Historic anniversaries in October 2012

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries in October 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 contained in The Date-A-Base Book 2012. There are more than 180 anniversaries for this month in the book, which also covers the whole of 2012.

The Date-A-Base Book 2013 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.

300 years ago (14 Oct 1712)
Birth of George Grenville, British Prime Minister (First Lord of the Treasury) (1763-65)

150 years ago (4 Oct 1862)
Birth of Edward Stratemeyer, American children’s writer and publisher, creator of the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, and other popular characters

150 years ago (19 Oct 1862)
Birth of Auguste Lumière, French inventor, photographic pioneer, and filmmaker who developed an early film camera and projector with his brother Louis, and made the first ever movie

125 years ago (6 Oct 1887)
Birth of Le Corbusier, Swiss-born French architect and city planner

100 years ago (7 Oct 1912)
The Helsinki Stock Exchange in Finland opened

100 years ago (8 Oct 1912)
The First Balkan War began when Montenegro declared war on Turkey

100 years ago (17 Oct 1912)
Birth of Pope John Paul I

100 years ago (18 Oct 1912)
The Italo-Turkish War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne. Italy took possession of Tripoli and Cyrenaica, Libya from Turkey

100 years ago (21 Oct 1912)
Birth of Sir Georg Solti, Hungarian-born British conductor

100 years ago (25 Oct 1912)
Birth of Minnie Pearl, American country music entertainer

100 years ago (30 Oct 1912)
Death of James Sherman, Vice President of the United States (1909-12)

90 years ago (18 Oct 1922)
The BBC was officially founded as the British Broadcasting Company (now the British Broadcasting Corporation)

90 years ago (31 Oct 1922)
Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy

80 years ago (3 Oct 1932)
Iraq gained its independence from the UK

80 years ago (8 Oct 1932)
The Indian Air Force was established

80 years ago (27 Oct 1932)
Birth of Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist. (Died 1963)

80 years ago (30 Oct 1932)
Birth of Louis Malle, French film director. (Died 1995)

75 years ago (19 Oct 1937)
Death of Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand-born British physicist, known as the father of nuclear physics, winner of the 1908 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his studies of radioactivity

70 years ago (23 Oct 1942 to 5th Nov)
World War II – the Second Battle of El-Alamein, Egypt. Allied victory

60 years ago (3 Oct 1952)
Britain successfully tested its first atomic bomb in the Monte Bello Islands off the north-west coast of Western Australia

60 years ago (6 Oct 1952)
The world premiere of Agatha Christie’s play ‘The Mousetrap’ took place in Nottingham, UK. (The play opened in London on 25th November 1952 and is still running, making it the world’s longest running play)

60 years ago (8 Oct 1952)
Harrow and Wealdstone train crash, near London, UK. An express train crashed into a stationary commuter train after the driver missed two stop signals, then a third train crashed into the wreckage. 112 people were killed and around 340 injured

50 years ago (1 Oct 1962)
Mississippi race riots, USA. 2 people were killed and more than 75 injured in riots after James Meredith became the first African-American student to be admitted to the University of Mississippi

50 years ago (5 Oct 1962)
The Beatles’ first hit ‘Love Me Do’ was released in the UK. (USA: 27th April 1964)

50 years ago (9 Oct 1962)
Uganda gained its independence from the UK

50 years ago (12 Oct 1962)
The Columbus Day Storm hit the Pacific Northwest coast of the USA and Canada killing 46 people and causing more than $230 million of damage

50 years ago (22 Oct 1962)
Cuban Missile Crisis: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced a military quarantine of Cuba (an air and naval blockade) and informed the American public that Soviet missile bases had been discovered there. Over the next 6 days the crisis escalated to the brink of nuclear war

30 years ago (1 Oct 1982)
The EPCOT Centre (now Epcot) theme park opened at the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

30 years ago (7 Oct 1982)
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical ‘Cats’ opened on Broadway

25 years ago (2 Oct 1987)
Death of Sir Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born British zoologist, joint winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work on tissue rejection and acquired immunological tolerance, which led to successful tissue and organ transplants

25 years ago (2 Oct 1987)
Death of Madeleine Carroll, British-born American actress (‘The 39 Steps’, ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ and other popular films of the 1930s and 40s). She gave up her acting career to become a nurse during WWII, and was awarded medals by the USA and France

25 years ago (3 Oct 1987)
Death of Jean Anouilh, French playwright

25 years ago (9 Oct 1987)
Death of Clare Boothe Luce, American playwright and politician

25 years ago (13 Oct 1987)
Death of Walter Brattain, American physicist, joint winner of the 1956 Nobel Prize for Physics for investigating the properties of semiconductors and co-inventing the transistor

25 years ago (15 Oct 1987)
The Great Storm hit southern England. Hurricane-force winds killed 18 people and caused around £2 billion worth of damage. 15 million trees were lost. Weather forecasters were criticised for failing to predict the severity of the storm. Northern France was also affected, 4 people killed

25 years ago (19 Oct 1987)
Black Monday – stock markets around the world crashed

25 years ago (19 Oct 1987)
Death of Jacqueline du Pré, renowned British cellist

25 years ago (19 Oct 1987)
Death of Hermann Lang, German racing driver

25 years ago (28 Oct 1987)
Death of André Masson, French Surrealist artist

25 years ago (29 Oct 1987)
Death of Woody Herman, American jazz musician, singer and bandleader

25 years ago (30 Oct 1987)
Death of Joseph Campbell, American writer, best known for his works on mythology, especially his book ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces’

20 years ago (1 Oct 1992)
Cartoon Network launched in the USA. (UK: 17th September 1993)

20 years ago (4 Oct 1992)
The 15-year civil war in Mozambique officially ended with the signing of the Rome General Peace Accords

20 years ago (6 Oct 1992)
Death of Denholm Elliott, British stage, film and television actor

20 years ago (8 Oct 1992)
Death of Willy Brandt, Chancellor of West Germany (1969-74), winner of the 1971 Nobel Peace Prize

10 years ago (2 Oct 2002)
The Beltway Sniper attacks began when a man was shot dead in Wheaton, Maryland, USA. A total of 10 people were killed in the Washington, D.C. area over the next 3 weeks

10 years ago (3 Oct 2002)
Death of Bruce Paltrow, American television and film producer and director, best known for the award-winning medical drama series ‘St Elsewhere’; father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow

10 years ago (23 Oct 2002 to 26th)
Moscow Theatre Siege. 40 – 50 Chechen rebels stormed a Moscow theatre and took about 700 people hostage, threatening to blow up the building if Russia did not withdraw from Chechnya. When negotiations broke down, Russian special forces released toxic gas into the building before moving in. Almost all the rebels plus 129 of the hostages were killed

10 years ago (25 Oct 2002)
Death of Richard Harris, Irish stage and film actor, singer and songwriter (‘Camelot’, ‘The Molly Maguires’, ‘A Man Called Horse’, ‘Patriot Games’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, and others)

10 years ago (30 Oct 2002)
Freeview, the digital terrestrial television service, launched in the UK

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