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

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries in February 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 February in  The Date-A-Base Book 2013There are more than 290 anniversaries for this month in the book.

The Date-A-Base Book 2013 covers the whole of 2013 from January to December, and gives details of more than 4,000 anniversaries.


500 years ago
(21 Feb 1513)
Death of Pope Julius II

250 years ago (10 Feb 1763)
The French and Indian War (also known as the Seven Years’ War) ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. France ceded Canada to Britain and Louisiana to Spain, and Spain ceded Florida to Britain.

200 years ago (26 Feb 1813)
Death of Robert R. Livingston, American lawyer, politician and diplomat; a founding father of the United States of America

150 years ago (24 Feb 1863)
Arizona Territory was established in the USA

150 years ago (25 Feb 1863)
The U.S. Congress passed the National Currency Act, creating the national banking system with a single national currency, and establishing the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

100 years ago (2 Feb 1913)
Grand Central Terminal opened in New York City, USA. It is the largest train station in the world

100 years ago (3 Feb 1913)
The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. It authorised the U.S. Congress to levy a federal income tax

100 years ago (4 Feb 1913)
Birth of Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist. She famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, leading to the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama, which ignited the U.S. civil rights movement

100 years ago (6 Feb 1913)
Birth of Mary Leakey, British archaeologist and anthropologist; with her husband Louis Leakey she discovered several significant fossils in Africa that were important in the understanding of human evolution

100 years ago (14 Feb 1913)
Birth of Jimmy Hoffa, controversial American trade union leader, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. (Disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1975, presumed dead in 1982)

100 years ago (25 Feb 1913)
Birth of Jim Backus, American radio, television and film actor, best known for playing upper-crust roles (‘Gilligan’s Island’, ‘Rebel Without a Cause’); he also provided the voice of cartoon character Mr Magoo

90 years ago (16 Feb 1923)
British archaeologist Howard Carter opened the sealed doorway to Tutankhamen’s tomb in Thebes, Egypt

80 years ago (17 Feb 1933)
The Blaine Act was passed, ending Prohibition in the United States

80 years ago (17 Feb 1933)
Newsweek magazine was first published in the USA

80 years ago (27 Feb 1933)
The German Reichstag (parliament) in Berlin was destroyed by fire

80 years ago (28 Feb 1933)
England’s cricket team beat Australia 4-1 to win the Ashes. The series was highly controversial as the England team employed the infamous ‘bodyline’ tactics

75 years ago (7 Feb 1938)
Death of Harvey Firestone, American businessman; founder of the Firestone Tyre and Rubber Company

75 years ago (21 Feb 1938)
Death of George Ellery Hale, American astronomer

70 years ago (2 Feb 1943)
World War II – the Battle of Stalingrad ended; Soviet victory over the Germans

70 years ago (9 Feb 1943)
World War II – the Battle of Guadalcanal ended; Allied victory

70 years ago (13 Feb 1943)
The U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was established

60 years ago (5 Feb 1953)
Sweet rationing ended in Britain

60 years ago (5 Feb 1953)
Walt Disney’s animated movie ‘Peter Pan’ was released in the USA. (UK: 27th July)

50 years ago (8 Feb 1963)
The government of Iraq was overthrown in a Ba’athist coup; Prime Minister Abdul Karim Kassem was executed

50 years ago (11 Feb 1963)
Death of Sylvia Plath, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, novelist and short story writer who wrote about alienation, death and self-destruction; wife of the British poet Ted Hughes

50 years ago (25 Feb 1963)
British rock group The Beatles released their first single in the USA: ‘Please Please Me’

50 years ago (28 Feb 1963)
Death of Rajendra Prasad, first President of India (1950-62)

30 years ago (1 Feb 1983)
The breakfast television station TV-am launched in the UK

30 years ago (3 Feb 1983)
Death of Tullio Campagnolo, Italian racing cyclist and inventor who founded the Campagnolo bicycle component company and invented the quick-release wheel

30 years ago (4 Feb 1983)
Death of Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (The Carpenters)

30 years ago (8 Feb 1983)
Champion racehorse Shergar was kidnapped in Ireland and a £2m ransom demanded. The horse’s fate is still unknown

30 years ago (10 Feb 1983)
British civil servant Dennis Nilsen was arrested in London after police discovered the remains of multiple murder victims in drains near his home

30 years ago (16 Feb 1983)
The Ash Wednesday bushfires hit Victoria and South Australia, killing 75 people and causing widespread destruction

30 years ago (22 Feb 1983)
Death of Sir Adrian Boult, British conductor

30 years ago (25 Feb 1983)
Death of Tennessee Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright (‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ and others)

25 years ago (1 Feb 1988)
Death of Heather O’Rourke, American child actress who played Carol Anne in the films ‘Poltergeist I, II and III’

25 years ago (5 Feb 1988)
Comic Relief held its first Red Nose Day in the UK

25 years ago (14 Feb 1988)
Death of Frederick Loewe, German-born American composer, best known for his collaborations with Alan Jay Lerner on a series of hit Broadway musicals including ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Camelot’

20 years ago (6 Feb 1993)
Death of Arthur Ashe, American tennis player; the first black player to win a major championship

20 years ago (12 Feb 1993)
Two 10-year-old boys abducted 2-year-old James Bulger from a shopping centre in Liverpool, UK. His mutilated body was found on a nearby railway line two days later

20 years ago (18 Feb 1993)
The South African government and the African National Congress (ANC) agreed a deal to share power in a 5-year transitional government

20 years ago (20 Feb 1993)
Death of Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian industrialist who founded Lamborghini, the luxury sports car manufacturer

20 years ago (24 Feb 1993)
Death of Bobby Moore, British footballer, captain of the England squad that won the 1966 World Cup

10 years ago (1 Feb 2003)
The U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas during reentry, killing all seven astronauts

10 years ago (14 Feb 2003)
Dolly the sheep, the first successfully cloned mammal, was put to sleep at the age of 6 due to progressive lung disease. She had been expected to live for 11 to 12 years, so her early death raised considerable controversy. However, scientists now think the disease was caused by a virus and was not connected with cloning

10 years ago (15 Feb 2003)
The largest anti-war rally in history took place as millions of people in 60 countries expressed their opposition to the imminent war with Iraq. (The war began on 20th March)

10 years ago (17 Feb 2003)
London’s Congestion Charge scheme began

10 years ago (27 Feb 2003)
Rowan Williams became Archbishop of Canterbury

10 years ago (27 Feb 2003)
Death of Fred Rogers, award-winning American children’s television host, producer, writer and songwriter (‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood’)

10 years ago (28 Feb 2003)
Death of Chris Brasher, British athlete and sports journalist; co-founded the London Marathon

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