heat’, ‘The Wild One’, ‘The Dirty Dozen’, ‘Bad Day at Black Rock’, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’, ‘Cat Ballou’, and others)

20 years ago (11 Aug 1992)
The Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minnesota. It is the biggest indoor shopping mall in the USA

20 years ago (12 Aug 1992)
Death of John Cage, American avant-garde composer

20 years ago (20 Aug 1992)
Britain’s ‘Daily Mirror’ newspaper published compromising photographs of the Duchess of York (Sarah Ferguson) on holiday in France with her ‘financial adviser’

20 years ago (24 Aug 1992)
Hurricane Andrew hit Florida, USA, causing a record $26.5 billion worth of damage (surpassed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005). The Bahamas and Louisiana were also hit. 65 people were killed

20 years ago (25 Aug 1992)
The Reverend Sun Myung Moon married 30,000 couples simultaneously in a mass wedding in Seoul, South Korea. 20,000 couples were present in Seoul’s Olympic Stadium, the other 10,000 were married via satellite link

15 years ago (31 Aug 1997)
Death of Diana, Princess of Wales; her companion Dodi Fayed; and their driver, in a car crash in Paris, France

10 years ago (3 Aug 2002)
Death of Carmen Silvera, Canadian-born British stage and television actress, best known as Edith in the wartime comedy series ”Allo ‘Allo’

10 years ago (16 Aug 2002)
Death of Abu Nidal, Palestinian militant, founder of the Abu Nidal Organisation which was responsible for numerous acts of terrorism

10 years ago (17 Aug 2002)
Soham murders, Cambridgeshire, UK. The bodies of 10-year-old schoolgirls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells were found in a ditch in Suffolk, 2 weeks after they went missing (on 4th). School caretaker Ian Huntley and his girlfriend Maxine Carr were arrested

10 years ago (31 Aug 2002)
Death of Lionel Hampton, American jazz musician and bandleader, best known as a vibraphone player

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