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

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in December 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 November from The Date-A-Base Book 2015There are 340 anniversaries for December 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 should cover the cost of your copy many times over.

If you need to work further ahead, The Date-A-Base Book 2016 is also available.

Members onlyideas4writers lifetime members can download a 150-page preview of the 2017 edition from the members’ home page. (The preview lists all the newsworthy birth and death anniversaries in 2017, but not the events. The full version should be available in about a month.)

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500 years ago (24 Dec 1515)
Thomas Wolsey was appointed Lord Chancellor of England.

250 years ago (8 Dec 1765)
Birth of Eli Whitney, American inventor of the cotton gin.

200 years ago (3 Dec 1815)
Death of John Carroll, the first Roman Catholic bishop in the USA and the first archbishop of Baltimore, Maryland.

200 years ago (10 Dec 1815)
Birth of Ada, Countess of Lovelace, British mathematician. Best known for her work with Charles Babbage. Considered the world’s first computer programmer. Daughter of the poet Lord Byron.

150 years ago (6 Dec 1865)
The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was officially adopted, abolishing slavery in the USA.

150 years ago (8 Dec 1865)
Birth of Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer. Considered the most important Scandinavian symphonic composer.

150 years ago (10 Dec 1865)
Death of Leopold I, the first King of the Belgians (1831–65). Succeeded by his son Leopold II.

150 years ago (25 Dec 1865)
Birth of Evangeline Booth, British-born Salvation Army leader. Its first female general.

150 years ago (30 Dec 1865)
Birth of Rudyard Kipling, British short story writer, novelist, poet, and children’s author. Best known for The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, Kim, The Man Who Would Be King, Gunga Din, If–, and more. Winner of the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature.

125 years ago (29 Dec 1890)
The Wounded Knee Massacre (also called the Battle of Wounded Knee), South Dakota, USA. Troops from the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment shot and killed about 300 members of the Lakota tribe.

100 years ago (8 Dec 1915)
The war poem In Flanders Fields, by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, was first published in Punch magazine in the UK.

100 years ago (9 Dec 1915)
Birth of Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, German-born Austrian/British soprano.

100 years ago (12 Dec 1915)
Birth of Frank Sinatra, American singer and film actor. One of the best-selling artists of all time. A founding member of the Rat Pack.

100 years ago (19 Dec 1915)
Birth of Édith Piaf, French singer and actress. One of France’s greatest international stars. Best known for the songs Non, je ne regrette rien and La Vie en rose.

80 years ago (12 Dec 1935)
The Lebensborn project was established in Germany to counteract falling birth rates and promote Nazi eugenics.

75 years ago (1 Dec 1940)
Birth of Richard Pryor, award-winning American stand-up comedian and film actor. (Died 2005.)

75 years ago (12 & 15 Dec 1940)
World War II – the Sheffield Blitz, UK. The city of Sheffield, famous for its steel industry, was devastated by German bombs. More than 660 people were killed, 1,500 injured, and 40,000 made homeless.

75 years ago (21 Dec 1940)
Birth of Frank Zappa, prolific American rock / experimental / jazz / classical musician, singer, composer and film director. (Died 1993.)

75 years ago (21 Dec 1940)
Death of F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist and short story writer. Considered one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Best known for his novel The Great Gatsby.

75 years ago (22 Dec 1940)
Death of Nathanael West, American satirical novelist and screenwriter. Best known for his novels Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust.

75 years ago (30 Dec 1940)
The Arroyo Seco Parkway (also known as the Pasadena Freeway) was officially opened in California, USA. It is considered the first true freeway in the USA – though narrow by modern standards.

70 years ago (27 Dec 1945)
The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development were formally founded. (They had been created at the Bretton Woods Conference in July 1944.)

70 years ago (28 Dec 1945)
The U.S. Congress formally recognised the Pledge of Allegiance. (It was written in 1892. Before 1945 it was known as the Pledge to the Flag. It was last revised in 1954 when the words ‘under God’ were added.)

60 years ago (1 Dec 1955)
African American civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, violating the city’s racial segregation laws. This incident led to the Montgomery bus boycott (5th Dec 1955 – 20th Dec 1956) and the birth of the modern American civil rights movement.

60 years ago (4 Dec 1955)
The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO – the largest federation of trade unions in the USA.

60 years ago (4 Dec 1955)
Death of Glenn L. Martin, American aviation pioneer and manufacturer whose aircraft company is now part of Lockheed Martin.

60 years ago (20 Dec 1955)
Cardiff was proclaimed the capital city of Wales.

50 years ago (3 Dec 1965)
The album Rubber Soul by The Beatles was released.

50 years ago (9 Dec 1965)
The animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas was first broadcast in the USA. It was based on Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip and continues to be broadcast annually.

50 years ago (16 Dec 1965)
Death of W. Somerset Maugham, prolific British novelist, short story writer and playwright. One of the most popular writers of his era. Best known for his novels Of Human Bondage, The Moon and Sixpence, Cakes and Ale and The Razor’s Edge.

50 years ago (22 Dec 1965)
A maximum speed limit of 70 mph was introduced on previously unrestricted roads in Britain. (The limit was introduced on a trial basis but was made permanent in July 1967.)

50 years ago (22 Dec 1965)
The U.S. première of the film Dr. Zhivago. (UK: 26th April 1966.)

50 years ago (22 Dec 1965)
Death of Richard Dimbleby, pioneering British journalist and radio/television broadcaster. The BBC’s first war correspondent. One of the greatest figures in British broadcasting history. Father of the television presenters David Dimbleby and Jonathan Dimbleby.

50 years ago (27 Dec 1965)
Sea Gem oil rig disaster, North Sea. Britain’s first-ever oil rig capsized due to metal fatigue after being moved to a new site. 13 crew were killed.

50 years ago (30 Dec 1965)
Ferdinand Marcos became President of the Philippines.

40 years ago (11 Dec 1975)
Third Cod War: one of the most serious incidents of the Cod Wars occurred when an Icelandic ship opened fire on 3 unarmed British tugboats. No one was hurt.

40 years ago (29 Dec 1975)
LaGuardia Airport bombing, New York City, USA. 11 people were killed and 74 injured when a bomb exploded near the TWA baggage reclaim terminal. The perpetrators and motive are currently unknown.

30 years ago (26 or 27 Dec 1985)
Death of Dian Fossey, American zoologist. The world’s leading authority on mountain gorillas. (Murdered in Rwanda, case unsolved – poachers?)

25 years ago (1 Dec 1990)
Construction workers on the Channel Tunnel broke through the last wall of rock separating the two halves, and Britain and France were linked for the first time in thousands of years.

25 years ago (2 Dec 1990)
West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was elected Chancellor of Germany. (He had been acting-Chancellor since reunification on 3rd Oct.)

25 years ago (2 Dec 1990)
Death of Aaron Copland, American composer.

25 years ago (22 Dec 1990)
Lech Walesa, leader of the once-outlawed Solidarity trade union movement, became President of Poland.

25 years ago (25 Dec 1990)
The first successful trial run of the system that would become the World Wide Web was completed at CERN in Switzerland.

20 years ago (4 Dec 1995)
Bosnian War: the first NATO troops landed in Sarajevo to begin setting up a peace mission. Peacekeeping operations began on 20th.

20 years ago (7 Dec 1995)
NASA’s Galileo spacecraft reached Jupiter after a 6-year journey. It released a probe into the planet’s atmosphere, which sent back data on its structure and composition before being destroyed by the pressure.

20 years ago (8 Dec 1995)
Head teacher Philip Lawrence was stabbed to death outside his west London school while trying to protect a student who was being assaulted by a gang of youths.

20 years ago (13 Dec 1995)
Brixton riot, south London, UK. Hundreds of youths rioted on the streets of Brixton following the death of a black man in police custody.

20 years ago (14 Dec 1995)
The Bosnian War ended with the ratification of the Dayton Accords in Paris, France. (The war had begun in April 1992.)

10 years ago (11 Dec 2005)
Buncefield Oil Depot fire, Hertfordshire, UK. An oil storage tank exploded when an unconfined vapour cloud ignited, causing nearby tanks to explode. 43 people were injured. The explosion was heard in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

10 years ago (19 Dec 2005)
The Civil Partnership Act came into effect in the UK. The first civil partnership under the act was formed in Belfast, Northern Ireland that day. The first in Scotland was on 20th December, and the first in England and Wales were on 21st December.


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