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

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in August 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 August 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 features more than 4,000 anniversaries.

The 2014 edition is also available.

200 years ago (11 Aug 1813)
Death of Henry James Pye, British Poet Laureate (1790-1813)

175 years ago (1 Aug 1838)
Slavery was abolished in most of the British Empire

150 years ago (1 Aug 1863)
Birth of Gaston Doumergue, President of France (1924-31)

150 years ago (3 Aug 1863)
Saratoga Race Course opened in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. It is the oldest organised sporting venue in the USA

150 years ago (11 Aug 1863)
Cambodia became a French protectorate

125 years ago (13 Aug 1888)
Birth of John Logie Baird, Scottish engineer who invented the first practical television system

125 years ago (15/16 Aug 1888)
Birth of T. E. Lawrence, (‘Lawrence of Arabia’), British Army officer, military strategist, archaeologist and writer, best known for his activities in the Middle East during WWI and for his autobiographical account ‘The Seven Pillars of Wisdom’

125 years ago (16 Aug 1888)
Death of John Pemberton, American pharmacist, inventor of Coca-Cola

125 years ago (21 Aug 1888)
American inventor William Seward Burroughs was granted a patent for the first adding machine

125 years ago (31 Aug 1888)
The mutilated body of Jack the Ripper’s first victim, Mary Ann (‘Polly’) Nichols, was found in Whitechapel, east London

100 years ago (7 Aug 1913)
Death of Samuel Cody, American aviation pioneer; killed while test-flying a prototype aircraft over southern England when it broke up in the air

100 years ago (13 Aug 1913)
British chemist and metallurgist Harry Brearley produced the first stainless steel

100 years ago (13 Aug 1913)
Birth of Fred Davis, British world snooker and billiards champion

100 years ago (16 Aug 1913)
Birth of Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel (1977-83), joint winner of the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

100 years ago (28 Aug 1913)
The Peace Palace opened in The Hague, the Netherlands. It is home to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, and other organisations

100 years ago (31 Aug 1913)
The Dutch football club PSV Eindhoven was founded

90 years ago (2 Aug 1923)
Death of Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States; succeeded the following day by Calvin Coolidge

90 years ago (20 Aug 1923)
The USA’s first rigid airship, the ‘USS Shenandoah’, was launched at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey

75 years ago (18 Aug 1938)
The Thousand Islands Bridge was officially opened; it spans the St. Lawrence River, connecting New York State, USA with Ontario, Canada

75 years ago (30 Aug 1938)
Death of Max Factor, Sr., pioneering Polish-born American make-up artist and businessman who founded the Max Factor cosmetics company

65 years ago (15 Aug 1948)
The Republic of Korea (South Korea) was formally established

65 years ago (16 Aug 1948)
Death of Babe Ruth, America’s most-celebrated baseball player

65 years ago (23 Aug 1948)
The World Council of Churches was founded

60 years ago (12 Aug 1953)
The Soviet Union tested its first thermonuclear bomb ‘Joe 4’ in Kazakhstan

50 years ago (8 Aug 1963)
The Great Train Robbery, Ledburn, Buckinghamshire, England. £2.6 million was stolen in one of the UK’s most infamous robberies; the bulk of the money was never recovered

50 years ago (22 Aug 1963)
Death of William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield, British industrialist and philanthropist; founded Morris Motors Ltd, the first British car manufacturer to adopt the mass production techniques developed by Ford

50 years ago (28 Aug 1963)
Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., USA during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – a civil rights rally attended by approximately 200,000 supporters

50 years ago (30 Aug 1963)
The hotline between the President of the USA and the leader of the Soviet Union went into operation, allowing them to communicate easily during a crisis. (It was first used in 1967 during the Egypt–Israel War)

40 years ago (6 Aug 1973)
Death of Fulgencio Batista, President/dictator of Cuba (1933-44, 1952-59)

40 years ago (11 Aug 1973)
Jamaican-born DJ Kool Herc invented the genre of music now known as hip-hop at a back-to-school party in The Bronx, New York City, USA

40 years ago (14 Aug 1973)
The USA ended its bombing of Cambodia

30 years ago (3 Aug 1983)
Death of Carolyn Jones, American film and television actress, best known for playing Morticia in the TV series ‘The Addams Family’

30 years ago (5 Aug 1983)
22 members of the IRA were jailed for a total of more than 4,000 years in one of Northern Ireland’s biggest ‘supergrass’ mass trials

30 years ago (17 Aug 1983)
Death of Ira Gershwin, award-winning American lyricist, best known for the Broadway shows and memorable songs he wrote with his brother, the composer George Gershwin. He also worked with other composers

30 years ago (18 Aug 1983)
Hurricane Alicia hit the coast of Texas, USA, killing 22 people and causing more than $1 billion worth of damage

30 years ago (21 Aug 1983)
Death of Benigno Aquino, Jr., Philippines opposition leader, husband of Corazon Aquino who later became President. (Assassinated)

30 years ago (30 Aug 1983)
Guion S. Bluford, Jr. became the first African American in space, as a crew member on the U.S. space shuttle Challenger

25 years ago (2 Aug 1988)
Death of Raymond Carver, major American short story writer and poet. There was great controversy after his death regarding the drastic changes his editor had made to many of his works

25 years ago (11 Aug 1988)
The terrorist organisation al-Qaeda was founded by Osama bin Laden

25 years ago (14 Aug 1988)
Death of Enzo Ferrari, Italian racing driver, car manufacturer and designer; founder of the Ferrari sports car company and the Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team

25 years ago (20 Aug 1988)
The Iran-Iraq War ended after nearly 8 years

20 years ago (3 Aug 1993)
Apple Computer launched the Newton MessagePad personal digital assistant (PDA) in the USA. It was not a commercial success due to its short battery life and highly criticised handwriting recognition

15 years ago (31 Aug 1998)
North Korea allegedly launched its first satellite ‘Kwangmyongsong’ and declared that it had been successfully placed in orbit. (Officials outside North Korea have never detected this satellite in orbit, and the launch is considered to have failed)

10 years ago (1 Aug 2003)
The Hutton Inquiry began in the UK to investigate the death of Dr David Kelly, a UN weapons inspector in Iraq. (At the end of the inquiry in January 2004, the BBC’s chairman and director-general both resigned)

10 years ago (2 Aug 2003)
Death of Don Estelle, British actor and singer, best known for his role as Lofty in the TV sitcom ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’

10 years ago (10 Aug 2003)
The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK: 38.5oC (101.3oF) in Faversham, Kent

10 years ago (10 Aug 2003)
Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko became the first person to get married in space. He was aboard the International Space Station and married Ekaterina Dmitrieva via a teleconference from Texas, USA

10 years ago (16 Aug 2003)
Death of Idi Amin, President/dictator of Uganda (1971-79), noted for the brutality of his regime

10 years ago (22 Aug 2003)
Libya paid $2.7 billion compensation to the families of the 270 victims of the Lockerbie airliner bombing in 1988. ($10 million per victim)

10 years ago (30 Aug 2003)
Death of Charles Bronson, award-winning American film and television actor, best known for his tough-guy roles (‘The Magnificent Seven’, ‘The Great Escape’, ‘The Dirty Dozen’, ‘Death Wish’, and others)

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