Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in November 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 listing below is a small sample of the entries for November from The Date-A-Base Book 2014. There are 205 anniversaries for November 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.
200 years ago (1 Nov 1814 – 9 Jun 1815)
The Congress of Vienna was held in Austria. It redrew the political boundaries of several European nations following France’s defeat in the Napoleonic Wars.
200 years ago (6 Nov 1814)
Birth of Adolphe Sax, Belgian-born French musical instrument designer, Best known as the inventor of the saxophone.
200 years ago (23 Nov 1814)
Death of Elbridge Gerry, Vice President of the United States (1813-14). The term gerrymandering (redrawing electoral boundaries to favour the party in power) is named after him.
150 years ago (15 Nov – 21 Dec 1864)
American Civil War: the March to the Sea. General Sherman’s Union troops marched through Georgia from Atlanta to Savannah, destroying military, industrial and civilian property and infrastructure, and badly damaging the Confederates’ ability to wage war.
150 years ago (24 Nov 1864)
Birth of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French artist, illustrator and printmaker.
125 years ago
(2 Nov 1889) North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states of the USA.
(8 Nov 1889) Montana became the 41st state of the USA.
(11 Nov 1889) Washington became the 42nd state of the USA.
100 years ago (5 Nov 1914)
World War I: Britain and France declared war on the Ottoman Empire.
100 years ago (5 Nov 1914)
World War I: Britain annexed Cyprus, Egypt and Sudan.
100 years ago (16 Nov 1914)
The Federal Reserve Banks of the USA officially opened.
100 years ago (25 Nov 1914)
Birth of Joe DiMaggio, American baseball star. One of the best all-round players in history. Husband of Marilyn Monroe.
100 years ago (27 Nov 1914)
Britain’s first female police officers went on duty in Grantham, Lincolnshire. They were members of the Women Police Volunteers (renamed the Women Police Service in 1915).
80 years ago (30 Nov 1934)
The British steam locomotive Flying Scotsman became the first train to reach 100 mph (161 km/h).
75 years ago (9 Nov 1939)
World War II: the Venlo Incident. The Nazis arrested two British secret intelligence agents in the Dutch border town of Venlo following a failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. The Nazis used the incident for propaganda purposes and to justify their invasion of the Netherlands (a neutral country) in May 1940.
75 years ago (15 Nov 1939)
World War II: a funeral service was held in Prague, Czechoslovakia for a medical student who had been killed during an anti-Nazi demonstration. The funeral turned into another demonstration, which resulted in the Nazis closing all Czech universities, sending over 1,200 students to concentration camps and executing 9 students on 17th Nov. (17th Nov is now marked as International Students’ Day.)
75 years ago (17 Nov 1939)
Birth of Auberon Waugh, British journalist and writer. Known for his acerbic wit. (Died 2001.)
75 years ago (28 Nov 1939)
Death of James Naismith, Canadian-American sports coach who invented basketball.
75 years ago (30 Nov 1939)
World War II – the Winter War between the Soviet Union and Finland began. (Ended March 1940.)
70 years ago (7 Nov 1944)
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected for a fourth term. (No other president has been elected for more than two terms.)
60 years ago (1 Nov 1954)
The Algerian War of Independence began. (Ended Mar 1962.)
60 years ago (12 Nov 1954)
Ellis Island, the main immigration station in New York Harbor, USA, closed. (It opened in 1892 and processed more than 20 million immigrants.)
50 years ago (2 Nov 1964)
King Saud of Saudi Arabia was deposed in a family coup and replaced by his half-brother King Faisal.
50 years ago (21 Nov 1964)
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened. It links Brooklyn and Staten Island in New York City, USA and is the longest bridge in the USA. (Its second [lower] level opened in June 1969.)
50 years ago (28 Nov 1964)
NASA launched its Mariner 4 spacecraft – the first successful mission to Mars. (It performed a fly-by of Mars in July 1965 and returned the first close-up images of another planet.)
40 years ago (5 Nov 1974)
Ella T. Grasso was elected Governor of Connecticut, USA. She was the first woman in the USA to win a governorship in her own right (i.e. without succeeding her husband). (Took office 8th Jan 1975.)
40 years ago (8 Nov 1974)
British aristocrat Lord Lucan disappeared from his home in London after his children’s nanny was bludgeoned to death and his wife was attacked. (There were hundreds of claims of sightings around the world, but none were substantiated. He was never found and is presumed dead.)
40 years ago (12 Nov 1974)
The United Nations General Assembly suspended South Africa due to its policy of apartheid. (The suspension was lifted in 1993.)
40 years ago (20 Nov 1974)
British politician John Stonehouse faked his death by leaving a pile of clothing on a beach in Miami, Florida, USA. (He was found alive and well in Australia on 24th Dec, and was arrested on suspicion of being Lord Lucan – see 8th Nov above.)
40 years ago (21 Nov 1974)
Birmingham Pub Bombings, England. 21 people were killed and 182 injured when bombs exploded in two pubs. (The IRA was thought to be responsible, but denied it. The ‘Birmingham Six’ were convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but were later acquitted.)
40 years ago (24 Nov 1974)
A team of American and French scientists discovered the fossilised skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis, an ancestor or close relative of modern humans, in Ethiopia. About 40% of the skeleton was found. It was estimated to be around 3.2 million years old. The scientists named it Lucy.
30 years ago (12 Nov 1984)
The first space salvage operation. Astronauts on board the U.S. space shuttle Discovery retrieved the faulty satellite Palapa B-2. They also retrieved a second satellite, Westar 6, the following day. (Both satellites were brought back to Earth, refurbished and launched back into orbit.)
30 years ago (20 Nov 1984)
The SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute was founded in Mountain View, California, USA.
30 years ago (25 Nov 1984)
36 musicians gathered in London to record the Band Aid single Do They Know It’s Christmas to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
25 years ago (1 Nov 1989)
East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia. Tens of thousands of people fled to the west.
25 years ago (5 Nov 1989)
Death of Vladimir Horowitz, Ukrainian-born American classical pianist.
25 years ago (7 Nov 1989)
David Dinkins was elected as the first African-American mayor of New York City.
25 years ago (7 Nov 1989)
American serial killer Richard Ramirez (the ‘Night Stalker’) was found guilty of 13 murders, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries, and was sentenced to death.
25 years ago (8 Nov 1989)
L. Douglas Wilder was elected Governor of Virginia – the first African-American governor in the USA. (Took office 14th Jan 1990.)
25 years ago (9 Nov 1989)
The day the Berlin Wall fell. East Germany reopened it border with West Germany, allowing its citizens to pass freely through the checkpoints. Workers began demolishing the 28-year-old wall the next day.
25 years ago (16 Nov 1989)
South African President F. W. de Klerk announced that the Separate Amenities Act was to be scrapped. The country’s beaches were immediately opened to all races, with other facilities to follow.
25 years ago (17 Nov 1989)
The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. Thousands of protesters marched through Prague demanding an end to communist rule. The entire leadership of the Communist Party resigned a week later and agreed to allow multi-party elections.
25 years ago (22 Nov 1989)
The President of Lebanon, René Moawad, was assassinated just 17 days after taking office when a car bomb was detonated next to his motorcade in West Beirut. 23 others were also killed.
20 years ago (19 Nov 1994)
The first National Lottery draw was held in Britain.
10 years ago (2 Nov 2004)
Death of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, first President of the United Arab Emirates (1971-2004).
10 years ago (6 Nov 2004)
Death of Fred Dibnah, British steeplejack and television personality.
10 years ago (7 Nov 2004)
Death of Howard Keel, American film and television actor and singer. Known for his many Hollywood musicals and for his role as Clayton Farlow in the TV series Dallas.
10 years ago (8 Nov 2004?)
Death of Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker. Head of CARE International in Iraq. (Kidnapped on 19th Oct, killed on or after 8th Nov.)
10 years ago (9 Nov 2004)
Death of Emlyn Hughes, British football player and broadcaster who captained Liverpool FC and the English national team.
10 years ago (11 Nov 2004)
Death of Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (1969-2004). First President of the Palestinian National Authority (1996- 2004). Winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize.
10 years ago (13 Nov 2004)
Death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan).
10 years ago (24 Nov 2004)
Death of Arthur Hailey, British-Canadian novelist (Hotel, Airport, The Moneychangers and others).
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