Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in April 2016 for you to write about (and make money from). The anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time to find markets, and research and write your articles.
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 April from The Date-A-Base Book 2016. There are 299 anniversaries for April in the book, which covers the whole of 2016 from January to December and features more than 3,450 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 2017 is also available.
1000 years ago (23 Apr 1016)
Death of Æthelred II (Æthelred the Unready), (also spelled Ethelred), King of England (978-1013, 1014-16). Succeeded by his son Edmund II (Edmund Ironside).
400 years ago (23 Apr 1616 [old style] 3 May 1616 [new style])
Death of William Shakespeare, (‘the Bard of Avon’), English playwright, poet and actor. Regarded as the most important figure in English literature, and considered the greatest dramatist of all time, as well as England’s national poet. His plays include Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice and many more.
200 years ago (21 Apr 1816)
Birth of Charlotte Brontë, British novelist. Best known for Jane Eyre.
150 years ago (9 Apr 1866)
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 came into effect in the USA. It affirmed that all U.S. citizens were equally protected by the law, thus protecting the civil rights of African Americans following the U.S. Civil War. (The Act came into effect despite 2 attempts by President Andrew Johnson to veto it.)
150 years ago (10 Apr 1866)
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded.
150 years ago (13 Apr 1866)
Birth of Butch Cassidy, American outlaw in the Old West. Leader of the Wild Bunch gang of train robbers and bank robbers.
100 years ago (5 Apr 1916)
Birth of Gregory Peck, Academy Award-winning American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, Moby Dick, The Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear, How the West Was Won, The Omen, The Boys from Brazil and more). Named one of the greatest Hollywood actors of all time.
100 years ago (10 Apr 1916)
The Professional Golfers’ Association of America was founded.
100 years ago (22 Apr 1916)
Birth of Yehudi Menuhin, American-born British violin virtuoso and conductor. Regarded as one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.
100 years ago (24 – 29 Apr 1916)
The Easter Rising, Dublin, Ireland – an armed Republican uprising against British rule. 466 people were killed. The rebels surrendered unconditionally on 29th after the British declared martial law and suppressed the rebellion. Most of the leaders were executed.
100 years ago (25 Apr 1916)
Anzac Day was officially celebrated for the first time.
100 years ago (28 Apr 1916)
Birth of Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian industrialist who founded Lamborghini, the luxury sports car manufacturer.
80 years ago (19 Apr 1936 – 1939)
The Arab Revolt (also known as the Great Uprising) began in Palestine with a general strike that lasted until October.
75 years ago (6 Apr 1941)
World War II: Germany invaded Greece and Yugoslavia (see below).
75 years ago (10 Apr – 27 Nov 1941)
World War II – Western Desert Campaign – the Siege of Tobruk (Libya). Allied victory.
75 years ago (12 Apr 1941)
Birth of Bobby Moore, British footballer. Captain of the England squad which won the 1966 World Cup. (Died 1993.)
75 years ago (15 Apr & 4 May 1941)
The Belfast Blitz, Northern Ireland. 1,050 people were killed in two German air raids on the city.
75 years ago (17 Apr 1941)
World War II: Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany.
75 years ago (18 Apr 1941)
Death of Alexandros Koryzis, Prime Minister of Greece. (Suicide.) Succeeded by Emmanouil Tsouderos (on 21st) who then became Prime Minister of the Greek Government in Exile (on 29th).
70 years ago (1 Apr 1946)
Aleutian Islands earthquake, Alaska, USA. 6 people were killed in Alaska. A tsunami then struck Hawaii, killing a further 159 people.
70 years ago (17 Apr 1946)
Syria gained its independence from France.
70 years ago (18 Apr 1946)
The League of Nations was officially dissolved. It transferred all of its activities to the United Nations. (UN established 24th October 1945).
60 years ago (2 Apr 1956)
The first episodes of the soap operas As the World Turns and The Edge of Night were broadcast on CBS TV in the USA.
60 years ago (6 Apr 1956)
The Capitol Records Building (also known as the Capitol Records Tower) opened in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The iconic 13-storey tower resembles a stack of records on a turntable.
60 years ago (7 Apr 1956)
Morocco became an independent country when France and Spain relinquished their protectorate. Sultan Mohammed V formed a government. (He became King of Morocco in 1957.)
60 years ago (17 Apr 1956)
Cominform (the Communist Information Bureau) was dissolved as part of the Soviet Union’s programme of reconciliation with Yugoslavia.
60 years ago (18 Apr 1956)
American film actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, becoming Princess Grace of Monaco.
60 years ago (21 Apr 1956)
Elvis Presley’s song Heartbreak Hotel became his first to reach #1 in the U.S. music charts.
60 years ago (26 Apr 1956)
The world’s first commercially successful container ship went into service, launching a revolution in transportation. The SS Ideal X was a converted WWII oil tanker which carried 58 containers from Newark, New Jersey to Houston, Texas on its first voyage. (It was not the first container ship. The first was the Clifford J. Rodgers which went into service in 1955.)
50 years ago (1 Apr 1966)
Death of Flann O’Brien, Irish novelist, playwright, newspaper columnist and humorist. Noted for his satire. One of the leading Irish writers of the 20th century.
50 years ago (2 Apr 1966)
Death of C. S. Forester, British historical novelist. Best known for The African Queen and for his series of novels featuring the British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars.
50 years ago (3 Apr 1966)
The Soviet Union’s Luna 10 spacecraft reached the Moon and went into orbit around it. It was the first spacecraft to orbit the Moon. It orbited 460 times before its batteries expired and its radio signal was lost on 30th May.
50 years ago (10 Apr 1966)
Death of Evelyn Waugh, British satirical novelist, biographer and travel writer (Decline and Fall, A Handful of Dust, Brideshead Revisited, Sword of Honour).
50 years ago (26 Apr 1966)
Tashkent earthquake, Uzbekistan. Most of the old city was destroyed and about 300,000 people were left homeless.
40 years ago (1 Apr 1976)
Apple Computer (now Apple, inc.) was founded in California, USA.
40 years ago (5 Apr 1976)
James Callaghan became British Prime Minister following Harold Wilson’s resignation.
30 years ago (5 Apr 1986)
Libyan terrorists bombed La Belle Discotheque in Berlin, Germany. The disco was popular with U.S. servicemen. 3 people were killed and over 200 injured – many of them U.S. servicemen. (The USA retaliated by bombing Libya on 15th April.)
30 years ago (8 Apr 1986)
American actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.
30 years ago (17 Apr 1986)
British television journalist John McCarthy was kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon by the militant group Islamic Jihad. (Released August 1991.)
30 years ago (26 Apr 1986)
Chernobyl disaster, Ukraine, Soviet Union. The world’s worst nuclear power plant accident. 31 people were killed in the explosion and fire, and leaked radiation spread across the western Soviet Union and Europe.
25 years ago (3 Apr 1991)
Death of Graham Greene, British novelist, short story writer, playwright and journalist (Brighton Rock, Our Man in Havana and many more).
25 years ago (10 Apr 1991)
Moby Prince ferry disaster, Livorno, Italy. A car/passenger ferry hit an oil tanker in dense fog and caught fire. 140 people were killed. 1 young boy was the only survivor.
25 years ago (15 Apr 1991)
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development opened in London. Its purpose is to aid economic development in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
25 years ago (16 Apr 1991)
Death of Sir David Lean, award-winning British film director (Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, A Passage to India and more).
25 years ago (20 Apr 1991)
Death of Steve Marriott, British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Small Faces, Humble Pie).
25 years ago (23 Apr 1991)
Death of Johnny Thunders, American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter (New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers).
25 years ago (29 Apr 1991)
Bangladesh was hit by one of the deadliest tropical cyclones ever recorded. 138,000 people were killed and 10 million left homeless.
20 years ago (11 Apr 1996)
Düsseldorf Airport fire, Germany. A fire in the passenger terminal killed 17 people and injured more than 60. (Cause: welding work on an elevated access road above the terminal resulted in molten metal dropping onto polystyrene insulation in the terminal building’s roof, setting it alight.)
20 years ago (16 Apr 1996)
France Télécom launched its Wanadoo internet service. (It took over the British service Freeserve in 2000 and was rebranded as Orange in 2006.)
20 years ago (28 – 29 Apr 1996)
Port Arthur massacre, Tasmania, Australia. A psychologically disturbed local resident (Martin Bryant) killed 35 people in a shooting spree.
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