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

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in December 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 December in  The Date-A-Base Book 2013There are more than 340 anniversaries for this month in the book, which 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 (8 Dec 1813)
Beethoven’s 7th Symphony was first performed in Vienna, Austria, at a charity event to raise money for soldiers injured in the Battle of Hanau

150 years ago (12 Dec 1863)
Birth of Edvard Munch, Norwegian expressionist/symbolist artist and print maker, best known for his painting ‘The Scream’

150 years ago (18 Dec 1863)
Birth of Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria. His assassination in 1914 led to WWI

150 years ago (24 Dec 1863)
Death of William Makepeace Thackeray, British novelist, best known for ‘Vanity Fair’

150 years ago (26 Dec 1863)
Birth of Charles Pathé, pioneering French movie and recording executive whose companies (founded with his brother Émile) dominated their industries in the early 20th century

125 years ago (7 Dec 1888)
Scottish inventor John Boyd Dunlop patented the pneumatic bicycle tyre

125 years ago (23 Dec 1888)
Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh cut off part of his left ear in a fit of depression after a quarrel with French artist Paul Gaugin

100 years ago (1 Dec 1913)
Crete united with Greece

100 years ago (1 Dec 1913)
The Buenos Aires Subway in Argentina began operating. It was the first underground railway system in South America

100 years ago (11 Dec 1913)
Birth of Jean Marais, French actor; one of the most popular leading men in French films of the 1940s and 50s; protégé, muse and lover of writer and director Jean Cocteau

100 years ago (21 Dec 1913)
The first crossword puzzle was published, in the ‘New York World’ newspaper. It was invented by British-born puzzle creator Arthur Wynne, who call it a ‘Word-Cross Puzzle’

90 years ago (31 Dec 1923)
The BBC broadcast the chimes of Big Ben for the first time, to welcome in the New Year – a tradition that continues to this day

80 years ago (5 Dec 1933)
Prohibition was repealed in the USA after more than 13 years

80 years ago (26 Dec 1933)
The Nissan Motor Company was founded in Tokyo, Japan

75 years ago (20 Dec 1938)
Russian-born American inventor and television pioneer Vladimir Zworykin was granted a patent for his ‘television system’ (the cathode ray tube). He used cathode ray tubes for both the camera (‘iconoscope’) and the receiver (‘kinescope’)

75 years ago (22 Dec 1938)
A living coelacanth was caught off the coast of South Africa. The fish was thought to have been extinct since the end of the Cretaceous period

75 years ago (31 Dec 1938)
Indiana State Police became the first law enforcement agency in the USA to use the drunkometer – a breathalyser invented by Dr. Rolla N. Harger of Indiana University

65 years ago (10 Dec 1948)
The United Nations General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights

60 years ago (1 Dec 1953)
The first issue of ‘Playboy’ magazine was published; it featured Marilyn Monroe as its centrefold

60 years ago (10 Dec 1953)
Former U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for creating the Marshall Plan – a U.S. aid package that helped Europe rebuild after WWII

50 years ago (2 Dec 1963)
Death of Sabu, Indian-born American film actor (‘The Thief of Bagdad’, ‘Jungle Book’, and others)

50 years ago (10 Dec 1963)
Zanzibar gained its independence from Britain

50 years ago (12 Dec 1963)
Kenya became independent from the UK

50 years ago (14 Dec 1963)
Death of Dinah Washington, American blues, R & B and jazz singer

50 years ago (19 Dec 1963 – 5 Jan 1964)
The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time, allowing West Berliners to visit family members in East Berlin during the Christmas season. One-day permits were required

50 years ago (21 Dec 1963)
The Daleks made their first appearance on the British science fiction TV show ‘Doctor Who’

50 years ago (21 Dec 1963)
Death of Sir Jack Hobbs, record-breaking British cricketer, regarded as the greatest batsman of his era

50 years ago (24 Dec 1963)
Idlewild Airport (officially New York International Airport, Anderson Field) was renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport

50 years ago (26 Dec 1963)
The Beatles released their first single in the USA: ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’. (UK: 29th Nov). (Their first single in the UK was ‘Love Me Do’, released in Oct 1962)

50 years ago (31 Dec 1963)
The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (also called the Central African Federation) ended, and split into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)

40 years ago (4 Dec 1973)
The U.S. space probe ‘Pioneer 10’ made its closest approach to Jupiter and sent back the first close-up images of the planet

40 years ago (9 Dec 1973)
The Sunningdale Agreement was signed in England. It attempted to establish a power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive and a cross-border Council of Ireland, but it collapsed in May 1974

30 years ago (6 Dec 1983)
The first heart and lung transplant in Britain was performed at Harefield Hospital, London by renowned surgeon Magdi Yacoub

30 years ago (17 Dec 1983)
A car bomb exploded outside Harrods department store in London, killing 3 police officers and 3 members of the public

25 years ago (2 Dec 1988)
Benazir Bhutto became the first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan, and the first woman to head a Muslim state

25 years ago (6 Dec 1988)
Death of Roy Orbison, American singer, songwriter and musician, known for his powerful ballads. (Songs include ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’, ‘Crying’, ‘Only the Lonely’, and many more)

25 years ago (12 Dec 1988)
Clapham Junction rail crash, south London: 3 commuter trains collided, killing 35 people and injuring over 100. It was one of Britain’s worst rail accidents of recent times

25 years ago (14 Dec 1988)
The first transatlantic fibre-optic cable began operating; it could carry 40,000 phone calls simultaneously

25 years ago (21 Dec 1988)
A Pan Am jet exploded and crashed onto the town of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 259 passengers and crew and 11 people on the ground. (It was caused by a bomb planted by Libyan terrorists)

20 years ago (2-13 Dec 1993)
Astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour fitted corrective optics to the faulty Hubble Space Telescope, restoring it to its intended quality

20 years ago (10 Dec 1993)
The video game ‘Doom’ was released. It popularised the first-person shooter genre

20 years ago (15 Dec 1993)
British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds issued the Downing Street Declaration, aimed at achieving lasting peace in Northern Ireland

15 years ago (16-19 Dec 1998)
Operation Desert Fox: U.S. and British forces launched a major 4-day series of sustained air-strikes against Iraq after Iraqi President Saddam Hussein refused to co-operate with U.N. weapons inspectors

15 years ago (19 Dec 1998)
U.S. President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury (lying under oath to a federal grand jury) and obstructing justice. (He was acquitted in February 1999)

10 years ago (1 Dec 2003)
Using a handheld mobile phone while driving became illegal in the UK

10 years ago (13 Dec 2003)
Iraq War – Operation Red Dawn: former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces, who found him hiding in a hole at a farmhouse in ad-Dawr, near his home town of Tikrit

10 years ago (16 Dec 2003)
The CAN-SPAM Act came into effect in the USA, establishing national standards for the sending of commercial email messages

10 years ago (19 Dec 2003)
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi made a surprise announcement that the country would destroy its arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and would allow U.N. weapons inspectors to oversee their elimination. (This led to U.S. sanctions against Libya being lifted in April 2004, and the restoration of full diplomatic relations in May 2006)

10 years ago (25 Dec 2003)
The British-built ‘Beagle 2’ probe should have landed on Mars, but failed to send back a signal. (The mission was eventually declared lost and its fate is currently unknown; several possible theories have been suggested)

10 years ago (29 Dec 2003)
Death of Bob Monkhouse, British stand-up comedian, actor and game show host (‘Candid Camera’, ‘The Golden Shot’, ‘Celebrity Squares’, ‘Family Fortunes’, ‘Bob’s Full House’, etc); renowned for his smooth, fast-talking delivery and endless supply of one-liners

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