50 Historic Anniversaries in January 2013 for you to write about (and make money from)

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries in January 2013 for you to write about (and make money from). The anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time for research and writing.

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.

This list is a small sample of the entries for January in  The Date-A-Base Book 2013There are more than 400 anniversaries for this month in the book.

The book covers the whole of 2013 from January to December, and gives details of more than 4,000 anniversaries.


400 years ago
(29 Jan 1613)
Death of Sir Thomas Bodley, English diplomat and scholar who founded the Bodleian Library in Oxford

200 years ago (2 Jan 1813)
The Luddite trial opened in York, England to try 66 people accused of destroying mechanised looms. 17 of them were later executed, and others transported to Australia

200 years ago (4 Jan 1813)
Birth of Sir Isaac Pitman, British school teacher, inventor of Pitman shorthand

200 years ago (19 Jan 1813)
Birth of Sir Henry Bessemer, British engineer and inventor who developed the first inexpensive method of mass-producing steel

200 years ago (28 Jan 1813)
Jane Austen’s novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ was first published

150 years ago (1 Jan 1863)
The Emancipation Proclamation: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared that all slaves in states that had seceded from the USA would be freed

150 years ago (8 Jan 1863)
Yorkshire County Cricket Club was founded in England

150 years ago (10 Jan 1863)
The first section of the London Underground Railway (the Metropolitan line) was opened. It was the world’s first underground railway service

150 years ago (17 Jan 1863)
Birth of David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (1916-22)

100 years ago (1 Jan 1913)
The domestic parcel post service began operating in the USA, stimulating national trade and commerce

100 years ago (1 Jan 1913)
The British Board of Film Censors (now the British Board of Film Classification) began operating, and issued its first certificates (U: suitable for children, and A: suitable for public exhibition)

100 years ago (9 Jan 1913)
Birth of Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States

100 years ago (17 Jan 1913)
Raymond Poincaré was elected President of France

100 years ago (18 Jan 1913)
Birth of Danny Kaye, American actor, singer, dancer, comedian and humanitarian (‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, ‘The Inspector General’, ‘Hans Christian Andersen’, ‘White Christmas’ and others)

100 years ago (19 Jan 1913)
Birth of Minnesota Fats (Rudolf Wanderone), American pool and billiards player and TV host who helped popularise the game

100 years ago (29 Jan 1913)
Birth of Victor Mature, American stage and film actor (‘One Million B.C.’, ‘My Darling Clementine’, ‘Samson and Delilah’, ‘The Robe’, and others) (Some sources give his year of birth as 1916; official records say 1913)

100 years ago (30 Jan 1913)
Birth of Percy Thrower, British gardener, TV/radio broadcaster and writer; Britain’s first celebrity gardener

90 years ago (1 Jan 1923)
The Railways Act of 1921 came into effect, and Britain’s 120 railway companies were grouped into the ‘Big Four’: Great Western Railway (GWR); London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS); London and North Eastern Railway (LNER); and Southern Railway (SR) (See 1948 below)

80 years ago (5 Jan 1933)
Death of Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States

80 years ago (17 Jan 1933)
Death of Louis Comfort Tiffany, American artist and designer renowned for his work with stained glass

80 years ago (18 Jan 1933)
White Sands National Monument was established in New Mexico, USA

80 years ago (30 Jan 1933)
Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany

75 years ago (5 Jan 1938)
Birth of King Juan Carlos I of Spain

75 years ago (9 Jan 1938)
Death of Johnny Gruelle, American artist, illustrator, cartoonist and children’s author, creator of ‘Raggedy Ann and Andy’

65 years ago (1 Jan 1948)
Britain’s ‘Big Four’ railway companies were nationalised to form British Railways (later renamed British Rail)

60 years ago (5 Jan 1953)
Samuel Beckett’s play ‘Waiting for Godot’ was first performed, at the Théâtre de Babylone, Paris, France (as ‘En Attendant Godot’)

60 years ago (7 Jan 1953)
In his final State of the Union address, U.S. President Harry S. Truman announced that the USA had developed a hydrogen bomb

60 years ago (14 Jan 1953)
Josip Broz Tito became President of Yugoslavia

60 years ago (20 Jan 1953)
Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated as 34th President of the United States. It was the first inauguration to be televised live coast to coast

60 years ago (22 Jan 1953)
American playwright Arthur Miller’s drama ‘The Crucible’ was first performed, at the Martin Beck Theatre, Broadway, New York City

50 years ago (7 Jan 1963)
American computer scientist Ivan Sutherland introduced ‘Sketchpad’ as part of his PhD thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was the first software that allowed objects to be directly manipulated on a computer screen, and is the ancestor of today’s graphical user interfaces and computer-aided design (CAD) software

50 years ago (11 Jan 1963)
The Whisky-a-Go-Go night club opened in Los Angeles, California – it was the first discotheque in the USA

50 years ago (18 Jan 1963)
Death of Hugh Gaitskell, British statesman, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1950-51), leader of the Labour Party (1955-63)

50 years ago (23 Jan 1963)
British intelligence officer and Soviet spy Kim Philby defected to the Soviet Union

40 years ago (1 Jan 1973)
Britain, Ireland and Denmark were admitted into the European Economic Community (EEC – now the European Union)

40 years ago (22 Jan 1973)
Abortion was legalised in the USA

40 years ago (22 Jan 1973)
Death of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States

40 years ago (27 Jan 1973)
The Paris Peace Accords were signed, officially ending the Vietnam War

30 years ago (1 Jan 1983)
The internet was created when the ARPANET officially switched to using Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)

30 years ago (19 Jan 1983)
Apple introduced the ‘Lisa’, the first commercial personal computer to have a graphical user interface and mouse

30 years ago (26 Jan 1983)
Lotus Development Corporation released the spreadsheet program Lotus 1-2-3. It was the first ‘killer application’ for PCs

30 years ago (31 Jan 1983)
The wearing of seatbelts became compulsory in Britain for drivers and front seat passengers

25 years ago (7 Jan 1988)
Death of Trevor Howard, award-winning British film, stage and television actor (‘Brief Encounter’, ‘The Third Man’, ‘Sons and Lovers’, ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’, ‘Gandhi’ and others)

25 years ago (26 Jan 1988)
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ opened at the Majestic Theatre, Broadway, New York. (At the time of writing it is still running and is the longest-running musical in Broadway history)

20 years ago (1 Jan 1993)
Czechoslovakia split into two separate countries: the Czech Republic and Slovakia

20 years ago (20 Jan 1993)
Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States

20 years ago (20 Jan 1993)
Death of Audrey Hepburn, Academy Award-winning Belgian-born British stage and film actress (‘Gigi’, ‘Roman Holiday’, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, ‘My Fair Lady’ and others)

10 years ago (5 Jan 2003)
Death of Roy Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead, British politician, first leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) (1982-83)

10 years ago (12 Jan 2003)
Death of Maurice Gibb, British pop singer, songwriter and musician (The Bee Gees)

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2 Responses to “50 Historic Anniversaries in January 2013 for you to write about (and make money from)”

  1. MPE Says:

    Forgot the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in July and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.

    • Dave Haslett Says:

      Both of these events are included in The Date-A-Base Book 2013. The listings on this site are just a small sample of what is in the book. The Date-A-Base Book 2014 is also available, and the 2015 edition will be available in October.

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