50 Newsworthy Anniversaries in October 2016 for you to write about (and make money from)

Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in October 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 Date-A-Base Book 2016The listing below is a small sample of the entries for October from The Date-A-Base Book 2016
There are 285 anniversaries for October in the book (five times as many as are listed here). The book 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 – and the book also explains how to get your articles published.

If you need to work further ahead, The Date-A-Base Book 2017 is also available.


800 years ago (19 Oct 1216)
Death of King John of England (1199-1216). Succeeded by his 9-year-old son Henry III.

150 years ago (12 Oct 1866)
Birth of Ramsay MacDonald, British Prime Minister (1924, 1929-35). Britain’s first Labour Prime Minister.

150 years ago (26 Oct 1866)
Death of John Kinder Labatt, Irish-born Canadian brewer. Founder of the Labatt Brewing Company.

125 years ago (1 Oct 1891)
Stanford University in California, USA opened.

125 years ago (28 Oct 1891)
Mino-Owari earthquake, Japan. The largest recorded inland earthquake in Japan’s history. More than 7,000 people were killed and over 17,000 injured.

100 years ago (3 Oct 1916)
Birth of James Herriot, British veterinary surgeon and writer who wrote semi-autobiographical stories about his experiences. Best known for the book (and TV series) All Creatures Great and Small.

100 years ago (16 Oct 1916)
Margaret Sanger and her colleagues opened the first birth control clinic in the USA, in New York City. (They were immediately arrested and jailed for distributing ‘obscene material’ – convictions later overturned.) This led to the formation of the Planned Parenthood organisation.

100 years ago (26 Oct 1916)
Birth of François Mitterrand, President of France (1981-1995).

100 years ago (28 Oct 1916)
Death of Cleveland Abbe, American meteorologist who founded the U.S. Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service).

90 years ago (14 Oct 1926)
The children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne was published.

80 years ago (1 Oct 1936)
General Francisco Franco was proclaimed head of state in Spain.

80 years ago (5 – 31 Oct 1936)
The Jarrow March (also known as the Jarrow Crusade). 200 men set off from Jarrow in north-east England to Westminster in London to draw attention to the severe unemployment and poverty in their area following the closure of a shipyard.

80 years ago (9 Oct 1936)
The Boulder Dam (now the Hoover Dam) on the Colorado River in the USA went fully online and began generating electricity.

80 years ago (25 Oct 1936)
Germany and Italy signed a friendship treaty that would later become the Rome–Berlin Axis.

75 years ago (2 Oct 1941 – 7 Jan 1942)
World War II – the Battle of Moscow (also known as Operation Typhoon). Nazi Germany launched a massive (but ultimately unsuccessful) offensive against the Soviet capital. One of the largest and most important battles of the war. Soviet victory.

75 years ago (17 Oct 1941)
World War II: the American destroyer USS Kearny was torpedoed by a German submarine near Iceland, killing 11 sailors and injuring 22 others. On 31st October the American destroyer USS Reuben James was also torpedoed and sunk – the first U.S. Navy ship lost to enemy action in WWII. 115 sailors were killed. (The USA had not yet entered the war.)

75 years ago (23 Oct 1941)
World War II: the U.S. Senate passed a $5.98 billion supplement to the Lend–Lease bill. This allowed the USA to give material aid to Europe without directly entering the war and violating its position of neutrality. (However, the USA did enter the war in December.) On 30th October U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved $1 billion in Lend–Lease loans to the Soviet Union. (The Soviets had already received aid in the form of weapons, but now required financial aid.)

75 years ago (23 – 28 Oct 1941)
Holocaust: Thousands of Jews were executed by Romanian troops in Odessa, Ukraine. Many of them were burned alive. On 29th October more than 9,000 Jews from the Kaunas ghetto in Lithuania were shot dead and buried in huge pits (the Kaunas Massacre).

75 years ago (23 Oct 1941)
The Walt Disney animated film Dumbo premièred in the USA. (UK: 8th February 1942.)

75 years ago (30 Oct 1941 – 4 Jul 1942)
World War II – the Siege of Sevastopol (Crimean Peninsula). Axis victory.

75 years ago (31 Oct 1941)
Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, USA was completed after 14 years.

60 years ago (7 Oct 1956)
Death of Clarence Birdseye, American businessman and inventor who founded the modern frozen food industry.

60 years ago (17 Oct 1956)
Britain’s first nuclear power station, Calder Hall in Cumbria, was officially opened. (It closed in March 2003 after operating for nearly 47 years.)

60 years ago (23 Oct – 10 Nov 1956)
Hungarian Revolution (also known as the Hungarian Uprising). A spontaneous nationwide revolt against Communist/Soviet rule was crushed when Soviet forces intervened with tanks. At least 2,500 Hungarians and 700 Soviet troops were killed.

60 years ago (29 Oct – 7 Nov 1956)
Suez Crisis. Israel invaded Egypt in an attempt to regain Western control of the Suez Canal and remove President Gamal Abdel Nasser from power. Britain and France joined the invasion but were forced to withdraw by the United Nations, USA and USSR, leaving Sinai under Israeli occupation until March 1957. British Prime Minister Anthony Eden resigned (in January 1957) – many commentators consider the crisis the end of Britain’s role as a major world power.

60 years ago (31 Oct 1956)
American naval officer George J. Dufek become the first person to land a plane at the South Pole. He and his crew of 6 were also the first Americans to set foot on the South Pole. (A Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsun first reached the South Pole in December 1911.)

50 years ago (4 Oct 1966)
Lesotho (formerly Basutoland) gained its independence from the UK.

50 years ago (5 Oct 1966)
Fermi 1, a prototype fast breeder reactor at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station in Michigan, USA, suffered a partial meltdown. No radioactive material was released.

50 years ago (6 Oct 1966)
The psychedelic drug LSD was banned in California, USA. It was banned throughout the entire USA in 1967.

50 years ago (10 Oct 1966)
The album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme by Simon and Garfunkel was released.

50 years ago (14 Oct 1966)
The Montreal Metro system in Quebec, Canada began operating.

50 years ago (15 Oct 1966)
The Black Panther Party, a black nationalist and socialist organisation, was founded in the USA. (Dissolved 1982.)

50 years ago (18 Oct 1966)
Death of Elizabeth Arden, Canadian-born American businesswoman who founded the Elizabeth Arden cosmetics and fragrance empire. She was one of the wealthiest women in the world and a prominent racehorse owner.

50 years ago (18 Oct 1966)
Death of S. S. Kresge, American merchant who founded a chain of discount stores which later became Kmart.

50 years ago (21 Oct 1966)
Aberfan disaster, South Wales. A colliery spoil tip (also known as a slag heap) collapsed and fell onto the village. Worst hit was Pantglas Junior School. 116 children and 28 adults were killed.

50 years ago (26 Oct 1966)
Death of Alma Cogan, British pop singer. One of the biggest stars of the 1950s and early 60s.

40 years ago (4 Oct 1976)
The InterCity 125 High Speed Train service began operating in Britain.

40 years ago (6 Oct 1976)
China’s ‘Gang of Four’ were arrested. On 21st October a massive media campaign was launched against them, accusing them of crimes against the state, and there were public celebrations of their arrest. (The Gang of Four included Mao Zedong’s last wife Jiang Qing and her close associates. They were tried and convicted in 1981, all 4 receiving long prison sentences.)

40 years ago (25 Oct 1976)
The National Theatre in London was officially opened.

30 years ago (9 Oct 1986)
Fox Broadcasting Company launched in the USA.

30 years ago (9 Oct 1986)
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera premièred in London.

30 years ago (10 Oct 1986)
San Salvador earthquake, El Salvador. Approximately 1,500 people were killed.

30 years ago (27 Oct 1986)
Big Bang Day – the British financial market was deregulated and the London Stock Exchange switched to a computerised trading system.

30 years ago (28 Oct 1986)
British serial killer Jeremy Bamber was jailed for life for killing five members of his family.

30 years ago (29 Oct 1986)
The M25 orbital motorway around Greater London was officially opened.

25 years ago (5 Oct 1991)
The first official version of the Linux operating system was released. (It is used on virtually all of the world’s fastest supercomputers. It also runs on personal computers, web servers, routers, games consoles, smart TVs and many industrial/embedded systems, and it is the basis of the Android operating system widely used on mobile devices.)

25 years ago (8 Oct 1991)
Croatia officially severed all constitutional relations with Yugoslavia and became fully independent.

25 years ago (18 Oct 1991)
Azerbaijan declared independence from the Soviet Union. (Ratified 8th December.) On 27th October Turkmenistan also declared its independence.

25 years ago (24 Oct 1991)
Death of Gene Roddenberry, American screenwriter and producer. Creator of Star Trek.

25 years ago (29 Oct 1991)
The American space probe Galileo became the first spacecraft to visit an asteroid (Gaspra).

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