50 Newsworthy Anniversaries in January 2015 for you to write about (and make money from!)

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in January 2015 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 2015 | ideas4writersThe listing below is a small sample of the entries for January from The Date-A-Base Book 2015There are 357 anniversaries for January in the book, which covers the whole of 2015 from January to December and features more than 4,000 anniversaries in total.

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

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750 years ago (20 Jan 1265)
The first English parliament was convened in Westminster Hall (now Westminster Palace), London by Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester. (It was dissolved by King Henry III on 15th Feb.)

500 years ago (1 Jan 1515)
Death of King Louis XII of France; succeeded by Francis I.

200 years ago (8 Jan 1815)
War of 1812 – the Battle of New Orleans; U.S. Victory. The last major battle of the war.

200 years ago (15 Jan 1815)
Death of Emma, Lady Hamilton, mistress of British naval hero Lord Nelson.

150 years ago (16 Jan 1865)
American Civil War: U.S. General William Sherman issued his Special Field Orders number 15, which provided land along the Atlantic coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida for settlement by freed slave families and other African Americans living in the area.

150 years ago (16 Jan 1865)
The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper was launched in the USA (as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle).

150 years ago (31 Jan 1865)
American Civil War: Robert E. Lee became general-in-chief of the Confederate forces.

150 years ago (31 Jan 1865)
Birth of Henri Desgrange, French cyclist and sports journalist who organised the first Tour de France in 1903.

100 years ago (1 Jan 1915)
World War I: the British battleship HMS Formidable was torpedoed and sunk by German forces while on exercise in the English Channel. 547 crew were killed.

100 years ago (2 Jan 1915)
World War I: German Army Major Karl von Zinglery reported that chlorine gas had been used against British forces, killing 140 of them. This was the first known use of chemical warfare in WWI.

100 years ago (13 Jan 1915)
Avezzano Earthquake, Italy. Over 30,000 people were killed.

100 years ago (19 – 20 Jan 1915)
World War I: the first German Zeppelin air raid on Britain. 24 bombs were dropped on Great Yarmouth, Sheringham, King’s Lynn and surrounding villages in Norfolk, killing 4 people and injuring 16.

100 years ago (21 Jan 1915)
Kiwanis International, a worldwide network of community service / educational clubs, was established in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

100 years ago (25 Jan 1915)
Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated the first U.S. transcontinental telephone service (AT&T). Bell (in New York City) called his former assistant, Thomas Watson (in San Francisco).

100 years ago (26 Jan 1915)
Rocky Mountain National Park was established in Colorado, USA.

100 years ago (28 Jan 1915)
The United States Coast Guard was established when the Revenue Cutter Service and the United States Life-Saving Service were merged.

100 years ago (30 Jan 1915)
Birth of John Profumo, British politician, Secretary of State for War who was forced to resign over the 1963 Profumo Affair – one of the most infamous sex scandals of the 20th century.

80 years ago (8 Jan 1935)
Birth of Elvis Presley, (‘The King’), iconic American rock and roll singer, guitarist and actor. (Died 1977.)

75 years ago (8 Jan 1940)
World War II: food rationing began in Britain (bacon, butter and sugar).

75 years ago (31 Jan 1940)
The first Social Security cheque in the USA was issued to Ida May Fuller of Vermont.

70 years ago (2 – 3 Jan 1945)
World War II – the Burma Campaign – the Allies landed on the west coast of Burma and occupied Akyab Island, which the Japanese had abandoned. (The Allies secured the entire southern coast by the end of the month.)

70 years ago (17 Jan 1945)
World War II: the Soviet Red Army liberated Warsaw, Poland. The city had been almost completely destroyed by the Germans.

70 years ago (27 Jan 1945)
Holocaust: the Soviet Red Army liberated Auschwitz concentration camp in southern Poland. It was the largest Nazi concentration camp. At least 1.1 million prisoners died there.

70 years ago (27 Jan 1945)
World War II: Nazi occupiers blocked food transportation to the densely populated western Netherlands. It was already experiencing famine due to a severe winter, destroyed bridges and docks, and flooded farmland. Around 22,000 people died during the ‘Hunger Winter’.

50 years ago (4 Jan 1965)
Death of T. S. Eliot, American-born British poet, playwright, literary critic and editor. Winner of the 1948 Nobel Prize for Literature.

50 years ago (24 Jan 1965)
Death of Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister (1940-45, 1951-55). One of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Named ‘the Greatest Briton of all time’. Winner of the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature.

40 years ago (8 Jan 1975)
Ella T. Grasso became Governor of Connecticut. She was the first female governor in the USA to be elected in her own right (i.e. she did not succeed her husband).

40 years ago (30 Jan 1975)
The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was established as the first national marine sanctuary in the USA. It is the site of the wreck of the USS Monitor, which sank during the U.S. Civil War off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and became an artificial reef.

30 years ago (1 Jan 1985)
The first mobile phone call in the UK was made by comedian Ernie Wise. He called Vodafone’s head office in Newbury, Berkshire from St. Katherine Docks in London.

30 years ago (1 Jan 1985)
The television channel VH1 launched in the USA. (VH1 stands for Video Hits One and is aimed at a more mature audience than MTV.)

30 years ago (7 Jan 1985)
Japan launched its first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake, on an experimental mission to Halley’s Comet. It was first deep space probe launched by a country other than the USA or USSR.

30 years ago (10 Jan 1985)
The Sinclair C5 electric tricycle was launched in the UK. Immediate concerns were raised about its safety in traffic, and it was ridiculed in the media. It was not a commercial success.

30 years ago (17 Jan 1985)
British Telecom officially retired the iconic red telephone box.

25 years ago (6 Jan 1990)
Death of Ian Charleson, Scottish stage and film actor (Gandhi, Chariots of Fire). The first British celebrity whose death was publicly attributed to AIDS.

25 years ago (8 Jan 1990)
Death of Terry-Thomas, British comedy film actor. Noted for playing disreputable members of the upper classes.

25 years ago (10 Jan 1990)
Time Inc. and Warner Communications completed their merger to become Time Warner.

25 years ago (15 Jan 1990)
Death of Gordon Jackson, Scottish radio, film, television and stage actor. Best known for his TV roles as Hudson the butler in Upstairs, Downstairs and George Cowley in The Professionals.

25 years ago (20 Jan 1990)
Death of Barbara Stanwyck, award-winning American stage, film and television actress.

25 years ago (25 Jan 1990)
Death of Ava Gardner, American film actress.

25 years ago (31 Jan 1990)
The first McDonald’s fast food restaurant in the Soviet Union opened in Moscow.

20 years ago (1 Jan 1995)
The World Trade Organization began operating.

20 years ago (3 Jan 1995)
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that the cumulative total of reported AIDS cases had passed the one million mark, with cases reported in 192 countries. (Including unreported cases, the total was estimated to be approximately 4.5 million.)

20 years ago (9 Jan 1995)
Russian cosmonaut Valeri Poliakov became the first person to spend an entire year (366 days) in space in a single mission. (His mission to the Mir space station lasted for 437 days.)

20 years ago (17 Jan 1995)
The Kobe earthquake (also known as the Great Hanshin earthquake), Japan, caused massive damage (over £64 billion/$102 billion) to the region’s infrastructure and industry. More than 6,400 people were killed.

20 years ago (24 Jan 1995)
Opening statements began in the O. J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles, California, USA. (Simpson was acquitted in October.)

10 years ago (1 Jan 2005)
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into effect in the UK, allowing the public to access documents about the workings of local and national government and other public bodies.

10 years ago (1 Jan 2005)
Death of Shirley Chisholm, American politician. The first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

10 years ago (5 Jan 2005)
The dwarf planet Eris was discovered. It is the largest of the dwarf planets (27% more massive than Pluto).

10 years ago (14 Jan 2005)
The European Space Agency’s Huygens probe landed on Saturn’s moon Titan and sent back the first detailed pictures of the surface, along with measurements of the environmental conditions there.

10 years ago (26 Jan 2005)
Condoleezza Rice became U.S. Secretary of State – the first African American woman to hold the post.

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