50 Newsworthy Anniversaries in February 2014 for you to write about (and make money from!)

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in February 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.

The Date-A-Base Book 2014This list is a small sample of the entries for February from The Date-A-Base Book 2014There 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.

Just one published article will cover the cost of your copy many times over.

250 years ago (15 Feb 1764)
The city of St. Louis, Missouri, USA was founded.

200 years ago (1 Feb 1814)
Mayon Volcano in the Philippines erupted – the most destructive eruption in its history. Approximately 1,200 people were killed.

150 years ago (17 Feb 1864)
American Civil War: the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley sank the Union warship USS Housatonic in Charleston harbour, South Carolina, becoming the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in combat. (The Hunley sank within an hour, killing all 8 crew.)

150 years ago (17 Feb 1864)
Birth of A. B. (‘Banjo’) Paterson, Australian bush poet and journalist; best known for his song Waltzing Matilda and for his poetry collections including The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses.

100 years ago (2 Feb 1914)
The film Making a Living was released in the USA. It was Charlie Chaplin’s first film appearance.

100 years ago (2 Feb 1914)
James Joyce’s first novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was serialised in the American periodical The Egoist. (Serialisation continued until Sept 1915; the novel was published in book form in Dec 1916.)

100 years ago (5 Feb 1914)
Birth of William S. Burroughs, American novelist and short story writer; a prominent member of the Beat movement.

100 years ago (5 Feb 1914)
Birth of Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British physiologist and biophysicist; joint winner of the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering the processes responsible for nerve impulses.

100 years ago (10 Feb 1914)
Birth of Larry Adler, American harmonica player.

100 years ago (12 Feb 1914)
The ground-breaking ceremony for the Lincoln Memorial was held in Washington, D.C., USA. (Completed 1922.)

100 years ago (13 Feb 1914)
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was founded in New York City.

100 years ago (25 Feb 1914)
Birth of John Arlott, British cricket commentator, writer and journalist.

100 years ago (25 Feb 1914)
Death of Sir John Tenniel, British illustrator and political cartoonist; best known for his work in Punch magazine and for his illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

90 years ago (3 Feb 1924)
Death of Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States.

90 years ago (8 Feb 1924)
The first execution by lethal gas in the USA. Chinese-born murderer Gee Jon was executed at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City.

80 years ago (12 – 16 Feb 1934)
The Austrian Civil War.

80 years ago (17 Feb 1934)
Death of King Albert I of Belgium (mountaineering accident); succeeded by Leopold III.

80 years ago (23 Feb 1934)
Death of Edward Elgar, British composer.

75 years ago (1 Feb 1939)
The American scientific journal Physical Review published the first article that described black holes.

75 years ago (10 Feb 1939)
Death of Pope Pius XI.

75 years ago (25 Feb 1939)
World War II: The first Anderson air-raid shelters were delivered to households in Islington, north London, in anticipation of German bombing.

70 years ago (17 – 22 Feb 1944)
World War II – the Pacific Campaign – the Battle of Eniwetok Atoll; U.S. victory.

70 years ago (24 Feb 1944)
Merrill’s Marauders, a long-range deep-penetration unit of the U.S. Army, began a 1,000-mile march through Japanese-occupied Burma, marching through a region of the Himalayas and the Burmese jungle to pass behind Japanese lines.

65 years ago (17 Feb 1949)
Chaim Weizmann was sworn in as the first President of Israel.

60 years ago (18 Feb 1954)
The Church of Scientology was established in California, USA.

60 years ago (23 Feb 1954)
The first field test of the polio vaccine began in Pittsburgh, USA. The trial initially involved just two schools, but in April a year-long national trial began, involving 1.8 million children.

60 years ago (28 Feb 1954)
The first colour televisions using the NTSC standard went on sale in the USA. (Sales were low for the first few years but took off in the 1960s.)

50 years ago (6 Feb 1964)
Britain and France announced their agreement to construct the Channel Tunnel, following the completion of feasibility studies. (Construction began in 1974 after a detailed geological survey, but the British cancelled the project in 1975. It was restarted in 1988 and the tunnel opened in 1994.)

50 years ago (6 Feb 1964)
Death of Emilio Aguinaldo, first President of the Philippines (1897-1901).

50 years ago (7 Feb 1964)
Beatlemania: British rock band The Beatles arrived in New York City for their first tour of the USA, and were met by thousands of screaming fans. On 9th Feb they made their first live appearance on American television, on The Ed Sullivan Show.

50 years ago (25 Feb 1964)
American boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight champion after beating Sonny Liston.

50 years ago (25 Feb 1964)
Death of Maurice Farman, French racing driver, pioneer aviator, aircraft manufacturer and designer.

50 years ago (25 Feb 1964)
Death of Grace Metalious, American writer; best known for her controversial novel Peyton Place.

40 years ago (4 Feb 1974)
Patty Hearst kidnapping. The granddaughter of American newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. (After two months as a hostage she joined her captors and helped them further their cause, and served two years in prison for bank robbery – later pardoned by U.S. President Bill Clinton.)

40 years ago (4 Feb 1974)
M62 coach bombing. An IRA bomb exploded on a coach carrying off-duty British Armed Forces personnel and their families in Yorkshire, England. Nine soldiers and three civilians were killed.

40 years ago (7 Feb 1974)
Grenada gained its independence from the UK.

30 years ago (9 Feb 1984)
Death of Yuri Andropov, leader of the Soviet Union; succeeded by Konstantin Chernenko.

30 years ago (14 Feb 1984)
British figure skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, scoring the first perfect 6.0 in Olympic ice-dancing history.

25 years ago (3 Feb 1989)
South African President P. W. Botha resigned after suffering a stroke.

25 years ago (5 Feb 1989)
Sky TV was launched in the UK.

25 years ago (6 Feb 1989)
Death of Chris Gueffroy, the last person to be killed while trying to escape over the Berlin Wall.

25 years ago (11 Feb 1989)
Barbara C. Harris became the first woman to be ordained as a bishop in the Anglican Church, in a ceremony held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

25 years ago (14 Feb 1989)
The first of the 24 satellites that make up the Global Positioning System (GPS) was launched by the U.S. Department of Defense.

25 years ago (14 Feb 1989)
Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a ‘fatwa’ calling for the death of British author Salman Rushdie, whose novel The Satanic Verses was condemned as blasphemous against Muslims.

20 years ago (25 Feb 1994)
British serial killer Fred West was arrested in connection with the disappearance of his daughter. Police discovered human bones buried in his garden. (On 30th June he was charged with 11 murders. His wife Rosemary was charged with 10 murders.)

10 years ago (1 Feb 2004)
American singer Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed during the Super Bowl half-time show, allegedly due to a ‘wardrobe malfunction’. Broadcaster CBS was fined $550,000 (later voided by the Court of Appeal).

10 years ago (4 Feb 2004)
The social networking site Facebook was launched.

10 years ago (5 Feb 2004)
Morecambe Bay cockle-picking disaster, England. 23 Chinese cockle-pickers drowned after being trapped by the rising tide.

10 years ago (17 Feb 2004)
Death of José López Portillo, President of Mexico (1976-82).

10 years ago (22 Feb 2004)
The first pan-European political party, the European Green Party, was founded in Rome, Italy.

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