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

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in July 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 July in  The Date-A-Base Book 2013There are more than 340 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 is also available.

350 years ago (8 Jul 1663)
Rhode Island was granted a Royal Charter by King Charles II of England

250 years ago (17 Jul 1763)
Birth of John Jacob Astor, German-born American businessman; founded the American Fur Company and then invested the money in New York City real estate, which became the basis of the Astor family’s fortune. He was the first American multi-millionaire and the wealthiest person in the USA when he died in 1848

175 years ago (4 Jul 1838)
Iowa Territory was established

150 years ago (1-3 Jul 1863)
American Civil War – the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; regarded as the turning point of the war; it was also the battle with the most casualties; Union victory

150 years ago (26 Jul 1863)
Death of Sam Houston, American soldier, lawyer and politician, Governor of Tennessee (1827-29), President of the Republic of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44), Governor of Texas (1859-61)

150 years ago (30 Jul 1863)
Birth of Henry Ford, American industrialist, car manufacturer and inventor, founder of the Ford Motor Company. He revolutionised factory production by introducing assembly lines, and brought motorised transport to the masses

100 years ago (10 Jul 1913)
The highest temperature ever recorded in the USA: 134°F (56.7°C) in Death Valley, California

100 years ago (14 Jul 1913)
Birth of Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States

100 years ago (15 Jul 1913)
Birth of Hammond Innes, British novelist, known for his adventure stories

100 years ago (23 Jul 1913)
Birth of Michael Foot, British politician, leader of the Labour Party (1980-83)

100 years ago (30 Jul 1913 (or 18th?)
The Second Balkan War ended with an armistice agreement in Bucharest. (Peace treaties were signed in Bucharest and Istanbul in Aug and Sept)

80 years ago (6 Jul 1933)
The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played, at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA

80 years ago (8 Jul 1933)
Great Depression: The Public Works Administration (PWA) began operating in the USA. Its purpose was to build large-scale public projects including dams, bridges, schools, hospitals and warships, thus providing employment and stimulating the economy

80 years ago (14 Jul 1933)
Nazi Germany passed the Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring, also known as the Sterilisation Law

80 years ago (22 Jul 1933)
American aviator Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world

75 years ago (3 Jul 1938)
The world speed record for steam locomotives was broken by the ‘Mallard’ on the East Coast Main Line in England. (The record of 124.5 mph (200.4 km/h) still stands)

75 years ago (4 Jul 1938)
Death of Suzanne Lenglen, French tennis player, 6 times winner of Wimbledon, the first female tennis celebrity

75 years ago (10 Jul 1938)
American businessman, film producer and aviator Howard Hughes completed a 91-hour flight around the world, breaking the previous record by over 4 hours

75 years ago (14 Jul 1938)
Birth of Jerry Rubin, American political/social activist, writer and health food entrepreneur. (Died 1994)

75 years ago (20 Jul 1938)
Birth of Natalie Wood, American film actress (‘Rebel Without a Cause’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice’, and others). (Died 1981)

75 years ago (24 Jul 1938)
The first successful ascent of the north face of the Eiger was made by a German-Austrian group

75 years ago (27 Jul 1938)
All Jewish street names in Germany were renamed

70 years ago (1 Jul 1943)
Tokyo City and Tokyo Prefecture in Japan were merged to form Tokyo (officially called Tokyo Metropolis)

70 years ago (25 Jul 1943)
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was forced out of office

65 years ago (1 Jul 1948)
New York International Airport (also known as Idlewild Airport) was officially opened. (Renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1963)

65 years ago (5 Jul 1948)
Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) began operating

65 years ago (15 Jul 1948)
The British branch of Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in London

60 years ago (26 Jul 1953)
The Cuban Revolution began when Fidel Castro led an armed attack on the Moncada military barracks in Santiago de Cuba. (Ended January 1959 when dictator Fulgencio Batista was finally ousted)

60 years ago (27 Jul 1953)
The Korean War ended

50 years ago (1 Jul 1963)
ZIP codes were introduced in the USA

50 years ago (1 Jul 1963)
The British government revealed that intelligence officer Kim Philby was a long-term Soviet spy, and was the ‘third man’ in the Cambridge spy ring. On 30th July the Soviet Union announced that they had granted him political asylum and Soviet citizenship

50 years ago (19 Jul 1963)
NASA test pilot Joe Walker became the first civilian in space when he flew an experimental X-15 rocket-powered plane to a record height of 66 miles (106 km). (In a subsequent flight in August he became the first person, civilian or otherwise, to fly into space on two separate occasions)

40 years ago (2 Jul 1973)
Death of Betty Grable, popular American film actress, dancer, singer and WWII pin-up whose image frequently adorned bomber planes

40 years ago (10 Jul 1973)
The Bahamas gained independence from the UK, having been a British Crown Colony since 1718

40 years ago (10 Jul 1973)
John Paul Getty III, the 16-year-old grandson of the American oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, was kidnapped in Rome, Italy. (In November the kidnappers cut off one of his ears and sent it to a newspaper. He was released in December after a ransom was paid)

40 years ago (20 Jul 1973)
Death of Bruce Lee, American-born film actor, known for his martial arts movies including ‘Enter the Dragon’ and ‘Fist of Fury’

40 years ago (21 Jul 1973)
The Lillehammer affair, Norway: Israeli Mossad agents killed a Moroccan waiter after mistaking him for the leader of the militant Black September organisation, which kidnapped and killed Israeli participants at the 1972 Olympics in Munich

30 years ago (21 Jul 1983)
The world’s lowest temperature was recorded, at Vostok Station, Antarctica: -89.2°C (-128.6°F)

30 years ago (26 Jul 1983)
In a highly publicised test case, British mother Victoria Gillick lost her bid to prevent doctors from prescribing contraceptives to under-16s without their parents’ consent

25 years ago (6 Jul 1988)
An explosion and fire on the North Sea oil rig ‘Piper Alpha’ killed 167 people. It was the world’s worst offshore oil disaster

25 years ago (6 Jul 1988)
Camelford water pollution incident, Cornwall, England. A relief driver accidentally poured 20 tonnes of aluminium sulphate into the wrong tank at a water treatment works. The tank held treated water that was being piped to local homes. Residents reported short-term and long-term health issues, and some deaths are being investigated

25 years ago (7 Jul 1988)
Death of Jimmy Edwards, British radio and television comedy actor and scriptwriter; known for his trademark handlebar moustache

25 years ago (18 Jul 1988)
Death of Nico, influential German model, singer and actress, known for her association with The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol

25 years ago (28 Jul 1988)
Paddy Ashdown was elected as the first leader of the Social and Liberal Democrat Party (now the Liberal Democrats) in the UK

15 years ago (31 Jul 1998)
The British Government announced a total ban on its use of land mines

10 years ago (4 Jul 2003)
Death of Barry White, Grammy Award-winning American r&b / soul / funk / disco singer, songwriter and record producer, known for his distinctive bass voice and romantic songs including ‘Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe’ and ‘You’re the First, the Last, My Everything’

10 years ago (17 Jul 2003)
Death of Dr. David Kelly, British scientist and biological weapons expert, United Nations weapons inspector. (Committed suicide after it was revealed he had an unauthorised discussion with a BBC journalist regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; his death was investigated by the Hutton Enquiry)

10 years ago (22 Jul 2003)
U.S. forces killed former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay during an intense 4-hour gun battle in Mosul, Iraq

10 years ago (27 Jul 2003)
Death of Bob Hope, multi-award-winning British-born American comedian, comic actor, entertainer and humanitarian; a huge success on the stage, radio, television and in films; also highly regarded for his work entertaining American troops overseas

10 years ago (30 Jul 2003)
Death of Sam Phillips, American record producer who founded Sun Records and discovered Elvis Presley

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