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

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries in June 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 June in  The Date-A-Base Book 2013There are more than 350 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.

The 2014 edition will be available from the end of December.

400 years ago (29 Jun 1613)
The original Globe Theatre in London, built and owned by Shakespeare’s company of players, was destroyed by fire. (Rebuilt June 1614)

250 years ago (23 Jun 1763)
Birth of Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon, first Empress of France

175 years ago (28 Jun 1838)
Coronation of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom

150 years ago (7 Jun 1863)
Death of Franz Gruber, Austrian teacher, organist and composer; best known for composing the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’

150 years ago (9 Jun 1863)
American Civil War – the Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia, also known as the Battle of Fleetwood Hill; the largest cavalry battle of the war

150 years ago (11 Jun – 26 Jul 1863)
American Civil War – Morgan’s Raid. The Confederate cavalry, led by John Hunt Morgan, carried out a 46-day raid through Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia, but were continually thwarted; Union victory

150 years ago (20 Jun 1863)
West Virginia became the 35th state of the USA

150 years ago (20 Jun 1863)
The National Bank of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania became the first U.S. bank to receive a national charter. (Note: it was not the first national bank to open for business; the First National Bank of Davenport, Iowa opened on 29th June 1863)

125 years ago (3 Jun 1888)
Ernest Thayer’s famous baseball poem ‘Casey at the Bat’ was first published, in ‘The San Francisco Examiner’

100 years ago (1 Jun 1913)
Birth of Bill Deedes, Baron Deedes, British politician, journalist and newspaper editor (The Daily Telegraph); the only person to have edited a national newspaper and held a seat in the British Cabinet

100 years ago (2 Jun 1913)
Birth of Barbara Pym, British novelist

100 years ago (2 Jun 1913)
Death of Alfred Austin, British poet and journalist, Poet Laureate (1896-1913)

100 years ago (4 Jun 1913)
British suffragette Emily Davison stepped onto the race track during the Epsom Derby and was knocked to the ground by the King’s horse, Anmer. She died from her injuries on 8th June

100 years ago (7 Jun 1913)
American mountaineer Walter Harper became the first person to reach the summit of Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America. He was a member of a party led by Hudson Stuck and Harry Karstens

100 years ago (9 Jun 1913)
Birth of Patrick Steptoe, British obstetrician and gynaecologist; a pioneer of fertility treatment, developed human in vitro fertilization (IVF) which led to the world’s first test-tube baby

100 years ago (11 Jun 1913)
Birth of Vince Lombardi, American football coach. The Super Bowl trophy (the Vince Lombardi Trophy) is named in his honour

100 years ago (19 Jun 1913)
South Africa passed the Natives Land Act (also known as the Black Land Act), establishing reserves for blacks and forbidding the transfer of land between races. This was the first piece of major legislation in the establishment of segregation, and was a key part of Apartheid

100 years ago (23 Jun 1913)
Birth of William P. Rogers, U.S. Secretary of State (1969-73)

100 years ago (25 Jun 1913)
Birth of Cyril Fletcher, British comedian, known for his Odd Odes

100 years ago (26 Jun 1913)
Birth of Sir Maurice Wilkes, British computer science pioneer; helped build the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC), and invented microprogramming

80 years ago (5 Jun 1933)
Great Depression: the USA went off the gold standard

80 years ago (6 Jun 1933)
The first drive-in movie theatre opened, in Camden, New Jersey, USA

75 years ago (1 Jun 1938)
The first issue of ‘Action Comics’ was published in the USA, and featured the first appearance of Superman. (Note: this issue actually went on sale in April 1938; the cover date is ‘June 1938’)

75 years ago (25 Jun 1938)
Douglas Hyde became the first President of Ireland

75 years ago (25 Jun 1938)
The minimum wage law went into effect in the USA. Employees were guaranteed wages of at least 25 cents per hour

65 years ago (24 Jun 1948)
The Soviet Union began a blockade of Berlin, cutting off all routes between West Germany and West Berlin. The Allies launched a massive airlift to take in supplies

60 years ago (2 Jun 1953)
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, London

60 years ago (18 Jun 1953)
Egypt became a republic and the monarchy was abolished. General Muhammad Naguib became the first president

60 years ago (19 Jun 1953)
Death of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, American spies, convicted of passing atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union; the first U.S. civilians to be sentenced to death for espionage, and the only married couple to be executed together in the USA

50 years ago (3 Jun 1963)
Death of Pope John XXIII. (Beatified September 2000) Succeeded by Pope Paul VI on 21st

50 years ago (5 Jun 1963)
British Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, resigned after it was revealed he had lied to the House of Commons about his affair with Christine Keeler

50 years ago (7 Jun 1963)
The Rolling Stones released their first single, a cover version of Chuck Berry’s song ‘Come On’

50 years ago (8 Jun 1963)
The American Heart Association launched its first campaign against smoking tobacco – the first U.S. agency to campaign against smoking

50 years ago (12 Jun 1963)
The film ‘Cleopatra’ was released in the USA. (UK: 31st July.) It starred Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison

50 years ago (16 Jun 1963)
Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space and the first civilian in space

50 years ago (26 Jun 1963)
U.S. President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, West Germany, and made his famous declaration ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ (I am a Berliner) to demonstrate the USA’s support

40 years ago (19 Jun 1973)
Richard O’Brien’s comedy-horror musical ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ opened in London

30 years ago (13 Jun 1983)
Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system

30 years ago (18 Jun 1983)
Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as she began a six-day mission on the space shuttle Challenger

25 years ago (1 Jun 1988)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty at the Moscow superpower summit

25 years ago (8 Jun 1988)
Death of Russell Harty, British television presenter and chat show host

25 years ago (10 Jun 1988)
Death of Louis L’Amour, award-winning American novelist, best known for his many Westerns

25 years ago (25 Jun 1988)
Death of Mildred Gillars, (‘Axis Sally’), American broadcaster who spread Nazi propaganda to U.S. troops stationed in Europe during WWII. She was convicted of treason in 1949

20 years ago (23 Jun 1993)
Lorena Bobbitt of Virginia, USA cut off her husband John’s penis with a kitchen knife after he sexually assaulted her. She then drove off and threw the severed penis out of her car window. (It was successfully reattached)

20 years ago (25 Jun 1993)
Kim Campbell became Canada’s first woman Prime Minister

15 years ago (1 Jun 1998)
The European Central Bank was established in Frankfurt, Germany

10 years ago (10 Jun 2003)
NASA launched the ‘Spirit’ robotic rover, the first of two rovers in the Mars Exploration Rover mission. (Its twin ‘Opportunity’ was launched in July. Both rovers far outlasted their planned mission durations and provided substantial scientific data. Spirit ceased operating in 2010)

10 years ago (12 Jun 2003)
Death of Gregory Peck, Academy Award-winning American stage and film actor (‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘Days of Glory’, ‘The Keys of the Kingdom’, ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ and many others)

10 years ago (23 Jun 2003)
The online virtual world ‘Second Life’ was launched by Linden Labs

10 years ago (29 Jun 2003)
Death of Katharine Hepburn, Academy Award-winning American film, stage and television actress (‘The Philadelphia Story’, ‘The African Queen’, ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’, ‘On Golden Pond’ and more)

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