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

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in March 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 March from The Date-A-Base Book 2014There are more than 210 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 (13 Mar 1764)
Birth of Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister (1830-34).

200 years ago (9 Mar 1814)
Birth of Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian poet; the most important Ukrainian poet of the 19th century; had a significant impact on Ukrainian literature.

200 years ago (26 Mar 1814)
Death of Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician who proposed (but did not invent) the guillotine – a mechanical device for beheading people.

200 years ago (27 Mar 1814)
Creek War – the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (Alabama); U.S. and allied Native American victory.

200 years ago (30 – 31 Mar 1814)
War of the Sixth Coalition – the Battle of Paris (France); Coalition victory which led to Napoleon’s abdication as Emperor of France on 11th April.

150 years ago (11 Mar 1864)
The Great Sheffield Flood, England. Parts of Sheffield, South Yorkshire were devastated when the newly built Dale Dyke Dam collapsed. More than 250 people were killed.

100 years ago (28 Mar 1914)
Birth of Edmund Muskie, U.S. Secretary of State (1980-81).

100 years ago (31 Mar 1914)
Birth of Octavio Paz, Mexican poet, writer and diplomat; winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature.

80 years ago (9 Mar 1934)
Birth of Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut, first man in space. (Died 1968.)

80 years ago (20 Mar 1934)
Death of Queen Emma of the Netherlands.

80 years ago (24 Mar 1934)
The Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth as the Tydings-McDuffie Act (also called the Philippine Independence Act) came into effect. The Act also granted the Philippines full independence after 10 years (came into effect 4th July 1946).

80 years ago (26 Mar 1934)
Driving tests were introduced in Britain (voluntary until June 1935).

75 years ago (2 Mar 1939)
Pope Pius XII was elected. (Coronation: 12th March).

75 years ago (2 Mar 1939)
Death of Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen.

75 years ago (6 Mar 1939)
Birth of Adam Osborne, British-American computer pioneer who created the first portable personal computer, the Osborne 1. (Died 2003.)

75 years ago (14 Mar 1939)
The Republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, opening the way for Nazi occupation.

75 years ago (31 Mar 1939)
The Anglo-Polish military alliance was formed. Britain and France pledged to support Poland against any threat to its independence (specifically from Germany). This was formalised on 25th Aug with the signing of the Anglo-Polish Agreement of Mutual Assistance.

70 years ago (19 Mar 1944)
World War II: Nazi Germany invaded and occupied Hungary after learning that it was attempting to negotiate an armistice with the Allies.

70 years ago (24 – 25 Mar 1944)
World War II – the Great Escape. 76 Allied prisoners broke out of the Stalag Luft III prisoner-of-war camp near Sagan, Germany (now Zagan, Poland) after digging tunnels. 73 were recaptured and 50 executed. (The event was dramatised in the classic film The Great Escape.)

65 years ago (15 Mar 1949)
Clothes rationing ended in Britain.

60 years ago (1 Mar 1954)
The USA tested the most powerful nuclear device it has ever detonated; a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb code-named Castle Bravo, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Due to a design error the 15-megaton blast was 2.5 times greater than expected and caused extensive contamination, deaths, burns, and birth defects.

60 years ago (30 Mar 1954)
The first subway in Canada opened in Toronto: the Yonge Subway (initially called ‘The Subway’, now the Yonge–University–Spadina line).

50 years ago (6 Mar 1964)
American world boxing champion Cassius Clay was given the name Muhammad Ali after joining the Nation of Islam.

50 years ago (6 Mar 1964)
Death of King Paul of Greece; succeeded by Constantine II.

50 years ago (20 Mar 1964)
The European Space Research Organisation (now the European Space Agency) was established in Paris, France.

50 years ago (20 Mar 1964)
Death of Brendan Behan, Irish playwright, novelist, poet and short story writer.

50 years ago (23 Mar 1964)
Death of Peter Lorre, Hungarian-born American film and television actor; known for his sinister image and sadistic roles (M, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca and others).

50 years ago (27 Mar 1964)
The Good Friday Earthquake (also known as the Great Alaskan Earthquake). The most powerful earthquake ever recorded in North America struck south-central Alaska, killing more than 140 people and causing massive damage.

50 years ago (30 Mar 1964)
The TV quiz show Jeopardy! was first broadcast on NBC in the USA.

40 years ago (1 Mar 1974)
The Watergate Seven (high-ranking former White House officials and advisers) were indicted by a grand jury for conspiring to obstruct the investigation into the Watergate scandal. (Four of the seven served prison sentences, including former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman.)

40 years ago (1 Mar 1974)
A national speed limit of 55 mph came into effect in the USA due to the oil crisis. (The limit was partially lifted in 1987 and fully repealed in 1995.)

40 years ago (4 Mar 1974)
British Prime Minister Edward Heath resigned after failing to form a coalition with the Liberal Party. He was succeeded by Harold Wilson.

40 years ago (4 Mar 1974)
People magazine was first published.

40 years ago (8 Mar 1974)
Charles de Gaulle Airport opened in Paris, France.

40 years ago (17 Mar 1974)
1973 oil crisis: the OPEC nations (except Libya) agree to lift the five-month oil embargo against the USA, Europe and Japan.

40 years ago (29 Mar 1974)
The first spacecraft to reach planet Mercury: NASA’s Mariner 10 took close-up photographs during the first of its three fly-pasts.

30 years ago (5 Mar 1984 – Mar 1985)
1984 miners’ strike. 6,000 coal miners in Yorkshire, England began a strike to protest against pit closures and job losses. On 6th Mar the National Coal Board announced that 20 mines in the north of England, Scotland and Wales would close, with the loss of 20,000 jobs. On 12th Mar the strike in Yorkshire became a national one involving tens of thousands of miners.

30 years ago (16 Mar 1984)
William Buckley, the CIA’s station chief in Beirut, Lebanon, was kidnapped by Hezbollah militants. (He died in captivity in June 1985.)

25 years ago (2 Mar 1989)
12 European nations agreed to ban the production of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century. (CFCs damage the Earth’s ozone layer.)

25 years ago (4 Mar 1989)
Time Inc. and Warner Communications announced their merger to form Time-Warner, the world’s largest media and entertainment company.

25 years ago (4 Mar 1989)
Purley train crash, Surrey, England. 6 people were killed and 94 injured.

25 years ago (9 Mar 1989)
Death of Robert Mapplethorpe, American photographer.

25 years ago (23 Mar 1989)
Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann of the University of Utah, USA announced that they had observed controlled nuclear fusion in a glass jar.

25 years ago (24 Mar 1989)
The supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, leaking 11 million gallons of crude oil.

25 years ago (27 Mar 1989)
In the Soviet parliamentary election, candidates from outside the Communist Party were allowed to stand for the first time. Many senior Communist officials lost their seats. Boris Yeltsin was elected president.

25 years ago (30 Mar 1989)
The glass pyramid forming the new entrance to the Louvre in Paris, France was officially opened.

20 years ago (12 Mar 1994)
The first women priests in the Church of England were ordained in London.

10 years ago (11 Mar 2004)
Madrid train bombings, Spain. Islamist militants exploded ten bombs on four trains during the morning rush hour. 191 people were killed and 1,800 injured.

10 years ago (20 Mar 2004)
Death of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.

10 years ago (29 Mar 2004)
Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places (including bars and restaurants).

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