Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in January 2014 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 January in The Date-A-Base Book 2014. There are more than 220 anniversaries for this month in the book, which covers the whole of 2014 from January to December and features more than 2,650 anniversaries in total.
200 years ago (27 Jan 1814)
Birth of Eugéne-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, French Gothic Revival architect and theorist; designed the steel framework for the Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA.
100 years ago (31 Jan 1914)
Birth of Jersey Joe Walcott, American world heavyweight boxing champion.
90 years ago (25 Jan – 5 Feb 1924)
The first-ever Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France.
80 years ago (1 Jan 1934)
Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, USA became a federal prison.
80 years ago (1 Jan 1934)
The Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring became effective in Nazi Germany. Any citizen found to be suffering from a genetic disorder was compulsorily sterilised. (Over 400,000 people were sterilised against their will. Many of the disorders were not in fact genetic.)
80 years ago (20 Jan 1934)
The photography company Fujifilm was founded in Tokyo, Japan.
80 years ago (26 Jan 1934)
The German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact was signed. Both countries pledged to resolve their differences through negotiation and forgo armed conflict for ten years. (Adolf Hitler revoked the pact in April 1939 and Germany invaded Poland in September, starting WWII.)
75 years ago (1 Jan 1939)
The information technology company Hewlett-Packard was founded in a garage in Palo Alto, California, USA.
75 years ago (9 Jan 1939)
Birth of Susannah York, award-winning British actress. (Died 2011.)
75 years ago (24 Jan 1939)
Chillán earthquake, Chile. The deadliest earthquake in Chilean history; approximately 28,000 people were killed.
75 years ago (26 Jan 1939)
Spanish Civil War: General Franco’s forces captured Barcelona.
75 years ago (28 Jan 1939)
Death of W. B. Yeats, Irish poet and playwright; one of the leading English-language poets of the 20th century.
70 years ago (4 Jan 1944 – Apr 1945)
World War II – Operation Carpetbagger. The Allies dropped arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe.
70 years ago (17 Jan – 18 May 1944)
World War II – the Battle of Monte Cassino (Italy); Allied victory. Regarded as the hardest-fought and bloodiest battle of the war, with around 250,000 casualties.
70 years ago (22 Jan 1944)
World War II – Operation Shingle. The Allies launched an amphibious landing against German forces in Anzio, Italy. This led to the Battle of Anzio (22 Jan – 5 Jun).
70 years ago (23 Jan 1944)
Death of Edvard Munch, Norwegian artist whose paintings are based on psychological themes; best known for The Scream.
70 years ago (27 Jan 1944)
World War II: the Siege of Leningrad ended. Soviet victory.
60 years ago (1 Jan 1954)
The first coast-to-coast colour TV broadcast in the USA: the Tournament of Roses Parade on NBC.
60 years ago (14 Jan 1954)
The American Motors Corporation was founded when the Hudson Motor Car Company merged with the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation. (American Motors was bought by Chrysler in 1987 and renamed Eagle).
60 years ago (21 Jan 1954)
The world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, was launched in Connecticut, USA.
50 years ago (10 Jan 1964)
The first Beatles album was released in the USA: Introducing The Beatles.
50 years ago (11 Jan 1964)
U.S. Surgeon General Luther L. Terry published a report which concluded that cigarette smoking caused lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. This was the first official U.S. Government report on the health issues of smoking. Warnings were placed on packaging from Jan 1965. (An earlier report published in Britain in March 1962 reached the same conclusion.)
50 years ago (12 Jan 1964)
Zanzibar Revolution: the last Sultan of Zanzibar, Jamshid bin Abdullah, was overthrown and Zanzibar was proclaimed a republic.
50 years ago (13 Jan 1964)
Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II) was appointed Archbishop of Krakow, Poland.
50 years ago (13 Jan 1964)
The album The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan was released.
50 years ago (15 Jan 1964)
Death of Jack Teagarden, American jazz trombonist and singer.
50 years ago (16 Jan 1964)
The musical Hello, Dolly! opened on Broadway. (It ran until Dec 1970.)
50 years ago (20 Jan 1964)
The first Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue was published.
50 years ago (23 Jan 1964)
The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. It prohibited Congress and the states from denying citizens the right to vote in federal elections if they had failed to pay poll taxes.
50 years ago (29 Jan 1964)
Death of Alan Ladd, American film actor.
50 years ago (30 Jan 1964)
The President of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), Duong Van Minh, was overthrown by Nguyen Khanh in a bloodless coup.
30 years ago (1 Jan 1984)
Brunei became independent from the UK.
30 years ago (1 Jan 1984)
American communications giant AT&T Bell was broken up into 22 separate companies under the terms of an anti-trust agreement.
30 years ago (14 Jan 1984)
Death of Ray Kroc, American fast-food pioneer (McDonalds).
30 years ago (20 Jan 1984)
Death of Johnny Weissmuller, American swimming champion and actor.
30 years ago (21 Jan 1984)
Death of Jackie Wilson, American soul and R&B singer.
30 years ago (24 Jan 1984)
The first Apple Macintosh computer went on sale.
25 years ago (1 Jan 1989)
The Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer came into force.
25 years ago (7 Jan 1989)
Death of Emperor Hirohito of Japan; succeeded by his son Crown Prince Akihito.
25 years ago (8 Jan 1989)
Kegworth air disaster. A British Midland Boeing 737 crashed onto the M1 motorway in Leicestershire, England while attempting an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport. 47 people were killed and 74 injured.
25 years ago (17 Jan 1989)
Cleveland School massacre, Stockton, California, USA. A gunman opened fire on an elementary school playground. Five children were killed, and 29 children and one teacher injured. The gunman then took his own life.
25 years ago (20 Jan 1989)
George H. W. Bush was inaugurated as the 41st President of the USA.
25 years ago (23 Jan 1989)
Death of Salvador Dali, Spanish Surrealist artist and sculptor.
25 years ago (24 Jan 1989)
Death of Ted Bundy, American serial killer (executed).
20 years ago (17 Jan 1994)
Los Angeles earthquake, California, USA. 72 people were killed, 11,000 injured and $12.5 billion worth of damage was caused.
10 years ago (4 Jan 2004)
NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit landed on Mars. (Its twin, Opportunity landed on 25th Jan.)
10 years ago (13 Jan 2004)
Death of Harold Shipman, British doctor and serial killer who killed at least 215 of his patients and probably 250 or more (suicide).
10 years ago (17 Jan 2004)
Death of Ray Stark, award-winning American stage and film producer (Funny Girl, The Sunshine Boys, The Goodbye Girl, Steel Magnolias and many others).
10 years ago (25 Jan 2004)
Death of Fanny Blankers-Koen, Dutch athlete; the first woman to win 4 gold medals at a single Olympics (1948).
10 years ago (27 Jan 2004)
Death of Jack Paar, American comedian and talk show host (The Tonight Show).
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