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

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in October 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 October in  The Date-A-Base Book 2013There are more than 340 anniversaries for this month in the book. The book covers the whole of 2013 from January to December and features more than 4,000 anniversaries.

The 2014 edition is also available.

250 years ago (7 Oct 1763)
King George III issued a Royal Proclamation which organised Britain’s North American Empire and its relations with Native North Americans

200 years ago (10 Oct 1813)
Birth of Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer, known for his operas including ‘Rigoletto’, ‘La Traviata’, ‘Aida’, ‘Otello’, and for his ‘Requiem Mass’

200 years ago (16-19 Oct 1813)
War of the Sixth Coalition – the Battle of Leipzig (Saxony, Germany); Coalition victory – the largest battle in Europe before WWI, and one of Napoleon’s worst defeats

175 years ago (25 Oct 1838)
Birth of Georges Bizet, French composer, best known for his opera ‘Carmen’

150 years ago (3 Oct 1863)
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation which designated the last Thursday in November 1863 as Thanksgiving Day. It has been celebrated annually ever since

150 years ago (16 Oct 1863)
American Civil War: Ulysses S. Grant (later U.S. President) was given command of all the Union armies in the Western Theatre of the war

150 years ago (26 Oct 1863)
The Football Association (FA) was founded in England

150 years ago (29 Oct 1863)
The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in Geneva, Switzerland

125 years ago (1 Oct 1888)
The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published in the USA. (First issue was dated October 1888, but was on sale from 22nd Sept)

125 years ago (9 Oct 1888)
The Washington Monument in Washington D.C., USA was opened

100 years ago (3 Oct 1913)
The Revenue Act was signed into law in the USA, following the ratification of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. It made the federal income tax a permanent part of the U.S. taxation system

100 years ago (10 Oct 1913)
Death of Adolphus Busch, German-born American brewer; co-founder of Anheuser-Busch, one of the world’s largest breweries

100 years ago (14 Oct 1913)
Senghenydd Colliery Disaster, Cardiff, Wales – the worst mining accident in the UK; 439 miners were killed in a methane and coal dust explosion

100 years ago (20 Oct 1913)
Birth of Grandpa Jones, American country music singer and banjo player; a member of the Grand Ole Opry and a regular cast member on the long-running TV series ‘Hee Haw’

100 years ago (24 Oct 1913)
Birth of Tito Gobbi, Italian operatic baritone

100 years ago (31 Oct 1913)
The Lincoln Highway was officially opened. It was the first paved coast-to-coast road across the USA

90 years ago (16 Oct 1923)
The Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt and Roy Disney (as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio)

90 years ago (29 Oct 1923)
The Republic of Turkey was proclaimed, with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as its first president

80 years ago (7 Oct 1933)
Air France was founded

80 years ago (24 Oct 1933)
Birth of Ronnie and Reggie Kray, the Kray twins, notorious British gangsters who ruled the East End of London in the 1950s and 60s

75 years ago (1 Oct 1938)
German forces took control of the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia, which Hitler had annexed under the Munich Agreement

75 years ago (3 Oct 1938)
Birth of Eddie Cochran, American rock and roll singer, songwriter and guitarist, known for the songs ‘Summertime Blues’, ‘C’mon Everybody’ and ‘Three Steps to Heaven’ (released posthumously). (Died 1960)

75 years ago (5 Oct 1938)
Nazi Germany ordered that the passports of all German and Austrian Jews must be stamped with the letter ‘J’

75 years ago (15 Oct 1938)
Birth of Fela Kuti, Nigerian singer, songwriter, musician and political activist; founder of the Afro-beat style of music. (Died 1997)

75 years ago (16 Oct 1938)
Birth of Nico, German model, singer and actress, known for her association with The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol. (Died 1988)

75 years ago (17 Oct 1938)
Birth of Evel Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil. (Died 2007)

75 years ago (22 Oct 1938)
American patent attorney and amateur inventor Chester Carlson invented the photocopier and made the world’s first xerographic copy

75 years ago (27 Oct 1938)
DuPont announced the invention of nylon, a synthetic yarn

75 years ago (30 Oct 1938)
Orson Welles’s radio adaptation of H. G. Wells’s ‘The War of the Worlds’ was broadcast in the USA. It caused nationwide outrage and panic as many people thought the events described in the broadcast were real

70 years ago (13 Oct 1943)
World War II: Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis partner

60 years ago (22 Oct 1953)
Laos gained its independence from France

50 years ago (1 Oct 1963)
Nigeria became a federal republic; Nnamdi Azikiwe was its first president

50 years ago (11 Oct 1963)
Death of Jean Cocteau, French poet, novelist, playwright, actor, artist and film director

50 years ago (11 Oct 1963)
Death of Édith Piaf, popular French singer and cultural icon, known for her songs ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’ and ‘La Vie en Rose’

50 years ago (18 Oct 1963)
British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan resigned due to ill health and was succeeded by Alec Douglas-Home

40 years ago (6-25 Oct 1973)
The Yom Kippur War. Egypt and Syria attempted to take back land occupied by Israel, adjacent to the Suez Canal and in the Golan Heights. A tactical victory for Israel, leading to the Geneva Conference in December

40 years ago (10 Oct 1973)
U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with tax evasion; he was succeeded by Gerald Ford

40 years ago (19 Oct – 17 Mar 1973)
1973 Oil Crisis – OPEC suspended oil exports to all nations supporting Israel in the Yom Kippur War, leading to major shortages and rationing in the USA, the Netherlands, Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa

40 years ago (20 Oct 1973)
Sydney Opera House in Australia was opened by Queen Elizabeth II

30 years ago (25 Oct 1983)
Operation Urgent Fury: U.S. troops invaded Grenada to restore order and democracy after Prime Minister Maurice Bishop was killed in a left-wing coup

25 years ago (1 Oct 1988)
Mikhail Gorbachev became President of the Soviet Union

25 years ago (2 Oct 1988)
Death of Sir Alec Issigonis, Turkish-born British car designer, best known for developing the Mini and the Morris Minor

25 years ago (9 Oct 1988)
Death of Felix Wankel, German mechanical engineer, inventor of the Wankel rotary engine

25 years ago (12 Oct 1988)
Steve Jobs launched the NeXT computer, 3 years after being ousted from Apple. (Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, used a NeXT computer to develop the first web server and web browser)

25 years ago (13 Oct 1988)
The results of carbon-dating tests on the Shroud of Turin were announced. The relic, believed by many to be Christ’s burial cloth, was dated to between 1260 and 1390 AD, and was therefore considered a fake

25 years ago (21 Oct 1988)
Former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda were indicted by a federal grand jury in New York on charges of fraud and racketeering

25 years ago (27 Oct 1988)
Death of Charles Hawtrey, British comedy actor, best known for his roles in the ‘Carry On …’ series of films

20 years ago (4 Oct 1993)
Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered tanks to storm the parliament building, crushing a hardline Communist rebellion

20 years ago (8 Oct 1993)
The United Nations General Assembly lifted economic sanctions against South Africa as the apartheid era came to an end

10 years ago (15 Oct 2003)
China launched its first manned spacecraft ‘Shenzhou 5’. Astronaut Yang Liwei orbited the Earth 14 times and landed safely in Inner Mongolia

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